Polaris - affordable telescopes with a wide range of accessories, everything you need to get started!
Meade's Polaris telescopes range offer small telescopes on an equatorial mount at a very reasonable price. The mount is used with one axis aligned on the Pole Star, meaning you only need to move the telescope on one axis to compensate for the movement of the night sky. This tracking can be done by hand, using the flexible slow-motions provided, or via a small motor which is available as an optional accessory.
Polaris telescopes come with a steel tube tripod for better stability.
Anyone looking for a good starter telescope should consider the AC 80/900 as one of the favourite choices. The R-80 has 77% more light-gathering power than a standard 60mm beginner scope. The brighter images make it easier to detect subtle details and increases the joy during observations. This telescope will outperform those standard scopes without burdening the observer with a large additional weight. The craters of the moon will look magnificent in the Messier R-80, and even the rings of Saturn can be seen from a distance of 1.4 billion km!
Refractor telescopes such as this are also particularly suitable for children, as the eyepiece is located nearer the ground and can be reached without needing a ladder. Also, operation is very intuitive and no collimation is necessary - a telescope for beginners and the entire family!
Included as a bonus - AutoStar Suite® Astronomer Edition software on DVD. This Windows operating systems software can show you over 10,000 astronomical objects. You can also use it to plan your observing and even print out star charts using it.