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Telescopes

The type of telescope you choose depends on the observing priorities you have. Each is suited best to a different application, and some are more versatile than others. Below you will see the broad categories of applications and telescope types we offer.
 

Telescope Types

Telescope Applications

1.  Refractor 
2.  Reflector 
3.  Dobsonian 
4.  Cassegrain

 

 

5.  Brass 
6.  Spotting Scopes
7.  Computerised
8.  All Telescopes

 

 

1.  Astronomy 

2.  General Purpose

3.  Astrophotography


 
 
 
Saxon 1206 AZ3 Refractor Telescope

1. Refractors

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Refracting telescopes use lenses to gather light.  The primary advantages of a refractor are that it is easy to maintain, easy to use, and is capable of land based observing as well as stargazing and the image is the correct way up!  

In general: 
For someone who wants to look at wildlife or a view from your deck as well as stars, a refractor is a good choice. 
For the advanced observers who want the best possible image quality for both visual observing and photography,  a high-quality refractor cannot be beaten.

 

2.Reflectors and 3.Dobsonians

 

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Reflecting telescopes use mirrors instead of lenses and tend to be less expensive than refractors or the Cassegrains. If on a dobsonian mount they tend to be call Dobsonians otherwise they are known as reflectors and tend to be on an equatorial mount.

The main drawback of the reflector versus a refractor is that the image is usually inverted, making it poorly suited to terrestrial observing but for strictly stargazing, a Newtonian is tough to beat.

In General:  A Newtonian is hard to beat if you don't need to view terrestrial / land based subjects, if you don't require much portability and do not plan on doing much photography.

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4. Cassegrains

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Cassegrains are a catadiotric telescope which incorporates both lenses and mirrors.  Light is 'folded' to provide a long focal length in a very compact tube, making them very versatile and portable. Unlike most other telescope designs, these scopes can easily be converted to a variety of focal ratios for different photographic applications for both narrow- and wide-field imaging.

The most popular telescopes in this category are the Schmidt-Cassegrains  and Maksutov-Cassegrains. 

The versatility and portability of these telescopes make them among the most popular for astronomers of all levels. 

In General:  For the observer who wants a little of everything, from deep-sky to planetary viewing and imaging / photography, plus portability, a Cassegrain is an excellent choice.  It is the one telescope that can be used for almost any application and as such is one  one of the most popular telescopes on the market today.

 

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5. Brass

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Designed for their elegance of appearance and style, the classic look of a brass telescope makes it a centre piece of any room.

In General:  For a functional interior design piece the Brass telescope is a fabulous addition to your home or office.
 
 

6. Spotting Scope

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A spotting scope is often considered a cross between a small telescope and a large binocular with key modifications to make it more appropriate for daytime.  

They are often used for  hunting, surveillance, plane spotting and ship spotting, as well as other wildlife and landscape viewing.  For birders, a spotting scope is ideal for distant birds, showing details that regular birding binoculars could never reveal.

A spotting scope is small, portable, often water and fog proof and tends to be a lower magnification scope. 

In General:  If you are wanting a telescope for outdoor use - hunting, bird watching or to take tramping, the robustness, portability and compact size of a spotting scope makes them an ideal choice. 


 

Telescope Applications


 

1. Astronomy Telescopes


Click here for the telescopes we recommend for astronomy 

Although most types of telescopes can be used for astronomy they need to have sufficient aperture and the correct mount - equatorial and or motorised.  

For a guide to buying an astronomy telescope click here
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2. General Purpose Telescopes


Click here for the telescopes we recommend for general purpose use 

We classify our general purpose telescopes as suitable for both land / sea viewing and also astronomy.

Most are refractors, which are easy to set up and use and also present the image the right way up. The are have tripods with an alt-azimuth mount that uses a simple left right, up down movement system.

