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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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Skywatcher Heritage 76 Mini Dobsonian Telescope

Skywatcher Heritage 76 Mini Dobsonian Telescope£75.00

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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.

Acuter Maksy 60 Telescope Set

Acuter Maksy 60 Telescope Set£79.00

The Acuter Maksy 60 is a complete fully functional telescope set with the added benefit of a removable discovery panel which reveals the fascinating internal construction of an advanced Maksutov-Cassegrain optical system

Omegon 60mm AZ1 Refractor Telescope

Omegon 60mm AZ1 Refractor Telescope£79.00

This telescope is ideal for easily getting started in amateur astronomy. A super gift for children or adults, and excellent value for money!

Skywatcher Mercury 607 Telescope

Skywatcher Mercury 607 Telescope£89.00

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£115.00   £109.00

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£109.00

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 Capricorn 70 EQ1 Telescope

Skywatcher Capricorn 70 EQ1 Telescope£125.00

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 Heritage 100P Dobsonian Telescope

Skywatcher Heritage 100P Dobsonian Telescope£129.00

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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 Mercury 705 AZ3 Telescope

Skywatcher Mercury 705 AZ3 Telescope£165.00

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.

Acuter Voyager Mak 80 Telescope

Acuter Voyager Mak 80 Telescope£175.00

The new ACUTER VOYAGER MAK80 telescope is a high quality and powerful Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope with 80mm aperture. This compact and easily transportable telescope is ideal for observing and learning about the night sky.

Skywatcher Skyhawk 114 Reflector Telescope

Skywatcher Skyhawk 114 Reflector Telescope£189.00   £175.00

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.

Bresser Space Explorer 90/900 EQ3 Refractor Telescope

Bresser Space Explorer 90/900 EQ3 Refractor Telescope£259.00   £179.00

Discover the fascinating night sky - people have been drawn to the night sky since time immemorial. The BRESSER 90/900 Space Explorer telescope will show you the wonders of space. Thanks to the 90 mm aperture, the telescope collects 165 times more light than the human eye.

Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P Parabolic Reflector Telescope

Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P Parabolic Reflector Telescope£179.00

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£189.00

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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 Explorer 130 EQ2 Telescope

Skywatcher Explorer 130 EQ2 Telescope£195.00

130MM (5.1") F/900 NEWTONIAN REFLECTOR TELESCOPE. Magnifications (with optics supplied): x36, x72, x90, x180 Highest Practical Power (Potential): x260

Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145PS AZ Pronto Telescope

Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145PS AZ Pronto Telescope£195.00

Easy to Use, No Fuss, Grab-and-Go Telescope. With a useful 114mm of light gathering aperture and a superb parabolic primary mirror, the SKYHAWK-1145PS is a highly capable all-rounder

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