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Celestron 21043 PowerSeeker 60EQ Refractor Telescope RRP £129 NOW £54.54 delivered at Amazon
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Celestron 21043 PowerSeeker 60EQ Refractor Telescope RRP £129 NOW £54.54 delivered at Amazon
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Quick and easy no-tool setup. Slow motion controls for smooth tracking Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use. Fully coated glass optical components with … Read more

Cheap telescopes like this almost put me off astronomy - bought a pair of decent bins instead and I can see much more and with much less faff!


Better off with a £54 pair of binoculars. Olympus are a decent brand. Quick look on amazon Same price £61 Also bargains to be had on ebay if you don't mind second hand. If you wear glasses you want something with excellent eye relief.


It is a very bad telescope anyway, so no harm done.


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EgoEra Kids Telescopes reg 20X-30X-40X Adjustable  Science Telescope for Kids @ Amazon Warehouse Used Very Good £7.60 Prime £12.09 Non Prime
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EgoEra Kids Telescopes reg 20X-30X-40X Adjustable Science Telescope for Kids @ Amazon Warehouse Used Very Good £7.60 Prime £12.09 Non Prime
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The 1-C guru strikes again!! <3


expired there were only two :(


yes that is the key thanks @Emmsa76 :)


Got in quick enough for once and ordered one for my niece, thanks AC.


now, for £14.99 only

Celestron 50mm Refractor Telescope W/Tripod & 5 Eyepieces £29.99 @ Ryman (Free C&C/£3.50 Delivery)
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Celestron 50mm Refractor Telescope W/Tripod & 5 Eyepieces £29.99 @ Ryman (Free C&C/£3.50 Delivery)
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The general ignorance about telescopes is on display repeatedly in television programs. I am always seeing reflectors set up back to front because no one on the set, including cameramen who ought to understand optics, knows the difference between reflectors and refractors. I just saw an old episode of Death in Paradise where the female detective looks through the finder scope on a reflector, backwards, and her supposed view onscreen is represented as a highly magnified upright image. The main optics are of course pointed at her shoulder.


A post I created for another forum: Why cheap scopes are good for our hobby. I'm on a deals website and from time to time there is a cheap telescope deal. I used to be an aperture snob and knock every cheap scope down but I've totally changed my mind. Even posters on here, who had the forsight of joining this forum are blinded by the scope they want - they'll ask advice and then ignore it because they just want a telescope. People get knocked for ignoring advice and this puts people off either asking or worse, the hobby. I too have fallen into this trap. Years ago I wanted a Celestron 130 Goto scope. I'm totally light polluted (and I mean totally) but I wanted a Goto because I love the subject and I thought a Goto would help me find the objects under light polluted skies. The company I bought from didn't have the 130 so I bought the 102SLT instead. I could have waited but I wanted a Goto therefore I must have a Goto! While the 102 has helped me see Uranus and Neptune, I rarely use it instead I use my more obvious choice of binoculars. People don't want binoculars though which in my opinion are the best choice for beginners. Nor do they want to go to their nearest club and talk to people who may give decent advice. They want a telescope and if it looks like a telescope then they must have a telescope! It doesn't matter about specs as it didn't in my case. Everyone's circumstances are also different. I've to lug my scope out and set it up and this takes a whopping 5 minutes. Wow you may think, 5 minutes but it's still a frustration when my bins are grab and go. I regularly see comments of buy a 12" light bucket when people don't know the posters circumstances. A 12" is both massive and heavy! People also don't have money to spend. I regularly see posts of "I've a £100 budget" yet the in the first post or 2 is "Here's something at £200". The sensible thing is to wait but people don't want to wait, they want things now. Imo I'd now recommend people spend as little as possible to start with. If this means a cheap £30 department store scope from a deals website then so be it. Let them get the scope and learn by there mistakes. Most will get frustrated and it's understandable but there are a few who will get full use and work out what they really need. For these people I salute you, we all have to learn somewhere. For some it will be a lifelong hobby. For those that have bought a department store scope, don't think of it as money wasted but as an education gained. I've seen remarkable results from something as simple as a smartphone and a 50mm binocular eyepiece. You can see and do plenty with such scopes with a little dedication and work. I'm now going to be an advocate of cheap scopes. People really don't know what they need and a £30 department scope is a much cheaper mistake than something at £300 or £3000. Thoughts?


