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Telescopes & mounts

Ever look up at the night sky and say, "wow!" ?   (we do ...)

But it's not just the stars that make you say "wow" in this hobby; there is some really cool gear, and learning about it can be fascinating.

We're here to help you do just that! Especially if you're a beginner, we encourage you to come to the store and see the various types of telescopes in person. We'd be happy to answer all your questions and help you find the best match for your needs. We truly enjoy introducing people to astronomy!

We carry all kinds of telescopes

Probably the two most common types of telescopes are refractors and reflectors. A third "hybrid" type - called catadioptric - employs elements of both refractors and reflectors. We also offer various types of mounts which are an essential component of a telescope set-up. We hope the information below will be helpful but please give us a call or stop by the store if you have any questions.

Refractors

Refractors use an objective lens to magnify the image.
Read on below to learn more. Or, if you know this already, jump to the refractors' product page

Newtownian Reflectors

Reflectors use a mirror set in the optical tube, rather than a lens. They are available in much larger apertures than refractors.
Read on below to learn more. Or, if you know this already, jump to the reflectors' product page

Catadioptric Telescopes

These hybrids combine elements of both refractors (lens) and reflectors (mirror) providing high performance in a small package.

Mounts

A mount is a critical part of any telescope. It provides a stable, vibration free platform that allows the telescope to be pointed towards any celestial object.

various telescopes in store
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Refractors

Refractors are ...

Come check out a refractor in the store or jump to the refractors' product page

Reflectors

Reflectors are ...

Come check out a reflector in the store or jump to the reflectors' product page

Catadioptric telescopes

Catadioptric telescopes are ...

Mounts

Mounts are ...

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