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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

Celestron NexStar 102 SLT Refractor Telescope with Fully Automated Hand Control £299.99 including Free Delivery at Costco
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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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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)

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.

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Celestron 22050 LCM 60 Computerised Refractor Telescope - £129.90 delivered at Amazon
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Celestron 22050 LCM 60 Computerised Refractor Telescope - £129.90 delivered at Amazon
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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.

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 LandScout Celestron 52322 60mm 12 to 36x Zoom Spotting Scope including Tripod & Case - £68.99 @ PicStop
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Celestron LandScout Celestron 52322 60mm 12 to 36x Zoom Spotting Scope including Tripod & Case - £68.99 @ PicStop
£68.99£79.9914%PicStop Deals
Seems like a good price.. . (y) The Celestron LandScout 60mm 12-36x Zoom Spotting Scope is easy-to-use and perfect for any outdoor activity. The compact, lightweight design is id… Read more
rourkey3

Don't they're children

thegrifter1

At least you won't mistake it for a black hole!

BattleBeast1

Spotted some nice tits the other day, wouldn't mind a closer look....

SteelCity

It'll only appear to be a dark smudge with this scope!

sminton9

Can I see youranus with this?

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

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

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!

Celestron Omni XLT AZ 114 Telescope £119.99 from GWCameras / eBay
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Celestron Omni XLT AZ 114 Telescope £119.99 from GWCameras / eBay
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The Celestron Omni XLT range of telescopes were a range of higher quality telescopes, recently discontinued. Great Western Cameras have a couple of models at a clearance price on t… Read more
daniel2183

What’s sort of things can a telescope like this see ? Could I view the rings on saturn?

ashleyh

Yes, the scope at UK Camera Store is the same one, they have 3 in stock, so potentially a better deal with the included smartphone adapter. Though be aware that the smartphone adapter will be about as useful as a chocolate teapot on this particular mount and scope combination, but a useful accessory to have if you have other scopes and mounts, eg equatorial for longer exposures. I happened to have a large amount of Nectar points which I was able to use against my eBay purchase, so happy enough. My scope arrived just over an hour ago, so great service from Great Western Cameras. I’ve just unpacked it all and checked it over. It came very well packed in 3 layers of cardboard boxes. For reference, my 2 current scopes are both Celestron Astromasters, a 70 AZ and a 130 EQ. I like the quick and easy setup of the 70 AZ, but have found the mount disappointing, more suited to cameras, very difficult to lock firmly in position and a complete lack of fine adjustment. So I was drawn to this deal primarily to gain a better quality AZ mount and tripod. My early verdict is that this is an excellent package for this kind of money. The mount is a huge step up from my existing AZ one. Everything is stable and with fine adjustment at a similar level to an EQ mount. The tripod is stable, locks firmly and has rubber feet. The telescope itself is well finished, collimation appears good. Nice quality 25mm Plossl eyepiece and the StarPointer is a nice step up too. I will have to see if it is possible to mount this on either of my other scopes. The one slightly disappointing item is the focuser, which is still fairly plasticky but functional. It also came with a First Light astronomy software CD, which works with both Windows and Apple Mac. Realisticlly, I doubt you would find a mount and tripod of this standard for the money, then you still have a decent Plossl eyepiece and StarPointer . Not forgetting the telescope itself! In my opinion this is a very good first or second scope, if you fancy a different mount and tripod. The smaller scope size makes it a fairly portable package too.

christopherwhiteis1

Having no experience and did a bit of research, was just about to get the Sky-Watcher Heritage-130p Flextube, for £150 delivered. At the checkout said I'd take one last look on Hukd......Ah the 130 doesn't seem to be in stock now on ebay...guess it means no decision to make! I coudln't find the 130 version anywhere so went ahead with my purchase, did find this https://www.ukcamerastore.co.uk/acatalog/Celestron-Omni-XLT-114AZ.html it's £118.33 but includes a smartphone adapter so might be of interest, think its the same one as the deal here, but I don't know anything about scopes!

ecuador

Whoa, I had never seen the Astromaster 114, it is not carried by reputable dealers like First Light Optics etc, you are right, that one is a bird-jones design. The 130s are parabolic as they are f/5 and you can't get away with a spherical at that aperture with a fast scope. Skywatcher does some spherical - the 130/130M, which are f/7 and users seem to be pleased with them for planetary use, although I always recommend going for the P variants with the proper parabolic.

MrKrabs

Get a dob then. Any of these (bar the jaffa cake one) will do you proud. Stick it on the ground and get using straight away. Some of them are massive though, the 200p is highly recommended by everyone, I'm a fan of the virtuoso mount as its tiny, and add a handset and it can track an object, and can even stick a DSLR and lens on and get some cracking wideview shots. Plenty of objects to look at with a dob even if only north is viewable. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians.html Or try ebay/astrobuysell for a bargain

Vortex Solo 10x36 Monocular £99 delivered at Castle Cameras
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Vortex Solo 10x36 Monocular £99 delivered at Castle Cameras
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Doing a lot of walking recently and wanted something to see the local wildlife a bit clearer that was also compact enough to not be a hindrance. This make/model is quite expensive… Read more
dewonderful

What if you bought two and cellotaped them together? I think I'm onto something here (party)

robodan918

robodan918

you know you don't have to use both hands with binoculars :P

airfix

Getting handcuffed by the police?

revzman

Good for spying on your neighbours while keeping one hand free for doing other things.

