Here is your guide to buying the best telescope for Christmas 2018 - 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 this Christmas.Talk to us by phone or email
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Our beginner telescope section is divided in two parts:Beginner Telescopes under £150Beginner Telescopes over £150Buying for youngsters
We recommend telescopes for those 13 or older unless supervised by an adultKeep it simple
Choose a Refractor on an AltAz mount or a Dobsonian if you want the easiest fastest setupTaking photos
If you think astrophotography is a possibility choose an Equatorial or EQ mount. read about astrophotographyBigger 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 viewsWhy 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 eyepieceQuestions
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