Catadioptric telescopes combine specifically shaped mirrors and lenses to form an image. Their designs mean that these telescopes can be much smaller but more powerful than other telescopes. The best catadioptric telescope will have a lens or curved mirror that can correct any mistakes in the image and produce a spectacular image. The great thing is that the top catadioptric telescope can be bought for a very reasonable price these days and you can get on with some serious star gazing.
Whether you want to photograph a comet or the international space station or you want to sit and view the detail of Saturn’s rings the telescope will enable you to do this with a high degree of detail and precision. With a good catadioptric telescope you will be able to look to the stars without looking away from your eyepiece, because they can come with an onboard motor that will track the object you are focused on and keep it within the field of view of your telescope. This is an amazing feature of the best telescope that should not be underestimated. A good smooth tracking motor will make a huge difference to your astronomical experience as you will not have to keep manually readjusting the field telescope.
The best catadioptric telescope will have a large primary mirror that will let as much light in as possible for a brighter and sharper view. It has a lens built into the housing that increases the focal length of the telescope without the need of a long tube. The upshot of this is that you get a telescope with twice the power in half the size. A good catadioptric telescope capitalizes on this by casing its lenses and mirrors in a top quality housing that will protect and preserve the viewing equipment. Another advantage of the shorter length of the telescope is that less adjustments need to be made to the telescope when being used by people of different heights, so this is great if there are a few of you out star gazing together.
Another feature that the top catadioptric telescope must have is that it will have motorized mount. This will let you move the telescope smoothly exactly where you want to at exactly the speed you want to. With it you can stay completely focused on the stars without any disturbance.
The best one will come with a multitude of extras including such things as filter wheels, various eyepieces, a robust tripod and a decent storage case. The filters and eyepieces are important for viewing different aspects and objects in the sky. Also it will come with all the filters and eyepieces you need for the best viewing of the moon, the planets and much more distant objects such as galaxies.
Finally these days you should expect the best catadioptric telescope to have connector for a digital camera so that you can easily take photographs of what you have found in the sky. You should be able to use the imaging technology of it to record some wonderful images.