By James Mullaney
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Thus, in theory, the larger the telescope, the more detail that will be seen in the image it produces. However, a big limiting factor here is the state of the atmosphere through which we must look. 5″ on even the best of nights and more typically less than 1″ in average seeing – no matter how large a telescope you are using. ) It’s interesting to note that one arc-second at the Moon’s average distance roughly equals one mile on its surface (its 2,160-mile diameter subtends 1,800 arc-seconds). Thus a 4-inch telescope can see craters and other features a mile or more in size (and considerably smaller if it’s a linear feature such as a rill or cleft).
It also happens to be the element in the optical train that is most often overlooked as the source of good or bad performance of the overall system. An eyepiece can literally make or break even the best of telescopes. Small imported refractors from the Far East are especially notorious for having poor-quality oculars. And since a telescope would not be able to function without an eyepiece (at least for visual observing), an eyepiece can really be considered a necessity, rather than an accessory as listed here.
Celestron also made a limited number of 22-inch SCTs for private observatories. ) A variety of unique computer-driven, altazimuth, single-arm fork and traditional German equatorial mountings are offered, from basic Go-To systems known as “NexStar” to state-of-the-art GPS systems. Prices today begin under $1,000 for the basic 5-inch, while the 8-inch computerized NexStar goes for around $1,400. The advanced 8-inch GPS model is priced at $2,000 and the 11-inch at under $3,000. Prices for both the 11-inch and 14-inch SCTs mounted on hefty German equatorials begin at well over $3,000, with the top-of-the-line C14 going for nearly $6,000.