Stargazing is a wonderful experience and Western Australia is blessed with some of the darkest and clearest skies in the world, so why wouldn’t you get out there and explore the cosmos! To guarantee you get the best views possible, we’ve put together the ‘Must Haves’ for your cosmic tool box!
1. Good Quality Eyepieces
Generally, your telescope will come with a basic set of eyepieces, however a good quality low-power and high-power eyepiece are a great start for your tool kit. We recommend a 10mm, giving more magnification, therefore enhanced detail for the Moon and planets and a 20mm providing a lower magnification.
2. Moon Filters
Moon is a favourite stargazing target however its brightness can be glaring through
the eyepiece, degrading detail in the image.
Eyepiece filters can overcome this, such as neutral-density and
polarizing filters. Coloured, glass
coated filters are also very effective and can greatly enhance details on the
6. Planisphere or Astronomy App
In this world of technical devices and gadgetry, it makes sense to utilise the gizmos designed to make stargazing fun and easy. Whiz-bang phone apps are excellent with loads of great information, but if you are way out with no phone reception, the good old planisphere will do the trick and help you quickly become familiar with the night sky.
8. Dew Shield
Certain types of telescopes like a Smidt Cassegrain need a dew shield which is a simple but effective way of keeping your scope from fogging up. It can be very frustrating after getting all set up, only to find objects becoming dim and hazy. A dew shield keeps you out under the stars, well into the night. This link shows you how to make your own.
9. Australian Astronomy Almanac
This is our all-time favourite book. It has everything you need to know about the night sky for the year. From what's up in the night sky to meteor showers, eclipses, star charts, lots of topical astronomy info plus the rising and setting times for the Sun and Moon. This book gives you a diary, months in advance so you can really plan out your stargazing adventures.
Want to learn a little more about eyepieces?
Check out our latest blog and learn more about how eyepieces function and what the perfect eyepiece is!