Do I win a prize :/


Then long eye relief not as important then. Olympus 8x40 dpsi are well regarded for the cash, otherwise you might find some 2nd hand bargains. Pentax do some excellent models, don't think they make a bad set.



3" Reflector Telescope W/ 2 Eyepieces (15X & 50X) + 3X Barlow Lens £29.97 @ Jessops (Free Click&Collect)
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3" Reflector Telescope W/ 2 Eyepieces (15X & 50X) + 3X Barlow Lens £29.97 @ Jessops (Free Click&Collect)
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Thank you so much, she is very petite so a tripod will definitely help.


I got those binoculars for that price as the box was damaged. However they are worth the £69 that they cost new. I just looked on eBay and there's theses which are even better. They're also only £70 new now which is amazing! The Skymasters 15x70. Without a doubt in my mind those are what you want, you'll see the moon's around Jupiter with those, maybe even Saturn's. *Edit at 9 she might not be able to hold these. In fact I don't think she will at all, they are a strain on even my wrists and I do manual work for a living. *Edit two get a cheap tripod and those binoculars. Job done. *Edit 3 first time I saw Saturn through them, blew my mind.


Do you have any further information on these please? My daughter wanted a telescope for her 9th birthday but reading through the thread I’m thinking she may get on better with these for our £50ish budget? Many thanks


The 25x70's are too dark for astronomy - too much power for their aperture. If you divide the second number (aperture) by the first number (magnification), you want it to be around 5 or so for astronomy (this is the exit pupil, or the cone of light that enters your eye, in mm). If you are under 30 years old so your pupil can dilate more, you'd ideally even want it up to 7, as in 7x50, 10x70 etc. For 70mm, 12x70 is probably the sweet-spot. Be aware that the higher the magnification and greater the weight the less possible it is to hand hold binoculars. The 10x50 are considered the maximum handheld - although I personally never go over 8x, since I find even 10x to require effort to hold still. For over 10x you definitely need a tripod.


No they are the 12x70's which are £69.99.

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Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD Telescope - £44.95 @ John Lewis & Partners
Posted 19th FebPosted 19th Feb
Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD Telescope - £44.95 @ John Lewis & Partners
Incredible price drop for this superb 5.5inch Newtonian telescope. Includes a free 2 year guarantee.

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Haha I had to laugh at that (y) (lol)


The sky is probably the best place.


I'm after a telescope but have no idea where to start! Never used one before nor have any knowledge of one. Any pointers on where I should start looking? Many thanks


Sorry everyone. I posted this thinking it was still current. My Bad, apologies.

Celestron 21048 PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Amazon Prime Only £89.99
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Celestron 21048 PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope - Amazon Prime Only £89.99
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My point is, using myself as an example, i dont have a local club to ask anyone and i dont know anyone with a telescope either. I didnt ask online but have read dozens of responses to people who have and they all say the same thing and the asker is never any wiser for asking. Its usually an opportunity for experts to spout a ton of technical data way beyond the comprehension of a beginner. Take Ecuador s slide show about buying a telescope, its enough to put you off for life. Tnheres nothing positive to say and its contradictory, going from dont buy cheap japanese to japanese scopes are good. Everything has a but after it, UK Orion were good but not now... meade are ok but the japs bought it etc. I would say never ask an expert what scope to buy because t bybey have either forgot since they moved so far on or they will assume your Patrick Moore and talk techno beyond your understanding. They will never reccomend anything. Personally i would suggest buying second hand and making sure the mirror is clean, avoid anything resembling a toy. So dont buy anything from national geographic, tasco or bresser anything else will do for long enough to see if you like it. Celestron, who cares if its not a pure design and their eyepieces are 17th century as long as you can see the moon and saturns rings and the polar regions of mars... Astronomy experts are just brim full of how we dont understand this or that and its always negative never enlightening and engaging. They are aston martin drivers and your asking them what kind of banger to get for your first car. Its beyond their reality, to be fair its not their fault, that question about what first scope is the only one they see from beginners because once asked they will forever avoid asking such an expert again so they put all their effort and kniwledge into answering what should be a simple question. Like, no one asked what not to buy and why did they?


