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Quite simply, refractor telescopes function by collecting light from the object being observed; therefore, the more genuine light received, the clearer the image. There are a variety of telescopes available, but typically those that have larger apertures achieve better quality. It's important to understand the way a refractor telescope functions because they are probably the most effective: firstly, a telescope lens will bend or refract the light, and a mirror in the eye-piece will in turn magnify the image, thus enhancing the view. Refractor telescoped were conceived of before reflector telescopes and have a multitude of uses: it's now possible to understand why many rifle scopes mimic refractor telescopes; it's because they aid in heightened precision. Another benefit to using refractor telescopes is that they are durable and rarely have misalignment issues like many types of reflector telescopes.

Unfortunately, there are some disadvantages to refractor telescopes, and this is why many astronomical research companies rely on them less than before: oftentimes, a rainbow like entity hovers around the observed image, thus making it difficult at times to distinguish the image from the colorful distortion. One way to minimize this effect might be to increase the length of the focal piece, or to use several lenses at the same time in order to balance the distortion, or possibly erase it; the longer the refractor telescope, the more effective it is. Ultraviolet light cannot be seen in a refractor scope, in addition to other types of light that are unseen because perhaps the scope is not long enough. Some of the original refractor telescopes were used for astronomical research and were built in the late nineteenth century; the refractors contained thick forty-inch lenses and a giant dome to hold the telescope.

Furthermore, a ladder, and an ascending platform were often required to transport the researcher to the eyepiece; the ominously piercing telescope resembled a missile ready for deployment. Although the refractors used to be giant, they are now much smaller and can be used by beginning astronomers and experts alike. Refractors maintain a more crisp and sharper image in comparison to the more common reflector telescopes. Furthermore, most reflector scopes are made cheaply and with less precision.

For beginners, it makes sense to spot a planet or constellation initially without the use of a telescope. This way the viewer will not be searching aimlessly into the horizon. Moreover, it may behoove of a potential buyer to subscribe to several astronomy magazines, so that he or she can make an informed decision of which telescope to buy. Nowadays, refractors are more common again because of technological advances in components and glass lenses. Again, refractors offer the clearest images because there is little interference in the path of light.

The study of astronomy has mystified and captivated novices and experts alike for many years. For beginning users, find an area far away from the surging lights of the city, because city light interferes with any potential constellations that could be observed. Therefore, take a trip to a rural setting with thick black skies and little pollution in order to attain optimal viewing.

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