Buying a beginner Telescope for Astronomy

Buying a beginner Telescope for Astronomy

Here is your guide to buying the best stargazing 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. We also have a range of Astronomy Gifts at great prices. See our latest Special offer Telescope deals and offers.

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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, Emails are responded to fast, we often reply to emails out of hours to.

What can you see?
Even the lowest priced instruments will easily reveal hundreds of craters on the Moon and will show Saturn's Rings, Jupiter's main belts and Moons as well as the polar ice caps on Mars. Larger models (over 80mm) will be better for fainter objects like galaxies and nebulae.

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Buying for youngsters
We only 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

Viewing objects in the night sky
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. A telescope can show the colours and hues of stars themselves, some coloured double stars like Alberio are a distinct close pair in blue and orange.

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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

Best Selling UK Beginner Telescopes

Bresser Classic 70/350 Refractor Telescope 99

Bresser Classic 70/350 Refractor Telescope £99

Bresser Classic 70/350 Refractor Telescope with tripod and three eyepieces, compact travel telescope ideal for astronomy and daytime views

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT-70 169

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT-70 £169

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT-70 uses your smartphone and free App to accurately find objects with this easy to use telescope

SkyWatcher Evostar 90 AZ3 209

SkyWatcher Evostar 90 AZ3 £209

SkyWatcher Evostar 90 AZ3 Telescope with traditional long focus optics and an easy to use mount, perfect for excellent planetary views

SkyWatcher Explorer 130 189

SkyWatcher Explorer 130 £189

SkyWatcher Explorer 130 with large 130mm mirror and equatorial mount, complete with a barlow lens and two eyepieces

SkyWtcher Heritage 150p Dobsonian 255

SkyWtcher Heritage 150p Dobsonian £255

SkyWtcher Heritage 150p Dobsonian is a large aperture compact easy to use telescope supplied ready to use out of the box

SkyWatcher Explorer 130M 259

SkyWatcher Explorer 130M £259

SkyWatcher Explorer 130M with large 130mm mirror, 4 magnifications and motor drive, ideal for visual use and starting in astrophotography

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT-127 249

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT-127 £249

Celestron StarSense Explorer LT-127AZ can find objects with your smartphone easily with the free app, a fantastic telescope

SkyWatcher Star Discovery P150i WiFi GoTo Telescope 509

SkyWatcher Star Discovery P150i WiFi GoTo Telescope £509

SkyWatcher Star Discovery 150p GoTo Telescope has full goto with a large 150mm primary and comes with two eyepieces and WiFi - amazing value computerised 6" telescope

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:

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Helios Fieldmaster 7x50 Binoculars BBC Sky at Night magazine 92% group test winner

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