Stargazing and exploring the universe
Astronomy is a popular hobby with all ages. Being outdoors at night watching the skies for planets, comets and even the space station brings a greater meaning to who we are and where we are in the universe.
TV programmes such as Sky At Night have long been popular and inspire us to look outwards. Buy a telescope can really bring a new outlook on all things. A weekend at a Dark Sky Park in the UK can be a really rewarding experience.
We highlight a range of everyday telescopes for the average star-gazer through to the more serious home astronomer. Browse through our range for telescopes that start at budget prices for the beginner.
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- SALE 33% MAXLAPTER Telescopes for Astronomy …£89.99
☆【MOON FINDER】K25mm for 16x magnification; K6mm for 66x, easy to find the Moon and observe the Crater in details. This telescope works well for kids and beginners with simple assembly and fast focus.
☆【Professional STARTER TELESCOPE】Equipped with blue-coating 70mm objective lens, it enhances the light transmittance and image quality. It offers positive image with 45°zenith mirror, same as the view from eyesight; so you may use it at day time for birdwatching or nature.
☆【Bonus – STANDARD TRIPOD】Accompanied with 43 inch standard tripod (for telescope or camera), phone adapter mounting, wired shutter control, moon filters, hope it will bring more fun to you and your family.
- SALE 13% OFF INTEY Ultra-Clear Portable Astronomy Telescope with Rucksack
70 MM ULTRA-CLEAR TELESCOPE – This fantastic telescope can ensure good imagine quality, 5X24 finderscope and the latest generation of Kellner eyepiece(K)
MAGNIFICATION – 16X, 67X. K6mm eyepiece for 67X, K25mm eyepiece for 16X. Finderscope for 5X magnification. Focal length: 400mm. Aperture: 70 mm.
ADJUSTABLE TRIPOD – Scalability aluminum tripod, height can be adjusted from about 16-inch to 41-inch, and it permit to use the telescope both in standing or sitting position
- SALE 36% OFF Gskyer AZ70400 Telescope, Travel Scope, 70mm Aperture 400mm AZ Mount Astronomical Refractor Telescope for Kids Beginners
Ultra-clear Refracting Telescope With 400 mm focal length and 70 mm aperture to capture more clear picture and optical glass coated for enhanced image brightness to protect your eyes.
Optimum Magnification Two replaceable eyepiece(16X, 40X) to enhance the power for this astronomical telescope. 5X24 finder scope with mounting bracket and cross line.
No-tools required No-tools quick set up and easy find your objects, perfect telescope for kids and astronomy beginners.
- SALE 22% OFF INTEY Telescope- 400mm Focus Length and 70mm Aperture, 2 Eye Pieces Telescope with Adjustable Tripod & Rotatable Lens, Flexible Operation for Beginners and Teenagers
400mm Focus Length & 70mm Aperture – Bigger aperture means clearer picture, 70mm aperture and 400mm focus length can satisfy your needs greatly. And optical glass can provide brighter picture and protect your eyes as well.
Adjustable Tripod & Portable Size -The height of tripod can be adjusted from 16 inchs to 41 inchs. You can choose a suitable height to keep balance. Detachable design can make it be convenient to carry it during your outdoor activity
Two Different Eye Pieces: Two replaceable 1.25″ Kellner eye pieces (K6mm/16X, K25/67X) can help you to observe objects. And 5X24 find scope will local the objects easily. Suitable eye pieces can provide better observation experience.
- SALE 56% Moutec Beginners Telescope for Adults and Kids, 70mm Refractor Astronomy Telescopes
The tripod is very sturdy with good balance and very little wobble, the mounts hold the telescope securely.
This travel telescopes is quick and easy to set up in minutes even for novice. No tools are required.
Whether you’re stargazing from the wilderness or your backyard, you’re ready to grab and go with Travel backpack. Stash the telescope, the full-height tripod, and all the included bonus accessories in one lightweight package.
