The Recommendation

Many of the readers of this book already own a telescope, on a stable mount, with a case or two of eyepieces and accessories. These readers are suitably equipped to observe the Moon and search for Apollo.

To the readers without a telescope, get one. Astronomy is a wonderful hobby, filled with potential personal discoveries. For the price of a pair of bifocal high index eyeglasses, a nice 80 mm refractor on an alt-azimuth mount with two Plossl eyepieces can be obtained. This setup serves as a great care free introduction to the hobby, and when aperture fever takes hold (it always does) and a larger telescope is procured, the 80 mm refractor still has a role as a grab-and-go scope. The 80 mm refractor’s sharp images are always appreciated.

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