Whether you’re a beginning astronomer or a parent looking for the perfect starter scope for young observers, today’s best telescopes for beginners combine quality optics, ease of use, and quick access to a world of information about the wonders of the night sky — all for less than $100. Read on to learn more!
OPT is proud to present this special presentation of Women in Astronomy!
Watch this video to learn about women in the space industry like NASA engineers, OPTeam astrophotographers, and many more! Everyone’s story in astronomy starts somewhere, and like many beginners, they were all once there too. We hope you are inspired to pursue your dreams and to keep looking up.
With such a large variety, it may be difficult for a novice to make the right decision on what type of Telescope to invest in. Fortunately, OPT is here to help guide you to the Top 10 Best Telescopes Under $300!
The Cassegrain Telescope emerged over time as one of the most popular designs in the world. The sharp, high-contrast images of both deep-sky objects and planets this telescope produces make it a good choice for both the intermediate and more experienced astronomer. Learn more here to find out if it's the right telescope for you!
As some of the least expensive and most common types of reflecting telescopes, Newtonian Telescopes bring just that to both amateur astrophotographers and experienced astronomers. Here's some valuable information from OPT about the ins and outs of these versatile telescopes!
Galaxies are some of the most distant objects we can observe. While most planets, stars, and nebulae are usually pretty nearby to us, we can observe galaxies that are millions of light years away. Find out how here!
The constellation of Lyra shines bright in the Northern Hemisphere from spring through late autumn and is home to one of the brightest stars in the sky: Vega. Learn more about this constellation and the star deaths found within it.
We are closing out 2020 with some rare astronomy events like the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn! Download your free calendars here and save the date for these astronomical events happening December 2020!
Get ready for the Mars Opposition 2020 with OPT's guide that includes info on what telescopes, cameras, and accessories will give you the best experience and success in imaging or observing Mars. See how AstroBackyard captured Mars and what equipment he used. Click here to learn more!
The Eagle Nebula, or Messier 16 as it is also known, is only about two million years old and is part of a star cluster containing some 8,100 stars. And while the brightest stars in the cluster are visible with binoculars, the nebula itself can only be seen through a telescope.
Read more about the differences of viewing this iconic astronomical target between the famous Hubble Space Telescope, and viewing from a telescope from your own backyard!
Interested in light pollution filters, but aren't sure which one to get? This helpful blog post explains the differences in beginner's terms and provides helpful comparison charts and images to help you decide.
One of the questions our imaging specialists get asked daily is do I need a color sensor or a monochrome sensor for astro-imaging? The quick answer is that you can use both! Both monochrome and color sensors have their benefits and both have their drawbacks.
Wonder what the difference between astrophotography monochrome and color cameras are? This blog will provide an introduction to the Bayer filter system and how it is used in color cameras to produce color astro-images!
Narrow your search on the best beginner deep space cameras with this list put together by OPT experts! See the stunning results that some OPT team members have captured with these beginner deep space cameras. See the pictures here!
OPT experts walk you through the essential step to capture stunning astro-images, which is polar alignment. Learning this astrophotography skill is important, especially when it comes to longer focal lengths.
Ready to start producing nebulae images of your own? Read through our list of things you need to get started! This is part one into our astrophotography for beginners series. Let us know what you think!
Interested in planetary imaging, but don't know where to begin or what gear you need? We go over planetary imaging basics and cover all the best planetary telescopes, mounts, cameras, and accessories in this beginner-friendly blog post.
Planetary imaging is a fun and rewarding hobby that allows beginners and advanced amateur astronomers to delve into astronomical imaging without much of the expense and complexity of deep space astrophotography. There are also quite a few opportunities for planetary imagers to contribute to some significant scientific research. However, it is important to first understand what equipment is needed to successfully capture images of the solar system.
With many factors to consider such as location and equipment for the right approach to capturing a good-quality image of Jupiter you're probably thinking "Where do I start?" Follow this step-by-step guide on How To Image Jupiter and you will be well on your way to becoming an expert!
Thinking about getting started in astrophotography? The Star Adventurer Pro is the perfect astronomy tool to help you take that next step in capturing the night sky. This guide breaks down everything you need to know about setting up and using the Star Adventurer Pro!