One of the most frequently asked questions we get is how to buy a good telescope without breaking the bank. This question comes up even more frequently during the gift giving season. This article is our attempt at a complete “soup to nuts” answer to this question.
One of the most frequent mistakes we see is folks running out to the nearest toy or hobby store and quickly picking up a telescope off the shelf that promises much more than it can deliver. Often these telescopes are stocked and sold by folks who don’t have the knowledge necessary to guide your purchase decisions or even the inventory required to supply a suitable product in the first place. This sort of telescope purchase will ultimately frustrate any would be amateur astronomer and your hard earned money will end up collecting dust in a corner or closet somewhere.
Members and the public are welcome to enjoy a Saturday night under the South Florida Stars (Note: Members must display their background check badges when attending.) The Fox Astronomical Observatory is located inside of Broward County’s Markham Park. The Observatory is open to the public Saturdays from Sunset until midnight.
Bring your Telescope with its accessories and manuals to Fox Astronomical Observatory on Saturday evenings. We’ll teach you to set up and align your telescope and how to find things to look at in the night sky.
It’s a free service of the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (SFAAA), operators of Fox Astronomical Observatory at Broward County’s Markham Park.
The Fox Observatory houses many great pieces of viewing equipment. The primary observatory equipment consists of our 14 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain @ F/10, the amazing Brandon Refractor and several Dobsonian reflecting telescopes. A remotely controlled setup is under continual development in our small external dome and can be used to provide real time images to the public on screens inside the main observatory.