Dobsonian telescopes are widely regarded as being the best choice of telescope for those who are new to astronomy and stargazing. Pioneered by Californian amateur astronomer John Dobson in 1965, Dobsonian telescopes provide a cost-efficient means of viewing celestial and deep-sky objects, one that’s easy and fun for newbies to get to grips with – but also offers plenty of power for experienced enthusiasts.

A Dobsonian telescope is a type of Newtonian reflector telescope. These are so named because they use a system of mirrors to produce an image – in this case a primary mirror (the objective) that’s usually parabolic in shape, with a smaller flat secondary mirror.