How to buy your first telescope



I’ve never been a great fan of science, and I kind of blame my parents for that. They were so focused on me getting good grades at school that they left out explaining things to me. For instance, one of the subjects I’ve always loathed was physics. I couldn’t understand the least thing about all of the normal phenomena happening on Earth, and the fact that the teacher had little to no patience probably didn’t do me any good.

I tried convincing myself that physics was important and that I had to somehow pique my own interest in the field. While that did not happen on the whole, I did find myself passionate about particular areas such as optics and the physics behind the working of a lever, for instance. That helped me out in the future because I went on to study veterinary medicine and I had to use a microscope. If I had had little to no interest in optics, I wouldn’t have known how the device worked, although most of the models available these days are rather user-friendly.

Of course, my higher education didn’t start out while I was in high school so for some time, I had to limit my hobbies and try to do as much as I could out of these interests. Being in school, I didn’t have that much money, so it would have been impossible to get a high-quality telescope or microscope.

In the course of a year, I managed to save enough for a telescope, but since back then the power of the Internet wasn’t all-encompassing, it was difficult for me to make a good choice. So, finding a good telescope for beginners was my goal and I had to ask around, call various magazines and ask for catalogs and use pretty much any resource I could come across at the public library.

Eventually, I decided that I had to focus on three major things. One of them would be the aperture, as it pretty much defined the magnification and the array of celestial objects I would be able to look at. The other would be the focal length, although I found this factor to be of minor importance when compared to the aperture. Finally, I wanted a model that came with a good-quality mounting system that would allow me to use it both from my room and from the middle of a field.

I’ve recently started to look for a beginner’s telescope for my son, and much to my surprise, things have changed a lot since I was a teenager. You have all the info you need at the tip of your fingers.


If you wonder why I wrote this post, here you go. It’s an old article, but I just found it.


What is a trail camera and what can you use it for?



The core purpose of a trail camera is to capture images of animals and/or other subjects in the absence of the owner. Most of the models I have come across come equipped with long-lasting batteries, so they can do their job for a reasonable amount of time. Whether they are used by photographers, artists, or hunters, these devices are made to be rugged and withstand both the elements and the test of time. They can also be utilized for surveillance.

Deciding on a particular model is quite an adventure, partly because there are a plethora of choices to take into account and partly because you might not have established your application. Such cameras can range from models that can take stills to those that are capable of shooting video. For convenience and ease of use, I would recommend getting a model that works with SD cards as in this way, you won’t encounter too many difficulties when shopping or replacing your original card.

As for the specifications that you will have to look at, they range from the camera’s field of view to its trigger speed and detection range. Sometimes, even the design of the product matters for the end-user as such a camera needs to be as undetectable as possible. Whether you are surveilling humans or animals, you wouldn’t want a model that stands out from the scenery. Of course, it would be amazing if you were to find a unit that is relatively easy to utilize. While it as an idealistic scenario, it would be best if you were to get a product that worked with an app that you could use on your phone. However, in certain areas such as a forest, that would be impossible as there’s no reception, let alone any wireless connection. Regrettably, trail cameras cannot be used as baby monitors.

Despite this minor inconvenience, trail cameras are trustworthy friends, particularly for hunters. Of course, they need to make sure that they fasten the device onto a tree or install it in some other place where animals cannot damage it. Mounting the device lower can prove to be a good idea if the hunter’s target consists of birds and other small animals whereas an installation above 30 inches is needed for deer and other bigger game.

Nighttime observation also needs to be given some thought to. The flash can spook coyotes and predators, but it doesn’t affect deer, for example. The shutters on the camera can be triggered using a variety of methods, but the one preferred by hunters seems to be by radio remote. Once it is set up properly and you’ve selected all of the settings you need, your camera can even operate on its own.