While skywatching can be as easy as going outside on a dark, clear night, going beyond that initial dip into the celestial waters can be daunting. We've been there: Should I get a telescope? Which telescope is right for me? And what accessories do I need?
With that in mind, Airstream teamed up with the master skywatchers at Explore Scientific to create two packages that cater to both new astronomers and those looking to level up their skywatching. If you're a beginner, the Aurora Skywatching Package is perfect for getting started with telescope observation. If you want to dive a bit deeper, check out our FirstLight Skywatching Package, designed for delving into the details of our solar system and exploring deep-sky treasures.
In short, everything you need to get started. The Aurora Skywatching Package comes with a telescope, a mount (sometimes called a tripod), two eyepieces, a red dot viewfinder, a planisphere to help you identify constellations and other deep-sky objects, and a red beam flashlight to preserve your night vision while you're under the stars. This is a versatile telescope, packaged with everything you need to get develop your skywatching skills even further.
With a substantial aperture of 4 ½ inches, the Explore One 114mm Aurora Reflector Telescope is designed to unveil exhilarating deep-sky treasures. Offering a focal length of 500 mm and equipped with two premium Plossl eyepieces, this reflector model allows the user to experience ancient starlight in the form of galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. To produce its well-defined images, the scope combines superior optics and a sturdy mount with smooth motion controls. It also comes with a fully adjustable metal tripod and a red dot finder for locating coveted celestial targets. This easy to operate telescope is a great choice for budding, young astronomers who want to do some serious observing, families in search of a backyard telescope or science classrooms with an opportunity for some night sky observing.
Created by noted celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, this planisphere will help you find a huge variety of skywatching targets. Works over a vast range of Northern hemisphere latitudes (0° to 60° north) and uses a double-sided design to minimize distortion. It is made of durable plastic and the celestial dials are secured with no-corrosion brass rivets.
It can take almost an hour for your eyes to become adjusted to the dark, but all that can be ruined with one look at a bright light. Unlike the bright light of traditional flashlight (or the one on your smartphone), red-beam flashlights don't destroy your night vision. The Astro R-Lite red beam flashlight is perfect for use with the Tirion Planisphere and is designed to specifically meet the needs of amateur astronomers. This versatile device will allow you to read star charts or make equipment changes without disturbing the crucial adjustments your eyes have made to dark conditions.