Zhumell Z114 114mm Reflector Dobsonian Telescope - £94.89 Delivered @ Costco
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Zhumell Z114 114mm Reflector Dobsonian Telescope - £94.89 Delivered @ Costco
£94.89£139.8932% Free P&P FreeCostco Deals
Looks awesome for having a peep at the moon (y) As it says it's "portable" it's worth looking at the other images, to give you a rough idea of the size. I've not seen the 114mm m… Read more
mtcleaning83_.

I thought about one for social distancing from my mother in law

Binternet

Mine arrived today. It's actually a rebadged Astroscan Millennium scope which was presumably originally made by Zhumell for Scientifics Direct. They have put a sticker over the brand name on the scope but don't seem to have bothered on the Dob mount for some reason. They have also tried to remove a sticky label on the side of the mount which has left a sticky residue behind. It comes in a Zhumell box though and is labeled as a "special edition"... Just be aware if you are planning on buying.

girders

Calculation for magnification is focal length divided by eyepiece size - so here the focal length is 450mm. Your looking to get up to about 150x magnification - so the calculation makes that a 3mm eyepiece. But for various reasons that is pretty much unusable for basic/cheap eyepieces as the eye relief (how far your pupil is from the lens) would be so short it would be uncomfortable. I've got a 4mm eyepiece that is barely useable. Better option is a 6mm eyepiece and a 2 x Barlow (which effectively doubles the magnification. Don't get sucked into a higher powered Barlow as they only really work for astrophotography and used without an eyepiece - not sure of the technical reasons. Remember that these calculations are for *this scope* only. Barlow : https://www.firstlightoptics.com/barlow-eyepieces/astro-essentials-125-2x-barlow-with-t-thread.html 6mm eyepiece: https://www.365astronomy.com/6mm-the-planetary-uwa-eyepiece-58-degrees-1.25.html

spongefactory

What would a example of a higher powered eyepiece and cheap barlow lens? Thanks

sarkymark1

Will I be able to see the rings around Uranus?

Celestron LandScout Celestron 52322 60mm 12 to 36x Zoom Spotting Scope + Tripod + Case £68.99 delivered @ PicStop
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Celestron LandScout Celestron 52322 60mm 12 to 36x Zoom Spotting Scope + Tripod + Case £68.99 delivered @ PicStop
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Good price for this and gets decent reviews too (Scores 4.5 / 5 on Google reviews) The Celestron LandScout 60mm 12-36x Zoom Spotting Scope is easy-to-use and perfect for any outdoo… Read more
satyris

I agree, a good pair of binoculars are a great tool, especially ones that can stand on a mono/tri-pod. If you like watching the birds and other goings on outside as well as beautiful views of the moon, they're a great place to start. I know it's not much use at the moment, but I picked up a couple of pairs from car boot sales, both 50mm lenses, one 10x, the other 20x. The 10s I've kept but the 20x were a bit impractical with only a 5° field of view.

satyris

No, you want a mirror for that... Mirror telescopes or rather reflector telescopes tend to be a larger diameter than refractor scopes which is what you'd need for a planet that far away

Brutes

@andywedge , £1 drop (y)

bertiesdad

No but you can easily spot a great tit... or a blue tit

loonyjetman

If you're starting out with astonomy then definitely contact a local club - should be closed at the moment of course but probably still running in the online world and may offer advice/tips. If you'd rather not contact a club then do consider binoculars instead of a telescope to get started, for many reasons. I have Celestron Skymaster 15 x 70 binocs - the 15mm zoom doesn't sound much but it's enough because even with huge telescopes a star is still just a white (not always) dot, and 70mm is a good size for light gathering, however they are taxing on the arms so best mounted on a tripod or monopod. Decent quality 10 x 50 binocs and a monopod (or DIY monopod) are a good way to get into the night sky plus they are easy to use, easily portable and useful for other things such as nature watching. https://earthsky.org/human-world/top-tips-for-using-ordinary-binoculars-for-stargazing https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/top-astronomy-kit/best-telescopes-binoculars-astronomy-beginners (But also do extra research on binocs - this is just one reviewer's pick) http://binocularsky.com/binoc_choosing.php (This gent knows a thing or two about binocs but again do your own research)

Nexstar 4Se Telescope - £411.42 @ Amazon
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Nexstar 4Se Telescope - £411.42 @ Amazon
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Good deal on a Nexstar 4SE telescope. Info below: Product DescriptionCelestron’s signature orange-tube telescope combines advanced features and excellent optics in one easy-to-us… Read more
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Damian66

It’s not visible for parts of the year; same size of Earth known as Earths twin, nearer to the Sun so receives a lot of sun light, it actually wanes & waxes like the Moon, the reason why you don’t see any other stars is due to Light pollution; Jupiter is also very bright; Look tonight about nine you’ll see a group of stars around it, these are the Seven Sisters, a simple set of Binoculars will show them in their glory.