- SALE 55% OFF Telescope for Kids Beginners, 70mm Astronomy Refractor Telescope with Adjustable Tripod & Carry Bag- Portable Travel Scope for Adult Children
360mm focal length and 70mm aperture, fully coated optical glass with high transmission coatings creates crisp images with increased brightness and clarity
Includes two 1.25″ eyepieces (K25mm & K10mm) which you can enjoy the magnification from 51X to 128X, And 5X24 Finder Scope can locate objects faster
No-tools quick set up and easy find your objects, perfect telescope for kids and astronomy beginners
- SALE 4% OFF National Geographic 76/350 Compact Telescope
Small but powerful, this bright, Dobsonian Telescope for stargazers is extremely portable, easy to use and available at a very reasonable price!
This reflecting telescope is easy to operate, even for beginners to the fascinating world of astronomy, and it collects lots of light from celestial objects
he telescope comes fully assembled and ready to use right out of the box. You can simply place it on a table and begin exploring outer space
- SALE 40% OFF INTEY Astronomy Telescope, 70mm Refractor Telescope for Kids and Astronomy Beginners, Travel Telescope Kit with super lightweight tripod – Perfect for Children Educational and Gift
◐ ULTRA-CLEAR REFRACTING TELESCOPE: With 400 mm focal length and 70 mm aperture to capture a more clear picture and optical glass coated for enhanced image brightness to protect your eyes. An awesome tool helps beginners and students to explore the space.
◑ OPTIMUM MAGNIFICATION: Two replaceable 1.25″ Kellner eyepiece(K6mm/16X, K25/67X) to enhance the power for this astronomical telescope. 5X24 finderscope with mounting bracket and cross line, erect-image diagonal make locating objects more easily.
◒ EASY TO OPERATION: No tools are required for refractor telescope even for the novice. Adjusted from about 16 inch to 41 inch. Allowed for many different observational positions and keep the whole tripod steady with castor wheel.
- SALE 58% OFF Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, German Technology Travel Scope
1.Entry-level refractive astronomical telescope with 60mm aperture and 350mm focal length,f/5.8 focal ratio .
2.Rack-and-pinion focuser &low (25mm) and high (10mm) magnification eyepieces give you variety for any viewing situation & 3X barlow lens doubles the magnifying power of each eyepiece.
3.All-glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity.
- SALE 50% OFF EMARTH Telescope for Kids Beginners Adult, 70mm Astronomical Refractor Telescope with Adjustable Tripod & & Finder Scope- Portable Travel Telescope Perfect for Kids Children Teens
【High Magnification】360mm(f/5.1) focal length and 70mm aperture, fully coated optical glass with high transmission coatings creates stunning images with increased brightness and clarity. Protect your eyes.Perfect Refracting telescope for beginners or kids to explore sky
【No-tool Set Up】This telescope is quick and easy to set up even for the novice and will encourage kids to love learning about space, great holiday or birthday gift idea for kids who love science and astronomy
【High Quality Optics】Includes two 1.25″ eyepieces (K25mm & K10mm) which you can enjoy the magnification from 51X to 128X, And 5X24 Finder Scope can locate objects faster
- SALE 3% OFF National Geographic 50/360 Telescope
The very compact lens telescope with aluminium tripod is ideal for mobile use. Due to its small dimensions it is easy to transport and store in your backpack.
With the high-quality optics you can achieve magnifications up to 60x. A focal length of 360 mm and a lens diameter of 50 mm produce a high incidence of light.
The zenith mirror allows a comfortable view. The construction is uncomplicated and fast and allows spontaneous observations of the night sky.
- SALE 49% OFF Junnom Space Astronomic Telescope, Professional 150X Kids Telescopes Sky Monocular Telescopes for Kids with Tripod and 2 Options Eyepiece Educational Toys for Sky Star Gazing
1.Educational Learning Toy – Space astronomical telescope with 300mm focal length and 70mm objective diameter, maximum 150x Magnification, provides bright image quality and high magnification power. Perfect telescope for kids and astronomy beginners to explore stars sky.
