Telescope advice

We are the proud owners of 10 telescopes and another one is in the making.
Between us we’ve had about 40 years of using telescopes of all shapes and sizes and all around the world. We’ve helped countless people new to astronomy get themselves set up with a telescope that meets their needs.

Can’t decide on a telescope?

If you need help with telescope advice, are thinking of buying a telescope either for yourself or someone else, then come and join one of our telescope courses.

choosing a telescope

Telescopes and astronomy can be daunting at first with many different options and a whole language of jargon to learn.

We help demystify the topic and make sense of the jargon so that you can buy the right telescope for your needs, that matches your astronomical interests without spending an astronomical budget. By the end of our telescope course you’ll be equiped with the knowledge to get the telescope that is right for you, and know how to use it.

You already have a telescope but…

Even you’re just interested in learning how to use the telescope you’ve got collecting dust in the garage, our course will get that telescope collecting light from distant stars instead.


Just wanted to send a note through to say how much I enjoyed Telescopes 101 (please tell Sam!!). Monday evening is now so boring! More soon, please.

Finally got around to reading the September newsletter and saw a refractor telescope advertised. I read the ad, and thought – but what about this? and this? I had lots more questions for the seller. But before Telescopes 101, I would have thought  – it’s a telescope, umm… 

So a great big thanks to Sam for a super course, and to you. It’s been great. (And now I am looking longingly on Amazon at a Celestron CPC 800… So I may have caught the bug.)

A. F.

Our course runs over one day, Saturdays afternoon from 2PM to 6PM and we aim to include a stargazing session on Saturday night if the sky is clear. We have the most amazing dark sky here in Wairarapa and we encourage everybody to look up.

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