We’d like to announce Top Ten Reviews’ newest review site, Beginner Astrophotography Telescopes, which offers an in-depth comparison of the best instruments on the market. We compare and contrast what each product offers to help you take your joy in looking at the universe to the next level.
Capturing the many wonderful swaths of space you see through your existing scopes takes a little more study, planning and equipment than the average viewing session. The right astrophotography telescope can help your camera, tripod and other equipment work together to capture the imagination as well as a great photo.
The telescopes in our lineup are designed for entry-level astrophotographers. These amateur astronomers have spent some time with telescopes and are now committed to learning how to take pictures of celestial objects.
Astrophotography beginner telescopes are wonderful telescopes first and foremost. They are designed using quality materials that will provide excellent viewing. They come with few or no accessories because most companies who make and market astrographs assume a new astrophotographer is not a new astronomer. They assume you have some equipment already or that you will want to select for yourself other important items like cameras and tripods based on what specifically you want to photograph.
The entry-level astrophotography telescopes we considered are conservative in price. We assume someone new to this part of the hobby will not be prepared to spend thousands of dollars just yet. Our favorite pieces of equipment are built with quality optics and other features that will make it possible to find and capture your best possible images of space. They are also portable and well supported in terms of customer service.
Our top product in this category, the 8-inch f/8 Ritchey-Chretien by Astro-Tech, offers all of those features and more. The basic design, Ritchey-Chretien, is ideal for photographing celestial objects, evidenced by the many famous large-scale scopes that are used in research.
Aside from the ideal basic design, this telescope incorporates many other features that will make it easier to enjoy. Details like the carbon fiber-reinforced composite tube material make this scope lightweight and ultra-durable.
Be sure to read “Thinking Beyond the Optical Path” in our Learning Center for more information about choosing the equipment you will need besides a great beginner astrophotography telescope. The Learning Center also features articles and fascinating facts on a wide range of topics, everything from online map sites to HDMI cables.