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Skywatcher Heritage130P FlexTube Dobsonian Telescope - £166.26 @ Amazon
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Posted 29th JulPosted 29th Jul
Skywatcher Heritage130P FlexTube Dobsonian Telescope
c4llum83

Great telescope (I have one). Unfortunately not a good deal though as its cheaper elsewhere, but with lockdown appreciate not everyone may have stock right now... I took the below shots of the moon just with my smartphone held to the eyepiece...

gils04

Refractor telescopes are better than reflector ones (like this) for light pollution

lafonk

Legitimately thought it said "Dystopian telescope" at first and felt like that was a bit on the nose for 2020.

nutz30

I bought this scope for my wife and she loves it. Managed to see Saturn and Jupiter (plus moons) the other night. Just waiting for a new barlow lens to arrive on friday!

nosamluap

Seems to be fairly highly regarded as beginner scope, but a very quick Google found several reliable sellers with it for 142... Not a good deal here I'm afraid

5% off Eden Binoculars at at Knives and Tools
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Posted 20th JulPosted 20th Jul
I'm not sure if these binoculars are any good as it's not something that I know. But at Knives and Tools they've sent me a 5% off code that someone might find useful.
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kevlhughes

Yeah 5% is pitiful really as a carrot. 🥕

ecuador

Never heard of them, seem quite overpriced given that they are not a known reputable brand (the 5% doesn't help much) and according to some forum posts by people into binoculars, they are (or were) not particularly good quality.

Olympus Binocular 10 x 50 DPS-1 - Black - £47.98 delivered @ Amazon
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Posted 12th JulPosted 12th Jul
Bringing action up close and enlarging details which might otherwise go unnoticed, the 10 x 50 DPS I from OLYMPUS provides razor-sharp images with 10x magnification. The large, cen… Read more
Damian66

The Last FVF from eBay was running as the other poster was wishing for one ie there was a current FVF but they have become mostly invite only.

Rockman88

These are ridiculously good for the price.

Father-Jemima-Racktool

Yea I’ve no idea what you’re on about. I had 3rd-6th and I think there was a business one up to 9th but that’s all.

TheCostOfLies

Which one was that? Last I can find on here ran 3-6th

Damian66

The last one is still running from last Monday, the next one ?

Olympus Binocular 10 x 50 DPS-1 - Black - £51.98 @ Amazon
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Posted 11th JulPosted 11th Jul
Dispatched and sold by Amazon UK. Well reviewed binoculars for the price. 10 times magnification. Come with a soft case and lens caps.
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Ian_Owen-46210.80623

I have this. Optics are very good but not as good as my £150 Nikon Sporter. Very heavy too. Great value mind.

Bendown

Before I got arrested I was the same, cant a guy go out in a raincoat and wellingtons with a pair of binoculars without being branded a perv, what is the world coming to.

Schwarzenegger

Before pornhub, I swore by these.

banal

why are the reviews so old? just wondering. Having said that, much dearer on eBay.

mccririck

That is absolutely correct. My friend ended up some his own pair.

Celestron NexStar 102 SLT Refractor Telescope with Fully Automated Hand Control £299.99 including Free Delivery at Costco
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Posted 9th JulPosted 9th Jul
LIVE 13TH JULY 2020 This Celestron NexStar 102 SLT telescope is out of this world! Whether you are a new or experienced amateur astronomer, this fantastic NexStar 102 SLT Telescop… Read more
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gils04

GOTO automatic targeting of object like this are useful for all astronomers irrespective of expertise. I am thinking of one myself. I have a small 72mm refractor all set up on its tripod that I sling out on my balcony every now and then when its clear (zero set-up time) and I can see Saturn and Jupiter easy in the middle of London. The problem with astronomy and telescopes is you keep on buying to get better views, such as eyepieces, barlows, and all sorts of gadgetry. It becomes expensive very quickly. My advice is to take your time in acquiring other equipment for your telescope.

