Telescope Accessories For Stargazing

There’s no better way to spend a night out under the starry skies and trying to pick out the various stars and constellations. In order to see the stars in all their glory and to get the best view you are going to need an astronomy telescope and various telescope accessories.

If you already have one, then you should find that the telescope can really help to improve your view of the starry night’s sky. To make the most of this great tool, you might also want to buy some accessories to use with it. Here are some of the best astronomy telescope accessories that you should consider. 

Essential Telescope Accessories For Stargazing

Telescope Accessories: Finder Scopes

If you are new to telescopes, then you might find them quite difficult to use at first. Aiming at the right start could be difficult, and you might struggle to get it into perfect focus. This is where a finder scope comes in useful. The finder scope makes it easier to spot specific stars and, using its crosshair, you can then successfully aim the telescope correctly so that you know you are looking at the right star or constellation rather than something random by mistake. As long as your telescope is pointing at the same spot that the finder scope’s crosshair is, you will start to spot stars a lot easier indeed.

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Svbony SV165 Finder Scopes for Telescopes,Finderscope, 30mm Mini Guide Scope with Helical Focuser F4 120mm Multilayer Coating Compatible with ZWO QHY Auto Guide Camera
  • Finder scopes for telescope;Compact Mini Guide Scope with a helical focuser and lock ring for precise focusing of guide stars;compatible with ZWO QHY and so on auto guiding camera
  • Portable finderscope;30mm aperture f4 focal ratio is small enough to take outdoors easily;342g weight adds hardly any weight to an astrophotography setup
  • Accuracy finder scope;With 45mm back focus length make the focus of guide scope more accuracy;Ultra wide band fully muti-layer coating make the image crisp and enhance the precision of guider scope
  • Durable telescope finder scope;Made of metal material and with nylon-tipped thumbscrews can prolong the service time ;built-in brass ring avoid guider camera to rotate
  • Universal guide scope; Dovetail guide scope bracket installs on virtually any astrophotography telescope and with a universal 1/4 thread hole under the dovetail

Telescope Accessories: Light

One great tip for star gazing is to take an astronomy magazine or a star chart outside with you. As it will be dark outside, it’s going to be quite tricky to read these materials, so it’s worth taking a light out with you. Ideally, it should be a red light so that you don’t ruin your night vision. Don’t worry if you can’t find a red light, though. As long as you can adjust the brightness of your flashlight, you should be OK using that. Just make sure you don’t have it too bright as it will require your eyes to readjust to the darkness.

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Red Light LED Torch, Red Tactical Hunting Flashlight Signal Torches Zoomable Adjustable Focus 1 Mode for Night Vision Astronomy Fishing Aviation (Red Beam)
  • 1.Single mode red light torch is specially designed for night hunting. Human's eyes are most sensitive to the red range of light, but animals are not spooked by red light, so this red led torch is very helpful to find the animals in the dark, like hogs, coyotes, fox.
  • 2.BESTSUN Red night Torch is also designed for night observation. It’s hard to find the target at night. If you use the white light, animals will come for you, and you are not able to watch their natural behavior at night to help you watch turtle, snakes, and the reptiles.
  • 3. Zoomable red tactical torch. The beam is focused by pulling out the lantern head assembly and pointing, easy to zoom from wide angle to a tight spot light.
  • 4.This red flashlight need 1x 18650 rechargeable battery or 3x AAA batteries with battery holder. (Not included battery)
  • 5. Red Torches made by durable aluminum alloy and IP65-rated water resistant. Easy to carry with you as a backup and is small enough to fit in your pocket, handbag, drawer, or car compartment

Telescope Accessories: Star Diagonals

If you have a refractor telescope, it is highly recommended that you also invest in a star diagonal. This is all because of the unique design of refractor telescopes. The star diagonal will bend the light that comes from the target at 90 degrees. This will help it go through the eyepiece and makes it easier for you to view the sky no matter what position you are in. It will really help you if you want to view a star that is high in the sky and directly above you.

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Celestron 94115-A 1.25 Inch Star Diagonal
  • Fits telescopes with 1.25” focusers or visual backs, 90° viewing angle, best for observing objects overhead.
  • Accepts standard 1.25” eyepieces, Barlow lenses, and other accessories with a 1.25” insert barrel.

Power Supplies

You are definitely going to need a power supply for your telescope, especially if you are going somewhere very rural with it and might not have access to a permanent supply. One option is to find an adaptor that allows you to connect the telescope to your car’s battery. If you aren’t driving or don’t have a car, then you will need something else, such as a dedicated power supply like the Celestron PowerTank 17. This should provide plenty of power to cover a few nights of star gazing. If you take a look online, you’ll see the other brands that make dedicated telescope power packs. 