2.Premium Material & Portable Tripod – Made of premium ABS acrylic and aluminum alloy, very durable, lightweight and portable, insuring long serving time. Telescopes for astronomy beginners with tripod make the observation more steady, which provides a good environment to learning the nature and the universe.
3.Easy To Install & Use – Easy assembly with no tools required. Equipped with H20mm (view all the details of the craters on the moon), H6mm (viewi the terrestial objects on land), and special moon mirror can effectively avoid the reflected light, and then the moon’s surface will be seen more clearly.
- SALE 41% Telescopes for Astronomy 60/900 Zoom HD Outdoor Monocular Space Telescope with Aluminum Alloy Tripod – Uverbon£31.99 – £60.99
【LIGHT REFLECTING TELESCOPE】 – The achromatic lens design eliminates chromatic aberrations that occur when viewing distant objects, and provides sharper and more accurate images by viewing it from our professional astronomical telescope. A fantastic tool helps beginners and students to explore space.
【EXPANSION ADJUSTMENT COME】 – With two interchangeable eyepieces. Eyepiece1: 20mm (18X) to find the target, Ocular2: 6mm (60X) to watch the thin target. There is also a button to adjust the focal length.
【LIGHT AND SMALL】 – The child-friendly telescope is easy to handle thanks to the rugged premium acrylic ABS construction. With little space and low weight, it can be easily stowed in the bag.
- SALE 53% OFF Astronomical Reflector Telescope Zoom HD Outdoor Monocular Space with Tripod for Kids,Beginner – Ranipobo
EQUIPPED WITH TWO EYEPIECES TO WATCH DIFFERENT TARGETS: Different magnifications for different targets, suitable magnification of the eyepiece for viewing allows you to find the target for easier observation. With H20mm eyepiece can completely see the moon surface, with H6mm can be observed crater, Moon Sea
50MM CALIBER MULTI-LAYER OPTICAL COATING: Due to a part of lighting was reflecting when lighting on the lens of surface. However, F40040M lens with multi-layer coating, greatly improving the light transmittance of this wavelength
COMPACT E AND ELEGANT, LIGHT AND SIMPLE DESIGNS: F36050M with Finder telescope design streamlined, easy to install, combined height not exceeding 40. Placed as your wishes. Good for the enlightenment of children
- SALE 14% Aomekie Telescope for Kids Beginners Astronomical Telescope with Tripod and Finderscope£29.99 – £99.99
70mm Telescope: 70mm aperture with fully coated glass optical elements. Telescope for astronomy ensures good image quality as well as correct lateral chromatic aberration, and can reduce longitudinal chromatic aberration and distortion. Fully coated design to reduce light reflection and increase light transmission.
5×24 finder scope: Since a telescopio astronomico has a narrow field of view, it can be difficult to locate a particular star or planet. For this reason, the 5x magnification finder scope is very useful to locate a particular star or planet. 1.25-inch large eyepiece with a large field of view and clearer, its the best accessory to observe the moon.
Tripod moon filter and Phone Adapter: telescope for kids high-quality aluminum tripod provides a stable base for landscape and sky observations. With mobile phone adapter, you can easily and quickly take pictures with the phone of the observation objects. With metal moon filter you can see the Moon clearly.
- SALE 67% OFF ALEENFOON Kids Telescopes, 20X-30X-40X Adjustable Childrens Science Astronomical Telescope for Kids Beginners Astronomy Stargazing, with Tripod Eyepieces Compass Star Finder Lens Toy Set
1, 20X-30X-40X Magnification Telescope: A thoughtful beginner microscope for kids to take a closer look at the world around them, explore land & sky! Can be used with tripod or simply as a hand-held telescope, suitable for stargazing, land exploration, concert, animal, plant observation and so on.
