Level of Expertise
Here at OPT we are dedicated to making sure you find the best possible astronomical telescope to suit your desires. Whether you're a beginner just getting started or a seasoned astronomer looking for your next research tool, we are here to help. We provide three questions that make it much easier to narrow down our huge selection of telescopes to find the perfect model to suit your desires. First and foremost among these questions is the most basic- what do you plan to do with your telescope? We offer telescopes that are optimally suited to a wide variety of tasks, with each different model being optimized for different uses. The next question you have to ask yourself is where do you plan on setting the telescope up, and how much can you comfortably lift? Telescopes and their accompanying gear can be highly portable, or they can add up to a monumental load of weight. The difference between a permanent and stationary setup and one you move from dark site to dark site is thereby a massive one. The final question is, how much are you able to comfortably spend? Telescopes range in pricing from a few hundred dollars all the way into being multi thousand dollar investments- and for most people, the best choice is somewhere in the middle. For further guidance, there is a much larger and in depth guide below. For even more information on types of telescopes, take a look at our telescopes types video!
OPT provides an extremely wide selection of reflecting telescopes that come in a number of varieties suited for a diverse range of applications. A reflector telescope refers to any telescope that uses one or more curved mirrors to reflect light and form an image. This results in images that are free of chromatic aberration, which is one of the main issues to plague models of telescope that do not utilize reflecting designs. One of the main benefits of the reflector design is that it enables a very wide diameter objective. This means that reflector telescopes are capable of being made much larger than comparable refractors, meaning that it is easier to make a reflector capable of gathering more light.
OPT is the Telescope Authority- and our wide selection of great Refractor Telescopes proves it! The word “refractor” means a telescope whose principal focusing element is a lens. A refractor telescope is a type of optical telescope which is also referred to as a refracting telescope. Its curved primary (or largest) lens gathers light, bends it, and sends it back to a focal point where it is further modified by the use of another set of lenses called the eyepiece. The curvature and size of the primary lens dictates the amount of distance needed to achieve the focal point.
Astrographs are the premier imaging Telescopes, and OPT a huge array of astrograph telescopes such as Ritchey-Chretien and Dal-Kirkham telescopes. An astrograph is a telescope designed specifically for astrophotography. Astrographs are commonly employed when doing wide area surveys of star fields and are also used to detect comets and asteroids. To make the astrograph effective, the focal plane is normally designed to work with a specific size photograph plate – or modern CCD chip. This helps to deliver the largest, flattest field possible with clarity to the edge of the image.
OPT has a long history of catering to the telescope needs of professionals in the field of astronomy of all kinds, providing professional grade telescopes to the government, educational institutions, and private astronomers who demand nothing less than the absolute best possible. We are proud to supply a wide range of the very finest telescopes in the industry, both in terms of sheer size of aperture and in terms of optical quality and craftsmanship. If you're looking for the hardware required to perform research level astronomy, look no further- the pieces in this category are the very finest available. We stock such top level manufacturers as Planewave, OOUK, and Officina Stellare, supplying the very best possible in research grade astronomy.