ms84

Thank you very much for your reply. The thing is the money is not an issue but I don't want to spend crazy £££ for something what gonna be used every now and then (I assume its hard to observe the sky here in the UK). I was trying to find everything online but it is more difficult then I expected. I hope to buy a telescope which not gonna be hard to operate for me so I can show him a few things and as you pointed I don't want him to lose an interest and get bored while I gonna be looking for a moon for an hour XD definitely will have a look at the model provided by you. Thanks a lot for the input (y)

gils04

In my opinion, telescope set up time is one of the biggest things to consider. If it takes too long to set up, he will lose interest quickly. The mirror-telescope you suggested is a great piece of kit, but it requires things like collimation for accurate observation and that takes time and expertise. It might be a bit much for a 7 yo. Maybe a point-and-observe lens-based refractor telescope would be useful and easier to use (no collimation reqd). A 102 mm frac is plenty of power for saturn and jupiter. Maybe something like this might interest your son as well: https://www.wexphotovideo.com/celestron-astromaster-102az-refractor-telescope-1598367/?mkwid=ssloTlHj0_dc&pcrid=310558796305&kword=&match=&plid=&product=1598367&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI78j9sIzN6gIVh63tCh1N2gkWEAQYCSABEgJY4vD_BwE

ms84

Can somebody advise me as I am after a telescope for my 7 yo boy. All I want is an option to see something more then the moon only...to see Saturn for instance and other planets. From my online research it looks like the Skywatcher Heritage130P is the one to go for which I can currently get for £142 link. Do I have any better options then this?

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Celestron Travelscope 50 Refractor Telescope + Backpack £39.89 Delivered @ Costco
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Posted 6th JulPosted 6th Jul
Great offer on the 50 at Costco. It's not the most powerful out there or anything like that, but for under £40 it seems like a good starting point, or maybe one for the youngsters?… Read more
ecuador

For cheap Kellner, MA and Plossl eyepieces check out https://www.astroboot.co.uk/AstroBoot

gils04

Great info - I did not know this (y)

Tyk3

If I can't see the secret reptilian base on the dark side of the moon with this telescope then it just isn't worth buying for £39.89. I recommend waiting until the hubble telescope is on offer again for beginners, if you have the required supercomputer to process the images.

SelfScanStan

(highfive)

DaveG46

That's the one (y)

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NIKON PROSTAFF 7S 10 x 42 mm Binoculars - Black £179 @ Currys PC World
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Just found these cheapest anywhere and same price as the 8x42 not sure if this is a pricing issue! Ordered OK though. Free pickup or extra for delivery. Decent pair recommended by … Read more
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stbk

I want the Hawke ED, but if you are looking at cheaper try the Vortex Diamond Back HD they are apparently excellent for the price.

ciarandanielbyrne1

Yes get the Hawke's lighter and note enjoyable to use

Alandover

Any recommendations for cheaper beginner binos

kirkhousesean

Terrible binoculars. Better off going with a pair of hawke endurance Ed https://carmarthencameras.com/hawke-endurance-ed-10x42-binoculars-green-36207.html

daydreamer01

Prostaff was also the name of the best Wilson tennis racket a while back.

Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope £79.99 delivered at Costco
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Posted 24th JunPosted 24th Jun
next best price looks like £114.99 at Amazon. Amateur astronomy is a great family hobby that can be enjoyed all year round. The PowerSeeker series is an easy to set up telescope w… Read more
Caltonian

As others have said, the Heritage 130p is a brilliant starter scope. I had one for a couple of years and had a lot of fun with it, and seen plenty of night sky wonders. There's also some 'DIY' that can be done on it, that would be fun with your kids. I made a light shroud for the exposed top half of the tube that helped significantly, stopping external light sources bleeding in. You could also make an azimuth disc for the mount which, combined with a simple and cheap inclinometer on the tube, would give you a decent, manual "push-to" system. It's a seriously fun little scope, and the detail it provides blew me away. Highly recommended.

gils04

You're lucky- I was 40

og87

It’s not a great deal but if your kids are interested in astronomy it’s worth getting a decent telescope. Probably get the bigger slightly more expensive celestron if you can that comes with filters and lenses. I have a skywatcher 250 and it cost me around 300 pounds and I’ve used it a handful of times due to unforeseen issues with life moving country and it’s been worth every penny. There’s nothing that beats seeing the moon and planets in decent detail. Plus with decent ones you can get t mounts and capture excellent images. It’s a just a shame it took me until I was 28 to realise how amazing it is.

stu750

I bought the Celestron LT80AZ from Costco a few years back for £80 and you could see a ring around Saturn last year with this.

