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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 2018Posted 16th Dec 2018
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 i… Read more
sb1876

Great advice, I bought a cheap telescope and it put me off for years. Research is key.

ecuador

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: https://astro.ecuadors.net/hpag-presentations/ (there's also a binocular buying presentation deck there) or you can also check out beginner scopes here: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes.html 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".

SuperCoolStar

I have not seen one in many many hours (shock)

MarkShopper

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.

deeny34

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. https://www.jessops.com/p/jessops/10x50-full-size-binoculars-97047

Binoculars for Kids and Adults, 8X21 Foldable Small Compact £7.49 (Prime) £11.98 (Non Prime) @ Sold by MatrixSight and Fulfilled by Amazon.
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Binoculars for Kids and Adults, 8X21 Foldable Small Compact £7.49 (Prime) £11.98 (Non Prime) @ Sold by MatrixSight and Fulfilled by Amazon.
£7.49£11.4935%Amazon Deals
It says for adults, but I think these are cheap and cheerful binoculars meant for kids. Hover over the promotion message and click redeem to get this price.
Mr.Heater

Thanks OP. Ordered 1 for christmas gift.

crazyvicky

Fab find thanks

mcfadal

good for play

whitechick58

Super deal & a great price! Thanks for sharing.

Celestron 31051 AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Telescope Motor Drive - £165.99 @ Amazon
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Celestron 31051 AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Telescope Motor Drive - £165.99 @ Amazon
£165.99£24933%Amazon Deals
Very nice telescope to start, for a very good gift this Christmas
Hotdealjo

Pleeeeeeeease can someone buy me this for Christmas?! (embarrassed) great find (y) 🏻

simonbalaam

I've been thinking of getting one for my son but really don't want to spend a fortune as it could easily be a fad. The moon was bright tonight so I got my Camera and 300mm lens tonight and showed him the moon a bit closer, not a lot mind you and he was really chuffed to see Mars right next to it too. I got this shot and although its heavily cropped how much better can it be with about a £50 scope and how clearly can you see Mars etc?

Lister92

Yes, we want to check if the American flag is still present on the moon... or if it was finally fake... (ninja)

blackfridaydealhunter

I took this with a disposal camera from poundland.

yespleasesir

But I like the moon

Handy Heroes Kids Telescope Stargazing Kit only £9 @ Go Outdoors free click & collect
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Handy Heroes Kids Telescope Stargazing Kit only £9 @ Go Outdoors free click & collect
Nice Christmas present Discount card price (£5 if you don’t have one, if you know someone that has got one just address and surname in store will be fine)
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lowcliff

I agree

quidditys_shore

Have a look on local selling sites of ebay (filtering to a distance you are happy travelling) for used telescopes. I picked up my first proper telescope for my 40th, £70 for a sky watcher 130 with motorised mount. Absolutely love it for the price. This is a well recieved & portable telescope if you want new Sky-watcher heritage 76 Also check in the works for some book. The 2019 Philips star gazing is £3 which is a great help. And another thing that's worth getting is an xbox 360 live camera. A bit of modifying & you'll have a decent starter astrophotography camera. They are only 50p at cex. Camera

simonbalaam

I’ve been looking for a telescope for my lad but understand the chance he will get bored so wanted something easy. I can’t afford a nice motor driven one that will (after setup) go straight to the points in the sky so have been thinking about a spotting scope as due to illness one of his eyes aren’t great. Any good recommendations for about £50?

ecuador

Yep, this will turn kids away from astronomy, that tripod is really frustrating to use. What Optimus said above is the lowest cost telescope that anyone should recommend. I have the slide deck from my annual telescope buying presentation at my astro club here: https://astro.ecuadors.net/hpag-presentations/ for anyone that might want more detail and advice, but the above post is to the point...

OptimusPrimeval

Quite a bit more expensive, but infinitely better... Good starter scope Alternatively as has been said, start with a pair of binoculars to whet the appetite and then take it from there.

Canon 10 x 30 IS II Binoculars £327.99 @ Amazon
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Canon 10 x 30 IS II Binoculars £327.99 @ Amazon
£327.99£404.9919%Amazon Deals
Canon 10 x 30 IS II Binoculars Great quality Imaged Stabilised binoculars at a great price with free delivery.
mad_design_man

No I want to see martians in the shower!

QPRdevon

Luckily labour rates were far less in Singapore than they would have been in the UK

darecy

VDisillusioned

Wow, I would take having the coating taken off for £30, it's a pig of a job. For anyone who might end up trying it, I have found the really degraded stuff comes of quite easily with a cloth dipped in Screwfix No Nonsense Heavy Duty Degreaser, with no apparent negative impact on the body, but the sound parts won't budge. I'm now going to try a small wood chisel as a scraper.

