Using a Telescope for Daytime or Terrestrial Viewing Leave a comment

If you want to look out and see the star and planets in greater detail, then nothing beats a telescope. Depending on the magnification, a telescope can give you a fantastic view of the moon and much more. However, what are you going to do during the day? With that in mind, lets review some uses of telescopes for daytime or terrestrial viewing.

Telescope viewing during daytime

Viewing the Sun

It is just plain common sense not to stare at the sun. The same is true when it comes to using a telescope. Staring at the sun with a telescope is the best way to ruin your vision. However, if you have a full aperture solar filter, then you will be able to look at the sun without risking damage to your eyesight. Most full aperture solar filters come as a piece that fits on the end of your telescope. With this simple device, not even the sun is beyond your viewing ability.

Viewing Other Skyward Objects

Just because it is daylight doesn’t mean there aren’t things to see in the sky. The moon for one is an excellent observable object during the day. In addition, if Mercury or Venus are in the sky, the it will be easier to see them when the sun is still out.

Terrestrial Viewing

A telescope is fantastic because it allows you to see things that are very far away in greater detail. When using a telescope to view things on earth, you need to be a fair distance away from what you are pointing the telescope at. The focal point is to far away for you to see most things unless you have a very weak telescope. So, you will not be able to spy on your neighbors unless they are great distance away.

With that being said, you can still use it to observe far off features. If there are great plains around you, then a telescope can be used to scan for animals grazing far away. In addition, telescopes have many uses if you are by the shoreline. Try viewing islands that may not normally be visible from the shore. While on the shore, consider pointing it out to see and scanning the horizons for sea life. Depending on where you are, you may luck out and see either dolphins whales, or other sea life.


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