Pokey

'Nauseating ranting'? What rubbish. A few informed opinions and good advice for 'newcomers' is all that's on this post.

Auriol Binoculars 10x50 £14.99 @ Lidl
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Spotted this in my local Lidl ( Walkergate ) . Don't know if it's national, Auriol Binoculars 10x50 Magnification 10x Field Of View - 120m (at 1000m distance) Close range … Read more
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ukbondraider

A cheap pair of useable binoculars in the binocular world is £200. An ok one is £350. Otherwise £1k each for a good pair. This is junk.

boulder1

Took your advice, but I have to say I was disappointed with the results. Even rolled up and taped together, the scratch cards had a very small viewfinder and little to no magnification! Returned for a refund.

hotshot

You get what you pay for buy some scratch cards instead

supermann

They do look a bit 1980s.

bellington

Picked a pair up tonight to replace a 20 year old pair that were shwing their age. Must admit I pretty impressed fort the price. Clearer and brighter than my old pair and the colours are defo more vibrant. For £15 to throw in the car im very impressed.

Celestron 22050 LCM 60 Computerised Refractor Telescope - £129.90 delivered at Amazon
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Posted 9th JunPosted 9th Jun
Good for terrestrial and celestial observing High quality 60mm refractor with lightweight computerized mount and built-on StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accura… Read more
Spiritual_Dealer

What about celestron 15x70 with a stable Tripod? Heard it’s good and with a tripod, really stable

TheStainlessSteelRat

Up to £139 now.

Ken_F

Binos are a good starting point, stick with 7x50, see if you can find a brand that has an attachment to put these on a photo tripod, that way you wont have to hold them upto your eyes whilst your arms shake after holding them for a while. It will steady the image no end. Binos, or scope... Personal preference. If you want to just scan stars and look at clusters etc then defo go for the Binos. If you want to see any planet detail like saturns rings etc, Scope with a couple of decent eyepieces. AVOID any scope that advertises magnification. Those who say 3" minimum for a refractor, well yeah, ideally. But optics have improved, the coatings are better. I'd say if you have a relatively dark location, 60mm will be fine. If you live in a bright LED lit city where at night you cant see anything, then not even a 3" will help that without knowing where to point it. Regarding this scope, it will point for you to the target you select, ive not seen a pair of binos do that... yet.

The_Name_With_No_Man

That is just how I remember the recommendations from years ago. It doesn't need to be. In fact my reflector is 130mm, about 5 inches, and is fine. When I was a kid I had a four inch reflector. Bigger is better for light gathering and resolving power, assuming equivalent quality of optics. More light and resolving power allows higher practical magnification.

The_Name_With_No_Man

7x50 (seven power, fifty mm aperture) or 10x50. The higher the power the dimmer the image and the harder to hold steady. 30mm objectives will gather less light but are lighter to hold. Do NOT get zoom.

8X21 Compact Folding Binocular Adults, Children (Good £4.61/VG £4.87/Like New £5.14) + £4.49 Non-Prime @ Amazon Warehouse
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Funnily enough, I mentioned binoculars on Amazon Warehouse earlier today on another thread ( here ) and found some not long ago. I wouldn't expect top-notch quality control with t… Read more
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louiselouise

Wonder if these are the same? Lots of reviews for this one. https://www.amazon.co.uk/BRIGENIUS-Compact-Lightweight-Binoculars-Watching/dp/B06WLN36LR There's another clone that says 30x (!) on the binoculars but they're confirmed in Q&As as being 8x.

