Me and my 70mm f11
Zennox EQ Refractor.
Me and my 90mm f13.8
SkyWatcher Mak 90.
Over the last forty eight years I've had a number of fantastic telescopes, and some not-so-fantastic telescopes too!
This experience, and the use of the instruments over my astronomical career has given me a wealth of knowledge regarding astronomical instrumentation that this website will pass on to you.
I can answer your questions about telescopes. Either browse the guides or get in touch with your question and I'll do what I can to answer you.
Whatever your telescope query. Whether you are just starting out and need advice on the best way to get started or you're a seasoned observer who needs to clarify a simple point of optics. Here you will find friendly links to my astronomy and telescope advice pages.
I'm not here trying to sell you anything - This website is for information and education.
I had the guides for several years (In the case of some, since 2008) and I thought it was high time I made them all available under one umbrella, so to speak.
Me and my 150mm f5
Me and my 130mm f5
Me and my 120mm f8.33
Please take a few moments to visit my 'Mission Statement' and 'Testimonials' page if you feel the need to clarify this website's intentions.
ENJOY THE GUIDES: They're FREE... But, the information is priceless!
Me and my 102mm f4.9
SkyWatcher StarTravel 102
Telescope Help: Please scroll down to view my astronomy and telescope guides.
Caveat Emptor - Don't buy a lemon!
This information has been written with the beginner in mind. Sometimes beginners make all sorts of errors when planning their optical equipment. Some will buy a tiny telescope because it magnifies 525 times. Some will buy any telescope by a certain manufacturer because most of the other beginners they know have told them that these are good telescopes...
"My Celesial-German7-Scope 52mm Catadioptric-Newtonian, it's amazing - I can even see Jupiter's moons!!!"
They're not very experienced - Don't listen to their advice!
Read the guide to find out the information you need to buy a useful telescope. Some telescope companies are trading on their good reputation honsetly earned. Some do it but their current manufacturing is slipshod and well below par. They have rivals who produce much better telescopes, more cheaply. You need to be able to sort the good telescopes from the bad, regardless of the maker. These guides will give you the knowledge you need so that you can make a good choice and move forwards in the enthralling hobby of amateur astronomy.
Me and my Phenix 127mm f9.5 Achromatic EQ Refractor.
Me with my Helios 120mm f8.3 Achromatic EQ refractor.
Me and my Helios (SkyWatcher) 150mm f8 Achromatic EQ Refractor.
Below are websites that I personally recommend to amateur astronomers.
An Excellent Astronomy Astrospace website.
With monthly charts of what to look out for and a fab
gallery of Paul's pictures, among many other things:
Another Excellent Astronomy website.
With ideas about what to look out for and great
advice regarding binocular observation:
Me and Paul Money with
his 14" (360mm) f6 Newtonian.
All text and images © Barry Cooper 2008-16 unless otherwise credited.