Jason and the Argos Gnomes (Part Twenty One): The Starhunter Astronomical Refractor Telescope

“…Says the girl with the mousey hair…*”

1986 was a seminal year for many an amateur astronomer. Hailey’s Comet appeared in the spring. Back then, Oldham’s very own Professor Brian Cox celebrated his eighteenth birthday.

With the hubbub at the time, this addition to the house would have been useful:

The Starhunter Astronomical Refractor Telescope

A mid range telescope, the Starhunter boasted 350x power and an achromatic lens. Its ‘Finderscope’ enabled wannabe Carl Sagans and Brian Coxes to zoom in on planets, constellations and parts of the Moon.

It came with a Philips Moon Map and a planisphere. Owing to the price, it was designed for home hobbyists rather than professionals.

Being as this is our Shortest Day post (the Winter Solstice), one of these telescopes would be suitable for a bit of star spotting. Unlike 1986, it is harder to see the night sky thanks to light pollution.

  • Argos Catalogue edition: Spring/Summer 1986;
  • Page and item numbers: page 51, item 11;
  • 1986 Prices: £89.99;
  • 2014 Prices: £238.13.

S.V., 21 December 2014.

* Life on Mars, David Bowie.


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