Raj88

Yeah I would definitely try to avoid Chinese brands & make

louiselouise

Warehouse can be good for binoculars, monoculars. Sadly these have no reviews to judge from, I'll try to find clones of this (as usually happens with the cheapies) when I get back...got to head out. Also, Chinese brands tend to exaggerate the magnification power for some budget binos, can't vouch for these. Though not-quite-accurate specs happens with cheap watches, electronics etc...

nanuek

You need some sort of magnifying optics mate

Albie7

I thought it was a remote control car at first look (lol)

Nikon Aculon W10 8X21 8 x 21 mm Binoculars £29.97 @ Currys PC World
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Posted 6th JunPosted 6th Jun
10 year guarantee. Good reduction, this price is available in pink only. Product features Field of view: 6.3° 8 x magnification Roof prism Multilayer coating Waterproof &am… Read more
Madstacks83

Bought, thanks:)

hawayman

Out of stock 1600 6 June 😡

louiselouise

I'm not crazy about pink items for women but it probably lessens the likelihood of getting pinched (cheeky) the compact style may suit some people. Amazon Warehouse is a good place to pick up binos/monoculars. I have a few - Recently bought this one for my toddler nephew to put away, just over £6 Carson 7x18 MiniScout Ultra Compact Binoculars (these are especially tiny and pocketable, though I suppose field of view/magnification are compromised). And this Steiner 2212 10x 26mm Safari UltraSharp Binocular (just over £25, and also quite compact). A cheapo monocular I got from Gearbest ages ago (btw, bin the phone holder, it can break your screen as it clamps so tightly). Mostly used for skygazing but take them up to the Highlands when I visit, too. The cheapo monocular was surprisingly great - they also appear regularly on Warehouse for a few £. Boyf bought binos from Warehouse too, think these are a no-name - just over £9. 10X36 Huntdown Black Waterproof Binoculars

voicon

Great for hunting unicorn! :)

anna.ki

I have got nothing to do with that. It seems the moderators must have edited mistakenly

Zhumell Z114 Reflector Dobsonian Telescope £99.99 @ Costco delivered
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Zhumell Z114 Reflector Dobsonian Telescope £99.99 @ Costco delivered
£99.99£164.8939%Costco Deals
Features- Ideal Telescope for Portabilitly - Parabolic Mirror for Enhanced Image Quality - Compact and Durable Construction Includes: Mount, Red Dot Finder and 2 Eyepieces Stu… Read more
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Eggbutty

Hi Callum, I have found this. Would this be better than Heritage 130 as stated in your post? Thanks. (it looks quite big) Skywatcher Explorer 130 Telescope with EQ2 Equatorial mount. Diameter of Primary Mirror: 130mm Telescope Focal Lengh: 900mm Includes accessories: Two Eyepieces: 10mm & 25mm x2 Barlow Lens Red Dot Finder EQ2 Equatorial Mount Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray Instruction manual.

Damian66

No not usually, a lot of the crisp detail is lost to the iphone, with a reasonable astrophotographers camera (CMOS - CCD - don’t ask lots of types) you can view on an LCD but decent shots of Planets take exposure to develop etc. I’m sort of use to the brightness & only use filters to bring out certain detail on the moon’s surface or for Jupiter’s Red now diminishing Spot.

Scouse_Smurf

Do you have a moon filter? I've just tried using my telescope, almost blinded myself looking at the moon till I put the filter on... Then the clouds hid it anyway :/

Daves_mate

I think you may be referring to "astropornography" an entirely different ball game.

Damian66

I took this with my 70 mm APO Refractor using my iphone.

Celestron PowerSeeker 21036CGL - 70AZ Telescope ( 2 Years Warranty) - £70.19 With Code Delivered @ Picstop
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Celestron PowerSeeker 21036CGL - 70AZ Telescope ( 2 Years Warranty) - £70.19 With Code Delivered @ Picstop
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I have no idea about telescopes but I am trying to buy for my son's birthday. As a starter I found this to be the cheapest option available to have. If anyone can shed some lights … Read more
ecuador

As long as you know what to expect they will give you a decent capability under dark skies. In fact, only under dark skies and on nights with no atmospheric turbulence you will get the extra performance of the 250. As for the weight, 8" tubes are usually up to 10kg, while 10" up to 15kg. Given the length as well, for me, personally the 10" are a bit unwieldy - in the sense I start feeling a "struggle" which puts me off from setting up the telescope. The base would be a bit heavier than the OTA. Other people consider the 10" dob the limit of "reasonably portable", so it is a matter of opinion. My own biggest aperture is a 9.25" SCT, which is more portable than my 8" newtonian, but of course it is a whole different price range (bought second hand at least).

