Telescopes

There are several types of telescope design; refractor telescopes, reflector telescopes, dobsonian telescopes and cassegrain telescopes.

The type of telescope you choose depends on the observing priorities you have and your budget. Some are better suited to astronomy, others to viewing land/sea objects, there are also options for telescopes that can do both. 

Below you will see the broad categories of applications and telescope types we offer.  Additionally we have kids telescopes and beginner telescopes.

Click here for our telescope buying guide.

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Nova 607 AZ Refractor Telescope
Nova 607 AZ Refractor Telescope
A good, easy to use beginner's telescope.   Description An easy to use an entry-level telescope...
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saxon 607 AZ2 Beginners Telescope
Saxon 607 AZ Beginners Telescope
An excellent beginner telescope. The saxon 60/700 AZ2 Refractor Telescope makes the perfect starter telescope to fuel your interest...
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Nova 709 AZ3 Beginners Refractor Telescope
Nova 70 mm AZ3 Refractor Telescope
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Nova 709 AZ3 Refractor Telescope with Smart Phone Adapter
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Nova 709 AZ3 Refractor Telescope with Smart Phone Adapter
A great beginners telescope for astronomy or day time viewing.  Includes the Saxon ScopePix Smart phone...
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saxon 707AZ2 Refractor Telescope
saxon 707AZ2 Refractor Telescope
If you're after a telescope for daytime and night-time use, you'll appreciate the dual capabilities of...
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Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 70AZ - Smartphone app-enabled refractor telescope
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Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 70AZ - Smartphone app-enabled refractor telescope
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Celestron Inspire 70mm AZ Refractor Telescope
Celestron Inspire 70mm AZ Refractor Telescope
Perfect for easy viewing day or night, terrestrial or astronomical - just pop the tripod legs...
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Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80AZ - Smartphone app-enabled refractor telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80AZ - Smartphone app-enabled refractor telescope
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saxon 804AZ3 Pioneer Refractor Telescope
saxon 804AZ3 Pioneer Refractor Telescope
If space is the question, then your answer is none other than the saxon 80/400 AZ3 Pioneer...
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saxon 909-AZ3 Refractor Telescope
saxon 909-AZ3 Refractor Telescope
Take in amazing views of land and sky with the saxon 90/900 AZ3 Refractor Telescope. This telescope...
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Nova 102 mm AZ3 Refractor Telescope
Nova 102 mm AZ3 Refractor Telescope
The Nova 102mm AZ3 Refractor Telescope combines affordability and functionality in the one great product.   Description The Nova...
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Celestron Inspire 100mm AZ Refractor Telescope
Celestron Inspire 100mm AZ Refractor Telescope
The most powerful telescope in the Inspire range - perfect for easy viewing day or night,...
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saxon 1026AZ3 SC Refractor Telescope with Steel Tripod & ScopePix Smartphone Adapter
saxon 1026AZ3 SC Refractor Telescope with Steel Tripod & ScopePix Smartphone Adapter
For observations of both land and sky, you can count on the saxon 102/660 AZ3 SC Refractor...
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ - Smart phone app-enabled refractor telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ - Smart phone app-enabled refractor telescope
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Saxon 1025 AZ3 Pioneer Refractor Telescope
Saxon 1025 AZ3 Pioneer Refractor Telescope
Brand new refractor design, ideal for both terrestrial and astronomical use. You'll get a host of...
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Sky-Watcher 1025 AZ3 Refractor Telescope
Sky-Watcher 1025 AZ3 Refractor Telescope
A compact and powerful refractor telescope suitable for land viewing and astronomy. Description This Sky-Watcher 102mm...
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Saxon 1206 AZ3 Pionneer Refractor Telescope
Saxon 1206 AZ3 Pionneer Refractor Telesscope
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Sky-Watcher 1206 AZ3 Refractor Telescope
Sky-Watcher 1206 AZ3 Refractor Telescope
This Sky-Watcher 120mm (4") f/5 telescope is a two-element, air-spaced, fully multi-coated objective, achromatic refractor providing...
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Saxon ED80/600 AZ3 Refractor
Saxon ED80/600 AZ3 Refractor
Designed for easy use to view both land and sky objects, the compact size of this...
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Saxon ED100/900 EQ3 Refractor
Saxon ED100/900 EQ3 Refractor
Rock the universe with sights of the deep sky using the extra-low dispersion (ED) glass. Your...
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Saxon 767 Reflector - Beginner Astronomy Telescope
Saxon 767 Reflector - Beginner Astronomy Telescope
This is a simple, small but highly effective budget telescope. Comes with three eye pieces and...
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Nova 1145 EQ Astronomy Telescope
Nova 1145 EQ Astronomy Telescope
Entry level astronomy telescope complete with tripod, eye pieces and 2 times Barlow lens giving magnification...
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saxon 1149 EQ Astronomy Reflector Telescope
Saxon 1149 EQ Astronomy Reflector Telescope
A very popular astronomy telescope for amateur astronomers, fully set up with tripod, eyepieces and equatorial...
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Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ - Smartphone app-enabled newtonian reflector telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ - Smartphone app-enabled newtonian reflector telescope
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Not Sure what to buy?

