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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.

Infinity 76PInfinity 76P Ref: OV-942
  • SKY WATCHER

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%)



Heritage-90 VirtuosoHeritage-90 Virtuoso Ref: OV-10241

SkyWatcher

The Heritage-90 is a simple-to-use table-top telescope that takes up very little space while offering excellent views of the Moon, Jupiter's moons, Saturn's rings and a host of deep-sky objects such a galaxies, nebulae and globular clusters.

It's 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain optics are compact and deliver sharp, high contrast images. Use its simple control panel to find the object of interest then let the versatile mount follow it for you. This is a great way to get started in astronomy and is highly recommended for beginners. It can be upgraded to full 'GOTO'operation by adding an optional Synscan handset, enabling it to find objects as well as track them.



Price: £199.00 (Including VAT at 20%)



Skyhawk 114 Catadioptric Newtonian Skyhawk 114 Catadioptric Newtonian  New Ref: OV-921
  • SKY WATCHER

114mm (4.5") f/1000 Catadioptric Newtonian Reflector

A 4.5" reflecting telescope is perhaps the most popular choice for a beginner wanting a telescope to observe the Moon and bright planets as well as explore the brighter deep-space objects. It will show the rings around Saturn, the Galilean moons of Jupiter and lots of details on our Moon.

It is also powerful enough to show the amateur's favourite target list, the Messier Objects. This list of over 100 objects includes examples of all the main deep sky categories such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters.

This telescope has an internal lens that allows the tube to be shorter than usual making the telescope more compact and easier to handle. The equatorial mount makes tracking objects easy.

An ideal first telescope



Price: £139.00 (Including VAT at 20%)



IYA Special Edition Heritage 130P TelescopeIYA Special Edition Heritage 130P Telescope Ref: OV-10213
  • SKYWATCHER

The Heritage-130P has been specially designed to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009 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 and ideal gift.

The telescope tube is adorned with the names of many famous figures that have made significant contributions to the advancement of astronomy over this 400yr period, including Galileo Galilei himself.




Price: £155.00 (Including VAT at 20%)



NexStar 90 SLT MAKNexStar 90 SLT MAK  New Ref: DH-22087
  • CELESTRON
  • Aperture 90mm
  • Focal Length 1250mm
  • F-ratio f/13.89
  • Altazimuth Mount
  • Eyepieces Supplied 25mm & 9mm
  • StarPointer

The Nexstar 90 SLT uses Maksutov-Cassegrain optics to provide excellent views of the Moon and planets. Its high-contrast images are optimised to show subtle surface detail on planets, but are good for deep-sky objects as well.

Its built-in controller will find and track thousands of objects for you, showing you the wonders of the night sky and helping you learn your way around.


Price: £325.00 (Including VAT at 20%)





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2. Scope Cover (Ref: gw-scopecoat)
NexStar 127 SLT MAKNexStar 127 SLT MAK  New Ref: DH-22097
  • CELESTRON
  • Aperture 127mm
  • Focal Length 1500mm
  • F-ratio f/11.81
  • Altazimuth Mount
  • Eyepieces Supplied 25mm & 9mm
  • StarPointer

The Nexstar 127 SLT uses Maksutov-Cassegrain optics to provide excellent views of the Moon and planets. Its high-contrast images are optimised to show subtle surface detail on planets. It has a larger aperture than the 90 SLT which makes its deep-sky performance better as well as showing more planetary detail.

Its built-in controller will find and track thousands of objects for you, showing you the wonders of the night sky and helping you learn your way around.


Price: £409.00 (Including VAT at 20%)





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1. Celestron 12v 7Ah Power Tank (Ref: DH-18774)
2. Scope Cover (Ref: gw-scopecoat)
Explorer 200P (EQ-5) 8Explorer 200P (EQ-5) 8" Parabolic Newtonian Ref: OV-923/464

  • Sky Watcher

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%)



NexStar 4 (XLT) SENexStar 4 (XLT) SE Ref: DH-11049
  • CELESTRON

Featuring high-quality Maksutov-Cassegrain optics, the NexStar 4 SE is an ideal telescope for observing and photographing the wonders of space. With a total weight of 21 lbs including the tripod, the ultra portable 4 SE features a precision optical system with 1,325 mm focal length (f/13) and is the first Maksutov system ever to feature Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings.

The 4 SE includes a camera control feature that allows you to remotely take a series of timed exposures using your digital SLR camera. Plus the Flip Mirror Control, Straight Through Photographic Port and Tripod featuring a built-in wedge help make short-exposure astrophotography a heavenly experience.

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Price: £439.00 (Including VAT at 20%)





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NexStar 6 (XLT) SENexStar 6 (XLT) SE Ref: DH-11068
  • CELESTRON 11068

This is our favourite telescope. When Lee or I talk to a school or scout group this is the telescope we instinctively reach for. It is easy to carry, quick to set up and align and has excellent optics and a large enough aperture to show all types of objects.

Our package includes the telescope, sturdy field tripod, Nexstar computer control and a high-quality eyepiece chosen to give the best balance bewteen magnification and field of view. It is ideal for anyone wanting a serious but portable telescope.

An instant success when introduced in 2008 it is still one of the best telescopes on the market

All you need in addition is batteries to start your night-time adventure. These can be ordinary AA dry cells but we recommend a Celestron power tank as it works out cheaper in the long run and is very convenient. We use them all the time.



Price: £899.00 (Including VAT at 20%)





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Explorer 200P with HEQ-5 PRO SynScan Computerised GOTO SystemExplorer 200P with HEQ-5 PRO SynScan Computerised GOTO System Ref: OV-923/886

  • SKY WATCHER

  • Magnifications (with Eyepieces supplied): x40, x80, x100, x200
  • Highest Practical Power (Potential): x400
  • Diameter of Primary Mirror: 200mm
  • Telescope Focal Length: 1000mm (f/5)
  • Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 26mm
  • X2 Deluxe Barlow Lens 1.25" (with camera adaptor)
  • Dual-Fit 1.25"/2" Focuser
  • Parabolic Primary Mirror
  • 0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports
  • 9x50 Finderscope
  • Direct SLR Camera Connection
  • HEQ5 PRO SkyScanTM Super Heavy-Duty Computerised GOTO Equatorial Mount (Requires 12 Volt DC Power-Supply)
  • Built-in Dual-Axis Stepper Motors
  • Built-in Polar Alignment Scope Holder
  • 1.75" Stainless Steel Pipe Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • 77% more Light Gathering than 150mm

Price: £1,154.00 (Including VAT at 20%)



CPC 800 XLT Schmidt CassegrainCPC 800 XLT Schmidt Cassegrain Ref: DH-11073-XLT

  • CELESTRON 11073-XLT

The CPC 800 is the most portable telescope in the CPC series and the easiest for an individual to handle and set up alone. Its 8-inch aperture offers excellent performance on all types of objects from solar system to deep sky. The CPC800 won the Sky at Night group test award, confirming its pre-eminent position.

It is compatible with all the Celestron SCT accessories and can be fitted with the Hyperstar 8 for wide-field imaging at f/2.

Supplied with free Scope Cover worth £25



Price: £1,539.00 (Including VAT at 20%)





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