JamJamz

I ordered the same scope from First Light Optics last month rather than RVO. Like yourself I had delays in getting the telescope. I emailed them after their 10 working day lead time to which they said they were expecting stock the following week and their supplier would ship it direct to me rather than ship it to them first. Try them out next time? As for the actual telescope, the skies haven't been too kind recently so haven't had much chance to get it out and see the sky. The eyepieces feel cheap as chips but I'm looking to get some nice ones soon, and a barlow lens.

Joe88m

Anyone know if the celestron ps70/700 is any good, looking at argos as I've got a 60 voucher to use this one is 100 quid

RoosterNo1

These are like cheap guitars... more likely to dissuade a noob to the hobby :-(

budrgud1

People mentioning Rother Valley Optics... I really don't recommend them. I ordered the Skywatcher Heritage 130p on 30 April. It was in stock. I had to chase them three times asking when it'll be dispatched. Each time they said "hopefully this week". On 20th May I called and cancelled. They said they'd make a note and cancel that day. Didn't receive a cancellation email, but instead received a dispatch email on the 21st. Not ONCE did I get ANY correspondence about the delays. No apologies. Nothing. Just my experience, but I'd suggest you avoid them on that alone. Anyway, the 130p is lovely. 😁

Celestron Astro Fi 90mm Wireless Refractor Telescope for £229.89 delivered @ Costco
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Celestron Astro Fi 90mm Wireless Refractor Telescope for £229.89 delivered @ Costco
£229.89£299.8923% Free P&P FreeCostco Deals
Nice telescope reduced by £70 at Costco with free delivery. Price is valid from 18/05/2020 to 31/05/2020 Includes: Telescope Optical Tube Assemblies (OTA), Mount/Tripod, 2 x Ey… Read more
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Jeevster

How does this compare to this one? https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/celestron-nexstar-102-slt-refractor-telescope-with-fully-automated-hand-control-3459823

cooldude01

(lol)

SelfScanStan

Olympus Binocular 10x50 DPS-1 - £46.11 delivered @ Amazon Germany
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Olympus Binocular 10x50 DPS-1 - £46.11 delivered @ Amazon Germany
Seems like a decent price for a good pair of bins. Integrated diopter correction to adapt to personal vision needs Wide-angle optics for observing fast moving objects; 10x magn… Read more
kotlety

It's available again, just bought it for £41, free next day delivery with trial prime.

albertbigndaft

Came up as £46.13 for me. They turned up today and I only ordered them two days ago. I’ll be looking at more from the .de site in future. Not had to send anything back I’ve ordered via there so far but the delivery periods are as good as .uk and the prices quite a few quid cheaper.

deleted241788

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/olympus-10x50-dps-i-10x-magnification-binoculars-5399-using-code-at-olympus-3456800 May take a couple of attempts to get the coupon to work. Or maybe looking for this? https://www.topcashback.co.uk/olympus-uk/

Guy.Incognito

Have you got a link, I can't find it on the website? Thanks.

anjogr

Definitely. Probably the best balance of magnification (10), light-gathering lenses (50), and portability. Although I haven't used this pair yet, they sound ideal for starting out in astronomy.

Celestron NexStar 102 SLT Refractor Telescope with Fully Automated Hand Control - £299.99 delivered @ Costco
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Celestron NexStar 102 SLT Refractor Telescope with Fully Automated Hand Control - £299.99 delivered @ Costco
£299.99£379.9921% Free P&P FreeCostco Deals
This Celestron NexStar 102 SLT telescope is out of this world! Whether you are a new or experienced amateur astronomer, this fantastic NexStar 102 SLT Telescope is for you. It give… Read more
skillzz2004

Back to full price:(

sproket

Thank you soooooo much mate

ecuador

That is not right. For visual observing, an EQ mount only requires you to set it up very roughly pointed to the north with the altitude marking on the mount roughly matching your latitude. That's it, nothing else needed. Even at this rough setup, you can actually track objects easily by slowly turning your RA slow motion knob. It definitely beats any alt-az stargazing experience, although I would go to alt-az if I wanted it usable for terrestrial viewing as well (EQ for terrestrial is much worse than Alt-Az for stargazing). And I say that as the author of a quite popular polar alignment app. You only need actual polar alignment for astrophotography and that's a field where alt-az doesn't even come to play (unless it is computerised like the SLT, which can do some things there). That said, the particular National Geographic has a quite poor equatorial mount and completely rubbish eyepieces, so I wouldn't recommend it either.