2, Multifunction & Durable: Comes with compass and star finder lens, better to find the direction quickly and find the celestial body. The telescope is made of premium ABS acrylic, robust and not easy to be broken.
3, Easy to Use & Portable: Adustable telescope angle, easy to find the best observation angle. Foldable tripod makes it compact and portable.
- SALE 16% Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ Reflector Telescope£89.00 – £181.89
Quick and easy no-tool setup
Slow motion controls for smooth tracking.
Erect image optics – Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use.
- SkyWatcher SKYMAX 102 SynScan AZ GOTO Maksutov Telescope£345.00
Magnification (with optics supplied): 30 & 52.
Finder accuracy up to 10 sheets minutes
Box contents: 120 mm f/1250 computerised Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope; with optics (1.25 “): 10 mm and 25 mm, 6×30 finder scope, 90 ° deflection mirror (1.25 inch), tripod made from stainless steel with accessory tray
- Svbony SV25 Telescope for Kids Beginners Adults 70mm Astronomical Telescope with Adjustable Tripod Portable Travel Telescope Professional for Kids Children£69.99
SV25 astronomical telescope kids is designed for the astronomy beginner adults and kids;suitable for astronomical observations and terrestrial use as a powerful spotting scope
60mm aperture makes the kids telescope light and portable;the detachable platform is easy to install without tools and kids can use it by themselves
The height of the tripod is 45cm to 103.5cm ; The maximum diameter of the tripod leg is 19mm and aluminum material improve the stability and durable
- Orion 0 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope£264.99
This 5.1 inch aperture reflector telescope gathers an ample amount of light for great views of the planets and Moon, as well as brighter galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters
Short 24 inch long optical tube design for easy portability and fast f/5 focal ratio for pleasing wide-field performance makes the SpaceProbe 130ST EQ a very versatile telescope the whole family can enjoy
Sturdy EQ-2 equatorial telescope mount and adjustable tripod allows manual slow-motion tracking of celestial objects as they appear to migrate across the night sky
- Skywatcher Skymax-127 OTA Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope 127mm (5 Inches) f/1500 Black£315.29
Magnification (with optics supplied): 60x and 150x
55 % more light capture than 102 mm
Database with more than 42,900 objects, including the complete Messier, NGC and IC catalogues
- Bresser StarTracker Telescope£75.55 – £253.91
Equatorial StarTracker Photo-Mount
Automatic siderial tracking against the Earth rotation
Different tracking speed setting possible
- Celestron Cometron Telescope£79.00
Complete telescope on user-friendly, azimuthal bench mounting
Assembly without tools. Fast focal ratio offers a wide field of view, perfect for observing comets, star clusters, galaxies, and more
Two eyepieces and viewfinder
- Orion 9024 AstroView 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope£246.99
A powerful, high-quality refractor telescope at a jaw-dropping low price
90mm (3.5″) aperture and 910mm focal length for crisp views of deep-sky objects, the Moon, and planets
Included EQ-2 adjustable tripod and equatorial mount for manual slow-motion celestial tracking
- SALE 10% Celestron NexStar 127 SLT Mak Telescope£389.00 – £489.00
Compatible with 2″ eyepieces
High quality 102 mm short tube style refractor. Fully computerized Altazimuth mount, and StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects.
Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for quick no tool set up.