VDisillusioned

If you can't see Mars by just looking up at it in the sky with your naked eyes, you probably need spectacles, not binoculars.

Konus 10x25 Next Pocket Binocular £6.94 at Amazon
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Posted 27th Nov 2018Posted 27th Nov 2018
Konus 10x25 Next Pocket Binocular £6.94 at Amazon
Highlights Compact Roof Prism Light Path Anti-Reflection Green-Tinted Coatings Closed-Bridge/Dual-Hinge Design Low-Profile Center Focusing Wheel Fold-Down Rubber Eyecups Prot… Read more
20% off Olympus RC II 8x21 Zoom Binoculars £39.99 @ argos
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Posted 23rd Nov 2018Posted 23rd Nov 2018
20% off Olympus RC II 8x21 Zoom Binoculars £39.99 @ argos
Nice looking simple binoculars that should do the job for some people. 20% off at argos, £49.99 to £39.99
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Various codes for Telescopes, Bags, Film, Photo Paper and more @ Jessops
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Various codes for Telescopes, Bags, Film, Photo Paper and more @ Jessops
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15% off Telescopes TELESCOPES15 20% off Bags BAGS20 20% off Batteries BATTERIES20 15% off Memory Cards MEMORY15 30% off Filters FILTERS30 25% off Albums ALBUMS&FRAMES25 2… Read more
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StevenRogers

I was hoping for drones 😁

Klampit

Any idea when these codes expire? Looking to buy a telescope and 15% off isnt bad, but will there be anything better in the Black Friday madness from other retailers?!?!? Thanks OP

Carson 8x32 3D Series HD Binoculars @ Amazon £82.27
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Carson 8x32 3D Series HD Binoculars @ Amazon £82.27
£82.27£35477%Amazon Deals
done a little research on these.i think they are a 2013 model.however a great discount and some great reviews,so posted.Product Description Carson 3D Series High Definition Waterpr… Read more
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marty-401

Nothing to lose. If they don't meet your expectations then send them back and give the first negative review.

Quinoa

I trust you ( just trolloped a load of chocolate crepes) so a bit sugar happy

amazoncrazy

Maybe but you could say that about anything.do we really trust any reviews period

Quinoa

but when you see all the reviews with at least three photos, you know those reviews have come from vipon or some other promoted channel Fakespot Reviewmeta

amazoncrazy

thanks :)

Refractor Telescope with adjustable tripod instore at B&M for £14.99
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Every kid should have one of these at some point good deal for what it is
craig.flanagan

Wait until 4 weeks after Christmas on a Wednesday they'll go down to £1 sane happens every year in my store

ecuador

Allow me to disagree with your disagreement :) My first telescope back in the 80's was the "Halleyscope", a 40mm refractor on a miserable tripod made to cash-in on the Halley craze. And it had a very positive effect on me. That's because I was an unusually patient kid of the pre-internet, pre-smartphone etc era. So, for every kid like me or you, there are 10 that would get turned away from astronomy forever if their first experience was with a frustrating scope/mount, I've seen it happen many, many times. No, I am not one of those people who **** on inexpensive telescopes, or one of those who say anything under 6-inches is useless etc. I do a "buying my first telescope" talk every year at my astronomy club, and after explaining the basics I do give recommendations in budget zones and I do start quite low at near £50. But getting something like this, is worse than not getting a telescope for the majority of children. Especially children nowadays who have so many things.

kamenitzabrit

I disagree with your disagreement - many years ago an inferior piece of kit was acceptable for those of us who knew no better, but with the quality of computer screens nowadays for example, every child has experienced excellent picture quality, and so will realise only too well how bad these cheap telescopes are. I bought one for my children a couple of years ago, and it was so awful that it never got used after the first week - we just could not see anything or focus enough to make out any stars at all, and that was in a nice quiet area without masses of street lighting. Better spend the money on a good book or two, as has been mentioned by others.

