Find the right one for you: buy your tele­scope from a spe­cial­ist re­tailer

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It is quite easy to be­come daunted by the vast ar­ray of equip­ment that is avail­able to to­day’s am­a­teur as­tronomers. Dif­fer­ent makes, dif­fer­ent mod­els, dif­fer­ent sizes and op­ti­cal ar­range­ments – if you’re new to the hobby, how do you make sense of all th­ese de­tails and nd the tele­scope that will show you the Uni­verse?

The an­swer lies in buy­ing from a spe­cial­ist re­tailer – some­where that re­ally knows what they’re talk­ing about. Like the re­tail­ers in this guide, they’ll have the prac­ti­cal knowl­edge that will guide you to­wards the scope that won’t end up gath­er­ing dust in a cup­board.

To­day there are over 1,000 mod­els of tele­scope to choose from – re­frac­tors and re ec­tors, Dob­so­ni­ans and New­to­ni­ans, Sch­midt- and Mak­su­tov-Cassegrain­s. And just as im­por­tant as the tele­scope is the mount it sits on; but do you go for equa­to­rial or al­taz­imuth, man­ual or Go-To? And what about ac­ces­sories like eye­pieces and nder­scopes?

That’s cer­tainly a lot to con­sider be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion, but a spe­cial­ist re­tailer will help you make that de­ci­sion, tak­ing im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions like porta­bil­ity, con­struc­tion and price into ac­count.

So if you need friendly, face-to-face ad­vice and ex­cel­lent after­sales ser­vice, free from bi­ased opin­ions, spe­cial­ist tele­scope re­tail­ers are the place to go for a help­ing hand through the tech­ni­cal lit­er­a­ture and ta­bles of gures. They’ll help you nd a scope that com­bines qual­ity and con­ve­nience at a price that’s right.

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