Got to start somewhere so beginner is the usual term- save yourself a world of pain and money and not buying a shit scope you shall use twice - speak to people at your local club that do this night in night out and you’ll find out two things the scope for you and if you want to spend money carrying on in the hobby- Also anyone that asks you when you’re a “beginner” to ignore anyone giving advice about being a “beginner” should be ignored.


For beginners ignore all advice that begins with -for beginners, this phrase guarantees you a load of complicated advice that makes getting a look through a telescope seem impossible after all the hoop jumping and clauses and do this and this etc Get something you can return easily if your not happy.


For Beginners; Find your local Astronomy club and go to one of their evenings you’ll see a plethora of scopes and will gain invaluable advice as to whether you’re a local (solar system) or traveller (deep space objects) type of viewer and that will save a world of pain when choosing the type and the cost of scope. Try Wolas if in London there are many clubs through out the country. Refractor man myself.


That is correct, binoculars correct the +/-, so hyperopia/presbyopia and myopia, but will not correct astigmatism. The issue is though that you'd have to use them by yourself. As an eyeglass wearer I make sure my binoculars are appropriate to use with glasses on, as when I am with others we all use glasses if we need them so a single focusing for good eyesight means people pass them around without having to refocus.

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

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


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: (there's also a binocular buying presentation deck there) or you can also check out beginner scopes here: 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".


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


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.


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.

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
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Very nice telescope to start, for a very good gift this Christmas

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


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?


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


I took this with a disposal camera from poundland.


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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I agree


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


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?


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: for anyone that might want more detail and advice, but the above post is to the point...


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.

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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

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

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


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


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


Here is the link, hope it helps.

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

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.


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


Most of us have one. What about the telescope?


omg - took just 30 secs to bore me to death


theres a crack in mine

Borrow a telescope for free with a Westminster Library card
Posted 16th Aug 2018Posted 16th Aug 2018
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 Didn't get it the first time, but this time I did!


time someone did Uranus joke.


Why don't you surprise me? ;)



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

Meade Infinity 60AZ Telescope - £55.99 @ Argos
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Meade Infinity 60AZ Telescope - £55.99 @ Argos
Explore both land and sky in crisp, clear detail through the high-resolution optics of the Meade Infinity 60AZ. With everything you need to get started all in one box, you can set-… Read more

its going to be bad for 50 quid, like a magnifying glass attached to a empty toilet roll, no joke.


It doesn't seem to come with an erect-image prism, so the neighbours will be upside down ;)


Although it does not have the completely useless eyepieces that other telescopes at this price have (these are MA it seems), the mount/tripod is very bad, which makes it a bit frustrating to use (in comparison to, say, the Skywatcher Heritage 76 which is usually at a similar price). This must lead to many returns if I can tell from the refurbished availability (£35 shipped on ebay).


Thanks. Perfect for keeping tabs on what the neighbours are up to (lol)

Bushnell 4.5 inch telescope and tripod - £70 @ gwcameras eBay
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Bushnell 4.5 inch telescope and tripod - £70 @ gwcameras eBay
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It's not the best scope out there, but good value for money. The sky tour remote isn't particularly useful, but good to distract the kids with.
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Not bad i’ve used this type which is a Newtonian, mirror on the rear, great for local Solar system, though buying a few decent eyepieces will go along way to improving your experience. Try Plossl 20mm.


It does seem to read that way, but I think it's referring to the light inside the mount to help see the coordinates? It is a bit confusing though, you're right


Listing infers a motorised mount.... which I don't think is true !

Bushnell northstar motorised telescope. Half price @£124.50 at Wilkinson cameras.
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Bushnell northstar motorised telescope. Half price @£124.50 at Wilkinson cameras.
Ok probably far from the best scopes available but looks good for the money. Also have a cheaper one for half price as well. Seems to be a lot more else where. Purchased to have p… Read more

My bf bought me a telescope for my upcoming birthday even if I'm not a guy (women don't tend to be into this stuff but I am). Cost £129 but it is a Sky-Watcher Explorer-130 EQ2 Telescope. I am still figuring out how to use it and I signed up to a stargazing forum to get some help.


