Interested in the night sky and thinking about buying a telescope? If like many families you like to do things together or have a tight budget, then this guide to choosing and using family telescopes is for you. It’s also a great guide to beginners telescopes, the principals are the same.
Consider who the telescope is for and how they are going to use it. You may have an individual family member with an interest, maybe yourself, a child, parent or another relative. Or more than one of you has an interest in astronomy. Therefore there are a few things to consider. So when you do choose, you choose correctly. This guide will simplify these decisions for you!
Choosing the Right Family Telescope
More than one family member with varying interests and ages should be able to use the telescope. With this in mind, the telescope needs to be a jack of all trades and simple to set up.
Avoid complicated mounts and tripods. Family telescopes should be simple, easy, and quick to setup by children or adults without too much fuss. Avoid computerised Go-To telescopes which can be expensive, have tricky mounts/ tripods and can sacrifice ...