Do you want your telescope for day and night time viewing, astronomy, astrophotography - but not sure what type you should be considering? Check out out guide for helpful information to assist with your selection.

How to Buy Telescope Guide
Telescope Types
1. Refractor Telescopes

Refracting telescopes use lenses to gather light.  The primary advantages of a refractor are that it is easy to maintain, easy to use, and is capable of land based observing as well as stargazing and the image is the correct way up!

In general:

For someone who wants to look at wildlife or a view from your deck as well as stars, a refractor is a good choice. For the advanced observers who want the best possible image quality for both visual observing and photography, a high-quality refractor cannot be beaten.

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2. Reflector Telescopes

Reflecting telescopes use mirrors instead of lenses and tend to be less expensive than refractors or the Cassegrains. If on a dobsonian mount they tend to be call Dobsonians otherwise they are known as reflectors and tend to be on an equatorial mount.

The main drawback of the reflector versus a refractor is that the image is usually inverted, making it poorly suited to land based observing but for strictly stargazing, a Newtonian is tough to beat.

In general:

A Reflector (or Newtonian) is hard to beat for astronamy veiwing and is perfect if you don't need to view  land based subjects, if you don't require much portability and do not plan on doing much photography.

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3. Dobsonian Telescopes

The Dobsonian or Dob telescopes are optically similar to reflector telescopes and offer the most cost effective way to start and develop your astronomy hobby.

Where the Dobsonian is different is in the mounting system that allows you to find and track objects.  

A Dobsonian base is elegantly simple, there are no knobs, levers, switches, gears, handles, dials, or anything complicated required to operate the telescope. Everything is moved by hand and in an altitude-azimuth (up-down/left-right) configuration making it simple and intuitive to use. 

In general:

Due to the mount, pointing a Dob to any celestial object is easy and this makes Dobs ideal for beginners and there is also the opportunity to move to larger models that  have the capacity to provide viewing for intermediate and expert astronomers.

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4. Cassegrain Telescopes

Cassegrains are a catadiotric telescope which incorporates both lenses and mirrors.  Light is 'folded' to provide a long focal length in a very compact tube, making them very versatile and portable. Unlike most other telescope designs, these scopes can easily be converted to a variety of focal ratios for different photographic applications for both narrow- and wide-field imaging.

The most popular telescopes in this category are the Schmidt-Cassegrains  and Maksutov-Cassegrains. 

The versatility and portability of these telescopes make them among the most popular for astronomers of all levels.

In general: 

For the observer who wants a little of everything, from deep-sky to planetary viewing and imaging / photography, plus portability, a Cassegrain is an excellent choice.  It is the one telescope that can be used for almost any application and as such is one  one of the most popular telescopes on the market today.

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5. Brass Telescopes

Designed for their elegance of appearance and style, the classic look of a brass telescope makes it a centre piece of any room.

In general:
For a functional interior design piece the Brass telescope is a fabulous addition to your home or office.

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Telescope Usage
1. General Purpose Telescopes - for both Landbased & Astronomy viewing

General purpose telescopes - For both Landbased & Astronomy viewing.

The image they present is correctly orientated - i.e. it will be the right way up and correct left to right.

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2. Astronomy Telescopes

All telescopes can be used for astronomy.

It helps to have the right aperture - ( as much as possible) and  mount. 

The best manual mounts for an astronomy telescope are Equatorial (EQ) these are tilted and move in an arc (so are far easier to track stars and planets) or Dobsonian which have the telescope sitting on a base that swivels left and right. Computerised / WiFi Mounts and GoTo Systems are also available, these automatically move your telescope to any astronomical objects you select.

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3. Astrophotography

The choice of equipment for astrophotography can be quite complex and depends on what you want to photograph.  A computerised / wifi enabled mount is very useful for longer exposures.

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4. Kid's & Beginers Telescopes

Cost effective, very easy to use  first telescopes.

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