- Orion 8297 8-Inch f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph Reflector Telescope£482.99
Capture excellent astrophotos with our 8″ aperture imaging-optimized f/3.9 Newtonian astrograph reflector telescope
Big 8″ (203mm) aperture and fast f/3.9 focal ratio provides powerful astrophotography performance
Nine internal baffle rings, extended tube length in front of the focuser, and flat-black interior work together to provide maximum image contrast
- Skywatcher Tripod Telescope Mount AZ Pronto with Tripod and Extension Column and SKYMAX 102 Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope£274.99
- Zoomion Voyager 76 EQ astronomical telescope with 76mm aperture and 700mm focal length£104.90
Newtonian reflector telescope for beginners – for exploring the solar system, ideal for observing lunar craters and planets
EQ-2 mount with tripod – ultra-stable base for your telescope with lets you track any object even at high magnifications
Get started immediately – a large set of accessories with eyepieces is included
- National Geographic 76/350 Telescope with Tripod, Smartphone Holder and Sun Filter for Viewing the Sun in White Light£88.39
Night astronomical and sun-watching in a
See moon, planets, sun, plejades, Orion nebula, and much more
Special filter for safe sun observation in white light. End blanket sun spots, sun granulation or observing planet transit
- Bresser Classic 70/350 Refractor Telescope with Aluminium Mount and Smartphone Holder£89.00
Due to its large diameter, the powerful and compact lens telescope is especially suitable for wide field observation. With the smartphone holder you can easily take your first astro photos of the moon.
The magnification range is 18x – 140x and the lens diameter is about 70 mm. The shorter focal length of only 350 mm enables impressive wide field observations of open star clusters and the Milky Way.
Due to its compact dimensions, the telescope is ideal for mobile use. The stable and height-adjustable tripod is quickly assembled and the telescope is easy to align and operate.
- Sky-Watcher Heritage 76 Mini Dobsonian Telescope£57.99
Parabolic 76mm Mirror
Upgraded Eyepieces 1.25″
Finder Scope Included
- SALE 24% Celestron Inspire AZ Refractor – Blue£129.00 – £199.00
Easiest setup of any entry level scope. With the folding accessory tray, you just pop the tripod legs open, turn the lock knob and you’re ready to go
Bold new design – The main telescope lens cap comes with a fully integrated smartphone adapter built-in, perfect for the budding astrophotographer. The asymmetrical mount design offers light weight and incredible stability. Erect image optics enables a fully correct image for easy viewing day or night, terrestrial or astronomical.
Red LED flashlight – Stowed in the centre of the mount head, the flashlight can be used to gently illuminate the accessory tray or can be removed for use as a spotlight when needed
- Skywatcher Startravel 80 (80/400) Telescope with Stable AZ3 Stand and Accessories£151.31
Two high-quality 1.25 inch Plossl eyepieces (26mm/12.5mm focal length)
Eyepieces in metal design, multi-coated lenses
2x Barlow lens 1.25″
- Svbony SV502 Astronomical Telescope for Kids Beginners 360/50mm Professional Telescope Kids Real with Super Lightweight Tripod Kids Telescopes for Astronomy Beginners Adults£65.99
Unlike other telescope kids toy SV502 telescope for kids is made with FC glass providing a brighter and higher-contrast images ;suitable for terrestrial and astronomical observations
SV502 astronomical telescope kids can be used as a christmas birthday gift for kids that make kids explore the mystery of universe and initial engage with astronomy
360° horizontal panoramic and vertical range of 90° allow kids to observe from different angles and easy to use for kids;Aluminum table tripod is durable and lightweight
- Orion 10012 SkyScanner 100mm TableTop Reflector Telescope (Burgundy)£101.95
An ideal entry-level reflector telescope with 100mm parabolic primary mirror optics – no plastic lenses as found in some other telescopes made for beginners
See hundreds of craters on the Moon, detail on Jupiter and other planets, even when viewing from relatively bright city locations
A tabletop telescope big enough to find and observe objects in the night sky, but small enough to easily store in a closet or display on a desk
- Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Equatorial Reflector Telescope Kit£123.99
76mm aperture and 700mm focal length telescope provides wonderful views of the Moon, planets, and even some bright nebulas and star clusters
Includes sturdy adjustable aluminum tripod and EQ-1B equatorial mount which allows manual slow-motion tracking of celestial objects with included slow-motion controls
Comes with a Shorty 2x Barlow that doubles the magnification of both included eyepieces
- SALE 18% Bresser Junior Lens Telescope 50/600 AZ£39.99 – £53.00
A lens telescope with azimuth mount and magnification up to 100x to enter the world of astronomy. Perfect for observing the moon, planets and our earth.
