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The Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most famous telescopes in the world. Oops, excuse me—one of the most famous telescopes built. Hubble, after all, is certainly not in this world. Unless you call the universe the “world,” it’s about … Continue reading

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Telescope Imaging Systems

Have you ever seen an image like this? Okay, maybe you have…online. What with the spread of the internet these days, I’m guessing that at one point you have seen something like this on a page of image search results. … Continue reading

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Interferometry

Imagine you have an image like this. This object is faint and faraway, so you can’t make out much more detail. You know that other stars like it—closer, brighter stars—have looked like this and turned out to be two stars, … Continue reading

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A Telescope Tour

For the past few days, I’ve done a lot of talking about differences between types of telescopes and mounting systems. On occasion, I’ve mentioned some of their parts, though I haven’t focused on that. Today, I will. This post is … Continue reading

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Improved Telescope Mounting

So, any idea what this handy-dandy thing is? Okay, so maybe I sort of gave it away in the post title… I know what you’re about to say next. Why are we looking at a mount? What’s so special about a … Continue reading

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Improved Telescope Mirrors

When it comes to telescopes, bigger is always better. Bigger means more light-gathering power and better resolution. And a longer telescope—meaning, a longer focal length—can actually do wonders for your magnification power. Light-gathering power, by the way, just means how much … Continue reading

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Improved Reflecting Telescopes

Can you tell the difference between these two telescopes? I’ll give you a hint. They are both reflectors. I know I wrote before that you’ll normally find the eyepiece (the little bit tacked onto the telescope tube) on the side with … Continue reading

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Light Pollution

This photo was taken at night. Seriously. At night. But…it looks too bright for the night. I’ll bet I wouldn’t even have to shine a flashlight to see my way around here. Need proof? Here’s New York City during the … Continue reading

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Telescope Powers

Have you seen one of these guys before? You probably have, even if you don’t recognize this brand-new innovation. This is the European Extremely Large Telescope, or the E-ELT. I know, imaginative name, huh? Anyway, it’s not all that different … Continue reading

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Refracting & Reflecting Telescopes

Right next to light, the telescope is an astronomer’s most valuable tool. There are so many different varieties of telescopes, it can be hard to keep them all straight. But they can all be sorted into a few basic types, … Continue reading

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