Newtonian telescope vs naked eye

I think sometimes it is hard to get a feeling for the magnification of a telescope – especially when you are relatively new to the topic (like me). So I decided to make a test with my naked eye vs my Newtonian telescope (focal length F=1000mm) in combination with my Atik383L+ camera to get a better idea of it’s magnification. The pixel size of the Atik383L+ is 5.4um x 5.4um. So the overall magnification factor should be about 107x.

To me the result is quite impressive. Talking about a magnification of about 100 is one thing – but seeing it is something else. When looking at the sky at night I think the applied magnification is not so obvious. I think this test image helps to get a rough idea.

Clear skies!

Last updated: June 20, 2022 at 22:03 pm

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