telescopes

If you are looking to purchase your first telescope it can be a bit daunting – we can help you pick the right scope that fits your interest, skill and budget requirements.

Atlantic Photo Supply has been selling telescopes for more than 15 years and has the largest selection of telescopes and accessories in Atlantic Canada.

We offer a number of different telescopes by industry leaders Celestron and SkyWatcher.

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What kind of telescopes should I buy?

There are several factors to consider when deciding which telescope is going to be right for you, or the person you are buying it for. The first thing to consider is what you want to do with your telescope. Are you going to use it for casual viewing - looking at the moon, planets and easy to find deep sky objects like galaxies and nebulae?

Are you interested in taking pictures of what you see? Do you want a telescope that finds what it is you want to see and then tracks that object as it moves across the night sky, or would you prefer one that you move yourself? If you are buying it for a child, is the telescope age appropriate? What is the budget for your purchase? Answering these questions will start you on the path to your first telescope, and we can guide you on that path.

For some great information on selecting your first telescope check out this guide. It’s a great reference guide compiled by Celestron and the editors of Astronomy Magazine, and will give you an excellent primer of all you need to know before you make that first purchase.

What kind of telescopes should I buy?

We primarily stock Celestron and SkyWatcher telescopes. Both brands have scopes that meet the needs of everyone; from first time buyers to advanced users. Our Dartmouth location has the space for the biggest selection, and there you will find the complete lineup of Celestron’s Nexstar SE series of computer controlled Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. Click here to see prices and models. These telescopes have been our best sellers for several years and start in the $600 range. We also carry Celestron’s newest series, the Nexstar Evolution

These are the first Celestron telescopes that are Wi-Fi enabled, which will allow you to control the scope right from your smart phone. We also carry a range of SkyWatcher scopes. Have a look at the SkyWatcher Dobsonian scopes – these scopes offer great light gathering capabilities without having to spend a lot of money. We also stock a number of SkyWatcher refractor scopes as well as mounts, eyepieces and other accessories. You can find our selection on those here.

Can I see these telescopes in action?

Feel free to drop by our stores for an in person explanation of what we carry and how the telescopes work. If you want to see them in action (look though different scopes and talk to existing users), twice a year we host observing sessions in the front parking lot of our Dartmouth store (weather permitting). We do this with the help of members of the local chapter of The Royal Astronomical Society (RASC) and Astronomy Nova Scotia. Telescopes from our inventory are pressed into service as well of those of the volunteers from RASC. Come out, talk to us, look through our scopes or some of the many scopes from RASC.

If you want to look before you buy this is the perfect opportunity. Check out our website and Facebook for further information.

For some great information on selecting your first telescope check out this guide. It’s a great reference guide compiled by Celestron and the editors of Astronomy Magazine, and will give you an excellent primer of all you need to know before you make that first purchase.

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