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How to Use This Telescope Picker
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1) Click on the 'Telescope Picker' tab below and you'll see a table with seven questions in the first column.
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2) To find your ideal first telescope, you are going to select the most relevant answer for you to each question from a choice of 3 or 4 answers.
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3) To pick an answer, click on the down arrow in the top right hand corner of each box in the pink column.
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4) Every answer you pick awards a score of 0-3 for each of the four telescope types. You can see these in the columns headed 'Refractor', 'Reflector', 'Dobsonian', and 'Compound'.
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5) In the last column on the right hand side of the table (headed 'notes'), there is more information relevant to the answer you've chosen.
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6) When you've answered all 7 questions, your highest total scores will be colored green on the bottom row.
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7) Below the totals are two rows which can help you decide if your scores are tied. The first counts 'ideal' scores of 3, and the second counts zero scores.
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8) A link to the 'best telescopes' page relevant to your budget will appear at the bottom left of the table and be relevant to your budget. Use this and your overall score to find the best first telescope for you.
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9) If you'd like a visual guide on how to use this worksheet, please click here.
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NOTE: Other than choosing your answers on the 'Telescope Picker' page, this worksheet can not be edited. However, if you'd like to keep your results, they can be download as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet. Click on the 'File' menu at the top of the page and select 'Download as'
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