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Should You Wear Glasses When Observing?

If you’ve ever tried wearing glasses while looking through a telescope, you know it can be a bit… awkward. So maybe you’ve asked yourself: Do I even need to wear them during my observing sessions? The answer depends on what … Read more

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Can Earth Be Seen Without a Telescope?

It has come to my attention that some people are asking Google the following question: “Can Earth be seen without a telescope?” And over twice as many people are asking the question: “Can Earth be seen at night without a … Read more

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How Many Planets Are There?

Whether you’re just curious or trying to settle a bet, you’re here because you want to know how many planets there are. The answer is… complicated.  It depends on whether you’re only looking at our solar system or the observable … Read more

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Dark Adaptation: How It Affects What You Can See

We live in a world full of lights. Nighttime never truly arrives when we’re surrounded by bright headlights, streetlights, smartphones, and more. So although our eyes are equipped with an incredible ability to adapt to the dark, we rarely experience … Read more

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Why the Orion Nebula Is the Best Nebula

There are countless nebulas in the sky, and each one is amazing in its own way. Although they’re fairly dim when seen from Earth, telescopes can pull in enough light to allow us to see these distant space-clouds. But if … Read more

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This Is the Telescope You Should Buy First

OK, let’s keep this simple. If you’re reading this, you’re thinking of buying a telescope, but you may be overwhelmed by all of the options. I’m going to make it easy for you and tell you which telescope you should … Read more

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Top 5 Best Portable Grab-and-Go Telescopes

In the photography world, there is a saying: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” The same applies to telescopes. Even if a larger telescope can technically give better views, that won’t help you if you aren’t … Read more

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Telescope Filters: How to Choose the Right Type

Observing can be a challenge. Many nebulae and galaxies are extremely faint, and even Jupiter’s Great Red Spot isn’t all that easy to see. Sometimes you just need a little help to see that challenging object. Filters may be just … Read more