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What is an Amateur Telescope?

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What is the difference between an amateur and professional telescope?

What is an Amateur Telescope?

An amateur telescope is usually pretty different from the professional telescopes (even small ones) used in observatories. Amateur telescopes are portable, smaller, and do not have the light-gathering ability that professional scopes have. Amateur telescopes are meant mostly for home and hobby use, and not for serious exploration of deep space.

   

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