RedXI

I disagree completely. My first telescope wasn't much better that this and it had a very positive effect. Plus virtual every astronomer I know is always critical of any telescope that is cheaper than theirs is. "Mine is bigger and more expensive, so yours sucks" is the usual way conversations about scopes go. And besides, anyone who spends a lot of money on a reasonably good scope but lives in a city with terrible light polution and mostly cloudy skies has more money than sense.

quidditys_shore

i really wouldn't bother with this. better off getting binoculars. these are a good deal as well as a brilliant book binoculars £19.99 stargazing 2019 £3

Jessops Full Size Waterproof Zoom Binoculars W/ 10 - 30 X Zoom Magnification & 50mm Objective Lenses £34.99 @ Jessops (Free C&C)
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Jessops Full Size Waterproof Zoom Binoculars W/ 10 - 30 X Zoom Magnification & 50mm Objective Lenses £34.99 @ Jessops (Free C&C)
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ecuador

At close to this price there are several options for decent binoculars you can buy. The cheapest ones I usually propose at our astronomy club, are the Celestron G2 Porro 8×40 / 10×50, Bresser Hunter 8×40 / 7×50, Helios Solana 8x40 / 10x50. The next tier has the likes of Opticron Adventurer 8×40 or 10×50, Celestron Cometron 7×50, Olympus 8×40 DPSi, Helios Fieldmaster 7x50 / 10x50. For non-astronomy use there are more models you can get too, because cheap roof prisms are not good for astronomy and excluded from the above list. Oh, and, yes, avoid zoom binoculars in general.

Damian66

Get on eBay and have a look for these; Russian BNU or 6NU. Why, well when the USSR defeated Germany WW2 they moved the Carl Zeiss factory to Russia lock stock & barrel upped the lens coating and wallah you have a a pair of Zeiss for £40 quid. The quality is hard to beat. rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F323509175109

mrbloke

30x zoom binoculars? Hope you buy a tripod too if you hope to see anything.

peterszy

I'm afraid to say that with optical equipment you get what you pay for!! Mass production with cad/cam etc has brought prices down but!! To get high grade images manufacturers will need to use special glass and almost surgical cleanliness with very high precision grinding etc. For keeping in the glove box or for general use they're ok. I've used both and there's a world of visual difference. If you can spend as much as you can!!

xenophon

Always read one should avoid zoom binoculars especially cheap ones. Anyone own these?

Tasco Essentials 10X50 Porro Prism Binoculars W/ Fully Coated Lenses. Includes Case, Neck Strap & Push-on Caps £19.99 @ Jessops (Free C&C)
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Tasco Essentials 10X50 Porro Prism Binoculars W/ Fully Coated Lenses. Includes Case, Neck Strap & Push-on Caps £19.99 @ Jessops (Free C&C)
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xstrata

Now only £16.97

ElBuc

Nice one, I've been looking for a good pair of cheap 'n' cheerfuls.

darthcisco

thanks @niceroundpound i read c + c as free delivery, doh!

niceroundpound

@darthcisco free delivery isn't available on this item, you can click and collect for free though.

darthcisco

How do you get the free delivery?

Swarovski EL-O range 8x42 binoculars (was £2279) - £2,275 @ Bushwear
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Swarovski EL-O range 8x42 binoculars (was £2279) - £2,275 @ Bushwear
(this is a tongue in cheek post) I have had my eye on a pair of these for a while, but noticed this fantastic reduction. Perfect for taking into the rain and dropping your Jaffa … Read more
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davidridge1

The colour would scare the wildlife.

grex9101

You don't like me. I don't care XD

xboxmaster78

Perfect for my new hobby.....curtain twitcher!!(y)

wildswan

They're ugly

jayman1986

I can't believe the HUKD community, so much hypocrisy. This is not a review site...... is there anywhere you can get this cheaper? (ninja)

Sky at Night Subscription - 5 months for £5 @ Buy Subscriptions + Various other mags!
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Sky at Night Subscription - 5 months for £5 @ Buy Subscriptions + Various other mags!
Excellent bargain for this magazine, for the same price you'd pay for one from the newsagent you get 5, perfect for star gazing in the upcoming dark winter months! Credit to Rcom … Read more
Adey99999

You need to remember to cancel your subscription.

deeny34

Thanks for finding those too, i just posted the one i bought lol.

.Canopus.

That's really strange, the link displayed the following options to me.

siegeengine

showed £22 for 6 month for me too, then i went to leave and a popup asked if I wanted it for a fiver.

.Canopus.

Here is the link, hope it helps. https://www.buysubscriptions.com/print/bbc-sky-at-night-magazine-subscription

The  AUTO-TRACKING MAKSUTOV CASSEGRAIN TELESCOPE (Skywatcher HERITAGE-90 VIRTUOSO) normal price £219 is available for £173.94
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The AUTO-TRACKING MAKSUTOV CASSEGRAIN TELESCOPE (Skywatcher HERITAGE-90 VIRTUOSO) normal price £219 is available for £173.94
The Skywatcher HERITAGE-90 VIRTUOSO normal price £219 This may seem expensive for a small telescope (90mm aperture) but this telescope is autotracking, it automatically tracks a s… Read more
Damian66

