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Jessops Telescope sale, e.g. This Celestron PS1000 Newtonian Reflector Telescope £139 save £110
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Jessops Telescope sale, e.g. This Celestron PS1000 Newtonian Reflector Telescope £139 save £110

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Posted 16th Dec 2018

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Various telescopes on sale, this looks the best deal to me, the PS1000. Three magnification eyepieces plus a Barlow lense and moon filter.

Nearest similar telescope I can find is the Celestron Power seeker 127 EQ (which to me looks like the exact same model) , on Amazon currently that's £179 so this is £30 cheaper and with the PS1000 bundle you also get an additional eye piece, the 12.5mm which gives you a nice middle length.

In addition the Jessops own branded telescopes have decent specs and are a good deal cheaper, so a great gift for someone just getting into the hobby or a great beginner scope.

In particular the Jessops 900x70 Telescope is a lot of telescope for £90 with a massive £110 saving and with an EQ mount is a great entry telescope.
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This is actually a very bad telescope. Some reputable astro retailers (the most reputable being First Light Optics) even skip the entire Celestron Powerseeker line of telescopes to avoid things like this. The problems with it:
- It is not a real Newtonian, but a "Bird Jones" design. This means that it uses a cheap spherical mirror instead of a parabolic and to correct some of the resulting distortion it has magnifying/correcting element on the focuser which creates quality and other (no collimation possible) issues.
- Apart from saving on the mirror the "Bird Jones" design also makes the scope shorter. This is actually how you can tell it is a Bird Jones, with a 1000mm focal length, a Newtonian would normally be 1m long - but this not even half that length. In itself it would not be a bad thing, but manufacturers use it to go really cheap on the mount. So they mount this on an EQ1/2, a quite poor mount.
- The finder scope is the most useless cheap plastic 5x24 that Celestron could find. I can excuse it when they use it on their £50 travel scope 70, but not here. Any £10 red dot finder would be a major upgrade.
- You will need new eyepieces. They do not specify for this model, but the Powerseeker line comes with Hyugens and Ramsden eyepieces, which are pretty useless 17th century designs. Even if it was a plossl, the 4mm would not be useful, especially with this scope.
Most importantly, even if you did not care about quality, IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE!!! You could make a case if it was under £100, but the vastly superior Celestron Astromaster 130EQ is just £134 shipped from Amazon. It is the same brand, but the higher quality Astromaster line, with better mount, proper Newtonian (even slightly larger aperture), better finder, better eyepieces...
I can't believe how it got so many hot votes, I mean do people blindly believe a sellers' random "£110" off???
In any case, as I do in such threads I will post a link to where I keep the slides from my annual telescope buying talk: astro.ecuadors.net/hpa…ns/ (there's also a binocular buying presentation deck there) or you can also check out beginner scopes here: firstlightoptics.com/beg…tml
Oh, and I very strongly advise against buying telescopes from Jessops if you are a beginner. Yes, I have bought one once myself since it was a good scope at a discount, but I knew what I was doing. And no, definitely not a "Jessops brand".
Edited by: "ecuador" 16th Dec 2018
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Nice, I can use this to try to spot some Flamedeers. Getting hard to find.
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Great find. Thing I don't like about jessops is they don't allow reviews.. No faith in products?
deleted214239716/12/2018 16:54

Great find. Thing I don't like about jessops is they don't allow reviews.. …Great find. Thing I don't like about jessops is they don't allow reviews.. No faith in products?


Yeah it is odd but luckily reviews on Amazon for the 127EQ (think the same telescope) and Celestron in general are good and I have lots of good experience with Jessops.
deeny3414 m ago

Yeah it is odd but luckily reviews on Amazon for the 127EQ (think the same …Yeah it is odd but luckily reviews on Amazon for the 127EQ (think the same telescope) and Celestron in general are good and I have lots of good experience with Jessops.


My daughter has the 127EQ and they look identical.
If giving as a present, think whether the recipient may be better off with binoculars as they are far easier to use to explore the sky in terms of taking them outside, moving around the sky etc. A tripod is a good idea with them. Many in the Celestron Skymaster range for example are under £100. The risk with a telescope is it ends up being put away in a cupboard.
HysteriaSees1 h, 4 m ago

Nice, I can use this to try to spot some Flamedeers. Getting hard to find. …Nice, I can use this to try to spot some Flamedeers. Getting hard to find.