Master_Yoda

Yeh - I keep seeing ONE superbright star in the night sky every night in exactly the same place - the weird thing is I don't see ANY other stars looking out of my window. It's so bright and large that I thought it must be something man made like the ISS or even some kind of aircraft. It made no sense to me why I literally can't see a single other star in the sky and yet this is a torch shining out of the sky. I used several of those star gazing apps on my phone and it was still unclear working out what it was, until the moon was really close to it and then it became 100% clear what it was. My phone says it's Venus. It's so cool that that is Venus - I never realised planets were so bright in the night sky. I don't understand why it's so bright and the only thing I can see - I've been seeing it for ages now.

Damian66

Venus

furbix

Different night but always there

furbix

Another night,

Celestron Astromaster 130EQ Astronomy Telescope £153.19 delivered @ PicStop
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Celestron Astromaster 130EQ Astronomy Telescope £153.19 delivered @ PicStop
£153.19£175.9913% Free P&P FreePicStop Deals
Good price for this and thought it would be a handy new hobby that you can take up from your home and garden. Retailing alsewhere around £175 to £200. Gets very good user reviews t… Read more
ZeusOGaming_.

Bit late to the party. Sorry. Yes this telescope without any add-ons will show the whole moon. Took it just now. You can get a better zoom.

Nayno

Maplin still around lol. Accidentally bumped into this. Thought I just throw it out there. maplin.co.uk/celestron-astromaster-130eq-0050234310451? Slightly few more pounds and 1 left. Not that you should buy from here lol. Prob a customer return.

MrBeansDrivingInstructor

This sort of thing is possible

ashkayuk

Can you buy an attachment for this to track sky objects?

GdoubleU

Skywatcher 200p is a good scope indeed. I use that too.

CELESTRON Travelscope 80 22030-CGL Refractor Telescope - Black £41.65 @ Currys eBay
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CELESTRON Travelscope 80 22030-CGL Refractor Telescope - Black £41.65 @ Currys eBay
£41.65£4915%eBay Deals
Seems a decent price not the cheapest it's ever been but not far off.
ripkord

Any telescope under £200 is generally going to be a waste of money, you'd be better buying a similarly priced pair of binoculars. If you want to get into the masochism that comes with trying to do this in the UK climate, and want to actually see decent images you need to spend £250 at least. Even then you'll probably not be all that impressed with what you get.

theframe8

Why?

Cliff_Briggs

This is a waste of money

kriss57

Cheap enough, heat added.

skyblueox

Or to find a safer planet to relocate to?

CELESTRON Travelscope 80 22030-CGL Refractor Telescope £49 down from £109 @ Currys PC World
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CELESTRON Travelscope 80 22030-CGL Refractor Telescope £49 down from £109 @ Currys PC World
Entry level telescope Eyepiece magnification: 20 x Eyepiece 2 magnification: 40 x Focal length: 400 mm Focal ratio: f/5
ecuador

Yes, this is a good deal (you only get the Travelscope 70 at this price normally), with the caveat I mentioned, the tripod is pretty poor so it is best replaced.

nzmtbz

Ecuador - that is such a brilliant write up. really helpful! would you recommend this deal based on your slideshow? I see you mention the Travelscope 70.

ecuador

My recommendations for various price points are in my slideshow here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k8xi_XHdv5801I30LD9ktQrD_uANkN4P/view

SimplyBest

I always want one , but scared that my kids might use it during DAY time .. or does these come with auto shutoff during day ? :-)

causerino

For yourself or someone else? 2nd hand is always a great way to get a decent scope, and £400 will get a good scope and mount. £325 will get you Sky-Watcher Explorer 150P EQ3-2 mount from first light optics, with some change for extra eyepieces.

National geographic telescope reduced to £39.99 instore at Sheffield Aldi
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National geographic telescope reduced to £39.99 instore at Sheffield Aldi
£39.99Aldi Deals
Found instore at handsworth Aldi, reduced from £79.99 to £39.99.
poison3k

If your looking to spend less than £50 get a pair of binoculars, even upto £100 binoculars are fantastic for astronomy. This is probably the cheapest scope to get that’s as good as binoculars https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/skywatcher-heritage-130p-flextube.html (it’s better with extra eye pieces, but then cost goes up)

J1135

How deos this compare to: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CELESTRON-Travelscope-80-22030-CGL-Refractor-Telescope-Black-Currys/123989681980

dougiesmum

Oh dear!! I got it for my little girl, The reviews on Aldi seemed good, Looking in the box it seems great quality for a child. I’m thinking of taking it back now.

bdmhenderson

Terrible telescope - is more likely to put people off than encourage them in to Astronomy

ecuador

It is about as bad as the similar Jessops ones that often sell at this price. Get binoculars, or anything from this list here: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes.html or for more info and options read up on this slide deck here: https://astro.ecuadors.net/hpag-presentations/

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