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! Teleskopas SkyWatcher SkyMax 127 (AZ-
- Sale! Skywatcher Explorer-130M 130mm (5.1″) f/900 ...
Magnification (with included lens): 36x, 72x, 90x, 180x
30 % more light gathering than 114 mm
Box contents: EQ2 equatorial mount in luxury design: includes ocular lens (1.25″): 10 mm and 25 mm super Plössl ocular lens, 2 x Barlow lens, Red dot finder, tooth rack focusing lens (1.25″), Sky Watcher compatible mounting plate
- Sale! Gskyer Telescope, 80mm Aperture 400mm AZ, Astronom...
100%New!Design for land and sky viewing in science and travel for beginners, kids, stargazers and travelers
Aperture: 80mm(3.2″). Focal Length: 400mm. Focal Ratio: f/5. Rack-and-Pinion Focuser &Low (25mm) , medium (10mm) and high (5mm) magnification eyepieces give you variety for any viewing situation & 3x barlow lens doubles the magnifying power of each eyepiece
Multilayer Glass Green coated optics for enhanced image brightness protect your eyes, with detailed instructions for our every customer, it is very easy and quick assemble. And become favorite by every one
- Sale! Gskyer EQ 80900 Telescope, German Technology Teles...
100%New, Specialized supply for scientists to research professional astronomy and Natural Science
German equatorial mount,and Comes with Stainless Steel Tripod and accessory tray
Aperture: 80mm(3.2″). Focal Length: 900mm. Focal Ratio: f/11.25. Rack-and-Pinion Focuser &Low (25mm) , medium(10mm), high (5mm) magnification eyepieces give you variety for any viewing situation & 3x barlow lens doubles the magnifying power of each eyepiece
- Sale! Orion Observer 80ST 80mm Equatorial Refractor Tele...
Explore the planets and scan the heavens for bright deep-sky gems with the compact and low-cost Orion ShortTube 80mm refractor telescope
An ideal refractor telescope package for the observer on-the-go, the compact Observer 80ST packs a lot of performance into a petite telescope design
80mm f/5.0 rich-field refractor telescope delivers sharp and bright wide-field views of the cosmos – great for exploring the Moon, wide views of bright planets and their closeby moons, star clusters, bright nebulas and galaxies
- Sale! Gskyer Telescope 60mm Aperture 700mm AZ Mount Astr...
Comes with low (25mm), medium (10mm) magnification eyepieces & 3x Barlow lens
Fully multi-coated optics glass lens, adjustable aluminum tripod& accessory tray
Altazimuth mount with a slow motion control
- Sale! Gskyer AZ70400 Telescope, Travel Scope, 70mm Apert...
The transmittance of optical filming glass optical lenses reaches 99.5%. It has clear imaging effect and stirring visual effect, it is particularly suitable for young people interested in astronomy.
The lens is made from aluminum alloy and big-caliber non-dispersive and superior optical glass-ZF4. The lens is plated with multi-layer green film. It will not damage the vision even if use it a long time.
The primary lens barrel is made from metal material and by using German latest technology. Allocated with environmental painting technology, it has the high quality and it is durable.
- Sale! Celestron 21044 76 mm PowerSeeker Reflector Telesc...
Easy to assemble 76 mm Newtonian reflector
Pre-assembled aluminum tripod and accessory tray
3x Barlow Lens-triples the magnifying power of each eyepiece
- Sale! Bresser Junior Telescope 60/700 AZ Refractor Teles...
The 60/700 already allows for higher magnifications ideal to investigate in details like lunar craters. An additional finder scope mounted on the telescope makes it easier to locate objects in the sky
With the reverse lens even during the day many exciting things in the environment can be observed. Due to the height adjustable tripod, the telescope can be brought to the right height for small or large observers. The supplied diagonal mirror ensures comfortable viewing.
Application: At night the moon and planets like Saturn and Jupiter may be explored. But also impressive sparkling star clusters like the Pleiades impress young and old stargazers
- Sale! 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! Danubia Mars 66 Refracter Astro Telescope
Upto 350x Magnification
adjustable aluminium tripod
Includes 3x Eyepieces, Barlow 2x lens, 5×24 finderscope and 90 degree diagonal mirror, moon filter and erecting eyepiece
- Sale! INTEY Ultra-Clear Portable Astronomy Telescope wit...