With a lens diameter of 50 mm and a focal length of 600 mm, a good light collection performance is achieved. The robust tripod provides a safe stand.
The azimuthal mount allows easy alignment to the night sky. The telescope is very light and quick to set up. It is also suitable for mobile use.
- Orion Observer II 70mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope£106.99
A great entry-level 70mm refractor telescope at a very affordable price
Reveals detailed views of the Moon and bright planets such as Jupiter and Saturn
70mm (2.75″) aperture and 700mm focal length telescope provides great views of bright night-sky objects such as star clusters and cloudy nebulas
- National Geographic Compact Telescope 114/500£89.99
Compact Dobsonian telescope for beginners and amateur astronomers
Watch our nightsky with all its amazing objects like planets, gas nebulas, galaxies and lot more
Aperture: 114mm / Focal length: 500mm / Newtonian mirror telescope
- Levenhuk LabZZ T2 Refractor Telescope for Kid’s First Observations£33.90
Simple educational telescope for kids – a perfect choice to learn more about astronomy and the world around us
Easy-to-use classical refractor design; objective lens diameter – 40mm; focal length – 600mm
Basic alt-azimuth mount allows the telescope to move up and down as well as from left to right along the horizon
FAQ when buying a telescope
Basically, the most important thing to consider is the aperture. This is the diameter of the main lens. The size determines how much light gets into the telescope and hence the brightness of what you see. The larger the aperture the more light. This means you can see things further away and closer items appear brighter. There are three main designs of astronomy telescopes. After the telescope itself, you need to consider the mount and tripod. Astronomy telescopes work at high magnifications and a weak tripod will spoil the viewing experience. Even the slightest vibration and cause a lack of stability of what you are looking at. Star-gazing and astronomy is a great hobby to have. There are always things to discover. To stay ahead of what's in the sky take the opportunity to join a local astronomy group. Most cities and towns will have at least one.
What is the first thing to consider when buying a telescope?
A minimum useful aperture size for beginners will be 70mm. That is the minimum, its useful for the Moon and closest planets. For more in depth star-gazing you'll need larger.
What types of telescopes are there?
1. Refractor scopes - these have the main lens at the front and light passes through the telescope in a direct way until it is redirected by the eyepiece. These are effectively maintenance free but can get expensive at higher magnifications.
2. Reflector scopes - these are probably what you would consider an astronomy telescope to be. In this telescope, the light enters the main lens and is magnified by bouncing the light from the back to the front and then to the eyepiece. They are more affordable but do need occasional re-adjustment and maintenance.
3. Compound - uses lens and mirrors to magnify the image. They tend to be shorter than reflector scopes and lighter to carry.
What's the most important accessory for telescopes?
The mount itself also needs to be carefully considered. You need to be able to move your telescope smoothly without it wandering off target. A mount that can be lined up with a compass and have markings can help to quickly align your telescope into the correct portion of the sky.
Where cost is not an issue, a computerised mount can automatically find things in the sky and also track moving objects such as the space station.
What's the best way to learn about the stars and galaxies?
Basically, the most important thing to consider is the aperture. This is the diameter of the main lens. The size determines how much light gets into the telescope and hence the brightness of what you see. The larger the aperture the more light. This means you can see things further away and closer items appear brighter.
There are three main designs of astronomy telescopes.
After the telescope itself, you need to consider the mount and tripod. Astronomy telescopes work at high magnifications and a weak tripod will spoil the viewing experience. Even the slightest vibration and cause a lack of stability of what you are looking at.
Star-gazing and astronomy is a great hobby to have. There are always things to discover. To stay ahead of what's in the sky take the opportunity to join a local astronomy group. Most cities and towns will have at least one.
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