Reflecting Telescope: Preferred By Professionals And Amateurs Alike
Not many people would think about buying a reflecting telescope (one that uses mirrors) because they are more attuned to thinking about the straight tube telescopes that use lenses and this is normally the more preferred telescope.
It's a pity because there are many ways that light can be bent so that distant objects in the skies such as Jupiter become more visible here on earth.
Reflecting telescopes are a good example and anyone that wishes to stargaze into the great void high above will love these telescopes.
They use a combination of mirrors and lenses to gather and magnify images but because of a cost factor and weight considerations, you can get much larger reflectors than refractors. Essentially, you get more bang for your buck from a reflector.
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Easy To Use
Reflecting telescopes are also very easy to use since they're much more compact than refractors. For the same weight, you'll get a larger reflector because it doesn't contain all that heavy glass that a refractor uses. Mirrors fold the light path whereas refractors pass the light straight down the tube. For this reason, refractor tubes have to be long whereas reflector tubes can be short.
Reflecting telescopes come in several designs: Newtonian, Cassegrain, Schmidt-Cassegrain, Ritchey-Chretien along with some variants. The Newtonian design is simple with one big mirror at the base that is focuses images onto a flat mirror used for redirecting the image to the eyepiece. This design was the handiwork of Isaac Newton, and it became the first successful design as far as reflecting telescopes were concerned.
The Cassegrain design and its variants are quite different with two mirrors being used to create the image with the large mirror being placed at the base of the tube and a smaller mirror facing it at the top of the tube. When light enters the tube, the large mirror focuses it and then reflects it up to the smaller mirror which, in turn, send the light via a hole in the large mirror onto the eyepiece. Both have the same aim, which is to enlarge objects that are very far away.
Using a reflecting telescope, you will be assured of finding the best in telescopes because of their effectiveness, ease of handling as well as being easy to build as well. This is why professionals and amateurs alike prefer them. The remarkable properties of these ingenious devices are a very good reason to prefer them to the standard refracting telescopes found on the market today.