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Christopher Becke
Can we talk about Telescope emojis? Each vendor gets to design their own emojis to fit the accepted list, and here’s what the different vendors came up with. Which of these will make a good tool for viewing the stars? Let’s take a look. (thread)
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Christopher Becke Feb 28
Replying to @BeckePhysics
Telescope emojis seem to fall into clear categories. The first group seems based on a classic “spyglass” you’d find on a 17th century ship. They focus by manually expanding and contracting. Not my choice for astronomy, although LG is kind enough to include a spotting scope.
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Christopher Becke Feb 28
Replying to @BeckePhysics
This is a confusing group of telescopes. They are all tapered, so can’t be simple spyglasses, so there’s no obvious way to focus them. Also no way to change eyepieces. Seemingly non-functional telescopes.
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Christopher Becke Feb 28
Replying to @BeckePhysics
Microsoft leaves me scratching my head. It seems like a nice refractor at first glance, with a convenient spotting scope, but the bulging lens makes me question the optical path of this scope. Without any obvious focusing assembly or eyepiece, I cant imagine it in use.
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Christopher Becke Feb 28
Replying to @BeckePhysics
That brings us to this nice set of what look like portable refractors. Both clearly have a focusing tube and include a prism that makes for easy viewing through the eyepiece. They even seem to include tabletop tripods. Perfect for birding or backpacking.
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Christopher Becke Feb 28
Replying to @BeckePhysics
Finally, we get to this refractor from JoyPixels. It includes a spotting scope, focuser, changeable eyepieces, dew shield and even a handle to aim the scope. The scale of the eyepiece to the tube, suggests a 100mm+ aperture scope. I’d be happy to take this out stargazing.
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Christopher Becke Feb 28
Replying to @BeckePhysics
JoyPixels with a clear win in the telescope emoji contest, with WhatsApp and Messenger’s spotting scopes tied for a respectable second.
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Ian Kendall Feb 29
Replying to @BeckePhysics
You are making the assumption that telescopes are only used for astronomy. This is not the case...
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Christopher Becke Feb 29
Replying to @IanKendallmagic
As an amateur astrophotographer, I judged on what I know!
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BlueNova Feb 28
Replying to @BeckePhysics
I am completely disappointed there are no Dobsonian telescope emojis.
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Talking Trek Feb 28
I have suddenly become aware that my knowledge of telescopes is woefully inadequate
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