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Buying a beginner Telescope

Buying a beginner Telescope
We have a range of high quality telescopes carefully selected to provide ease of use, fast setup with great views of the night sky at budgets to suit everyone. Every telescope is a genuine UK version with full warranty backed by our free lifetime technical support. Give them the Moon & Stars.

Talk to us by phone or email
Astronomy is a complex subject and hobby, the equipment is often very technical and compatability between products and brands can be daunting. We are happy to guide customers to the right products therefore hope you see the benefit of our telephone number being prominent on every page of our website. Our phones are often busy but manned a full six days a week and emails are responded to fast - we often reply to emails out of hours to. We are customers to so we decided contact options are important - in our opinion nothing is quite as frustrating for the consumer as hidden phone numbers by companies you need to talk to!

Our beginner telescope section is divided in two parts:

Beginner Telescopes under 150

Beginner Telescopes over 150

Buying for youngsters
We recommend telescopes for those 13 or older unless supervised by an adult

Keep it simple
Choose a Refractor on an AltAz mount or a Dobsonian if you want the easiest fastest setup

Taking photos
If you think astrophotography is a possibility choose an Equatorial or EQ mount. read about astrophotography

Bigger is better
The larger the telescope's mirror or lens the more light it gathers, meaning you will see more. A Dobsonian is a design that allows large optics on a simple mount, bigger mirror equals brighter views

Why not binoculars?
Binoculars are often recommended for beginners but there is a drawback, they are low magnification which is great for general views but....Virtually everybody who wants a telescope will want to see the moon and planets - only a telescope can do this, you need 50x or more to reveal detail

What can you see
As a general rule telescopes under 80mm will give good views of the moon showing hundreds of craters and planets with Saturn's rings and Jupiter's cloud belts easily visible as well as some brighter galaxies and nebulae. Telescopes over 80mm aperture will start to show the deep sky objects brighter and larger - dont expect to see vivid colours that long exposure images show in magazines but you certainly can see wonderful views of the cosmos at the eyepiece

Call us on 01322 403407 six days a week or Email - we offer lifetime support on everything we sell

Buy with confidence from a telescope specialist

WiFi Telescopes

WiFi Telescopes

There are now many affordable WiFi Telescopes that can find and track via your Smartphone with free apps. This new breed of goto telescope allows anyone with a smartphone to control the telescope via the simple app to navigate to thousands of objects in the night sky.

Because your phone has location technology alignment is also simplified as the telescope then also has this data from your phone.

These telescopes do not need internet access, the telescope itself transmits its own WiFi network so you can use the instrument anywhere.

SkyWatcher WiFi Telescopes

Celestron WiFi Telescopes

Something more traditional - Brass & Mahogany telescopes

Something more traditional - Brass & Mahogany telescopes

For those who want a gift as wonderful to look at as to look through we have a range of superb brass instruments with mahogany tripods to fit in the most elegant room this Christmas.

Although they are primarily built to look and feel fantastic they are still practical telescopes that provide good views, many are made to view corrected images so can be used for daytime observation of your country estate!

Traditional brass telescopes

Buying Binoculars for Astronomy

Buying Binoculars for Astronomy

Binoculars cannot show the moon and planets close up like a telescope for several reasons, especially as they are not designed to provide high magnification.

Why binoculars?
What binoculars are extremely good at is giving a natural view with both eyes in addition to providing a very wide fields of view (often as much as 10 full moon diameters), in other words you see more sky area which generally will mean many more stars in the night sky.

For astronomy, binoculars fall into two catagories, hand held and tripod mounted. Hand held binoculars are great for casual observing in sizes up to around 50mm lenses with a magnification of 10x - going larger or higher power will be very difficult to hold steady. A good 10x50 binocular is perfect for hand held binocular astronomy with more than 50x the light gathering ability of the human eye. Under good skies there are numerous clusters, galaxies and nebulae within reach of 50mm binoculars.

Bigger is better
Larger aperture or giant binoculars are much more impressive with 70mm, 80mm, 100mm and even larger lenses with massive light grasp they can show a serious amount of detail including structure in galaxies and nebulae under good skies. With this size of binocular you need to use a tripod, thankfully virtually all binoculars can be easily fitted to photographic tripods which are portable and cost effective.

Useful links:

Binoculars section

10x50 Binoculars

Giant Binoculars

Binocular Tripods & Adapters

Where to use a telescope

Where to use a telescope

A telescope can be used anywhere, for the very best views of course a location that is darker and as far from street lighting as possible is best. Even the average suburban back garden can provide great views of solar system objects but also many deep sky targets.

We have enjoyed great views of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and of course the Moon fron central London! So dont be put off if you do not have access to pristine skies, there is always something to see and enjoy in the night sky.

Vist the Go Stargazing website where you will find all the best dark sky locations in the UK as well as listing of stargazing events throughout the UK.

If you are in the South West or planning a visit we would recommend Stargazing on Bodmin Moor at the Colliford Lake Park Campsite, a true dark sky location with amenities and camping. There is even a pay on the day scheme so you ccan simply arrive and start observing when the weather is just right. Thoroughly recommended.
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