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Why are Telescopes Better at Observing Astronomical Objects than the Naked Eye?

22 Jan 2016, 13:45 UTC
Why are Telescopes Better at Observing Astronomical Objects than the Naked Eye?
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Question: Why are telescopes better than the naked eye? — Amanda
Answer: Well, in fact, there are circumstances when the naked eye is a better way to observe astronomical phenomena than a telescope. For example, if you are interested in viewing the general structure of the night sky, such as constellations or the dust lanes what comprise the Milky Way, you are better off using just your eyes, as a telescope would restrict you to observing just a small region of the sky. Telescopes, on the other hand, are best for getting a very close-up look at the details of most astronomical objects, including planets, stars, and galaxies. Telescopes allow you to see details, due to their higher spatial resolution, than one can see with the naked eye.
Jeff Mangum

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