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How Heavy Are Telescopes?

How Heavy Are Telescopes?

The weight of telescopes can vary significantly depending on their size, type, and construction materials. Here are some general guidelines for the weight of telescopes in different categories:

1. Small Refracting Telescopes:

Entry-level refracting telescopes with apertures around 60mm to 80mm (2.4 to 3.1 inches) typically weigh between 2 kg to 5 kg (4.4 to 11 lbs).

2. Medium Refracting and Reflecting Telescopes:

Telescopes with apertures ranging from 90mm to 150mm (3.5 to 5.9 inches) can weigh between 5 kg to 15 kg (11 to 33 lbs). This includes mid-sized refractors and reflectors on various mounts.

3. Large Refracting and Reflecting Telescopes:

Telescopes with apertures larger than 150mm (5.9 inches) can weigh anywhere from 15 kg to over 100 kg (33 to 220 lbs), depending on their design and construction. These include larger refractors and reflectors on more substantial mounts or observatory-grade setups.

4. Catadioptric Telescopes:

Compound telescopes such as Schmidt-Cassegrain and Maksutov-Cassegrain designs typically fall in the medium to large size range, and their weight can range from 5 kg to 30 kg (11 to 66 lbs), depending on the aperture and mount.

It's essential to consider the weight of the telescope, especially if you plan to transport it frequently or need to set it up alone. Mounts, tripods, and additional accessories can also add to the overall weight. It's recommended to check the specifications provided by the manufacturer or retailer for accurate weight information specific to the telescope model you are interested in.


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