GREEN WITCH TOP TELESCOPES
We are always being asked to recommend telescopes and are happy to do so. Generally we need to ask a few questions first because everyone has different needs, constraints and expectations. However we thought it might be helpful to produce a favourites list as a starting point for anyone wanting to do a bit of research for themselves.
There are many more excellent telescopes available and if you don't see one here that catches your eye please give us a call on 01767 677025 to discuss your requirements. But hopefully this list will provide food for thought and help you home in on the telescope that is right for you.
All of the telescopes listed here represent very good value for money and are highly recommended.
Ref: OV-942 Infinity 76P
The Infinity 76P is one of our favourite telescopes - our pet name for it is Pingu for fairly obvious reasons. It is more than a toy and gives much better images than you might expect from the price. It's the ideal first telescope for any budding astronomer.
It is simple to use, just place it on a table or wall, point it at your object and twist the eyepiece to focus. The Moon will look stunning, showing craters, mountains, valleys and rills in detail. Jupiter's Galilean moons will be seen to move from night to night. You can see Saturn's rings and its largest moon, Titan. It will show all the Messier objects, the amateur astronomer's favourite target list containing galaxies, nebulae and star clusters.
Unlike more conventional starter telescopes, it won't take up much space in a child's bedroom, but will give hours of fun.
Price: £46.99 (Including VAT at 20%)
Ref: OV-923/464 Explorer 200P (EQ-5) 8" Parabolic Newtonian
A massive 8-inch aperture on a sturdy equatorial mount makes this an excellent choice for the enthusiastic beginner or advanced intermediate astronomer. The advantage of an equatorial mount is that it makes it easy to track an object and keep it in the field of view. Slow-motion controls allow the object to be centred, then as it drifts out of the field due to the Earth's rotation you just tweak the RA slow motion control to follow it.
Aligning the mount is quite straightforward. A scale on the side allows you to set it for your latitude then just point the main axis north and it's ready for use. Accurate alignment isn't necessary for visual use as minor corrections can be applied with the slow-motion controls.
This is a serious size of aperture that will show a wide range of objects in great detail. The equatorial mount makes it easy to keep an object in view and motors can be added to do this automatically if you wish.
The EQ5 mount and tripod is quite stable so high magnifications are possible when atmospheric conditions allow.
Price: £479.00 (Including VAT at 20%)