How to get a great beginner’s telescope

 

 

Buying a telescope is a decision that will not disappoint. As a passionate astronomy fan who has quite the collection of telescopes, I can easily tell you that the experience of having your own star analyzing device is amazing. Just imagine how mind-blowing is the idea that you can be able to watch the always awe-inspiring Universe from the comfort of your home! So, because I still remember the difficulties I experienced when I first had to decide what kind of telescope I wanted to buy, today I am sharing with you some tips and tricks about what you should have in mind when buying a beginner’s telescope.

One of the first features you should check is the model’s aperture or how large is the telescope’s front lens is. The reason you have to pay attention to this element is the fact that the size of the lens matters because it controls the quantity of light captured by the telescope. In other words, the size of the aperture reflects on the quality of the view you will have of the objects placed at a great distance; a big lens means more clearly viewed remote objects.

Then, be sure to check the size of the `f-number`. Also known as the focal ratio, or speed of the telescope, this feature controls the magnification capacity of your device. To keep things simple, let me put it this way: if you want a telescope that allows you to see small details on the moon, buy one with a high focal ratio, if you want to have a wide eyepiece view, settle for a model with a small `f-number`.

Stability is the key when making this kind of acquisition! What I mean by this is that a great telescope is that one that has a stable mount. As a result, you will be capable to easily follow moving elements in the sky, such as stars. For greater stability, I suggest you opt for a model with the Equatorial Mount, as it is easier to use. However, if you don’t want to invest too much on this kind of device, an altazimuth mount should work just as well once you get the hang of it. A further detail that you should know is the fact that the models with the altazimuth mount feature are usually lighter. So, if you want to take your new acquisition on stargazing trips, this type of model is probably better fitted for your needs.

Well, I think that this entry covers the basics. Before making your decision try not buy a model that is too expensive. Keep in mind that you are a beginner in the field and that this first telescope that you are buying should just teach you the basics. Have fun shopping!

 

 

 

How to get your kids interested in science

 

 

Developing your kid’s interest in science is always a great idea. Having a child that enjoys asking questions about all that surrounds him/her is the first step in cultivating in them the so much appreciated skills of being inquisitive and willing to analyze the unknown. Although science may seem cold and unappealing to most at first, there are a few tricks you can pull out of your sleeve to trick and get them interested. So, today I will try to present to you a few strategies you can use to get your kids curious about this field of knowledge.

 

 

Visit the museum

I can still remember the first time my dad and I visited the local museum. There is just something fascinating about museums; maybe it’s the fading smell of antiquities, the mysterious feeling one gets when he/she walks the dimly lighted corridors or maybe it’s something appealing and intriguing about the glass display cases that draw a barrier between you and actual pieces of history, who could tell! However, kids cannot resist it and it is almost impossible not to get engulf in the spirit of museums. So, if you want to both spend time with your son/daughter but also do something educative that will lure them into finding science fascinating, a trip to the museum is just what you should plan for next weekend.

 

A science kit

Science is always more interesting when you uncover the unknown by your own. So, to make sure your kids don’t lose their initial enthusiasm about science as time goes by, I suggest you buy them a fun science kit. By doing so, you will be able to allow them enough liberty and also help them develop a sense of independence and individualism.

 

Learn side by side

There are still many uncharted territories in the field of science and, when I say this, I don’t only refer to science in general, but also about our own general knowledge. So, why don’t you use this to your advantage? An enjoying activity you can share with your son or daughter is to constantly surprise each other with science trivia. To start this game, you simply have to start asking questions and try to find solutions by working together. In this way, you and your kid will learn more not only about the world but also about each other, so, why don’t you give it a go?

Other cool ways you can get your kids interested in science could be by taking trips and exploring nature, enrolling him/her in a science camp for the summer or even simply watching TV movies and documentaries together.

3 things you might not know about Stephen Hawking

 

 

It’s hard to imagine that, today, Stephen Hawking’s name doesn’t ring a bell to everybody. Whether or not people are actually aware of what he was able to achieve in the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity, he is one of the highly appreciated geniuses that we have the privilege to call ourselves contemporary with. So, as a way of celebrating him, and his amazing life, I have decided to compose this short list of 3 things you might not know about Stephen Hawking.

First, you may not be aware of this but Stephen Hawking is one of the few Americans to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  This medal is, in fact, the highest civilian award one can receive in U.S.A. and is a way in which particular civilian’s actions are acknowledged as a contribution to the security or the national interest of the country. Hawking was given the medal by former president Barack Obama on August 12, 2009. Other important people who were rewarded this award were:  Pope John XXIII, John F. Kennedy,  the Apollo 13 crew or Angela Merkel.

Secondly, due to his fast rise to stardom, Stephen Hawking has become one of the most familiar faces and voices in today’s culture. What’s fascinating though is the fact that he is neither afraid nor upset by the fact that his image is being used as a cultural reference. Moreover, this was made even clearer when he actually agreed to appear in a couple of well-known movies and TV shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation where he makes a series of funny jokes in the company of Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton; The Simpsons or Futurama.

Thirdly, although British by birth, the robotic voice produced by the synthesizer that he uses has a distinct non-British accent. Even though due to the evolution of technology he could have modified his synthesizer and make it so that he speaks with a British accent, it has been reported that the scientist refused to give up this part of his persona, as he believes that a change would interfere with who he is to the overall public. His choice is somehow understandable given the fact that his voice, the one that he has been using for the last decades, is one of the easiest to spot elements about him.

An additional fun fact that all technology addicts will sure find interesting is the fact that the device he now uses to speak was so neatly designed that it is capable of determining the words he wants to speak by just detecting cheek movement.