The Newtonian telescope, invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1688, is now no longer just a scientific instrument - The Astrolux transforms the popular Newtonian telescope into a fun yet educational tool. It offers sharp and bright images, enabling you to view objects during the day, and dazzling sky-objects during the night. The Astrolux incorporates fun into exploring the exciting world, satisfying children's curiosity, expanding their knowledge and interest towards learning. It also serves as an attractive home decoration. Our Astrolux Reflector Telescope is manufactured by Sky-Watcher, one of the most respected telescope manufacturers - products you can trust, representing great value for money.
- Ideal Children`s telescope
- Reflecting Telescope, with 76mm diameter mirror
- Perfect for discovering the Night Sky (and more earthly subjects!)
- Complete Kit - Everything included
- Ideal for Children
Our Astrolux Telescope is a 'reflector' telescope (sometimes called a 'reflecting' telescope). Reflector telescopes use a concave mirror to collect the light coming from the object being oberved (eg the moon), and reflect this up to the eyepiece.
The most important thing to look for in a telescope is the quality of the lenses and mirrors. Generally speaking, for a reflector telescope, the larger the diameter of the main mirror, the more light can be collected, and hence the greater the quality of the magnified image. Usually, the more you pay, the higher the quality of the magnified image. This is not always the case though among the telescopes we regularly review.
The attractive Astrolux telescope benefits from Sky Watcher's Aspherical Technology, usually only found in larger, more expensive telescopes. The primary mirror is altered during polishing to bring the light rays onto a common focal plane, resulting in sharp images full of detail. Using this technology, the Astrolux 76 telescope can therefore boast about having what is known as a parabolic mirror, rather than inferior spherical mirrors used on (as far as we know) every other child's telescope. The result is that the Astrolux produces remarkably bright and clear images. The Astrolux collects 131% more starlight than the average 50mm toy telescope, bringing hundreds more objects into view. Its intuitive manoeuvrability makes it a perfect user-friendly telescope for children. Setting up the telescope is easy and they will be exploring the exciting universe to their hearts’ content in no time at all.
What we also particularly like about the Astrolux telescope is that it achieves a very good trade-off between quality and price. The magnification of 140x may seem low in comparison to quoted magnifications of other children's telescopes, however this enables the Astrolux to offer a wide range of view and this is all done with optics that are superior in quality to most other telescopes in this price bracket. The result is that the Astrolux provides particularly clear and bright images that reveal more in the night sky than other telescopes quoting higher magnifications, which commonly suffer from poor-quality, low-detailed and dull images with such a narrow field of view that children have difficulty in using them. In short, the Astrolux enables amateur astronomists - especially children - to discover a wealth of hidden secrets in the night sky, without costing the earth! And, we have to admit, the remarkable quality of the images makes this telescope actually quite fun for adults too!Package includes
Types of Telescope:
- Astrolux Reflecting Telescope
- 10mm & 25mm Precision Eyepieces
- Barlow Lens
- Mount & Stand
- Instruction Booklet
There are two main categories of telescope: RefRACtors and RefLECtors. Refractors
, use two or more lenses to collect and focus the light from an object to the eye of the observer (or a digital camera sensor), and can trace their design back to the telescopes of Galileo’s era. Reflectors
, developed by Isaac Newton in the 17th century, use mirrors to focus the light. As magnifications increase, impurities in the glass of lenses can cause distortion (commonly a “rainbow-like” halo around objects) requiring expensive and difficult treatments and coatings to correct. Reflectors telescopes avoid this problem, and are generally cheaper to manufacture for a given sized aperture (the main lens or mirror used to catch the incoming light). As a result, most high-performance optical telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, are reflector designs.
- 76mm (3") f/700 Newtonian Reflector
- Magnifications (with optics supplied): x28, x56, x70, x140
- Highest Practical Power (Potential): x152
- Diameter of Primary Mirror: 76mm
- Telescope Focal Length: 700mm (f/9.2)
- Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm
- x2 Barlow Lens
- 6x24 Finderscope
- AZ1 Alt-Azimuth Mount
- Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray
|Outer Space Fact Finder|
Great educational tool for kids. An interactive and affordable fact finder for all the family. Double-sided with a rotating inner disc. The front contains twelve facts about the main objects in our Solar System including: size, surface temperature, rotation period and orbit plus a full description giving the important features of each object. The reverse details 20 key moments in the history of space travel, from the launch of Sputnik in 1957, through the moon landings and the Space Shuttle programme, right up to the SpaceShipOne spaceplane. This portable fact finder comes in a handy 29 cm diameter perspex case. A wonderful resource for the school classroom. enlarge
|Star Theatre 2 Home Planetarium|
Our Star Theatre 2 Home Planetarium is one of our favourite products, enabling children (and adults!) to learn about the night sky. It is also makes an ideal gift to go alongside one of our telescopes. Star Theater 2's halogen lamp projects hundreds of stars, planets and constellations onto your walls and ceiling. A fascinating CD audio tour hosted by a leading astronomer really helps to bring this product to life. enlarge
|Moon in My Room|
Our remote-controlled Moon Lamp is the perfect bedroom accessory for very young children who have a fascination with the moon, or for older children (6+) who will find this toy reveals the secrets of the moon in a very intersting way. Easy to attach to the wall, the lamp is a faithful three-dimensional representation of the side of the moon that we see from Earth. The lamp is able to show 12 of the moon phases. The CD-rom accompanying the "Moon in My Room" gives your child a guided tour of the moon. This product teaches children about our closest celestial neighbour and therefore also makes an ideal gift to go alongside one of our telescopes. enlarge
|Earth & Constellation Globe|
Our Constellation Globe shows the earth by day, and space by night - two globes in one! the perfect bedroom accessory for children who wish to learn about the secrets of the night sky in a very intersting way. By night the illuminated star map shows all the major constellations, enabling you to navigate the night sky. A light sensor automatically turns the globe to the illuminated night view when it gets dark. A fascinating tool for both geographers and astronomers alike. enlarge
|Remote Control Solar System Mobile|
Our remote-controlled planet mobile is a favourite of ours, enabling children to learn about the night sky. It is also makes an ideal gift to go alongside one of our children's telescopes. Our remote-controlled Solar System Mobile features motorized planets and a Sun that lights up in the middle. You can explore the wonders of the solar system right in your own room! An audio guide to the planets is included. enlarge
Sky Watcher is an American company and a leading manufacturer of high-quality telescopes and other optical products. We are able to supply not just the telescopes in the UK, but all Sky Watcher accesories and spare parts.SKY-WATCHER DELUXE MIRROR COATINGS:
Most reflectors today usually have a coat of aluminium as the mirror surface and then an overcoat of silicon monoxide or silicon dioxide to protect it. Silicon dioxide produces a much more durable coat than silicon monoxide but requires specialized equipment to apply it and is therefore more expensive. Protection is needed, because in most reflectors, the mirror is open to the elements and deterioration of the reflective layer reduces the resolution of the telescope. ALL Sky-Watcher reflectors are Multi-Coated with Silicon Dioxide as standard for Optimum Durability and Long Term Performance.
| I have used a great number of telescopes; some are good, some mediocre and some bad. To me the Sky-Watcher range of instruments are very good indeed, and suited to amateurs of all kinds and they are not priced out of the market! Excellent value. Use them and enjoy them. Sir Patrick Moore CBE FR || |
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