Telescope Buying Guide

I know nothing with any certainty,
but the sight of stars makes me dream
– Vincent Van Gogh

The main difference between refracting and reflecting telescopes is that refractor uses lenses and a reflector uses mirrors to collect light and form images.

Refracting Telescopes
  • Uses Lenses
  • Perfect for observing close celestial objects like moon and planets.
  • They can provide a crystal clear image.
  • Low maintenance
  • Ideal for astrophotography.
  • It doesn’t suffer from thermal degradation.
Reflecting Telescopes
  • Uses Mirrors
  • It can have a big aperture for observing deep sky objects.
  • No chromatic aberration problem because it’s using mirrors.
  • Requires Maintenance
  • It has good contrast and can capture a lot of light.
Refracting Telescopes Illustration

Refracting Telescopes

A refracting telescope is a type of optical telescope that uses a lens as its objective to form an image.

Reflecting Telescope Illustration

Reflecting Telescopes

A reflecting telescope is a telescope that uses a single or a combination of curved mirrors that reflect light and form an image.

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