Telescopes are devices for looking at distant objects. They make far-away objects appear nearer and larger by a combination of lenses or mirrors.
When Peter Hill, a student at Dundee College of Art, answered an advert in The Scotsman seeking lighthouse keepers, little did he imagine that within a month he would be living with three men he didn't know in a lighthouse on Pladda, a small remote island off the west coast of Scotland. Hill was nineteen, it was 1973 and, with his head fed by…
Telescopes are by a large extent associated with astronomy as an aid in studying the universe. Telescopes are not limited to astronomy though; they also play an active part in sea navigation, in police work and, yes, even spying.
While not everyone can appreciate astronomy, anyone does enjoy looking through a telescope from time to time to gaze at the constellation of stars or the moon or witness special events like a lunar eclipse, a meteor shower or a comet falling down from the sky.
You can buy a variety of telescopes ranging from the simplest to the most complex types. You can also make your own telescope. It will be a most rewarding experience for you to make one. It's easy and it will save you money. You can start by making the most simple of all, with just 2 lenses. You can buy inexpensive lenses for just a couple of dollars online or at many surplus outlets. Then, as you get the hang of building, you can do several things to improve your simple device and turn it into a more elaborate instrument for looking at the sky and for looking at things here on earth. You can get ambitious in the long run and build more powerful telescopes such as a reflector telescope or a Dobsonian telescope.
Make navigating the night sky a fun and thrilling experience for all to remember as a telescope is simply designed for everyone to use without difficulty and to enjoy tremendously.