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Nov 12, 2006
Telescopes have played a profound part on the history of the world. Galileo was tried by the Catholic church during an inquisition and found guilty. He had developed and written many theories and treatises on the movement of 'heavenly bodies' that went counter to the dogma of the era.
Yet today many people take the dogma of astronomy without investigating it for themselves and looking at things with their own eyes.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say that looking through a telescope will prove Galileo right or wrong, but I think its important not to neglect the understanding that he and many scientists had to fight for hundreds of years ago, before there was such a thing known as science.
Fortunately for those of us in the modern era, there are some exceptionally fantastic telescopes available. We no longer have to hand craft the lenses ourselves. We may have a lot to learn through direct experience about the stars, but fortunately the technology has been advanced upon by some fantastic companies around the world.
If you want to learn more about the stars and how to get the best out of modern telescopic technologies, there's probably no better all around place to start than Optics Planet.
They carry telescopes from some of the best brands including Celestrontelescopes, Meade, Bushnell, Tasco, Swarovski, Leica and more.
Optics planet offers some excellent information that can help you find the right optical device for you or your family or even your schools science team or club.
They have a very in depth How to Buy a Telescope FAQ section that can walk you through a number of the complexities. The buying experience should not exhaust the energy that you want to put into understanding the physics of the objects you are studying or even the equipment that you are studying those objects with.