Wanna trade? I've got a few I'd like to swap.
MarkShopper11 m ago

If giving as a present, think whether the recipient may be better off with …If giving as a present, think whether the recipient may be better off with binoculars as they are far easier to use to explore the sky in terms of taking them outside, moving around the sky etc. A tripod is a good idea with them. Many in the Celestron Skymaster range for example are under £100. The risk with a telescope is it ends up being put away in a cupboard.


Funnily enough I had a pair of Jessops binoculars for about 6 months before buying my first telescope.
can anyone recommend a good pair of binoculars as a starter for stargazing
MarkShopper47 m ago

If giving as a present, think whether the recipient may be better off with …If giving as a present, think whether the recipient may be better off with binoculars as they are far easier to use to explore the sky in terms of taking them outside, moving around the sky etc. A tripod is a good idea with them. Many in the Celestron Skymaster range for example are under £100. The risk with a telescope is it ends up being put away in a cupboard.


Exactly what’s happened with my daughters telescope. It’s just too big to keep set up.
Eez16 m ago

can anyone recommend a good pair of binoculars as a starter for stargazing


These are a decent starter pair on a budget, best for hand held viewing, if you'll be using a tripod it's worth getting a pair with higher magnification, instead of 10x50 more like 25x50. I wouldn't go lower than 50, but going much past that starts to cost a lot more but will let in more light.

jessops.com/p/j…047
Eez112 m ago

can anyone recommend a good pair of binoculars as a starter for stargazing


I bought a pair of Celestron 71008 SkyMaster 25 x 70 Binoculars for £64 on Amazon two years ago. They have now gone up to £85. The binoculars have 25x magnification and are fairly heavy to hold, so they need to be rested on something or ideally used with a tripod.
HysteriaSees1 h, 57 m ago

Nice, I can use this to try to spot some Flamedeers. Getting hard to find. …Nice, I can use this to try to spot some Flamedeers. Getting hard to find.


I have not seen one in many many hours
This is actually a very bad telescope. Some reputable astro retailers (the most reputable being First Light Optics) even skip the entire Celestron Powerseeker line of telescopes to avoid things like this. The problems with it:
- It is not a real Newtonian, but a "Bird Jones" design. This means that it uses a cheap spherical mirror instead of a parabolic and to correct some of the resulting distortion it has magnifying/correcting element on the focuser which creates quality and other (no collimation possible) issues.
- Apart from saving on the mirror the "Bird Jones" design also makes the scope shorter. This is actually how you can tell it is a Bird Jones, with a 1000mm focal length, a Newtonian would normally be 1m long - but this not even half that length. In itself it would not be a bad thing, but manufacturers use it to go really cheap on the mount. So they mount this on an EQ1/2, a quite poor mount.
- The finder scope is the most useless cheap plastic 5x24 that Celestron could find. I can excuse it when they use it on their £50 travel scope 70, but not here. Any £10 red dot finder would be a major upgrade.
- You will need new eyepieces. They do not specify for this model, but the Powerseeker line comes with Hyugens and Ramsden eyepieces, which are pretty useless 17th century designs. Even if it was a plossl, the 4mm would not be useful, especially with this scope.
Most importantly, even if you did not care about quality, IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE!!! You could make a case if it was under £100, but the vastly superior Celestron Astromaster 130EQ is just £134 shipped from Amazon. It is the same brand, but the higher quality Astromaster line, with better mount, proper Newtonian (even slightly larger aperture), better finder, better eyepieces...
I can't believe how it got so many hot votes, I mean do people blindly believe a sellers' random "£110" off???
In any case, as I do in such threads I will post a link to where I keep the slides from my annual telescope buying talk: astro.ecuadors.net/hpa…ns/ (there's also a binocular buying presentation deck there) or you can also check out beginner scopes here: firstlightoptics.com/beg…tml
Oh, and I very strongly advise against buying telescopes from Jessops if you are a beginner. Yes, I have bought one once myself since it was a good scope at a discount, but I knew what I was doing. And no, definitely not a "Jessops brand".
Edited by: "ecuador" 16th Dec 2018
Great advice, I bought a cheap telescope and it put me off for years. Research is key.
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