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Bresser Lyra III 70/900 EQ Refractor Telescope

Bresser Lyra III 70/900 EQ Refractor Telescope
 Bresser Lyra III 70/900 EQ Refractor TelescopeBresser Lyra III 70/900 EQ Refractor Telescope 
Price:  £212.00(Inc. 20% VAT)
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Model:  4670909
Brand:  Bresser



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Take a closer look especially at the Sun, Moon and planets: the entry-level telescope comes with lots of accessories and allows for a quick and easy start.

Complete set of telescope, tripod, mount and accessories
Easy-to-use refractor telescope for beginners
Fine adjustment with flexible shafts in 2 axes
Telescope aperture: 70 mm / focal length: 900 mm
Ideal for Sun, Moon and planets as well as star clusters
Astrophotos with smartphone possible
Plenty of accessories for immediate start
Including secure aperture solar filter

Unpack, set up, enjoy – with this complete telescope set you will soon begin your first exploration of the night sky. All the equipment for your new, exciting hobby is already included: the lens telescope with 70 mm aperture and 900 mm focal length, the equatorial mount, the tripod and a wide range of accessories for astronomical observations. Ideal for beginners: the system is very easy to handle and can even be used by children.

Well-proven design for an easy beginning – the telescope
With this set you'll start your voyage of discovery to the stars with a classic refracting telescope, a so-called achromatic refractor of the Fraunhofer type. The advantage of this particular design: even beginners as well as children can use it with ease. In addition, the Lyra refracting telescope impresses with good imaging properties due to its modern, precisely coated optics.

If you compare this entry-level telescope to a corresponding astronomical telescope with a 60 mm aperture, you will notice: With its 70 mm aperture, the Lyra already collects 36 % more light. It also offers better resolution. In addition, 70 mm aperture and 900 mm focal length result in a very large focal ratio (ratio of aperture to focal length) of about 1 to 12.9 (F/12.9). The impressive result: a very sharp image with good contrast. Enjoy the view of our natural satellite, the Moon. Or take a look at the planets. Even the famous Pleiades sparkle captivatingly in your field of view. For the long focal length makes the telescope a specialist for observing the Moon, Sun, planets and open as well as globular clusters.

And how big will these eye-catchers of the sky appear? Thanks to the 70 mm aperture, the resolution allows magnifications of up to 140x with really sharp images. Technically, much more would be possible – theoretically up to 675x using the included accessories. However, then the image sharpness could slowly decrease with increasing magnification. Of course – as with everything in astronomy – the prevailing conditions also play a role: So, how much you can actually magnify is determined not only by your telescope's performance but also by the air turbulence in the atmosphere (seeing conditions).

Perfect foundation for your glimpse into space – mount and tripod
Once you have found the ideal location for your astronomical telescope, you can quickly start exploring the sky. Simply mount the tube with the equatorial mount on the height-adjustable aluminium tripod. This special type of mount has the advantage of particularly convenient tracking: for this purpose, an axis is aligned parallel to the Earth's axis by pointing it approximately at Polaris during the so-called "alignment". Afterwards, the movement of the celestial bodies can be conveniently compensated for on this one axis rather than on both at the same time, as is the case with an azimuthal mount. In addition, the two flexible shafts with fine adjustment ensure the very precise and comfortable adjustment and tracking of the entry-level telescope. Always the right accessories at hand: the storage plate between the tripod legs provides space for eyepieces, barlow lens, solar filter etc.

Keep track of things automatically: For this telescope’s equatorial EQ-3 mount, the tracking motor with item number 4951400 is available as an optional accessory. This eliminates the need to manually track a celestial object set in the telescope. When this motor is installed at the mount, it automatically tracks the celestial object, keeping it in the field of view of the eyepiece. This makes observing the night sky even more comfortable!

All-round equipment for astronomy newbies – the accessories
Moon, planets or the Sun – with the extensive accessories you will get the best out of your astronomical telescope for any observation object. But initially, the LED viewfinder helps you find the nocturnal celestial bodies in the first place. To do this, the direction finder is installed and aligned parallel to the actual telescope. When you then look through it, a small red dot appears to hover in front of the sky. It shows you the spot at which the telescope is pointed. In this way, you precisely align the tube and easily find your objects before you gaze at them through the higher magnification of the telescope.

Change of perspective for stargazers: using the two eyepieces you achieve different magnifications. They can be switched easily: With their standard socket diameter of 1.25 inches (31.7 mm), they are simply inserted into the eyepiece focuser of the entry-level telescope. Looking for even more detail? Then grab the 3x barlow lens and triple the magnification of the eyepieces.

Comfortable observation at all times: a 90-degree star diagonal mirror is included. So, even if the telescope points vertically upwards into the sky, you can still look in comfortably from the side.

For exciting discoveries during the day simply attach the safe solar filter to the telescope’s aperture. This way you can take a closer look at our own star and marvel at sunspots and granulation on the sun.
CAUTION: Never point the telescope at the sun without the solar filter!

