If you’re looking to observe the beauty of the night sky, you can’t go wrong with a refractor telescope. Built around specialist lenses that provide powerful magnification, refractor telescopes excel for viewing deep-space objects like distant galaxies or nebulae.

The difference between refractor telescopes and the other common type, reflector telescopes, is spelled out in the name. Refractors refract, using specialist lens elements, while reflectors reflect via a series of mirrors. While the end result is fundamentally the same – a clear image of a distant subject served up to the viewer’s eyepiece – the means of getting there is quite different, which makes the two types of telescope useful for different applications.