We humans have been looking up at the sky for as long as history can tell us. Not only because the sky is really beautiful to look at, but also because of the immense wonders that it holds. Astronomy can be a really fun hobby, but many people who live in cities aren’t able to indulge in this hobby thanks to excessive light pollution. Today, we’re going to be looking at the best telescope for city viewing.
One would think that using a telescope to look at the stars or even to view a city’s skyline would be quite easy. High rise buildings provide the perfect place to set up your telescope and look at the world around you. While there are plenty of vantage points in a city, there’s also a lot of light. Light sources in the city wash out the light that comes from the stars and celestial bodies. This results in these fainter sources of light being washed out by stronger ones. This is the biggest obstacle that city-based astronomers have to deal with.
City viewing can be broken down into two categories; terrestrial viewing and extra-terrestrial viewing. The former is quite easy to do in the city since there’s an ample amount of light. All you need is a decent telescope, and you’re good to go. However, this same light becomes a problem when you point your lens towards the sky. Fortunately, certain telescopes have what it takes to view the night sky. These models are capable of viewing celestial object in areas polluted with light. Telescopes such as these will be the focus of our guide.
There’s a lot more to astronomical telescopes than you might think. If you’re new to the world of astronomy, then you may want to learn a bit about astronomical telescopes at first. One of our previous articles discusses telescopes in great depth.