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Astronomy Telescopes

telescopes and star gazing

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! Omegon Apochromatic refractor Pro APO AP 71/450 Quadruplet OTA
    Omegon Apochromatic refractor Pro APO AP 71/450 Quadruplet OTA
    £699.00 £600.00
  • Sale! Gskyer Telescope, 130Eq Professional Astronomical Reflector Telescope, German Technology Scope
    Gskyer Telescope, 130Eq Professional Astronomical Reflector Telescope, German Technology Scope
    £500.00 £294.40

    Reflector Telescope: 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.
    High Quality Optics: Short 24′ long optical tube design and fast f/5 focal ratio. All-glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity and stars.
    High Quality Optics: Short 24′ long optical tube design and fast f/5 focal ratio. All-glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity and stars.

  • Sale! Gskyer Telescope 60mm Aperture 700mm AZ Mount Astronomy Refractor Telescope, Scope with Smartphone Adapter and Bluetooth Camera Remote for Kids & Beginners
    Gskyer Telescope 60mm Aperture 700mm AZ Mount Astronomy Refractor Telescope, Scope with Smartphone Adapter and Bluetooth Camera Remote for Kids & Beginners
    £399.99 £103.90

    【High Magnification】700mm(f/5.1) focal length and 60mm aperture, fully coated optical glass with high transmission coatings creates stunning images with increased brightness and clarity.
    【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.
    【High Quality Optics】The interchangeable eyepieces(10mm,25mm) with a 3x Barlow lens increase viewing power, 5×24 finderscope with mounting bracket, make locating objects easy.

  • Sale! BNISE Telescope for Astronomy for Beginners and Kids
    BNISE Telescope for Astronomy for Beginners and Kids
    £89.69£99.69

    ♫[High Quality Optics] The telescope is perfect for astronomical observation and land viewing, 400mm focal length and 70mm large aperture objective lens makes the images brighter and clearer, with 45 degree diagonal prism it can always achieve the erect images, that provide low-power and high-power views of celestial objects at night and terrestrial subjects during the day.
    ♫[High Magnification] The telescope is equipped with two high-quality eyepieces:K6mm(66X), K25mm(16X) and moon filter. It has the function of focusing light, so when observing the high brightness full moon with the telescope, it is difficult for you to see the surface of the moon, and even cause damage to the eyes. So add a moon filter to reduce the brightness.
    ♫[Better observation] 5X24 Finder scope make locating objects faster and earlier. An adjustable Aluminum tripod applies for many different viewing positions, 360°horizontal direction rotatable and 180°vertical direction provide adjustable viewing angles, The height can be adjusted from about 17.1inch to 43inch. Locks in solidly, stays right in place for steady images.

  • Sale! MAXLAPTER Telescopes for Astronomy ...
    MAXLAPTER Telescopes for Astronomy …
    £87.99£141.18

    ☆【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! Gskyer AZ70400 Telescope, Travel Scope, 70mm Aperture 400mm AZ Mount Astronomical Refractor Telescope for Kids Beginners
    Gskyer AZ70400 Telescope, Travel Scope, 70mm Aperture 400mm AZ Mount Astronomical Refractor Telescope for Kids Beginners
    £129.99 £83.50

    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! INTEY Ultra-Clear Portable Astronomy Telescope with Rucksack
    INTEY Ultra-Clear Portable Astronomy Telescope with Rucksack
    £99.99 £79.99

    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! National Geographic  76/350 Compact Telescope
    National Geographic 76/350 Compact Telescope
    £98.12 £75.10

    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! INTEY Telescope- 400mm Focus Length and 70mm Aperture, 2 Eye Pieces Telescope with Adjustable Tripod & Rotatable Lens, Flexible Operation for Beginners and Teenagers
    INTEY Telescope- 400mm Focus Length and 70mm Aperture, 2 Eye Pieces Telescope with Adjustable Tripod & Rotatable Lens, Flexible Operation for Beginners and Teenagers
    £89.99 £69.99

    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! TELMU Astronomical Telescope - F60050M/5 Refractor Telescope with 45 ° Diagonal Mirror and Red Dot Observer, Eyepiece - H12.5 mm and H20 mm, Gift for Beginners and Children
    TELMU Astronomical Telescope – F60050M/5 Refractor Telescope with 45 ° Diagonal Mirror and Red Dot Observer, Eyepiece – H12.5 mm and H20 mm, Gift for Beginners and Children
    £69.70 £62.94

    ★【Professional telescope eyepiece】- There are two telescopic eyepieces, the eyepiece of H12.5 mm enlarged 30 times, H20 mm enlarged 48 times. Have good transparency, reducing astigmatism and distortion.
    ★【Red Finderscope】- Red Finderscope (battery not included) is added to the tube of the primary telescope, its role is to guide the object to be observed in the center of the field of view of the main telescope, for better search of objects to be observed.
    ★【DIAGONAL CORRECTION MIRROR】- The image of the refractor telescope is reversed, after the 45 degree diagonal mirror, the top, bottom, left and right are positive. The device moves the light so you can comfortably look towards the eyepiece but rotate around its vertical axis.

  • Sale! Telescopes for Astronomy 60/900 Zoom HD Outdoor Monocular Space Telescope with Aluminum Alloy Tripod - Uverbon
    Telescopes for Astronomy 60/900 Zoom HD Outdoor Monocular Space Telescope with Aluminum Alloy Tripod – Uverbon
    £102.89 £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! ESSLNB Telescope for Astronomy Kids and Beginners with Adjustable Tripod and Phone Adapter 70mm Fully Coated Lens Barlow Lens
    ESSLNB Telescope for Astronomy Kids and Beginners with Adjustable Tripod and Phone Adapter 70mm Fully Coated Lens Barlow Lens
    £59.99£149.99

    This refractor telescopes with 70mm HD large fully coated objective lens increases light transmission and delivers more bright so that this astronomy telescope can show you a crisp, bright and no color difference image even in a low light environment. Perfect telescopes for astronomy adult ideal for bird watching as well as viewing wildlife, scenery and casual nighttime observing of the Moon and bright planets for entry-level amateur astronomers and beginners kids.
    Telescope for beginners with latest generation of two 1.25″ interchangeable Kellners eyepiece (better than Huygens eyepiece), K6mm (14X), K25mm (60X). 3X Barlow lens increase the magnification three times ( Up to 180X). 45°erect-image diagonal achieve erect images, offering you better observation than 90°inverted image.
    Adjustable aluminum tripod can be adjusted from about 41cm to 131cm. Locks in solidly, stays right in place for steady images. 5X24 optical finder scope help you aim at target easier. At or near a full moon period, the moon is too bright to see details due to spotlight effect of telescope. So moon filter improves better observation.

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.