Learn the night sky and a refractor is superior(I’ve owned over thirty scopes) this is ok for a beginner but these goto scopes are inherent with problems a little later down the line and a pain to calibrate.

emlin

RIP, we'll use your crack as a bike stand.

emlin

Most of us have one. What about the telescope?

tilly20081

omg - took just 30 secs to bore me to death

tilly20081

theres a crack in mine

Borrow a telescope for free with a Westminster Library card
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Borrow a telescope for free with a Westminster Library card
Exciting opportunity with a Westminster Library card (you don't need to live or work in Westminster to get one) as you can borrow a telescope from Westminster Reference Library (WC… Read more
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jamie15

https://www.hotukdeals.com/comments/permalink/34799645 Didn't get it the first time, but this time I did!

fneiurn

time someone did Uranus joke.

jasee

Why don't you surprise me? ;)

dewonderful

jasee

This telescope uses a mirror and you should be able to see Uranus with it

Tasco 10x50 Binoculars @ Jessops for £29.99 was £62.95
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Tasco 10x50 Binoculars @ Jessops for £29.99 was £62.95
This are great Binoculars reduced from £62.00. I bought them from the Leeds Headrow store and they had some left. They will match online price in-store. Great for bird and plane wa… Read more
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Shinobei

Can you look at the craters on the moon with these? Serious question

Mellotron

Check this link jessops.com/binoculars-and-scopes/binoculars?PPC-AlwaysOn=False&PPC-Cat=Default_xxxx-xx-xx-xx_yyyy-yy-yy-yy&PPC-CopyCreationDate=2017-11-18&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6Kzw-K_l3AIVr7ztCh3JCg78EAAYASAAEgLBnfD_BwE There are some nice compact ones in their sale depending on your budget. The Tasco Sierra 8x25 look ok for £39.95. Nice and compact.

supplyuk

Thanks for that, could you recommend a nice compact set

Mellotron

Stood up they are 7" high and about 7" wide so not all that compact. Come with a nice satchel to put them in.

mm_1981

Great for spying on birds

New Design Binocular Glasses Type 20X Watch Repair Magnifier with LED Light (Black) £2.90 @ Gearbest (Also 10x 15x 20x 25x Version For £5.03)
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New Design Binocular Glasses Type 20X Watch Repair Magnifier with LED Light (Black) £2.90 @ Gearbest (Also 10x 15x 20x 25x Version For £5.03)
Seems to get good reviews https://www.gearbest.com/home-gadgets/pp_17070.html#anchorGoodsReviews (fixed the link) Do you want a LED light magnifier for your personal use? This … Read more
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AnthHether001

Thanks, OP. My set of magnifier/specs arrived today (16th Aug 2018), that's 14 days after I placed the order with BangGood. And they are very good, too. As already mentioned, with a magnification of x20, they are designed for extreme close-up inspection work. They work well, especially with the included LED lights. Great job, thank you.

IWANTBLUE

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greelyi

Always glad to help :) Make it a great weekend

returnofthemac

Ordered, she says thanks...

greelyi

If it's that small that she needs these, Gear Best do several USB magic wands and mains powered ones. Just sayin' If it's a look you are into that's another thing entirely. ;)

Olympus DPS-I 8 x 40 Binocular - £54.99 @ Amazon
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Olympus DPS-I 8 x 40 Binocular - £54.99 @ Amazon
£54.99£91.9040%Amazon Deals
Olympus DPS-I 8 x 40 Binocular Durable, high-quality finish with sure-grip rubber coating UV protection to protect eyes against the suns harmful rays Wide-angle field of vi… Read more
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davidridge1

Same price at Argos.

deleted874045

The higher the magnification, the more unstable the image becomes. If you're going to use zoom binoculars, you'll be needing to use and tripod. Most decent binoculars have a threaded hole to mount a tripod.

deleted874045

You always get one!

Farmer_Humpf

I used to work in the camera trade and one of the most popular questions I was asked about binocular was, "how far can I see with these". I never knew how to answer it. I'm still not really sure what they meant.

dogpatch

Zoom? Binoculars have a set magnification. In this case 8x which is fairly standard. Go beyond 10x and you begin to have image stability issues.

NIKON Aculon A211 8 x 42 mm Binoculars £49.99 @ Currys
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NIKON Aculon A211 8 x 42 mm Binoculars £49.99 @ Currys
£49.99£89.9944%Currys PC World Deals
£130 John Lewis Field of view: 140 m Rubber armour Full coated optics
ecuador

The Nikon Aculon series has great binoculars, but they've been selling at that price on Amazon for a couple of months now. Possibly the model is on the way out? Still a good price for this set.

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