Helena Astronomical Society


Buying a Telescope

Are you thinking of buying a telescope as a present this year?  A 
telescope can be the gateway to our universe at large and can spark an 
interest in astronomy and science that will last a lifetime.  But there 
are a lot of possibilities to choose from--and it isn't always easy to 
figure out what might be your best purchase.

Please join the Helena Astronomical Society on Saturday, November 10 at 
6 pm at the Montana WILD Auditorium for an informative program on how to 
buy a telescope.  Our members have combined decades of owning and using 
telescopes and can help shed some light on what to look for--and what to 
avoid--when making a telescope purchase.

We'll cover the main options for viewing the night sky--naked eye, 
binoculars, spotting scopes, and 2 types of telescopes, highlighting the 
pros and cons of each.  We'll also talk about accessories for safe solar 
viewing and handy things to have.  Weather permitting we will also be 
able to demonstrate some small and not so small telescopes.

Montana WILD is located at 2668 Broadwater Avenue, Helena, MT 59601


The Helena Astronomical Society is the Montana capital’s amateur astronomy club, dedicated to offering free, public educational outreach and special observatory nights for our members.  Regardless of your experience level, if you have an interest in astronomy you are welcome to join us.  HAS owns 2 telescopes--one that is permanently mounted in our Observatory and a smaller telescope that can be checked out by members.  Additionally, we have a good collection of books on astronomy for all interests and skills that are available through a lending library.

See our Meetings page for more details on our regular monthly meetings.

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