Choosing Your Telescope
Choosing Your Telescope
Why buy from us? Its simple, we are trusted in the art of guiding people to the correct scope for them. Check our reviews! We only stock telescopes and astronomy accessories from reputable brands, and, we are Irelands only authorised importer, with warranty, of Skywatcher, Helios, Fotomate, Acuter and Celestron High End products.
Choosing a scope can seem complicated, but lets try keep it simple.
- Set a budget. This narrows it down a lot. Theres no point worrying about designs and specs of scopes that aren’t within budget.
- Who is it for? If they are under 10, you are going to have to chip in with a good bit of help, and it has to be easy to use. If they need portability, this must be considered too. Are they beginners or more advanced. Will they want to do astrophotography, or just observing. All these things must be considered.
As a general rule, keeping it simple pays off. If the telescope is difficult to use, it wont be used.
For the younger crowd, under say 15, try get a telescope on an Alt-Az mount, it will generally have AZ in the title. These are easy to use and set up. The number in the name is the size, the bigger the better in general.
Consider these ones –
If it doesnt have to be a tripod mounted telescope, you can great value and "bang for buck" with a dobsonian, in particular the Skywatcher Heritage Range.
Popular models include:
If the budget is nearer the €500 up to say the €1000 mark, you can consider one of the goto scopes, operated from either a handcontrol, or an app on your phone, such as Celestron Sky Portal, or Skywatcher Synscan. All of these telescopes will need to be aligned with a few bright stars each night you use it.
Consider these ones:
Above the €1000 mark, you can start getting into some decent sized scopes, again, pretty easy to use like the ones above, you are basically getting bigger size. Popular higher end telescopes are:
Planetary photography is easily done with any of the motorised telescopes above, all you need is a planetary camera, such as a ZWO ASI Camera.
If you want to delve into proper deep sky astrophotography, objects such as Nebulae, Galaxies, Star Clusters etc, then ideally, you need an Equatorial Goto Mount, coupled with a suitable telescope, based on the targets you wish to image.
But as a guide, entry level, this is where its at -
And then larger mounts equal larger scopes and payload, such as:
But realistically, if you wish to do astrophotography, its best to Contact Us to discuss, as it very easy to get the wrong gear!
And we have a reputation for looking after our customers needs :)