Telescopes have been used for centuries to see distant objects in the night sky. A good telescope can allow you to see all sorts of celestial phenomena, from the planets of our solar system to distant galaxies and nebulae. Astronomy and astrophotography are hugely rewarding pursuits, and you don’t even need lots of expensive equipment to get started – just a good telescope, and a little know-how.

It can be a little intimidating to browse telescopes at first, with lots of technical terms being thrown around, but the concepts are fairly simple. The main types of telescopes include: refractor, reflector and catadioptric. Refractor telescopes use glass elements in a similar manner to camera lenses, while reflector telescopes rely on a series of mirrors to produce an image. Catadioptric telescopes, meanwhile, use a combination of both.