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Opticstar PX-125C
Opticstar PX-125C
£129.00
The Opticstar PX-125C colour video camera for guiding and planetary imaging.
Opticstar MG152
Opticstar MG152.
£449.00
The Opticstar MG152 features acclaimed Maksutov optics and superior build quality.
Opticstar ARX200
Opticstar ARX200.
£695.00
The Opticstar ARX200 is a wide/flat field imaging instrument that been designed for astro-imaging and astrometry.
Meade StarNavigator 90
Meade StarNavigator 90
£215.00
Meade StarNavigator 90 with DS2000 Generation II mount and Autostar computerized handset.
LightBridge Mini 82
Meade LightBridge Mini 82.
£59.00
With the Meade LightBridge Mini 82 you can share a stargazing experience in seconds...
Meade Polaris 130
Meade Polaris 130
£189.00
The Polaris 130 reflector comes complete with everything you need to view the wonders of the night sky.
Meade Infinity 70
Meade Infinity 70
£79.00
The Infinity 70 refracting telescope is ideal for viewing both land and celestial objects.
SolarMax II 60 BF10
Coronado SolarMax II solar telescopes.
£1685.00
The Coronado SolarMax II 60 w/ RichView Tuning BF10 for stunning images of the Sun.
Meade ETX90 Observer
Meade ETX90 Observer
£469.00
The new ETX90 Observer complete with hard carry case and softbag for the tripod.
Opticstar AZ80 GOTO
Opticstar AZ80 GOTO.
£199.00
The Opticstar AZ80 GOTO is one of the easiest to use entry level computerized telescopes...
Cooled CCD
Opticstar DS-142M ICE
£---
The Opticstar DS-142M ICE is a TEC cooled, 1.4 mega pixel mono CCD camera for deep sky imaging.
Complete with power supply unit, adapters, case and software...
Opticstar Eyepiece Set
Opticstar 1.25" Eyepiece & Filter Set.
£119.00
The Opticstar 1.25" Eyepiece & Filter Set includes 5 Plössl eyepieces, a barlow, 7 filters and a red LED...
Meade LX200 ACF 10" UHTC
Meade LX200 ACF 10" UHTC.
£3995.00
The Meade LX200 ACF 10 UHTC is a 10" advanced catadioptric with a computerised fork mount.
Opticstar PX-35C
Opticstar PX-35C COOLAIR
£119.00
The Opticstar PX-35C COOLAIR colour video camera for high quality planetary imaging.
Ascension Accessories
Ascension 2" x2 ED Barlow.
£59.00
The Ascension 2" x2 ED Barlow with special ED glass to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations.
Cooled CCD Cameras
Opticstar DS-616C XL now at a lower price
updated: 22nd September 2016
Opticstar DS-616C XL.
Opticstar DS-616C XL.
The DS-616C XL 6 mega-pixel camera is in a class of its own with 50% higher sensitivity in real-world applications (100% max) than other cameras using the same Sony CCD due to its hardware gain and outstanding hardware noise suppression, both features implemented in the camera's hardware. Now at a lower price!
Opticstar DS-616C XL [LOW PRICE] Opticstar DS-616C XL. Sony ICX413AQ 6.1 mega-pixel colour CCD (1.8"), 3032x2014 pixels. TEC cooling to -30ºC delta.
£ 899.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
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Meade ETX Observer Series
updated: 21st September 2016
Meade ETX Observer
For 20 years, Meade's ETX series telescopes have provided novice astronomers quality, value and performance, with each new model bringing enhancements and improvements. The all-new ETX Observer model continues that legacy.
Meade ETX Series
Opticstar Picture of the Day
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The NGC3372 nebula by John Haunton with the Opticstar DS-145M ICE.
Premium Telescopes
Ascension ED Triplet APOs
updated: 10th March 2016
Ascension telescopes
Ascension 127ED Triplet.
The Ascension premium apo-chromatic refractors were the first reasonably priced triplet ED telescopes widely available in the UK that use a high quality Japanese ED triplet (premium FCD1 ED). These first-class photo-visual instruments offer unequalled value for money and come in three different sizes (80mm F6, 102mm F7 and 127mm F7.5).

Ascension 80ED Triplet Ascension 80ED Triplet APO - Essential. 80mm f/6 premium apochromatic refractor. Fully multi-coated objective and precision dual-speed Rack & Pinion (11:1) focuser.
£ 449.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
Ascension 102ED Triplet Ascension 102ED Triplet APO - Essential. 102mm f/7 premium apochromatic refractor with dovetail and brackets. Fully multi-coated objective lens with dual-speed Rack & Pinion (11:1) focuser.
£ 849.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
Ascension 127ED Triplet Ascension 127ED Triplet APO - Essential. 127mm f/7.5 premium apochromatic refractor with dovetail and brackets. Fully multi-coated objective lens with dual-speed Rack & Pinion (11:1) focuser.
£ 1099.00 (inc VAT) Dispatched within 24 hours.
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Peter Karboulonis' articles for amateur astronomers.
Peter Karboulonis practical articles on astronomy.
John Haunton's step-by-step astroimaging.
John Haunton. Step-by-step articles on astroimaging.
Sample Images
Opticstar PL-130M CoolAir
posted: 10th February 2009
Mosaic of the Moon at 2354x4010 pixels 
 captured by Herwig Sulzbacher.
An impressive 9.4 megapixel mosaic of the Moon by Herwig Sulzbacher with the Opticstar PL-130M.
Opticstar News
DS-616C XL is Astronomy Magazine's Star Product
posted: 30th January 2015
Opticstar DS-616C XL is Astronomy magazine's product of the year.
DS-616C XL is Star Product

The Opticstar DS-616C XL deep-sky CCD camera has earned the annual star product award from Astronomy, the world's best-selling astronomy magazine. Read about it in the September 2013 issue.

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