1. Altair Lightwave 80 ED

Salute the late Patrick Moore by acquiring this monster ’scope, which can help you spot stars as far away as the Orion Nebula, then complaining if any women attempt to use it.

Price: £549 | altairastro.com 

This is from "101 gadgets you can't live without" in issue 220 of T3 Magazine. To see the full list get a digital or print copy here.

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The sky and space have fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Civilisations as ancient as the Mayans, Egyptians and Inca placed great importance in astronomy, and now anyone can dabble in some stargazing right from their bedroom window.

Whether you're on the hunt for aliens or just want to get up close to see the craters of the moon, here's the high-powered telescopes to help you do it.

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