Take the plunge into the fascinating world of astrophotography with the smartphone adapter. It allows you to use your smartphone as a camera on the telescope – and easily take exciting snapshots of your favourite celestial bodies such as the Moon or the Sun.



Beginner’s lens telescope with 70 mm aperture and 900 mm focal length
Achromatic refractor type Fraunhofer
Well suited for observing the Sun, Moon, planets and star clusters
Height-adjustable tripod with equatorial EQ3 mount
Sensitive adjustment through flexible shafts and fine adjustment in both axes
Easy to use, very suitable for beginners and children
Focal ratio F/12.9, thus very sharp image and high contrast
1.25 inch (31.7 mm) eyepiece focuser
Two eyepieces and one barlow lens with 1.25 inch (31.7 mm) extension tubes for different magnifications
Safe solar observation with the included solar filter
First steps in astrophotography with smartphone camera adapter


Aluminium tripod
Equatorial EQ3 mount
Eyepieces: 4 mm and 20 mm (1.25 inch sockets)
Barlow lens, 3x (1.25 inch socket)
Star diagonal mirror
LED illuminated dot finder
Solar filter
Smartphone camera adapter
Accessory tray
Astronomy software download
Instruction manual

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Zygo Interferometer Testing For ED Refractor Telescopes!

We are extremely pleased to announce our Zygo Interferometer is now installed and ready for use! Our experienced staff can test refractor lenses up to 120mm aperture and provide a comprehensive 2 page report showing the optical quality and Strehl ratio, plus much more information. We are using the very latest Zygo MX software to provide a more detailed report compared to other standard reports.


The interferometer is essentially a measuring instrument. Within the interferometer is a calibrated laser that is pointed through the optical test surface, then onto a high quality reference sphere, then back through the test subject then to an internal camera which gives us the measurement on the screen. From this, we can adjust the position of the test optic and the reference sphere to obtain a perfectly calibrated system. The more central the laser to the test optic and then on return, the better and more accurate reading and measurement we can take. This takes a lot of adjustment to get the best results from the optical surface. Once the measurement has been taken, we are provided with a series of results that show the optical quality of the surface plus other information. Continue reading for an explanation of the individual values and you can also see a test report that was done on one of our RVO Horizon 60 OTAs. 

We are offering certain telescopes with a Zygo test at an extra cost. Mainly ED doublets and triplets. All available telescopes with a Zygo test report are listed here. Just select Zygo Test Report from the drop down box at the top of the listing and we will test the optics in house and provide a full 2 page report with your scope. This will show you the optical quality of your telescope optics. We can also offer this service on your refractor telescope. Please get in touch for more details about this. 

At Rother Valley Optics, one thing we pride ourselves on is customer service and quality of our equipment. When we test your telescope, we will ensure that it is of the highest quality otherwise, we will reject the scope under our strict quality control and test another model for your peace of mind. One of the main values to look at when testing a refractor is the Strehl ratio. The higher this number, the higher quality lens you have. At Rother Valley Optics, we will guarantee the highest possible Strehl ratio for your telescope.  We will aim to provide 0.95 Strehl or higher on Takahashi, RVO Horizon, William Optics and many more! Generally, the higher the Strehl ratio, the lower the Astigmatism and Coma meaning a better image quality from your instrument. 

Other measurements such as the PV and RMS are important too. With these measurements, the lower the number the better as it shows less curvature on the lens. The flatter an optical lens, the better it will perform. The PV rating (Peak To Valley) is a measurement from the highest point (Peak) to the lowest point (Valley). From this we get the RMS (Root, Mean, Square). This is a similar figure to the PV and measured exactly the same way. The RMS is basically an average height difference from the PV so again, the lower the better. As you can see form the example below, we measured an RMS of just 0.027 wave which is a very good value.

We also measure the Power with our systems which is essentially the error from the reference sphere to the test optic. The reference sphere we use on our system is a very high quality sphere so the closer to zero the Power, the less error between the 2 elements thus ensuring a higher quality optical surface. 

You will also see some more values such as Astigmatism and Coma. Again, these are measured by the interferometer when we take measurements of the optical surface after adjustment. These are values which ideally would be at 0 but as our test optics are all curved lenses, there will always be astigmatism and coma present. The lower the number, the less of these aberations you will effectively see but with most refractors, you can buy field flatteners which will compensate for the coma anyway. The astigmatisms value is explaining the error between the symmetrical curvature of the lens. Basically, no lens will be perfectly symmetrical, the lower the astigmatism, the more symmetrical the lens surface is. 

Once the Zygo test report has been completed, the optical alignment is thoroughly tested and tuned to ensure they are spot on before they leave us. 

All available telescopes are on the website at the link below and ones we've tested already that are available straight away are also listed.

Here is an example of the test what we provide. This was a test on one of our Horizon 60 ED OTA's.

For any questions about this amazing new service, please either call 01909774369 or email


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