When the first telescope was invented in 1608, Galileo began a journey of cosmic exploration which thousands of interested sky-gazers have embarked on since. His was a crude refractor, giving around 30X, smaller and optically far inferior to even children's telescopes of today, yet the views revealed through it were as wondrous to him as those of the Hubble Space Telescope are to us today. Maybe even more so. In his journal, he wrote after his first few nights of wonder, "I render infinite thanks to God, for being so kind as to make me alone the first observer of marvels kept hidden in obscurity for all previous centuries." Imagine how that must of been, being the first person ever to see the craters and mountains of the moon, the glorious rings of Saturn, the dancing moons of Jupiter, as well as hundreds of other stars and celestial mysteries not even visible to the naked eye. There is something about a "live" view through a telescope that is very difficult to capture in photographs, no matter how spectacular. What is it? Is it the crystal clarity? Is it the crisp resolution and brightness? Is it the simple fact that your celestial destination is before your eyes clearly and presently right in this moment? Whatever it is, it has attracted people to astronomy for centuries, and never more so than in the past decade.
Modern telescope-making has advanced the simple optical designs of Galileo and Isaac Newton (the inventor of the reflector telescope) to state-of-the-art, and prices have dropped considerably, making telescopes of excellent optical quality available to everyone. Owning a telescope today is an investment in wonder, excitement and enjoyment. Whether you are pursuing a serious career in advanced astromony or you simply like to be out under a night sky awash with stars, piloting your own imaginary starship through the galaxy and beyond, a telescope can help you begin the journery. You can spend little, and you will have a scope capable of wonderful tours of the solar system and beyond. When you look through the eyepiece as the rings of Saturn come into focus, whether it's for the first time or the hundredth time, chances are, you will pause for a moment, and say, "Wow"
Sky-Watcher make telescopes with the intention of bringing the treasures of the sky within reach of anyone curious enough to look up and wonder. We have been making telescopes since 1980. Our optics are of the highest quality, and every telescope for a wide range of observing applications, from 50mm spotting scopes right up to 150mm (6") refractors, 200mm (8") reflectors, and 250mm (10") Dobsonians.
Whatever your interest, terrestrial or celestial, there is a Sky-Watcher Telescope that will suit your needs at an excellent price.