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! Bresser 4676359 Telescope Solarix 76/350 with Sola...
Newton telescope for for solar, celestial and daytime observing
Aperture: 76 mm; Focal length: 350 mm
Magnification: 18x-175x; CE-certified Solar Filter
- Sale! Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, Ger...
100%New, Affordable telescope for beginning astronomer; portable yet powerful
All-glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity
Aperture: 60mm(2.4″). Focal Length: 350mm. Focal Ratio: f/5.8. 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
- Sale! Zennox 70 x 400 Refractor Portable Travel Telescop...
Powerful; Refractor telescope for budding astronomers
Portable; Comes with a protective case so you can pack it up and take it wherever you go
Included; 5×24 finder scope, 3x Barlow and 1.5x erector lens
- Sale! Telescopes for Astronomy 60/900 Zoom HD Outdoor Mo...
- Orion ED66 CF Carbon Fiber Refractor Telescope, Bl...£646.99
Compact refractor telescope with carbon fiber tube and top-quality ED optics
66mm aperture, fully multi-coated ED optics deliver outstanding views, day or night
Dual-speed Crayford focuser provides optimal focus control without backlash or image-shift
- Meade Instruments Infinity Refractor Telescopes£160.90
Everything you need to start viewing the wonders of the night sky in one box
60mm (2.4″) Refracting Telescope delivers bright images of both sky and land based objects
Altazimuth mount with slow motion control rod for smooth tracking of objects across the night sky
- Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Altazimuth Reflector Tele...£73.99
A fantastic beginner telescope the whiole family will enjoy that’s lightweight, easy to set up, and has a very affordable price tag!
76mm (3″) aperture reflector telescope is large enough for wonderful views of the Moon, rings of Saturn, moons orbiting Jupiter, and even some brighter nebulas
Stable altazimuth mount and tripod provides smooth motion in both altitude (up/down) and azimuth (left/right) axes of motion
- Skywatcher Mercury-705 AZ-3 Telescope 70 mm (2.75 ...£125.00
Magnification (with optics supplied): 20x and 50x
36 % more light capture than 60 mm
Tube material: aluminium
- Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Equatorial Reflector Tele...£129.99
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
- Bresser Refractor Telescope Quasar 80/900 EQ with ...£239.00
High quality beginner refractor telescope for observing the moon, planets and bright deep sky objects
Aperture: 80mm / Focal length: 900mm / Achromatic refractor
Equatorial mount for easy finding and guiding the objects
- Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ Reflector Telescope£89.00
- Meade Instruments Polaris Refractor Telescope£44.92
Everything you need to start watching the wonders of the night sky in a box
70 mm (2.8 “) refractor telescope delivers bright images and detailed base that is perfect for viewing Sky and Land objects
Stable equatorial mount with slow motion controls for smooth tracking of objects through the night sky
- Orion 9024 AstroView 90mm Equatorial Refractor Tel...£258.99
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
- Skywatcher Explorer 130P f / 650 Newton Telescope ...£199.00
Magnification (with optics supplied): 26x and 65x
Ultra-thin 0.5 mm brackets for the secondary mirror
30 % more light gathering than 114 mm
- Orion StarBlast II 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telesc...£175.99
The whole family will enjoy the StarBlast II 4.5 EQ thanks to its great optics, convenient portability, and easy-to-use operation
Views of everything from the Moon and planets to distant objects like star clusters and galaxies appear bright and clear through this petite telescope
A fantastic wide-field astronomy telescope with reflecting optics large enough to keep you and your family busy viewing for years to come
- Zoomion Voyager 76 EQ astronomical telescope with ...£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
- Celestron 21061 Astromaster 70AZ Refractor Telesco...£82.58
- Bresser Refractor Messier AR-102xs/460 Telescope w...£213.41
Richfield telescope with ED glass lens. 6×30 optical finder with crosshair
Excellent focuser with 65mm open diameter. 50,8mm to 31,7mm adapter with integrated T2-thread
Diameter= 102mm; Focal length= 460mm; F/4.5. Universal 44mm Dovetail plate with stainless steel rail (fits LXD75/Great Polaris/EQ5)
- Celestron Powerseeker 70AZ Refractor£39.00
- Sky-Watcher Skymax-127 SynScan AZ GoTo Telescope£399.00
Magnification (with eyepieces supplied): 60x and 150x.