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T-Power 12V 5A Ac Dc Adapter Charger fit Compatible with Celestron 18778, 18780 CGEM, CGEM II, CGEM DX, CGE, CGE PRO, CPC Deluxe HD, CGX, CGX-L, Celestar 8 Telescopes Replacement Power Supply Cord
  • T-Power Brand-new Input Voltage Range: AC 100V - 240V : Output 12V 5A (2.5A Compatible)
  • Delivers up to 5A @12 VDC, plenty of power to run our biggest mounts with heavy loads , Switching-type AC-to-DC power adapter provides more power with less weight than transformer-style power adapter
  • Compatible Telescopes : CGEM , CGEM II , CGEM DX , CGE , CGE PRO , CPC Deluxe HD , CGX , CGX-L, Celestar 8, CG9/11/14, CI700, CPC, CGE, NexStar i, NexStar SE, Celestron NexStar i, NexStar SE, Ultima 2000 series
  • Astro Fi 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope , Astro Fi 130mm Newtonian Telescope , Astro Fi 90mm Refractor Telescope CGEM II 1100 EdgeHD Telescope , CGEM II 700 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope , CGEM II 800 EdgeHD Telescope , CGEM II 925 EdgeHD Telescope
  • CGX 700 Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope , CGX Equatorial 1100 HD Telescope , CGX Equatorial 1100 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope , CGX Equatorial 800 HD Telescope , CGX Equatorial 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope , CGX Equatorial 925 HD Telescope , CGX Equatorial 925 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope , CGX Equatorial Mount and Tripod
binocular tripod adapters

Binocular Tripod Adapters

Most star gazers will head out with a pair of binoculars as well as their telescope. Most people find that they really benefit from mounting their binoculars onto a tripod while checking out the sky. If this is something that you want to do, it’s worth getting a binocular tripod adapter so that you can then adapt a camera tripod to fit the binoculars. One of the main advantages is that you can then use your binoculars hands-free. Not only that, though, but it’s easier to show others what you are viewing without trying to refocus the binoculars. 

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Svbony SV111 Binocular Tripod Adapter, Tripod Mounting Adapter, 1/4inch Fully Metal Adapter for Bird Watching Wildlife Observing
  • Svbony SV111 tripod adapter has a rubber washer on the binoculars attachment side to allow a secure non-scratching point of attachment to the binoculars
  • This binoculars tripod adapter with 1/4inch screw thread can perfectly fit general binoculars with 32mm or 42mm objective lens
  • High performance alloy material will no deformation and no jitter that can be used long time
  • The binoculars tripod adapter is easily connect binocular to tripod and free your hands especially compatible with roof-prism binoculars
  • 46.8gweight and 9cm length is convenient for you to take it in anywhere

Moon Filters

Moon filters are also known as neutral density filters. The filter absorbs light to reduce it, but it doesn’t change any of the colours by doing this. You will find that there are different types of moon filters, each of which absorb different amounts of light. Some will only let 1% of light through while others let around 80% through. If you are looking for planets, then you will need to use a lighter filter. When trying to spot the moon, it’s best to use a darker filter as the moon reflects a lot more light. 

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Celestron 94119-A 1.25 Inch Moon Filter
  • Reduce glare and increase contrast of the Moon with the Celestron 1.25” Moon Filter
  • Also useful for extra bright planets as well as terrestrial viewing over sand or snow
  • Threads onto most 1.25” eyepieces in seconds
  • Package Dimensions: 3.8 L x 7.2 H x 4.8 W (centimetres)

Light Pollution Reduction Filters

There is a lot of light pollution in the environment these days, and some people find that they can see the night sky a lot better if they can filter it out. These filters block certain light colours, such as the greens and blues from mercury vapour lights as well as the yellow from street lamps. The light pollution reduction filter blocks these lights to allow others to come through, such as the light from stars and planets. However, these filters don’t block out certain lights, such as car headlamps.

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ICE CO 58mm Slim MC LiPo Filter Broadband Light Pollution Reduction for Night Sky/Star 58
  • ►High Quality Optical Glass. ►Nano Multicoated. 16 coats, 8 each side. ►No Color cast
  • ►Easy Clean. ►Water Resistant.
  • ►Blocks out skyglow without changing the entire color spectrum
  • ►Slim: 3.6mm deep (not inc rear threads)►Ideal for Wide Angle Lenses.
  • ►Superfine matte black frame. ►Double threaded metal frame for additional filters or Hood. ►Includes Plastic Storage Case.

Colour Filters

It will also be worth getting some general colour filters as well. These can really enhance what you see through your telescope eyepiece, even if it is only of a low quality. These do work better the bigger your telescope is, though, as the eyepiece will let more light through, so the filter will be able to block more colours. Generally speaking, blue filters are the most efficient for smaller telescope eyepieces while darker filters will work better for bigger telescopes.

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Bewinner Telescope Lens Color Filter, Eyepiece Lens Filter with Inch Thread Suitable for Enhanced Views of the Moon/Jupiter/Mars/Nebula/Deep Sky, Great Present for Astronomical Telescope Lovers
  • Made of high quality aluminum alloy and optical glass, this product is sturdy and durable.
  • It can reduce eye strain and improve contrast and surface detail of the planet.
  • Comes with general standard inch thread, suitable for most telescopes.
  • Suitable for enhanced views of the Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, star cluster, nebula, deep sky, etc. (Red/Yellow/Blue/Green nebula filters can not be used to observe the sun.)
  • Easy to install and use, a great choice for astronomical telescope lovers.

Conclusion

As you can see then, there are so many useful telescope accessories that you can use with your astronomy telescope. No matter whether you are new to telescopes or have been using one for a while, you will certainly notice a benefit when you start to use some of these accessories. Most of them can be bought online for very reasonable prices. Once you do start to use them, you will find that your star gazing efforts will very quickly improve and you might start to spot more stars than ever before!

Last update on 2021-11-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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