Author: Scott Watkins

Home Insurance For Telescope – Am I Covered?

I was able to find an affordable homeowners insurance coverage which covers my telescope. I live in San Mateo, CA and this page helped me find a suitable plan.

Have you recently purchased an expensive telescope? It is easy to spend thousands of dollars high-quality gear. Do you wonder if home insurance for telescope protection is enough, or do you need a separate policy?

We need to ask an important question, first. Do you only use your telescope at home, or do you take it on the road with you? The answer to this question may determine what is the best direction for your coverage.

Homeowner’s insurance normally covers items in your home, or in your yard. You need to notify your insurance company of any expensive additions to your policy, since it may change your rates. Your telescope would qualify as an item which needs to be listed on the policy, or it may not be covered.

Do not trust your homeowner’s policy to cover your telescope unless you have directly asked the company. Some companies exclude items which are considered “hobby” purchases, since they are not essential to your life. You may need to have a rider added to your policy to extend the policy to cover your telescope. Make sure you mention how you use your telescope, too. Do you always keep it indoors, or do you regularly move it outside for better viewing. This slight change of location could affect if your telescope is protected.

Make sure you ask your agent, or the company, what types of incidents are covered by your homeowner’s policy. You want to make sure it includes theft, accidental damage, and acts of nature.

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Intriguing Facts About Jupiter

Jupiter and its second-largest moon Callisto.

Although astronomers have known Jupiter since ancient times, the telescope invention as well as the development in modern astronomy have enlightened us on a lot to do with the planet. There’re very many captivating facts about this giant planet including its massiveness, very many moons than all planets and the powerful magnetic field. Some of these facts are explained below:

  • It’s massive – It’s well known that this planet is the largest in the entire Solar System. It’s mass is estimated to be 318 times more that of our planet. When all the planets in our Solar System are combined, Jupiter is still 2.5 times larger than them. What’s even more interesting, is that Jupiter would actually reduce its size if it ever got bigger-this is because extra mass would make it denser an hence pulling itself in on it.
  • Fastest Spinning Planet – Although it’s massive, Jupiter moves fast. It’s estimated the planet takes around 10 hours to rotate on its axis completely. This has made the planet flatten a little at the poles and is protruding on its equator. Also, the quick rotation assists in creating its strong magnetic fields and cause the risky radiation around it.
  • Powerful Magnetic Fields – Actually, 14 times powerful than earth’s. Compasses could function in Jupiter since it has the most powerful magnetic fields in the entire Solar System. Astronomers suggest that the magnetic fields are created from eddy currents, that’s the spinning movement of conducting materials, in the liquid hydrogen core. Trapped sulfur dioxide particles, from volcanic eruptions, in the magnetic field create oxygen and sulfur ions that combine with hydrogen ions from Jupiter’s atmosphere. They create a plasma sheet in the equatorial plane of Jupiter.
  • Owns 67 moons – These are the ones confirmed but beyond 200 natural satellites are estimated to orbit Jupiter. They were discovered in 1975, by Pioneer 10 Spacecraft, and all of their diameters are below 10 kilometers.