Receives 55 % more light than 102 mm.
Box contents: 127 mm f/1500 computerised Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope; eyepieces included (1.25 inches): 10 mm and 25 mm; 6 x 30 finder scope; 90° deflection mirror (1.25 inches); tripod made of stainless steel with accessory compartment.
- Orion 10022 StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegr...£184.99
This grab-and-go TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope provides powerful views of the Moon and bright planets such as Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars
Weighing just 6.5 lbs. assembled, this compact telescope and base can be taken just about anywhere to provide great views of the night sky while on road-trips, camping, or the short trip out to the backyard
90mm aperture Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope gathers enough light for beautiful views of brighter deep space objects like globular clusters, nebulas, and many bright galaxies
- Bresser Telescope Newtonian 130/650 EQ3 with mount...£149.00
130/650 Newton telescope
Focal lenght: 650mm
- SKY WATCHER SKYLINER 200P 203MM (8″) F/1200 ...£299.00
Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x48 & x120
Highest Practical Power (Potential): x406
Diameter of Primary Mirror: 203mm
- Celestron Inspire AZ Refractor – Blue£114.00
- Celestron Explorascope Discover The Moon Or Rings ...£98.84
- Orion 10014e 17x Black Reflector – Telescope...£221.63
Orion 10014e. Product length: 88.9 cm
Weight: 8 kg.
Optical tube diameter: 11.4cm Tube type: metal
- Orion 13163 StarSeeker IV 127mm GoTo Mak-Cass Tele...£646.99
This 5 inch diameter GoTo Make-Cass boasts a super-long 1540mm focal length and f/12.1 focal ratio, for powerful views of the Moon, planets, and deep-sky objects
Huge GoTo database of over 42,000 objects, and handy built-in Tour mode means you’ll enjoy great views on any clear night
Once aligned, dual optical encoders on both axes of motion allow manual aiming of the telescope without losing GoTo alignment
- Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Kit...£277.99
Big 6″ aperture optics + point-and-view ease of use + extra accessories = out-of-this-world value
150mm aperture and 1200mm focal length (f/8.0) Dobsonian reflector telescope provides ample light grasp and resolving power for jaw-dropping views of the Moon, planets, and bright deep-sky objects
Included Orion 2x Shorty Barlow Lens doubles the magnification of virtually any 1.25″ eyepiece, adding magnification options to your telescope
Top tips for buying telescopes:
Buying your first telescope can be a daunting project, but with a little help, it need not be that difficult. Getting to know a few important things can really help you in the decision to get the best value for money telescope you can afford to buy.
Here are our top tips to consider when buying your first telescope for astronomy and star-gazing.
Bigger really is better
By bigger, we are talking about the aperture or the diameter of the front lens. The bigger this lens is then the more light you get to see and the better detail can be seen. Higher magnifications don't mean being able to see more, especially if you don't get enough light for details to be seen.
What are you buying?
This is something you need to check when you buy. Are you getting everything you need for what you want to do. Many telescopes don't come with filters, essential extra's you'll need. If you want to spend time looking at the Moon then you will need a filter to reduce glare so you can see details.
It's never advised to look at the Sun directly through a telescope but you can buy filters to protect your eyes. However, we would not recommend this to beginners because incorrectly fitted solar filters, cheap poorly made ones, a slight scratch or crack can all damage your eyes permanently. If you want to look at the Sun do it indirectly by using a card.
Get a solid base.
You can have the best telescope around but it means nothing if you have a poor tripod or base. When you look at your budget make sure you make a good allowance for your tripod. There's nothing worse than looking at stars and planets that are wavering around because of a flimsy tripod.