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Newtonian Reflector

Features
[Nexstar 114SLT by Celestron]
Nexstar 114SLT by Celestron

A reflector focuses light with mirrors, as opposed to refractors which use lenses. Incoming light is reflected off a concave "primary" mirror at the base of the optical tube up to a smaller, flat "secondary" mirror near the front end. The light is deflected out of the optical tube into the eyepiece.

Recommended Accessories
Telrad, 3 Plossl eyepieces of different powers (high, middle and low), deluxe barlow lens, finderscope, lunar filter, solar and nebula filters, motor drive, vibration suppression pads (optional)

Use
Excellent for faint deep sky objects such as remote galaxies, nebulae and star clusters due to their focal ratios (f/4 to f/8)
 

Schmidt-Cassegrain

[Nexstar 8 SE by Celestron]
Nexstar 8SE by Celestron

Features
The optical tube is short because the light path is "folded" inside. Light enters through a "corrector" lens at the front of the telescope and is reflected off the primary mirror to an adjustable, magnifying secondary mirror on the inside of the corrector plate. The light beam is then directed out the back of the tube to the eyepiece.

Recommended Accessories
Telrad, 3 Plossl eyepieces of different powers (high, middle and low), deluxe barlow lens, finderscope, lunar filter, solar and nebula filters, motor drive, reducer-corrector, vibration suppression pads (optional)

Use
Excellent all-around, all purpose telescope design. Combines the optical advantages of both lenses and mirrors. The compact design and versatility of the Schmidt-Cassegrain has made it a popular telescope type among amateur astronomers.

Refractor

[C6 R-GT by Celestron]
C6 R-GT by Celestron

Features
Refractor telescopes have long, thin tubes where light passes in a straight line from the front objective lens directly to the eyepiece at the opposite end of the tube. Unlike Newtonians and Schmidt-Cassegrains , Refractors do not have primary mirrors. Their distinctive feature is that they have crown glass built into their achromatic objective lenses.

Recommended Accessories
Telrad, 3 Plossl eyepieces of different powers (high, middle and low), deluxe barlow lens, finderscope, lunar filter, solar and nebula filters, motor drive, vibration suppression pads (optional)

Use
Refractors tend to be more expensive per inch of aperture than Newtonians and are primarily planetary telescopes. They are also excellent for lunar and binary star observing.


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