GlentoranMark

I'd say this Nexstar deal or a 6" dobsonian would be entry level. As I mentioned, I use my binoculars far more often than my scope so binoculars are a great first choice. Even if you get a scope like me, you will still use them plus you can also use them for other things like bird watching/ day at the beach ect. As someone mentioned above, keep an eye on Gumtree or Facebook buy and sell and something will pop up. There's guides out there on what to look out for in a used telescope. Maybe someone else can comment on the Aldi deal.

Atlantise

Before anyone hops on this with great expectations, have a read: Expectations vs Reality

Olympus 8‑16x40 Zoom DPS I Binoculars - £62.99 Using Code @ Olympus
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Olympus 8‑16x40 Zoom DPS I Binoculars - £62.99 Using Code @ Olympus
£62.99£79.9921%Olympus Shop Deals
I posted another set (10x Magnification / 10x50 DPS I) A few of you jumped on that deals, so I headed back to see what else is on offer. These ones are 8‑16x at £62.99 using code… Read more
DeadpanDan

Off the top of my head (others feel free to chip in :)) These https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0007UQNTK?pf_rd_r=EYMNZP3JB2FE5QGR09D1&pf_rd_p=e632fea2-678f-4848-9a97-bcecda59cb4e Or these https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00008Y0VN?pf_rd_r=EYMNZP3JB2FE5QGR09D1&pf_rd_p=e632fea2-678f-4848-9a97-bcecda59cb4e&th=1 Be warned though, they are BIG (especially the latter), the large front (objective) lens will let in a lot of light which is what you want for night sky viewing (60 or 70mm). Anything with a higher magnification (the first number) will be exceptionally tricky to use as it will also amplify any tremor in your hand, and even the highest magnification would not resolve stars as anything more than dots. Regardless of what you go for - I'd highly recommend a sturdy tripod and a bracket to go with it. For what it's worth, a cheapish pair of binos will be infinitely better than a cheap telescope for starting out with, and more versatile, as you can use it for nature too (a telescope will invert the image upside-down and left to right)

Gordon_Riley

Looking for a pair similar price to view the night sky. Any suggestions? Thanks.

DeadpanDan

These are 8-16x 8-16 refers to the zoom - so this starts at 8x and zooms to 16x. The last number (40 in this case) is the width of objective lens (or the fat lens) at the front of the binoculars in MM. In simple terms, the wider the lens, the bigger or wider the image you see, and the more light can get in the binoculars, making it easier to use, and a brighter image is always a better image. However, the trade off is the bigger the lenses, the larger and heavier the binoculars, so less convenient if you want to carry it around. But in answer to your question, get the ones in the previous post, not these for the reasons I outlined above.

deleted241788

Did a Google on "understanding binoculars" found this five page intro : http://www.nightskyinfo.com/binoculars-terms/

DeadpanDan

No. no and no. Zoom binoculars sound like a great idea, but because you have a lot of extra optics, the image is less crisp with more distortion, and worst of all - the image is a lot darker than a standard non-zoom pair. you'll probably end up seeing a lot less detail than a standard fixed pair. Don't get sucked into the trap of thinking zoom is a good thing. I speak from a decade of experience selling them in camera shops. Plus over about 10x magnification they become hard to hold successfully anyway due to hand vibration. There is a reason good binoculars come in 8x or 10x variants. over this, a tripod becomes highly recommended. With this, You are essentially gaining nothing over the standard pair and loosing all of the above.

