What do you need to get started?

Kicking off your interest in astronomy needn't be expensive. It can be if you want to set up your own observatory to study variable stars or hunt for new asteroids but, to start with, it should always be free - or at the very most the token entrance fee to a museum or astronomical society.

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What do you need to get started? More maths ...

Okay, so to recap: the maximum effective magnification your telescope can deliver will be the diameter of your objective lens or primary mirror multiplied by 2 (if you use millimetres) or 50 (if you use inches). 

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Polar Alignment

If you’ve just got an equatorial mount, this is a super quick guide to getting yourself polar aligned.

It’s not as accurate as the full alignment (a full alignment guide is coming soon), but it will be more than good enough for visual observing and even medium exposure astrophotography.

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