Buying a telescope is just the first step. It therefore won’t take long before you’ll want to buy telescope accessories. Accessories include items such as books, eyepieces, focusers, digital imaging accessories, and others.
Eyepieces, Barlow Lens and Filters
Eyepieces work in conjunction with your telescope to produce specific magnifications. Consequently, they render the objects of the sky you are pointing at and influence the image quality.
Typical eyepiece prices range from $30 to $500 and beyond. The price of an eyepiece is defined by it’s design, purpose and craftsmanship. Lens are either made of cheap plastics or constructed with high quality polished glass that leverage high efficiency coatings.
Additionally, consider buying a barlow lens. A barlow simply attaches to a regular lens and it magnifies the image further. In other words, if you have a 20mm lens and a 2x barlow, it’s the equivalent of having a 10mm lens. Using the barlow on the 20mm essentially turns it into a 10mm lens. Therefore, 2x Barlows are a cheap way to double the usage of your eyepieces so instead of buying 6 different ones, consider buy 3 with a barlow.
Finally, filters allow to either safely look at specific objects (like the sun and the moon), while others enhance the overall image quality of a celestial object such as a nebula.
For more information on filters, read our telescope eyepiece filters page.
Budget Telescope Accessories – Eyepieces
|Orion 1.25-inch Premium Telescope Accessory Kit||1.25″ 2x Orion Shorty Barlow Lens||7-21mm Orion Explorer II Zoom Eyepiece|
High Quality Telescope Eyepieces
|Tele Vue 2x Barlow||Panoptic Telescope Eyepieces by Tele Vue||Tele Vue Ethos Telescope Eyepieces|
Reflector telescopes require regular collimation. Collimation is just a term that describes the alignment process of the mirrors on your telescope. When a telescope is out of collimation, it will produce blurry unfocused images.
There are some tools to help you with this process. A laser collimator is a must have for any owner of a reflector telescope. We have a video explaining the process on our telescope collimation page.
|Orion Precision Centering Adapter||Orion Collimating Eyepiece||Orion LaserMate Deluxe II Laser Collimation Kit|
Telescope Accessories for Astrophotography
Taking photos of the sky objects is exciting, but to do it right you need the proper equipment.
|Orion SteadyPix Deluxe Camera Mount||Orion StarShoot AutoGuider Camera||Orion StarShoot G3 Deep Space Color Imaging Camera|
Mounts and Tripods
There’s nothing worse than a flimsy mount to hold your telescope, digital camera or binoculars. As such, a high quality mount provides stability and control.
Motorized mounts will even point to celestial objects on their own. Just key in the code for the Andromada galaxy and watch your mount do all the work for you!
|Orion RockStable Anti-Vibration Pads||Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial GoTo Telescope Mount||Orion Atlas EQ-G Computerized GoTo Telescope Mount|
Below are some of the popular “must have” accessories. A green laser pointers can be used to point out constellations directly in the sky. It’s a great teaching aid when working with kids. Just don’t let them play with it!
|Orion EZ Finder II Deluxe Telescope Reflex Sight||Orion Skyline Deluxe Green Laser Pointer||NightWatch Book, 4th Edition|
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