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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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Grab-and-Go Telescope with Versatile Dual-Mode Alt-Azimuth/Equatorial Mount!! The compact but powerful SKYMAX-102 is ideal for the observation of double-stars, and the surface detail of the Moon and bright planets. Its high-resolution, long focal length optical system is multi-coated to maximise contrast and image sharpness.

ONLY £275.00

Skywatcher Skymax 102 AZ-EQ AVANT Telescope


The exciting new Sky-Watcher SynScan™ Alt-Azimuth GoTo Mount is a precision engineered instrument that will allow you to easily find and enjoy viewing night sky treasures, such as Planets, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Galaxies and much more.

ONLY £279.00

Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P SynScan AZ GOTO Telescope


The Skyliner 200’s flat-packed base is very easy to build and set up, and comes with excellent instructions….The optics were sharp across 80% of the 1 degree field of view….We were very pleased with the appearance of all the test objects

  (1)ONLY £289.00

Skywatcher Skyliner 200P Dobsonian Telescope


A high quality 120mm short tube, wide field refractor telescope on a very easy to use alt az telescope. Ideal for both wide field astronomy and terrestrial viewing.

  (1)ONLY £290.00

Skywatcher Startravel 120 AZ3 Telescope


Affordable entry to mid level computerized GOTO telescope

Designed to be an affordable entry level to mid-level computerized GoTo telescope, the NexStar SLT refractors, reflectors, and Maks are available in the most popular sizes and are loaded with valuable design features. With preassembled, adjustable stainless steel tripods, and quick release fork arms and tubes, NexStar SLT telescopes can be set up in a matter of minutes – with no tools required! You can see details of the lunar surface, Venus and its phases, polar caps on Mars, Jupiter and its four moons, Saturn with its rings plainly visible and much more! Most NexStar SLT’s can also be used as a land-based spotting telescope.

  (1)ONLY £415.00   £295.00

Celestron Nexstar 90 SLT Telescope


The highly portable Sky-Watcher SKYHAWK-1145PS (AZ-GTe), has been designed to be controlled wirelessly with your Smartphone or Tablet, using the free SynScan App for iOS or Android.

ONLY £295.00

Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145PS AZ-GTe WiFi GOTO Telescope


For 20 years, Meade's ETX series telescopes have provided novice astronomers quality, value and performance, with each new model bringing enhancements and improvements.

ONLY £299.00

Meade ETX 80 Observer Telescope


The exciting new Sky-Watcher SynScan™ Alt-Azimuth GoTo Mount is a precision engineered instrument that will allow you to easily find and enjoy viewing night sky treasures, such as Planets, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Galaxies and much more.

ONLY £319.00

Skywatcher Startravel 102 SynScan AZ GOTO Telescope


The exciting new Sky-Watcher SynScan™ Alt-Azimuth GoTo Mount is a precision engineered instrument that will allow you to easily find and enjoy viewing night sky treasures, such as Planets, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Galaxies and much more.

ONLY £329.00

Skywatcher Explorer 130P SynScan AZ GOTO Telescope


The exciting new Sky-Watcher SynScan™ Alt-Azimuth GoTo Mount is a precision engineered instrument that will allow you to easily find and enjoy viewing night sky treasures, such as Planets, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Galaxies and much more.

ONLY £329.00

Skywatcher Skymax 102 SynScan AZ GOTO Telescope

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