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Beginners Telescopes

Here we have compiled a list of our recommended beginners telescopes. Ideal for first time users wanting to get started. We have a few different type such as refractors, reflectors and maksutov telescopes. All do certain things better than others. As always, if you need help in deciding on the best telescope, just get in touch with us.

Recommended accessories for all these telescopes are below with links that will open a new window.

Antares Moon Filter
Philips Planisphere
Antares Red LED Torch
Antares 0.5x Focal Reducer (only for Maksutov telescopes)

If you require any help with choosing the right telescope or help with accessories just get in touch on 01909 774 369 or email us at sales@rothervalleyoptics.co.uk.

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RVO Astronomy Starter Pack

RVO Astronomy Starter Pack£28.00

Rother Valley Optics have put together a beginners package which is suitable for any telescope. The kit comes with a planisphere, Skywatcher ND Moon Filter and an ADM Red Torch. All these items are perfect to go alongside any telescope to get you up and running.

Skywatcher Heritage 76 Mini Dobsonian Telescope

Skywatcher Heritage 76 Mini Dobsonian Telescope£48.00

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The Sky-Watcher Heritage-76 has been specially designed to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) and the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope. This is not only a highly functional precision optical instrument but also a beautiful collector’s piece, desk or shelf ornament, and ideal gift.

Skywatcher Mercury 607 Telescope

Skywatcher Mercury 607 Telescope£59.00

60mm (2.4”) f/700 REFRACTOR

A fantastic entry level telescope aimed for kids. An easy to use, quality, lightweight instrument. It will show nice detail on the moon and bright deep sky objects.

Skywatcher Astrolux 3'' Reflector Telescope

Skywatcher Astrolux 3" Reflector Telescope£78.00

A nice starter telescope with a decent aperture. Easy to use AZ mount means more observing! An absolute great beginners telescope!

Skywatcher Mercury 707 Telescope

Skywatcher Mercury 707 Telescope£79.00

The SkyWatcher Mercury 707 70mm Refractor Telescope offers fine views of the Planets, Moon and brighter deep sky objects. Complete and ready to use this instrument offers excellent performance at a remarkable price.

Skywatcher Heritage 100P Dobsonian Telescope

Skywatcher Heritage 100P Dobsonian Telescope£132.00   £98.00

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The compact Heritage-100P is a lightweight and convenient grab-and-go scope. With its quality 100mm f/4 parabolic optics, it can be used to view the Moon and bright planets and also has enough light gathering for the observation of star clusters, bright galaxies and nebulae.

Skywatcher Capricorn 70 EQ1 Telescope

Skywatcher Capricorn 70 EQ1 Telescope£105.00

The Sky-Watcher CAPRICORN 70 (EQ1) is an excellent choice for the novice astronomer. It features an equatorial mount with manual slow motion controls to make tracking and locating objects easy.

Skywatcher Mercury 705 AZ3 Telescope

Skywatcher Mercury 705 AZ3 Telescope£105.00

Recommended for the observation of the planets as well as deep sky objects, this telescope would be a good introduction to astronomy for a beginner astronomer.

Skywatcher Skyhawk 114 Reflector Telescope

Skywatcher Skyhawk 114 Reflector Telescope£124.00

114MM (4.5") F/1000 CATADIOPTRIC NEWTONIAN REFLECTOR TELESCOPE

A very nice beginners telescope with a sturdy EQ mount. The 4.5" reflector will show nice detail in the moon and planets and also some bright deep sky objects.

Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ Newtonian Telescope With Motor Drive

Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ Newtonian Telescope With Motor Drive£149.00   £125.00

Discover our Solar System with the Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ! You’ll be ready to observe in minutes thanks to the quick and easy no-tool setup. The 114EQ provides bright, clear images of the Moon, planets, star clusters, and more for great night time viewing.

Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P Parabolic Reflector Telescope

Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P Parabolic Reflector Telescope£139.00

114MM (4.5") F/500 PARABOLIC NEWTONIAN REFLECTOR TELESCOPE

The SKYHAWK-1145P models feature premium-quality Parabolic Primary Mirrors, normally found in larger more expensive telescopes, to eliminate spherical aberrations, producing even sharper, higher-contrast images which are full of detail.

Skywatcher Heritage 130P FlexTube Dobsonian Telescope

Skywatcher Heritage 130P FlexTube Dobsonian Telescope£142.00

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The Heritage-130P has been specially designed to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope.

Skywatcher Startravel 80 AZ3 Alt Azimuth Telescope

Skywatcher Startravel 80 AZ3 Alt Azimuth Telescope£147.00

An ideal instrument for the wide-field observation of Deep-Sky objects, including Nebulae, Star Fields, Star Clusters and Galaxies, the Moon, bright planets and Comets, as well for daytime terrestrial observations when used in conjunction with a 1.25" erecting prism (not supplied).

Skywatcher Evostar 90 EQ2 Telescope

Skywatcher Evostar 90 EQ2 Telescope£155.00

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The EVOSTAR series are two-element, air-spaced, multi-coated objective achromatic refractors. They are truly outstanding, high-performance, high-resolution instruments manufactured to extremely high standards of optical and mechanical precision.

Skywatcher Explorer 130 EQ2 Telescope

Skywatcher Explorer 130 EQ2 Telescope£155.00

130MM (5.1") F/900 NEWTONIAN REFLECTOR TELESCOPE

Magnifications (with optics supplied): x36, x72, x90, x180
Highest Practical Power (Potential): x260

Skywatcher Evostar 90 AZ3 Telescope

Skywatcher Evostar 90 AZ3 Telescope£156.00

90MM (3.5") F/900 REFRACTOR TELESCOPE

The Sky-watcher EVOSTAR series are two-element, air-spaced, multi-coated objective achromatic refractors. They are truly outstanding, high-performance, high-resolution instruments

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