Check out the range of solar observing telescopes from Coronado, Lunt and Bresser, as well as accessories such as the Baader Herschel Prism, Solar Film and AstroSolar Filters.
On Saturday May 5th 2018 our showroom in Sittingbourne will close. We will continue to operate from St George’s Business Park and our postal address of Suite 127, St George’s Business Park will remain unchanged. You will still be able to collect orders in person from the Reception at St George’s Business Park. Sittingbourne town centre is undergoing extensive re-generation work which is causing significant traffic congestion. This work will be not be completed until the end of 2018. At this time we will look to re-open our showroom in the town itself.
In the meantime we will be holding a number of events throughout the summer, the first will be at the Monkton Observatory open weekend on Sunday 20th May where we will be observing the Sun with white light and Ha telescopes. We will post events on our website and facebook page some of which will be announced at short notice. For example if the weather is particularly good we will be doing Solar observation so check back often. Find out more »
Celestron introduce their next generation WiFi enabled telescope range AstroFi. Designed as a portable easy to use GOTO system that will appeal to both the beginner and more advanced user looking for a compact telescope for regular use. Designed to be controlled from your phone or tablet using Celstrons free Skyportal app available for Apple and Android devices.
The highly portable Sky-Watcher Az GTi WiFi telescopes have been designed to be controlled wirelessly with your Smartphone or Tablet, using the free SynScan App for iOS or Android. The AZ-GTi mounting, with it’s built-in WiFi module, creates it’s very own Wi-Fi network, so the mount can be used anywhere, without any reliance on other WiFi or mobile networks.
We have a wide range of telescopes for those who are just starting out and are looking for their first telescope. If you are still unsure what certain terms mean or you are just unsure we would love to hear from you and you can phone us at any time during opening hours and we’ll be happy to have chat with you.
Solar telescopes designed to look at the sun in the Ha wavelength are special purpose telescopes used to observe the Sun. Solar telescopes operating in the Ha wavelength (635nM) allow observation of surface detail and solar flair activity and make great instruments for solar photography. The sun can also be observed in white light using a standard telescope with the correct sun filter fitted.
Taking pictures of what you can see through your telescope is great fun and can be as simple as using your smart phone for pictures of the moon through to dedicated planetary or deep sky imagers. If you would like to get started in this exciting part of Astronomy contact us and we will be happy to help. To see our full range of cameras and accessories visit our astrophotography section.
Altair GPCAM 2 colour & MONO Luna & Planetary Cameras
The Altair GPCAM2 AR0130 Mono camera has the sought after Aptina AR0130 CMOS sensor, with higher sensitivity of about 78% QE. Very high sensitivity in the far red / NIR region makes the GPCAM2 AR0130 especially good for solar imaging.
The Altair GPCAM2 IMX224 Colour camera has the sought after Sony Exmor IMX224 CMOS sensor, with high sensitivity, and extremely low read noise, possibly the lowest of any similar sized sensor. It can be used for solar, planetary, lunar “lucky” imaging as well as long exposure deepsky imaging and of course video astronomy. Time-lapse all-sky imaging (with optional meteor lens) is fully supported in the software.
Meade Series 5000 eyepieces offer revolutionary new advances in resolution, image correction and eye relief at irresistible prices. You simply won’t believe how a premium eyepiece improves your view, no matter what scope you own. See pinpoint resolution edge-to-edge with luxuriously long eye relief. If you think our Series 5000 eyepieces look good on the outside, wait until you see the heavens through one.
Telescopes, binoculars & stargazing gear for amateur astronomers and astrophotographers.
At f1telescopes, we’re passionate about all things astronomy. Whether you’re a seasoned stargazer or just starting out, we’re here to offer a wide range of products at great prices, backed up by friendly and enthusiastic advice. From our head office in Sittingbourne, Kent, items can be purchased online for home delivery or collected in store.
We are appointed agents for every product we sell. All brands come from official UK distributors and therefore carry the full manufacturers warranty.
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Got a question for us? We’re happy to answer any queries you have before or after you place your order. We are very beginner friendly, so if you are unsure of anything or need some useful advice, don’t be afraid to ask!