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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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saxon 1309-EQ2 Velocity Reflector Telescope with Motor Drive
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saxon 1309 EQ2 Velocity Reflector Telescope with Motor Drive
Keep objects firmly in your sights with the saxon 130/900 EQ2 Velocity Reflector Telescope with Motor Drive...
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Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ-MD (Motor Drive) Telescope
Celestron AstroMaster 13065 EQ-MD (Motor Drive)
The Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ equatorial reflector with motor drive puts a big scope in a...
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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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Sky-Watcher 8" Dobsonian Telescope
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Sky-Watcher 8
A very easy to use 8" ( 200mm) telescope - perfect for the amateur astronomer.  Includes...
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ - Smart phone app-enabled refractor telescope
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ - Smart phone app-enabled refractor telescope
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ - Smartphone app-enabled newtonian reflector telescope
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ - Smartphone app-enabled newtonian reflector telescope. Telescopes.net.nz
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Saxon 1025 AZ3 Pioneer Refractor Telescope with Smart Phone Adapter
Saxon 1025 AZ3 Pioneer Refractor Telescope with Smart Phone Adapter
A great quality telescope, ideal for both terrestrial and astronomical use.  This short-tube telescope comes with...
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Saxon 8" Dobsonian Telescope
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Saxon 8
This easy-to-use telescope comes with an amazing aperture of 203mm and a focal length of 1200mm....
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Saxon 1206-AZ3 Pioneer Refractor Telescope
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Saxon 1206-AZ3 Pioneer Refractor Telescope
  The largest Saxon on the market with an AZ mount! Great for terrestrial or astronomical...
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Sky-Watcher 10" Dobsonian Telescope
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Sky-Watcher 10
A very easy to use 10" (254mm) telescope - perfect for amateur astronomers.  Includes Sky-Watcher Smart...
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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 10" Dobsonian Telescope
Saxon 10
This telescope is built with a primary mirror made from Pyrex glass and comes with a...
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 5" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 5
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Saxon 15-45X50 Brass Telescope
Saxon 15-45X50 Brass Telescope
Beautiful, traditional brass telescope on mahogany tripod. A great addition to your home decor! Description The...
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Celestron Nexstar 4SE Computerised GoTo Telescope
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Celestron NexStar 4SE -102mm Computerised Go-To Telescope
Celestron’s iconic “orange tube” design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best...
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6" - Smartphone app-enabled Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
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Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 6
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saxon 15075 EQ3 Velocity Reflector
Saxon 15075 EQ3 Velocity Reflector
This telescope comes with a high aperture of 150mm and a focal length of 750mm. The...
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saxon AstroSeeker 15075 Reflector Telescope [WiFi Enabled with Hand Controller]
saxon AstroSeeker 15075 Reflector Telescope [WiFi Enabled with Hand Controller]
Unlock the potential of the night skies with the saxon AstroSeeker 150/750 Reflector Telescope Featuring a 150mm primary mirror...
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Celestron StarSense Explorer 8" Smartphone app-enabled dobsonian telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer 8
Celestron StarSense Explorer 8" Smartphone app-enabled dobsonian telescope Unleash the power of your smartphone to take...
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Saxon Astroseeker 127mm MAK Cassegrain GoTo Telescope [WiFi Enabled with Hand Controller]
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Saxon Astroseeker 127mm MAK Cassegrain GoTo Telescope [WiFi Enabled with Hand Controller]
This short-tube Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope has an aperture of 127mm and a focal length of 1500mm. You'll...
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Saxon 12" DeepSky Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope
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Saxon 12
The saxon 12" DeepSky Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope - is the scope that combines performance with portability. This telescope...
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Celestron StarSense Explorer 10" Smartphone app-enabled dobsonian telescope
Celestron StarSense Explorer 10
Celestron StarSense Explorer 10" Smartphone app-enabled dobsonian telescope Unleash the power of your smartphone to take...
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Sky-Watcher 12" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope
Sky-Watcher 12
 A powerful telescope collecting twice as much light as an 8" to give fantastic viewing.  Amazing...
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Celestron Nexstar 6SE Computerised Telescope
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Celestron NexStar 6SE Computerised 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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