I bought a cheap telescope & was lucky enough to view the Milky Way. Mars was as clear as a bell. Galaxy was perfect until I unwrapped it & ate it.


Wilkinson's are very good. I buy my cleaning products and binbags from there at a very reasonable price. Heat added.


Divide the focal length, 900mm by the eyepiece focal length so 20mm will give you 45x and 4mm will give you 225x. If you add the Barlow you will get 135x and 675x. The 675x will be unusable but I bet you try it :) Your focuser is probably a rack and pinion (the same on most scopes) but it doesn't give fine adjustments, you will struggle at high magnifications to get things in focus. I try and focus on a star before turning to a planet.


20mm works great, 4mm you struggle to focus a little, what’s magnified more 20mm or 4mm, I have a feeling it’s simply too close to focus so need to wait for the moon to be visible ;-(

New MEADE Polaris 76 EQ Reflector Telescope - Blue £58.29 @ Curry - PCworld eBay - Free delivery
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New MEADE Polaris 76 EQ Reflector Telescope - Blue £58.29 @ Curry - PCworld eBay - Free delivery
Great price for this, over £114 anywhere else, including instore at Currys. Key Features Experience the wonders of the night sky from your bedroom window or garden shed with the … Read more
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You just put me right off astronomy


Now out of stock, so I'll expire.


Buy good binocular firstly as first step with astronomy for beginners eg Williams optics 10x50 ED or if you have more money Fujinion 10x50 FMRT-SX and also very good astronomy atlas with universe/sky map... do not waste your money for poor “telescopes”!




Huh. This post is so wrong, I have no idea where to start from. And I am sure the poster would not understand, hence just posting for others that might be wondering what's all this about.So, first of all, the resolution of an optical system, i.e. the maximum quality you can get out of it if everything else is perfect, is limited by your aperture. The Nikon P900 has a 55mm aperture, so whatever you do, if you have a 60mm+ telescope of good quality, an imaging sensor as good as the one the P900 uses (not hard to find nowadays) will give you better quality images, because... physics. On to the focal length. I don't really understand what the above post is trying to say, but in general, astronomers, especially amateur ones, would love to have good telescopes of short focal length that are also affordable, but because a shorter focal length for the same aperture requires the light to bend more, it is much harder & expensive to make. The smaller focal length gives you a wider field of view and also requires shorter exposures in astrophotography, while it is relatively easy to increase your effective focal length (e.g. with a TeleVue barlow or Powermate) so you can do most things longer focal length scopes would do.But there is some misconception about what "equivalent focal length is". In fact, it doesn't have to do with the focal length itself, it simply gives you an idea of your field of view - i.e. your frame - so that photographers can compare it to their old 35mm film, because if you have a tiny sensor with the same lens, that tiny sensor would crop your image and you end up with a smaller field of view. In fact, the P900 has a 357mm focal length physically. The 10" LX200 mentioned has a 2500mm focal length, which means that with the same sensor items will be 7x larger than the P900. The 10" LX200 has a "35mm equivalent" focal length with that sensor of 14000mm !!! In fact, having a smaller sensor is a bad thing, not a good thing, as with a larger sensor you fit more things in your view, which seems like a smaller "zoom" if you print them at the same size, but a larger sensor (of the same generation) will maintain the quality, so if you cropped the smaller part and blew it up you would still get the image of the smaller sensor.It gets a bit complicated, but the result is that even at the price of the P900 you can certainly beat it in quality for moonshots with a combination of telescope/camera. For example take a look at a lunar image through the worst telescope I own (a 130mm newtonian - about £100 for the tube) with a £150 planetary camera (see it full size here): You can't get that quality with a P900, but with the telescope you need to have a mount, a small tripod won't do, plus with the planetary camera you get more clarity, but it requires to connect a pc and then processing to get all that detail (stacking, sharpening). So I would suggest the P900 for everyone who would like to point and click and get good shots. Just know that telescopes are a whole different thing both in complexity and potential results. If you already have a DSLR, a telescope is also a consideration since you can use your existing DSLR with it - but the telescope in this topic wasn't any good for that.

