Can I See Black Holes With My Astronomical Telescope?

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Tricky things are Black Holes!

Sorry to say that as far as physics and amateur astronomy are concerned, there is no way you can see a Balck Hole with your telescope.

Black Holes were predicted by Einstein in his Theory of Relativity in 1915.  But the first Black Hole wasn't discovered until 1964, even then they weren't sure that it was one!

Because Black Holes don't emit any radiation or reflect any light they can only be detected if they interact with another body, such as a star.  When Black Holes are orbited by another body they tear material from the other body and as it spirals faster and faster into the Balck Hole the material emits other radiation from the friction - x-Rays, typically.
In Visible Light we see nothing!
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In Visible Light we see nothing!

Your telescope works on collecting, focussing and magnifying visible light.  Your view of a Balck Hole would be simply that - Nothing to see here... Move along.

You would need an X-Ray telescope to see the effects of a Black Hole on a nearby Star.  X-Ray telescopes are not commercially available, I'm afraid.  We're stuck using our visible light equipment and looking at the wonderful universe with awe.

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