Exploring the Deep Sky

  • Neil T. English
Part of the The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


Ask any enthusiast about the strengths of the ShortTube 80, and he or she will likely cite its prowess as an excellent, ultra-portable rich field telescope. Its decent (80-mm) aperture, short focal length, and ability to use interchangeable eyepieces, makes it a near ideal telescope for scanning the Milky Way, looking for bright open clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. The 80-mm aperture collects about 175 times more light than the naked eye can, allowing observers to observe stars as faint as magnitude +12.5 from a dark, rural site with no Moon in the sky.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil T. English
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  1. 1.Fintry, GlasgowUK

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