For a guide to buying a general purpose telescope click here

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3. Astrophotography 


Click here for the telescopes we recommend for astrophotography 

The choice of equipment for astrophotography can be quite complex and depends on what you want to photograph

    The moon                                           Planets                                                 Deep sky objects
   SkyW Dob 10inch - Moon  RESIZED-708        Saxon 1149eq 1  - Jupiter-763        SkyW  1145eq  - M20-579

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Saxon 607 AZ Beginner's Refractor Telescope

Saxon 607 AZ Beginner's Refractor Telescope

An excellent beginner telescope, this 60mm refractor delivers great views of moon and planets. Lightweight and compact, great for bringing outdoors and very easy to operate. Suitable for astronomy and terrestrial viewing with manufacturer's 3 year warranty
NZ $225.00
incl GST
Nova 607 AZ Beginner's Refractor Telescope

Nova 607 AZ Beginner's Refractor Telescope

An excellent beginner telescope, this 60mm refractor delivers great views of moon and planets. Lightweight and compact, great for bringing outdoors and very easy to operate. Suitable for astronomy and terrestrial viewing with manufacturer's 3 year warranty
NZ $225.00
incl GST
Nova 708 AZ3 Refractor

Nova 708 AZ3 Refractor

Quality refractor telescope with tripod, two eye pieces and 2X Barlow lens to double the magnification!
NZ $399.00
incl GST
Saxon 705 Refractor Telescope

Saxon 705 Refractor Telescope

This fully multicoated objective refractor is great for land viewing, astronomy, astrophotography and terrestrial photography applications. The ultimate general purpose telescope!
NZ $650.00
incl GST
Saxon 707 Refractor Telescope

Saxon 707 Refractor Telescope

Great beginners telescope for the amateur astronomer or equally good for land observation with 36% greater light gathering than 60mm telescope. Quality optics and user friendly design makes it easy to handle, set up and maintain .
NZ $365.00
incl GST
Saxon 804 Pioneer Refractor Telescope

Saxon 804 Pioneer Refractor Telescope

Significantly more powerful than the 70 mm this telescope is a very compact size, highly portable, easy set up, low maintenance with top quality optics, suitable for both astronomy and land viewing.
NZ $699.00
incl GST
Saxon 909 Refractor Telescope

Saxon 909 Refractor Telescope

Refractor telescope for astronomy and land viewing. Easy to set up and use this telescope has a multi-coated achromatic objective lens of 90 mm to delivery a quality viewing experience.
NZ $755.00
incl GST
Saxon 909EQ Astronomy Refractor

Saxon 909EQ Astronomy Refractor

Great astronomical telescope ideal for high power study of moons and planets.
NZ $895.00
incl GST
Meade ETX80/400 Observer Refractor

Meade ETX80/400 Observer Refractor

Starting your astronomy journey with an ETX 80 is the perfect choice. Take your 80mm lens and enjoy close-up views of land and celestial objects anytime, anywhere. Packing your telescope and tripod at a moment’s notice is a breeze with the comfortable and durable backpack.
NZ $899.00 NZ $699.00 Save NZ $200.00 incl GST
Saxon 1025 AZ3 Pioneer Refractor

Saxon 1025 AZ3 Pioneer Refractor

Brand new refractor design, ideal for both terrestrial and astronomical use. You'll get a host of accessories to complement your viewing session - quality eyepieces, a finderscope and an erecting prism for terrestrial viewing. The scope also comes with a sturdy Alt-Azmiuth mount which you can manoeuvre up and down and left to right - really easy to use. No heavy lifting required in transporting - the full assembly weighs just over 6 kg!
NZ $990.00
incl GST
Saxon 1206 AZ3 Refractor

Saxon 1206 AZ3 Refractor

The largest Saxon on the market with an AZ mount! Great for terrestrial or astronomical viewing.
NZ $1,900.00 NZ $1,600.00 Save NZ $300.00 incl GST
Sky-Watcher 1206 AZ3 Refractor

Sky-Watcher 1206 AZ3 Refractor

This Sky-Watcher 120mm (4") f/5 telescope is a two-element, air-spaced, fully multi-coated objective, achromatic refractor providing very crisp images.
NZ $1,600.00
incl GST
Saxon ED80/600 AZ3 Refractor

Saxon ED80/600 AZ3 Refractor

Designed for easy use to view both land and sky objects, the compact size of this scope makes it portable and great for carrying around to the best viewing sites. Try your hand at astrophotography with this scope that comes with extra-low dispersion glass for incredibly sharp images.
NZ $1,650.00
incl GST
Sky-Watcher Star Discovery ED 100mm/900 Black Diamond Refractor

