The Sky: What Equipment should Be Use?

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With the naked eye you can observe stars and constellations and it is also the only way to learn to recognize them by comparing what you see with the maps of a good atlas. You will also be able to observe shooting stars (meteors), artificial satellites, lunar eclipses such as the one shown on the right, polar aurorae, different phases of the Moon and possibly photograph them.

But if you want to observe the craters of the moon, planets or nebulae you have to use an astronomy instrument that will allow you to enlarge the image of the objects, as does the telephoto lens of a camera. You can choose between 3 types of instruments: the pair of binoculars, the astronomical bezel or the telescope.

At most the lens (the lens or the mirror) of the instrument is large at most it will be bright and at most the image will be brilliant. It is also necessary that its focal length, its length, is long enough if you want a big magnification. It is especially important to observe the details, the craters of the Moon for example, planets or small galaxies.

A pair of 10×50 binoculars grows 10x and has a 50mm diameter lens. This is the ideal place to start; Especially since you can also use it to observe nature. When observing an object in a pair of binoculars, I advise you to put your elbows on a table or to press the binoculars against a wall or a tree or else you risk moving and having difficulties to center and observe the binoculars, object. You can also install the binoculars on a tripod with an adapter; So there will be no risk of moving and you will be able to observe the sky in very good conditions.

Since the magnification of the binoculars is often very small (10x in our example), you will be able to observe vast fields of stars, even more extensive than those you would see in a small 60 mm bezel. Indeed, the bezel will grow louder and this will reduce the field of vision.

A pair of binoculars is therefore ideal for observing vast areas of the sky and ideally in a very clear place, such as a meadow or a region of altitude away from any light. Thus, while in the city it is impossible to see the Milky Way in the middle of summer because of the light pollution, in the Alps, in the Val d’Aosta for example around 1500 or 2000 m of altitude, you see as much d Stars or almost only on the photographs. It is a truly magnificent spectacle for which binoculars are all you need. Think about it for your holidays!

On the other hand, binoculars with a small diameter, the image of the stars remains very small. If astronomy fascinates you, observing planets or galaxies, I suggest you replace your binoculars with an instrument of larger diameter and longer focal length. You have the choice between astronomical telescope and telescope.
The astronomical telescope consists of a lens made of lenses whose purpose is to collect the light and concentrate it towards the eyepiece which ensures the magnification. The larger the focal length of the lens, the easier it will be to enlarge the image and the longer the lens focal length, the higher the magnification.

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