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Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 8:00 PM cdst

ZOOM Online Meeting

(recording will be posted to YouTube later)

Buying Your First Telescope

for Christmas

By Various MAS Members, Telescope Owners & Operators

Are you considering buying a telescope for Christmas?

Every year, MAS Members receive correspondence requesting advice on what telescope to buy for Christmas, either for themselves or as a gift for someone else. It’s a difficult question to answer, as it's somewhat subjective depending on who might be the ultimate owner of the telescope and what might be their objectives for having one:

Is the telescope for a child with a curiosity of what’s out there, or someone who knows the ‘sky’ and is looking to go further in their study?

Does the telescope and accessories need to be portable and easy to transport, or will it find a home in the backyard?

Will the telescope be used for visual observing only, or is there an interest in astrophotography in the future?
There a variety of questions that need to be asked and answered. And even then, with so many choices, the final decision will ultimately be up to Santa Claus.

BUT in an effort to help, we’ll review some of the different types of telescopes and, hopefully, enlighten you as to the different choices and tradeoffs to consider.
Remember this:
“the most expensive telescope you could buy, is the one you don’t use”


Asteroid named for local Amateur Astronomer

About the M.A.S.

The Memphis Astronomical Society is a non-profit, public service organization promoting interest and education in astronomy and related sciences. Founded in 1953

The Memphis Astronomical Society, or M.A.S., is a public service organization which promotes understanding of the science of astronomy through free public lectures and demonstrations. Members are seldom professional astronomers. We work in many different occupations, some in the sciences, but most in other fields. We are amateurs in the basic sense of the word: we study astronomy because we love it. We seek to learn more about it through reading, conversation with other astronomers, professional as well as amateur, and especially through direct observation of celestial objects.

The Memphis Astronomical Society is 501(c)(3) charitable educational society, and as such, donations may be tax deductible (please consult your tax advisor). If you care to make a donation, you may use the link below to so. We will be sure you recieve a reciept for your records.


Contact us:

Phone Numbers and email

Jeremy Veldman, President

(662) 418-7511

Keith Latiolais, VP Programs

(901) 457-7180

Mark Matthews, VP Observing

(901) 755-5564

Ric Honey

Treasurer and Web Servant

(901) 828-3112

Bill Busler, Ambassador

(901) 382-2246

Memphis Astronomical Society

P.O. Box 871

Cordova, TN 38088-0871



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