Essentially, as a beginner - you will need to decide between three basic types of Telescopes. These are, the Reflecting Telescope, the Refracting Telescope, and a hybrid of the two which is referred to as a Compound or Catadioptric Telescope.
The Different Types Of Telescopes
The Reflector Telescope was invented by English physicist and mathematician Sir Isaac Newton in 1668. He was a key leader in the Scientific Revolution of the 17th Century.
In order to form an image, light is reflected between a primary concave mirror and a flat secondary mirror. At Red Carpet Telescopes, we believe that Reflectors are the BEST value Telescopes for Beginners.
It is worth noting that Reflector Optics will require re-alignment and cleaning. Additionally, this type of Telescope cannot be used for land viewing, as all objects are upside down.
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The Refractor is the earliest type of optical Telescope. They first appeared around 1620 in the Netherlands, Invented by lensmaker Hans Lippershey.
A refracting telescope is an optical Telescope that uses a lens system to produce high clarity images. The Optics have fixed alignment and low maintenance.
This type of Telescope can be used for land object viewing.
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Catadioptric Telescopes are a hybrid optical Telescope that utilizes mirrors and lenses. Essentially, principles and elements of both Reflectors and Refractors are combined to form the Catadioptric Telescope.
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