Astronomy Telescopes

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. 

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.

Bestseller No. 1
Svbony SV182 Finderscope for Telescope, 6x30 Correct Image Optical Right Angle, FMC 2 Element Achromatic Finder Scopes, with Single Crosshair Reticle, for Astronomy
  • SV182 6x30 finder scopes; a powerful 6x crosshair finder scope; 30mm diameter lens provides a bright image through the finder for easy aiming anywhere in the sky
  • Correct Image optical right angle; provides a daytime oriented view through the finder
  • Achromatic 2 element FMC glass optics object lens; bring bright and clear HD images
  • Adjustable focus with spring loaded X-Y; not only easy to operate; but also accurate positioning
  • Bracket for Finder Scope; suitable for most astronomical telescopes; meet your needs for exploring the starry sky

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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Head Torch Red Light, WESLITE Red LED Hunting Headlamp USB Rechargeable Super Bright XML-T6 Head Light with Red Filter Zoomable for Coon Hog Coyote Varmint Hunting, Astronomy, Stargazing, Night Vision
  • WESLITE LED headlamp with powerful XML-T6 red light for night vision. Max brightness up to 1000 lumens. Perfect red headlight for coon hog coyote varmint hunting, astronomy, reading, camping, photography, star gazing, aviation, hiking, beekeeping, night observation and detecting, military bunkers.
  • Head torch with red filter has High-Low-Strobe 3 different red-light modes, which can meet your needs in different circumstance.
  • Red light head torch comes with 2 x 18650 rechargeable li-ion batteries (Included), 1x Micro USB charging cable and tail warming light is available. It can last around 5-10 hours with fully charged batteries.
  • Zooming out the red head light to be used as a spot light, which can reach out as far as 250 Yards. Zooming in as a flood light provides a wide view when you are searching targets. Free your hands, perfect red lights headlamp for night hunting.
  • Head 90º swivel ability, rotate head torch red light to shine literally any direction you want! Reliable and lightweight. Comfortable with ergonomically designed elastic headband.

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.

Bestseller No. 1
POFET 1.25 Inch Dielectric Mirror Star Diagonal 90 Degree Mirror Diagonal Adapter for Astronomical Telescope
  • Constructed with aluminum alloy housing and stainless steel cover plate, available for long lifespan.
  • All-surface multilayer coated prism system.
  • Constructed with aluminum alloy housing and stainless steel cover plate, available for long lifespan.
  • Not recommended for use in reflective telescopes.
  • Interface with 1.25 inch thread can be connected with 1.25in filter.

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. 

Bestseller No. 1
T-Power Adapter for Celestron Telescope LCM NexStar SLT, NexStar SE, SkyProdigy, Advanced VX CPC GPS XLT & more
  • 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 : LCM , NexStar SLT , NexStar SE , SkyProdigy , Advanced , Advanced VX , CPC GPS XLT , CPC Deluxe HD Series
  • LCM Series, NexStar SLT Series, NexStar SE Series, SkyProdigy Series, Advanced Series, Advanced VX Series, CPC Series, CPC Deluxe HD Series, CPC Deluxe HD Series : LCM Series : 114LCM 90LCM 80LCM 60LCM NexStar SLT Series : 130SLT 102SLT 127SLT 90SLT NexStar SE Series : 4SE 5SE 6SE 8SE SkyProdigy Series : 6 90 130 Advanced VX Series : VX8 VX11 CPC Series : 800 1100 XLT CPC Deluxe HD Series : 800 1100 HD P/N SM030CU120250 ; Skywatcher max
  • Model: 127 , 22050 , 22051 , 31150 , 31151 , 22054 , 22087 , 22096 , 22097 , 31145 , 11049 , 11036 , 11068 , 11069 , 22201 , 22202 , 22203 , 31153 , 11076 , 11007 , 11008 , 11009 , 11073-XLT , 11074-XLT , 11075-XLT , 32054 , 12079 , 22020 , 32062 , 12026 , 12031 , 12046 , 12067

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. 

Bestseller No. 1
Svbony SV110 Binocular Tripod Adapter, Tripod Mounting Adapter, 1/4inch Fully Metal Adapter for Porro Binoculars Bird Watching Wildlife Observing
  • Svbony SV110 tripod is made of full metal material that is solid and steady perfect for Porrol binocular telescope
  • The big head of bolt is easy to install by hand no tools are required
  • A recessed rubber pad on the tripod attachment side which provides a secure grip to the tripod and minimizing rotational movement at that juncture
  • This binoculars adapter allow you to observe objects more comfortably without using your hand to hold the binoculars relaxing your hands and arms
  • 89.3g weight and 10cm length make the binocular tripod lightweight and compact.You can put it in your pocket and carry it to anywhere you want

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. 

SaleBestseller No. 1
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.

Bestseller No. 1
Svbony Telescope Filter 2inch O-III Filter 18nm Light Pollution Reduction Filter Telescope Accessories for Deep Sky Objects (2in)
  • The Svbony 2" O-III filter can enhance the contrast of nebulae; The effect is much stronger than that of general purpose filters like cls or uhc
  • Svbony 2" O-III filter only allows the double ionized oxygen line between 495.9nm and 500.7nm to pass at 90%; Fit for observing emission nebulae; gaseous and planetary nebulae; supernova remnants
  • Iro source assisted coating for durability and resistance to scratching; as well as stability on CWL no deviation affected by temperature change
  • The O-III filter made from high-grade glass with dichroic interference and anti reflection coatings to prevent glaring and ghosting; increase the contrast under both light polluted and dark skies
  • The 2in O-III filter is especially fit for large aperture telescopes and any 2in eyepiece; Package Includes a sturdy plastic box for easy to carry and storage

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.

Bestseller No. 1
Gazechimp 4-in-1 Astronomy Telescope Color Filters Set 0.965inch/24.5mm for Eyepiece Lens Accessory Kit, Red Blue Green Yellow
  • Fit standard sized 0.965" eyepieces and accessories.
  • Reduces glare and improves definition so you can see the moons features, craters and "seas" much more clearly.
  • Bright, light-polluted skies appear much darker, and the contrast between object and sky is improved significantly. This contrast-enhancement effect is particularly apparent on nebulas.
  • 0.965" nebula filter for telescope eyepiece.
  • Premium metal rim and glass lens.

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 2022-08-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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