Sky-Watcher Star Discovery ED 100mm/900 Black Diamond Refractor

This Black Diamond 100 ED Apochromatic telescope offers bright, wide swaths of sky in a single view. It is well suited for wide-field astronomical observation of prominent nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies from a dark-sky location, or can be used as an astrograph for sky photography. Fast focusing with a fully computerised mount.
NZ $2,500.00
incl GST
Saxon ED100/900 EQ3 Refractor

Saxon ED100/900 EQ3 Refractor

Rock the universe with sights of the deep sky using the extra-low dispersion (ED) glass. Your high-contrast views are virtually chromatic aberration-free. Sights of Saturn's rings will keep you on your toes but it's sights like the Pinwheel Galaxy that will take your breath away. For an affordable scope that will last through the years, this is a great choice.
NZ $2,799.00
incl GST
Sky-Watcher Esprit 100mm/550 ED Triplet APO Refractor

Sky-Watcher Esprit 100mm/550 ED Triplet APO Refractor

For the serious astrophotographer, regarded as one of the very best around, check out the Sky-Watcher Esprit 100!
NZ $5,299.00
incl GST
Saxon ED120/900 EQ5 Refractor

Saxon ED120/900 EQ5 Refractor

Simply the biggest and best Saxon ED available with stunning optical quality. This scope comes with quality parts and accessories from the Crayford focuser to the sturdy German Equatorial mount. Zoom in on the swirls of the Great Orion Nebula and have your breath taken away by views of Pleiades and Hyades.
NZ $5,700.00
incl GST
Saxon 767 Reflector

Saxon 767 Reflector

This is a simple, small but highly effective budget telescope. Comes with three eye pieces and erecting eye piece so you can use it for both astronomy and terrestrial viewing!
NZ $330.00
incl GST
Sky-Watcher 1145 EQ1 Reflector

Sky-Watcher 1145 EQ1 Reflector

A very compact and cost effective beginners telescope. Comes with two eye pieces, red dot finderscope, tripod and mount; everything you need to start your astronomy hobby!
NZ $450.00 NZ $399.00 Save NZ $51.00 incl GST
Saxon 1149 EQ Astronomy Reflector Telescope

Saxon 1149 EQ Astronomy Reflector Telescope

This is a perfect entry level astronomy telescope for beginner astronomers, fully set up with tripod, eyepieces and equatorial mount!
NZ $625.00 NZ $499.00 Save NZ $126.00 incl GST
Saxon 13065 EQ2 Reflector Telescope

Saxon 13065 EQ2 Reflector Telescope

The Saxon 13065 EQ2 Velocity Reflector Telescope is a sturdy telescope with a whooping aperture of 130mm and a focal length of 650mm which brings you closer to amazing views of nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.
NZ $599.00
incl GST
Saxon 13065 EQ2 Velocity Reflector Telescope - with Motor Drive

Saxon 13065 EQ2 Velocity Reflector Telescope - with Motor Drive

The perfect telescope upgrade that doesn't break the bank! Great astronomy telescope with motor drive system included.
NZ $700.00
incl GST
Saxon 13065 AZGT Reflector Telescope - with SynScan Controller

Saxon 13065 AZGT Reflector Telescope - with SynScan Controller

Enjoy the treasures of the skies with the Saxon 13065 AZ GT Reflector Telescope with SynScan Controller. Accessible and easy to use, this scope comes with 130mm aperture and a focal length of 650mm. You'll be able to see detailed lunar, planetary and even solar views, thanks to the bonus solar filter included with this saxon scope. This model also comes with a SynScan controller to help you find and track your object - handy when you're photographing sky objects.
NZ $1,399.00 NZ $1,200.00 Save NZ $199.00 incl GST
Saxon 1309 EQ2 Reflector - with upgraded Steel Tripod

Saxon 1309 EQ2 Reflector - with upgraded Steel Tripod

Ideal for those starting in astronomy to intermediate level users . Collects 30% more light than 114 mm models and allows you views of nebulae, star clusters and galaxies.
NZ $725.00 NZ $625.00 Save NZ $100.00 incl GST