Olympus 10x50 DPS I - 10x Magnification Binoculars - £53.99 Using Code @ Olympus
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Olympus 10x50 DPS I - 10x Magnification Binoculars - £53.99 Using Code @ Olympus
£53.99£59.9910%Olympus Shop Deals
If you want a better look of over there, without going over there, but from sitting or standing here... Then these a well priced set of Olympus Binoculars :D Use code BINO10 for t… Read more
fliquid

Ordered these off Amazon.de for £46.51 on Thursday and they turned up today! :D

Blonkster

Thank you.

deleted241788

The specifications on the Olympus site state 12mm eye relief which is certainly a bit on the short side. I have seen some online owners state they worked OK with their glasses after rolling down the eyecups but no guarantee that would be OK for you (pretty confident with my specs I wouldn't be able to see the entire FOV). These Olympus models are quite an old design. Some newer models have more generous eye relief eg: (also available on ebay) : https://www.dellonda.co.uk/search?type=article,page,product&q=10x50* The Olympus almost certainly wins on mechanics and probability of getting a good sample though in this price range. If must wear specs and buy unseen maybe a model with twist up eyecups might be worth investing in; guess there's a chance 12mm is too short and say 20mm too long to be ideal for your current specs.

mrbrunes

I got these and also the Celestion Skymaster 15 x 70s mentioned in the other thread. I'm no bins expert but at first glance the Olympus ones have much better optics - the image is much brighter, bigger and more 3D than from the Celestions. So even though the magnification is not as high, it's easier to see details on the target, IYSWIM. I was preparing for the Celestions to be much heavier but they are not that mch more. But the Olympus is a very handy size. So I'll be keeping the Olympus.

Blonkster

How is the eye relief on these for glasses wearers? Thanks

Celestron Firstscope Telescope with Moon Filter £43.95 delivered with code @ QVC
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Celestron Firstscope Telescope with Moon Filter £43.95 delivered with code @ QVC
£43.95£55.9922%QVC Deals
This really is an excellent price for this very decent entry level telescope. You can find reviews here. Picstop have it at a very good £55.99 but elsewhere you are typically loo… Read more
matedodgy

Thanks!

ecuador

The finderscopes are not fixed. Since they can be detached you are supposed to realign them any time you attach them anyway. It is quite simple for the red dot finders the 130p has - just look at something random through the telescope during the day (a far away house/tree/etc) and use the two screws that move the finder to have the dot on it. It's nothing to do with table top scopes, that's how finders are. Your lenses/filters will go on virtually any other scope, they are the standard 1.25" variety. Motorised lets you do some more photography (at least planetary with a webcam or small planetary cam, plus "piggy-back" wide field), so that's what it's for. For visual, the 130mm newtonians on equatorial mounts will be the same as your little 130P.

c4llum83

The sighting scope likely just needs realigning and the scope may need colimating (adjusting the mirrors using the thumbrscrews at the bottom) - check out https://stargazerslounge.com/forum/183-beginners/ for loads of help

winchman

(lol) I know exactly what you mean! Yes, you can find it but I guess it's much easier with a viewfinder. When you look through the main scope it all works in reverse, so all your instincts on how-to move it are the opposite of what is actually needed..

c4llum83

Agreed. I bought and returned the FirstScope and having read so many positive forum and store reviews I splashed out a bit more on the SkyWatcher Heritage 130p. Its made by the same company that own Celestron, but is literally light years better than the FirstScope or Celestrons Astromaster series (with cumbersome wobbly tripods) in terms of simple stable practicality and impressive performance. I have already had some amazing views and now starting to learn more about Astronomy. For example the lunar photos below were taken with my smartphone down the eyepiece... My honest advice, the FirstScope is a great posh toy. If you want a proper, portable but powerful first telescope then buy the SkyWatcher Heritage 130p. Its around £142 currently and worth so much more and I have seen comments from many experienced telescope users who eventually upgraded to more expensive larger aperture scopes but still have their Heritage 130p and use it regularly because it really is that good! Check out the below forums for more info... stargazerslounge.com (UK Forum with lots of positive posts and comments about the 130P scope ) cloudynights.com/topic/463109-onesky-newtonian-astronomers-without-borders/ (US forum with 100s of pages of glowing reviews about the US version of the scope called the AWB OneSky) If you're going to do something - do it right!

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