National Geographic 50/360 Telescope £12 @ Maplin
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National Geographic 50/360 Telescope £12 @ Maplin
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£37 at Amazon with reasonable reviews espically for the price
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I can't believe we are suggesting binoculars instead of telescopes, these must be truly awful if that's the case!


now the price got rise to 16£..


For every one kid that got a flimsy-tripod based little refractor and yet persevered despite how frustrating it was to point it, there are 10 that give up. Until perhaps 25-30 years ago, if you were on a budget you didn't have a choice, you couldn't avoid it. I was one of the minority who persevered (I got a 40mm "halleyscope", with a ridiculous "tripod" 30 years ago next month), yay for me, however in this day there is a choice. So, as I said before, for £12, I don't have to propose anything better (which is why I don't actually downvote this), and you are getting an interesting toy (it will work fine on the moon). If that's your budget go for it. It won't be a joy to use compared to other scopes that start at around ~£50 (although I usually give £100 as the starting point for new - but less for used), so you might turn some kids away. Your call ;)


Looks good and will be on Lightning Deal for £50.99 from 5:20pm on Tuesday 17 April


Thank you for taking the trouble to go into the detail you have. I think the bottom line for me would be a good pair of binoculars and possibly try to find some kind of tripod or stand for them, the bonus would be using them to spot wildlife close up.

Enjoy looking at birds? Was £329.90 now £69.99   Spotting Scope for Birdwatching , 20-60x60 Zoom Monocular Compact Telescope  Sold by BNISE Corporation and Fulfilled by Amazon - Lighting deal
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Enjoy looking at birds? Was £329.90 now £69.99 Spotting Scope for Birdwatching , 20-60x60 Zoom Monocular Compact Telescope Sold by BNISE Corporation and Fulfilled by Amazon - Lighting deal
This has good reviews and is £182 on eBay. Ideal for you twitchers out there that enjoy looking at birds. BNISE Spotting Scope for Birdwatching , 20-60x60 Zoom Monocular Compact Te… Read more

It was one of the Lightning deals


Is this item only available at £69.99 to Prime Members?


I did see Dave Gorman (though it was a repeat) on Modern Life Is Goodish say that you can't even trust "Verified Purchase" reviews. Some Amazon customers trawl Facebook and the like for sellers offering freebies in return for five-star reviews. They purchase the item at full price, leave a glowing review, and the seller refunds them via Paypal.


These are brand-slap Chinese scopes (don't get me wrong, I have a cheapie monocular myself, but it cost £6-odd). Google images might bring up generics of this, though it's an oddly-angled picture the seller is using. Also, the Chinese have a habit of over-estimating the magnification of their scopes/binoculars/monoculars, but you would expect that. Here's one on Aliexpress - 20-60x60, £39.06 or 25-75x70, £47.14 £45.74 £45.33 Flubit has a National Geographic-branded one for £62.97 Other magnifications: A Celestron 60mm (Magnification: 12-36x) for £69.99 20x60 £26.45 This one is 15-45x60 and £32.71


Love amazon, but starting to take some reviews with a pitch of salt too many fake reviews

10-in-1 Mobile Photography Kit - Bluetooth Shutter, Fisheye Wide Angle, Macro, Telescope Lens, Selfie Stick, Tripod @ Gearbest £9.53
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10-in-1 Mobile Photography Kit - Bluetooth Shutter, Fisheye Wide Angle, Macro, Telescope Lens, Selfie Stick, Tripod @ Gearbest £9.53
Main Features: - With Bluetooth selfie adapter, you can easily take photos by yourself just one-key operation shooting - Install the mini size portable telephoto lens, convenient t… Read more

Good lord, the quality of those 'after' images. You need to pause the video to see them for a reason.


Struggling to find some tripod with phone clip wider than 85mm. My Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is 88mm wide.


I'll give it a go for a tenner! Thanks No1_VIPER (y)


they will work, but these are designed to be universal so it may not fit perfectly and/or show the edges of the lens in the frame. If you have the bucks and one of the compatible phones... moment make some fantastic lens which definitely work!


you got a link?

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