...A subtle deception in advertising
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Wow! Look at the colors!
As much as we try to dispel it, the misconception still persists among newcomers that celestial treasures like the Great Orion Nebula and countless others are presented in 'living color' in the eyepiece of a telescope. And though everyone of course eventually learns the truth, there is a fundamental reason why this false notion endures within the ranks of newcomers and budding enthusiasts.
The real culprits are the telescope manufacturers themselves, who repeatedly insist on displaying their scopes and eyepieces along with color photographs of deep space objects, thereby indoctrinating the uninitiated with a major misunderstanding. This is done in such a way as to give newcomers and novices (potential new customers) the false impression that they will see that object in the same way if they purchase that product.
Ferocious competition and marketing paranoia have seduced the corporate mindset into adopting a clever code of reckless indifference which is seemingly irreversible. They each apparently believe that addressing this issue will somehow permit the others to jump ahead in sales. In other words, "truth in advertising" can be considered parallel to suicide!
Going too far
To include a color photo in the same ad with the product is a time-worn gimmick that's been utilized by most manufacturers since the advent of color astrophotography. But to actually use it as paste-up art, to represent how it actually looks in their equipment is a cardinal sin of blatant misinformation. It's going too far.
There can be only one reason for displaying an ad such as this: To deceive the unsuspecting and the uninitiated newcomer. It's a device to advance the notion that using their products will enable deep space objects to be viewed in color at the eyepiece. We find this not only objectionable, but inexcusable, and downright reprehensible.
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But galaxies and nebulae look grayish because they're dim.
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As an example:
Nomenclature - the typical Dob
What's an f/number? - Fast vs slow
What you can see... and what you WON'T see
The Cost of Amateur Astronomy
Finderscopes, Telrads, etc.
What is "GO-TO"?
Recommendations - GO-TO Systems
How things REALLY look in the eyepiece