A Brit’s Guide to the World of Stargazing

The ideal telescope is only a click away, but actually finding it in the UK can be quite overwhelming. At TelescopicWatch, we’re here to assist you Brits find the perfect telescope to fit your needs.

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Dive into our comprehensive analysis of leading brands and models to find the best telescope to explore the cosmos with clarity. We aim to ensure your night-sky adventures are backed by the best equipment at the best possible price.

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Optical Tube Assembly

Thoroughly examine the heart of every telescope setup, the optical tube assembly (OTA), and get the best possible deal on a wide variety of visual and astrophotography optical tube assemblies that we’ve tested and reviewed.

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Telescope Mounts

Stability and precision are paramount in stargazing. Discover alt-azimuth and equatorial mounts that offer the price, features, precision, and stability that your telescope or astrophotography setup deserves.

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Telescope Accessory

Enhance your night sky observing experience with the right tools for your telescope. Delve into detailed critiques of eyepieces, Barlow lenses, filters, diagonals, and more, crafted to optimize your night-sky exploration.

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Curated Ranking Lists

Almost all UK astronomy products are ranked in order of quality for their price range. We use our ranking and rating system to evaluate astronomy gears for a common use case, and we provide detailed product reviews for each product so that you may apply your personal circumstances to judge the telescope’s usefulness for you. We provide impartial telescope ratings, reviews, and rankings based on our expertise, experience, and rigorous testing.

Entire Telescopes Ranking List

Navigate the night sky with top-tier equipment. Browse our list of the highest-rated telescopes, curated for both newcomers and experienced observers, sorted by price and tested by real astronomers under the stars.

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Astronomy Binoculars Rank List

Navigate the night sky with top-tier equipment. Browse our list of the highest-rated telescopes, curated for both newcomers and experienced observers, sorted by price and tested by real astronomers under the stars.

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TelescopicWatch Buyers’ Guides


Visual Astronomy

Telescopic Lens

Telescope Eyepieces


Telescope Accessories

Our Expert Panel:

Zane testing one of his cassegrain telescope
Zane Landers
Zane has been featured in the Sky & Telescope, TIME magazine, and National Geographic for his homemade telescopes.
Ed Anderson
Ed Anderson is a member of the ASLI and the Custer Institute and has been featured on Sky And Telescope, NewsDay e.t.c
Richard J Bartlett
Richard J Bartlett
Richard’s one of the dozen books, Easy Things to See With a Small Telescope, has got licensed for distribution with Orion Telescopes

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Why Does TelescopicWatch Exist?

Our Editor-in-Chief, Zane Landers, answers:

My first telescope was a relatively frustrating computerized 4” Maksutov-Cassegrain which I got for Christmas as a kid. My parents were lulled into buying it by sponsored “reviews” and marketing which I sent to them, having fallen for it myself. While it wasn’t terrible, I had no idea what I was actually going to be able to do with it until I got to try out the telescope and was relatively disappointed by its lack of capabilities. This disappointment kept me from becoming more interested for a year or so until I got another telescope. While my situation wasn’t nearly as bad as receiving an outright “hobby killer”, I’d prefer nobody else has to go through the same experience when it can be avoided with honest and professional reviews and product recommendations.

My goal at TelescopicWatch is to provide accurate information on telescopes that’s free of embellishment or exaggeration, as well as informative content on the night sky and astronomy at large.

A lot of advertising for all sorts of products today is based on superlatives and attempting to take advantage of emotions. Telescopes in particular often are advertised with something other than the actual capabilities, optical quality etc in mind, such as claims of outrageously high magnifications or leaning heavily into the computer technology bundled with the instrument. Likewise, a lot of sky guides are focused only on the “best” or showpiece objects which are well-known to amateurs or lack information on what it exactly is you are seeing at the eyepiece. I aim to solve this with my work.

Why can you trust us?

  • We do a lot of due diligence in selecting the top astronomy products in each category.
  • At least one of the experts’ team members has personally used all the astronomy products that we review, and they do testing and evaluations without any bias and do independent reviews. Typically, we will only review equipment that we have personally used for at least one or two nights of observing or imaging in some form.
  • We also test the optics of most telescopes we get our hands on, either with Foucault/Ronchi, dual-pass autocollimation, or the star test, and our Editor-in-Chief, Zane, is building an interferometer in the future to get quantitative data on optical quality.
  • We rank and rate the products, provide an explanation for our ratings, and award the products according to their merit.

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