The universe is simply infinite. And even the closest planetary and star systems are an enormous distance away.
We can’t go there for now. But then, we want to at least watch it. Look.
But “with a small telescope they can’t see much!” I’ve seen people complaining. And you can agree on that too.
And do you know? They are right! They will never see more than they try.
These so-called novice astronomers are discouraged because they are not getting the results they expected.
Observing the sky is not like spying on your neighbors with binoculars. Not that fast!
A good skywatcher also has good patience and can stare through the eyepiece for hours.
To be very clear, improving telescope performance is not just about adjusting the scope. Of course it’s part of it. But you also need to adjust yourself and your eyes.
In this article, you will learn some telescope hacks today. I found this to be the most effective. These are 8 simple DIY telescope improvement tips that work.
Here are a few things that can help you optimize not only yourself but your telescope as well. So you can see more and better:
1. Look for clear skies
Nothing beats the open sky. It can actually indirectly add an extra inch to your diaphragm.
Look at the sky during the day for clues. Are there clouds? When the sun is above your head, block it with your hand and see if it is light blue around it. At sunrise or sunset, make sure there are no clouds on the horizon.
2. Avoid Light Pollution
Pollution is in no way good for us. And when it comes to stargazing, the most dangerous is light pollution.
We usually observe the sky at night. The simple reason is that our surroundings should be as dark as possible. So you will be able to clearly see the light coming from that cute little object in the distance. But in our modern society, there is light pollution everywhere. So it will never be an ideal place. So what you have to do is go to a dark place.
And it should be with a minimum of artificial light (eg street lamp etc.). It’s best to get away from the city when you want to see a faint/distant object.
3. The New Moon Is Good
Aim for longer hours of observing, especially at the new moon. Try to do at least two sessions a week.
4. Let Your Eyes Accept the Darkness
Understand your eyes. They are used to the brightness. So it will take some practice for your eyes to get used to the dark. And your student for setup.
When you start observing in dark environment. Make sure you don’t see the source directly (phone, light bulb, etc.). It will break the adaptation. Use a red strobe light if necessary and still do not look directly into it. It may take up to half an hour for your eyes to reach 100%.
5. Keep Looking At Him!
Do you know? There is a secret! To really notice the details. Just keep looking at the object continuously through the eyepiece. And as it continues, details begin to emerge. It can take an hour to enjoy the full view. Of course, time varies with distance from the object. And you can take small breaks in between while you look. But don’t disturb your student’s concentration with shiny things.
6. Thermally Optimize Coverage
When you put your telescope outside to begin observing, it will likely be warmer than the air outside.
What happens then is the scope emits heat which can cause problems with imaging. So no matter how small your scope is, it’s better to let it adapt to the outside temperature.
It usually takes 20 minutes for scopes up to 4 inches. And for binoculars larger than 4 inches add an extra 10 minutes per inch.
Generally, the reflector scope takes less time to process than the Refractor.
7. Secure Your Telescope Mount
Hold strong! As you zoom in on objects, the tiny vibrations that the binoculars make are also zoomed in. This is a big problem when you zoom in high. You just won’t be able to see things in the best light. They just won’t look clear! This is often a big problem with cheap, light telescopes.
So what you have to do is stabilize it. Hang some heavy weight (like a Backpack or water bottles) on the tripod. Hope you got the hint!
So, go outside with your cute binoculars. It follows all the tips I have mentioned below. Get an experience you’ve never had before. And let me know, how much can you see now and is there any improvement? Comment below for anything you need!