Telescope Mounts and Eyepieces

Are you confused about the purpose of telescope mounts? What about eyepieces? What are they for? Watch today’s hangout to learn more!

As with any hobby, there’s never any shortage of choices for accessories and amateur astronomy is no different. There are mount designs galore to choose from, but which ones are best?

Eyepieces are also plentiful, they are so important that they can give you the best views you’ve ever had through your telescope or ruin you night completely. But which ones should you own?

In this hangout, Tony Darnell, Adam (Synergy) Smith and John Suffill help you navigate these issues. Learn about the best eyepieces for observing the planets, deep-sky objects and more. We’ll also go into the topic of field of view and magnification.


Ross Betts says:

Tony, you really need to work on the audio, the guests are so loud and you vary from audible to a whisper. Maybe spending a few minutes checking levels would help, also watch the video as we do after and you will see how bad it gets.

Lori Heim says:

“…a tragedy..” –that made me laugh out loud, Tony. Remember, folks still have to know the location of stars & their respective constellations if they perform 2 star alignments, so calling it a tragedy is a bit of a hyperbole. Funny nonetheless!

Julio Lagunas says:

More of this man very informative especially for people like myself getting into amateur astronomy. Thanks!!

Food Stamp Champ says:

iv been a fan of you channel for about a year now after watching your hubble deep field video. although i watch most of your videos. I feel like your narration videos are the best and the main reason im still subscribed. I’m sure they take more work but its nice to be informed while having animations on screen. Plus you have a perfrct voice for narration. I’ve noticed also thats what seems to get the most views. I’m not critizing the channel i just figured I’d just give some feed back on what i personally find best about your videos.

David Sims says:

I dropped a photomultipler tube once. Fortunately it didn’t break. It just got misaligned and my prof, who was handy with such things, was able to fix it.

Nick The Tuna says:

i am a beginner and have a goto meade 102, that has 2 eyepieces 9 and 27 mm, and i took it out and pointed it at Jupiter and saw nothing but a dot, just like i saw without using a telescope, what am i doing wrong, i am using the 9 mm eyepiece and and focusing in and out and it goes from being a blur to a singular dot just lilke you look up and see without a telescope. ive seen video of people using the meade 102 and viewing jupiter and saturn but my lack of knowledge is impressive, Nick

Da Lu says:

I didn’t really get the part on the differences between 1 1/4″ and 2″ eyepieces ! Is this important for a first telescope or I should just go with 1 1/4 ” plossels included? I understand how the quality of the eyepieces adds up the experience of stargazing…

kanopus06 says:

Last month I was able to observe Saturn and Jupiter with a 6mm Baader planetarium orthoscopic eyepiece, and a 2.25x barlow, using a Skywatcher 150mm aperture, 750mm focal length reflector, on an EQ5 goto mount. That is 280x magnification. I must say I was able to see the Cassini division on the rings, and a cloud band on its surface. I was also able to observer 2 cloud bands on the surface of Jupiter and the great red spot. Never seen so much detail, but I guess it was an excellent night, with very clear sky and very satable atmosphere.

Star Tsar says:

Thanks chaps

Maple Flavor says:

thanks! you’re helping me piece it together. my goal is to have the highest resolution view possible of our planets. i’m not interested in “go to” or “clockwork” mounts as i’d like to explore the sky myself. i guess i’m looking for a fork mounted (or optionally dobsonian mounted?) refractor with a nagler eyepiece.

[-_-;] says:

I’d like to buy a James Webb Space Telescope to start with. What are your thoughts?

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