INTRODUCING OUR NEW PARTNER AND ASTRO SUPPLIER
Many thanks to Peter and the crew at ASTRO ANARCHY Queensland. A New business with the amateur astronomer firmly in mind. Astro Anarchy has the experience, the stock and the knowledge to set up the first timer, to assist in the development of our hobby for the experienced observer OR cater to any other size need or desire in the field of amateur astronomy.
ASTRO ANARCHY AS OUR SPONSOR: My business partner Peter Davies and I have set up a new Astro Tourism business focusing on the recently 'Dark Sky Town' accredited to Norfolk Island. We call it 'Norfolk Island STARGAZING'. When approached, Pete from Astro Anarchy had no hesitation in organizing and supplying all our Telescopes, Binoculars and associated gear to get started. Nothing was any trouble allowing us more than enough time to set up and become fully operational. He and he and his business come highly recommended for anyone wanting any astronomical gear in Australia.
If you don't have much time on your hands, but you do want to know what the best telescope to see Saturn's rings is, in the following suggestions you'll find the answer you are looking for. BELOW are the 3 most popular and best value scopes for the beginner...advanced users can check the website for a FULL range of Telescopes to suit ANY need! Yes, we will negotiate.
909EQ2 Refractor Telescope
Highly Recommended - Australia's Favourite First Telescope. You've found the best choice in a good performing telescope for those on a tight budget. Great Moon views AND you can use this for whale/bird watching! Its very compact too!
Dob 8 200mm Reflector Telescope
Quality telescope for Intermediate & Advanced users. Increased performance on the moon, planets, stars, double stars, star clusters, globular star clusters, nebulae and bright galaxies. The rings of Saturn are an absolute knockout in this scope!
3 Main Things To Consider
The aperture is probably the most important specification
If you're looking to get a telescope for seeing planets, its aperture is by far the crucial feature to give some thought to right off the bat. With a larger aperture, the unit will be capable of gathering more light and allow for more magnification. You've already established that you're interested in seeing planets, but what if you could do a bit more with your telescope?
Some models, boasting apertures that are more generous, can be used to see various deep-sky objects, as well. Think about having a peek at a nebula or a galaxy. Wouldn't that be amazing?
Is portability important for you?
While some people want to install their chosen devices in their bedrooms, living rooms, or on their balconies and have a look at the sky every evening before they go to sleep, other users are a bit more adventurous than that. Let's be honest. How many times haven't you envisaged going out to a field nearby and looking at the sky when there's no light pollution around you, or there are no cars to bother you with their headlights?
If the thought has even crossed your mind at least once, you might end up being frustrated if you get a model that's too heavy and too complicated to set up every time you take it out. Keep in mind that most portable alternatives don't have particularly large apertures, so you might be risking quality and performance if you are solely focused on getting a compact and easy to assemble device.
Types of telescopes to consider
Most units can be divided into three classes. Some are refractors, others are reflectors, and a whole different bunch is catadioptric. Refractors are a good choice if you've been searching for a decent telescope for planets viewing as they enable you to look at the moon and a wide range of other celestial bodies. Another advantage of this type consists of the fact that it usually boasts a rugged construction, and this means that you'll be able to pick it up and go on the field.
Reflectors usually have better apertures compared to refractors, so in a sense, they might offer better results for looking at deep-sky objects, nebulae, and other structures like these. Reflectors are either Newtonian or Dobsonian and the latter is to be preferred as it's simpler and easier to manage in terms of mounting and convenience.
Catadioptric options, also known as compound telescope, combine the best of both worlds. They share many of the features of refractors and reflectors all into one. Unlike their reflecting counterparts, they do not tend to accumulate dust. However, because of their design and size, you will need a very high-quality mounting system to make sure that the tube is safely secured and remains in place all of the time.