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Telescopes

From the tiny, lipstick-sized Pocket Telescope to the Newton Telescope with dobsonian mount and 70mm mirror, all our telescopes are fully functional and building them is one of the best ways to learn how they work. You’ll also find some useful accessories at the bottom of this page.

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Please contact us if you want to buy larger quantities e.g. for educational purposes. We can offer you the following discounts:

10 of one article: 5% discount

20 of one article: 10% discount

30 of one article: 15% discount

100 of one article: 20% discount


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The Solar Filter


A solar filter for the Newton Telescope. Use this filter to safely observe sun spots.

Also available as a set: see Special Offers

Download Instructions

 

The Historic Galileo Telescope


This beautiful kit is based on the last remaining telescope that belonged to Galileo (the oldest telescope in the world): a leather-bound show piece with golden ornaments for Cosimo II de Medici, which now is on show in Florence.

With this historically accurate cardboard  replica you can experience the great achievements of Galileo yourself. Although the performance of this historic telescope is not comparable to modern ones, it is fully functional and emphasises Galileo’s accomplishments.

High quality cardboard kit with four colour and gold print, complete with glass lenses for 12x magnification and wall/desktop mount.

Length of the telescope: 78 cm

Download Instructions

Hint: mount the telescope on a normal tripod with our cheap Tripod Adapter (round), see below or on our Components page!

 

The Small Galileo Telescope


Two lenses connected by a cardboard tube: it’s that simple to build a telescope!

The prepunched kit contains an objective lens with 225 mm and an eyepiece lens with 35 mm focal length. This produces a magnification of 6.5.

The assembly is simple and takes only 20 minutes. An ideal project for groups and school classes. The picture is upright, therefore the telescope can be used by day or for astronomical observations (e.g. moon craters).

Construction time: 20 min

Length fully extended: 23 cm

 

The Newton Telescope


This is a kit for a fully functional Newton reflecting telescope with Dobsonian mounting. The main BAADER glass mirror with SiO2 coating has a diameter of 70 mm and a focus length of 450 mm. Two eyepieces provide magnification factors of 16 and 30, enough for observation of  moon craters and even the moons of Jupiter.


Size: 45 x 16 x 28 cm

Download Instructions

Construction in pictures

 

The Pirate’s Telescope


Scary buccaneer design with glittering gold print. Very simple assembly for old salts and land lubbers alike. Two lenses for 6.5 x magnification. Yarr!

Ideal for group work or children’s birthday parties.

Construction time: 20 min

Length fully extended: 23 cm

 

The Nelson Telescope


Build yourself a proper sailor’s telescope of the type that Nelson would have used. The five-section draw tube and two lenses provide you with 6x magnification. It even comes with a lockable container to protect it when you are on shore leave.


Includes the OptiMedia lenses 1a and 9.

Size: 5.5 x 5.5 x 13.5 (-36) cm

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£18.60


No 209.NST

£4.68


No 210.NSF

£13.50


No 232.HGT

£3.66


No 253.KGT

£3.66


No 235.PTL

£8.82


No 217.NLT

The Plumber’s Telescope


An astronomical refracting telescope with a magnification of 30 for the price of a CD!

With a piece of waste pipe and fittings (not included) you can build yourself a sturdy astronomical telescope with a sharp colour corrected image and 30x magnification that can be mounted on an ordinary photographic tripod. It shows an upside down picture like most astronomical telescopes.

The kit contains a set of high quality achromatic glass lenses, a tripod adapter, cardboard fittings, instructions, and a shopping list for your local DIY store.


Objective lens: Achromat, 40 mm, f=450 mm

Eyepiece: Plössl, 15 mm, f=15 mm

Length of the telescope: 53 cm

Download Instructions

Construction in pictures

 

£13.92


No 240.BLT

The Kepler Telescope


This is a kit for an astronomical telescope as described by Johannes Kepler. The surprisingly sharp and bright image is upside-down as usual with astronomical telescopes. The factor  of magnification is 10, ideal for moon craters and even the moons of Jupiter.

Together with our Galileo Telescope 112.GAL, this kit allows a direct comparison of the two different principles of telescopes. The advantage of the Kepler Telescope is instantly visible.


This kit is not pre-punched, the parts need cutting out with scissors or a craft-knife

The kit includes the OptiMedia lenses 3, 7, and 9.

Size: 5 x 5 x 30 (-45) cm

 

£5.04


No 111.KEP

The Galileo Telescope


Galileo is famous for being the first man to point a telescope at the night sky. With this simple kit you can build yourself a telescope with an upright image like the one he used in the 17th century. Can you find the moons of Jupiter like he did?

Together with our Kepler Telescope 111.KEP, this kit allows a direct comparison of the two different principles of telescopes. The advantage of the Kepler Telescope is instantly visible.


This kit is not pre-punched, the parts need cutting out with scissors or a craft-knife

The kit includes the OptiMedia lenses 1 and 9.

Size: 5 x 5 x 30 (-45) cm

 

£4.02


No 112.GAL

The Lilliput Folding Telescope


According to the Guinness Book of Records the smallest telescope in the world! Folded together it is only half as big as a credit card. It magnifies twice and focusing is achieved by a simple cardboard spring mechanism.


This kit is not pre-punched, the parts need cutting out with scissors or a craft-knife

The kit includes the OptiMedia lenses 1 and 5.

 

£2.52


No 113.LIL

The Pocket Telescope


A robust mini-telescope (galilean type) with a magnification of 3.5 and not much bigger than a lipstick.


This kit is not pre-punched, the parts need cutting out with scissors or a craft-knife

A neat little kit that includes the OptiMedia lenses 1 and 6.

Size: 2 x 2 x 8.5 (-11) cm

 

£2.40


No 110.WTT

The Tripod Adapter (round)


Wooden rail to mount our round telescopes on a normal photographic tripod. With special nut to fit most standard tripods.


Size: 200 x 33 x 15 mm

 

£2.58


No 258.FSR

The Tripod Adapter (flat)


Wooden rail to mount our telescopes with flat sides on a normal photographic tripod. With special nut to fit most standard tripods.


Size: 250 x 25 x 7 mm

 

£1.74


No 259.FSA

BAADER AstroSolar Solar Filter Film (small)


With the help of this special CE certified film with a filter factor of 100,000 you can observe the sun directly with your binoculars or telescope. Just fit the foil over the aperture / objective lens (NOT over the eyepiece!).


Size: 10 x 10 cm

 

£3.66


No 257.ASK

BAADER AstroSolar Solar Filter Film (large)


With the help of this special CE certified film with a filter factor of 100,000 you can observe the sun directly with your binoculars or telescope. Just fit the foil over the aperture / objective lens (NOT over the eyepiece!).


Size: 20 x 29 cm

 

£23.28


No 233.ASF

File set


Set of three files (each fine and medium), ideal to smooth and clean edges and burrs of our cardboard kits. Also suitable for wood and soft plastic.

 

£0.72


No 400.SBF

The Solar Telescope


With this kit you can build a small telescope with 6.5 x magnification. It is basically the same telescope as our small Galileo Telescope, but it  also comes with an original BAADER solar filter film that allows for direct observation of the sun and the eclipse. Without the filter you can project a 2” picture of the sun onto a white piece of paper, or just use it to observe nature or the stars.

Construction time: 20 min

Length fully extended: 23 cm

 

£3.48


No 234.STL