f1telescopes is dedicated to providing the amateur astronomer quality advice and excellent service at the most competitive prices available on the UK internet.

Suite 127,
St. George's Business Park,
Castle Road,
Kent ME10 3TB
Celebrating 15 years

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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 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 next will be Saturday 20th October at Monkton Observatory Kent see our face book page for details. We will post events on our Events Page & facebook page some of which will be announced at short notice so check back often.

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Pre Owned & Part Exchange

Below are some of our Ex Display and Part exchange items that are available for collection only

Latest New Products

Celestron Spotting Scopes

Featured Telescopes Celestron AstroFi

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.

Skywatcher Az GTi WiFi Alt Az GOTO telescopes

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.

Telescopes for Beginners:

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:

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.

APO Refractors

Apo refractors are very popular for photography and general visual use offering the highest contrast of any optical design

Skywatcher Equatorial mounts suitable for astro-photography


We stock a wide range of Celestron Binoculars as well as other major brands, for all purposes including stargazing, distant observation and bird watching.

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.

Popular Solar Telescopes & Accessories


We carry a wide range of Celestron microscopes as well as other major brands including Zenith, for both hobby and laboratory use.

Telescopes from f1

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.

All the leading brands at great prices

We stock all the leading names in telescopes, accessories and celestial observation equipment from top brands like Celestron, Meade, Lunt, Barr & Stroud, Skywatcher, Coronado, Altair, Baader Planetarium, Astro Engineering, AWR, Bresser, Explore Scientific, Geoptik, Helios, Ioptron, Telrad, W&W Astro and Vanguard.

We are appointed agents for every product we sell. All brands come from official UK distributors and therefore carry the full manufacturers warranty.

Buy online with confidence!

When you buy online from us, we do not take any funds until your order is ready for despatch. Please see our terms and conditions for full details of our returns.

Speak to us for help

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!

Latest News
Skywatcher announce New Synscan PTZ app
An application called SynScan PTZ is available on App Store (for iOS devices) now. The Android...
Celestron Starsense latest update released version 1.19.17330
Celestron product development has released to the public version 1.19.17330 of the firmware for the...
Celestron CGX and CGEM II expected delivery dates for the UK
CGEM II EQ Mount & Tripod  -  End February 2017 CGEM II EQ Mount, Tripod and OTA packages...
New Celestron Inspire Series Telescope Preview
Sneak peak at Celestron's new Inspire range Celestron's new ‘Inspire’ series of telescopes...
Celestron’s Starsense for Skywatcher mounts due to arrive this week 12/07/16
StarSense technology was originated by Celestron’s engineers, allowing a Celestron computerized...
Celestron Update to Fix AVX Mount Compatibility Issues
Celestron can confirm that the latest CFM update (7.11.5056 or higher) will now fix the issue of...
Latest Events
The Sun by Steve Walker Friday 27th July 2018
The Sun by Steve Walker Friday 27th July 2018 Come and see us this event being held by Ashford...
Solar Observing at the DOVER TRANSPORT MUSEUM Summer Sundays 2018
Solar Observing at the DOVER TRANSPORT MUSEUM Summer Sundays 2018 Come and observe our nearest...
Solar Observation with f1telescopes at Monkton Nature Reserve open day Sunday 20th May 2018
Solar Observation with f1telescopes at Monkton Nature Reserve open day Sunday 20th May 2018 Come...
Monkton Stargazers Star Party on Friday 31 March 2017
Monkton Stargazers would like to invite you to a Star Party on Friday 31 March. This will follow 3...
Battle 950 Astronomy and space event October 9th 2016
Come an see us at the Battle Astronomy and Space event this Sunday in Battle East Sussex. See...
Mercury 9th of May 2016 Solar Transition
On the 9th of May 2016 Mercury will transition across the Sun for the first time since 2006. It...
Latest help & tips
Choosing your first telescope for astrophotography
What is astrophotography? Astrophotography is the technical term used for taking photographs of...
Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography with a Telescope
It's very common for a large number of amateur astronomers to eventually want to take...
The Best Astronomy Binoculars for Beginners
Anyone taking their first steps into the world of astronomy may not realise that a great pair of...
Useful calculations for all telescope owners
How to calculate your telescopes magnification (power) The magnification produced by a telescope...
The Best Telescopes for Beginners
If you are just setting out on your journey to stargazing and observing celestial objects, buying...
Using Altair GPCAM as Digital Finder Scope
You can use your Altair GPCAM as a digital finder scope with the latest version of AltairCapture....
BBC Stargazing Live Star Map 2013
Using this informative star guide will give readers an insight into what to look out for in our...
Collimating a Newtonian Reflector
Correct optical alignment is fundamental to a Newtonian’s performance. All the mirrors and lenses...

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