Booking Information

Dark Sky Telescope Hire Booking Information

Hiring a telescope from Dark Sky Telescope Hire is easy. Simply select the telescope you’d like to hire from our list of rental telescopes, check availability using the dates on the telescope selection page, and then complete the online telescope booking request form. Seb will get back to you normally within 24 – 48 hours to confirm your booking request.

We have two hire bases. One in Bedfordshire to serve Central and South East England, and a second hire base in Somerset serving Somerset and Devon.

Hire periods run for 2, 5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 nights from both hire bases, and can start on any day of the week or weekend as required. Additionally, we can hire out telescopes in Somerset and Devon on a weekend or nightly basis. Prices for nightly hires start at £25 per night.


Getting Hold of your Hire Telescope

Bedfordshire Hire Base: Telescopes can be collected from Seb in Toddington by arrangement. Morning, afternoon and evening pick-up slots are available.

Alternatively, you can arrange to have the telescope delivered to your home / work address in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Essex, Berkshire, Surrey ,Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, London, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Dorset, Shropshire, West Midlands, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire & Lincolnshire. ADDITIONAL DELIVERY / COLLECTION CHARGES MAY APPLY. PLEASE ASK US TO QUOTE YOU A DELIVERY / COLLECTION PRICE.

Somerset Hire Base: Telescopes can be collected from Ian Mabbutt at West Withy Farm in Upton near Taunton. Currently there is no delivery service from our Somerset hire base.

All of our telescopes for hire fit easily across the back seat of most types of small family car. For transportation we recommend that telescope tubes are laid horizontally across the back seat. The scope should be secured using your back seat belts. This way, you won’t damage the tube or optics should you need to brake suddenly on your journey.


Payment for your Hire Telescope

Payment for your hire telescope can be made by cash, cheque or electronically by Paypal or bank transfer. For cash payments we request that payment is made at the start of the hire – i.e. on collection of the telescope from us, or when we hand it over to you on delivery.

For cheque, paypal or bank transfer payments we request that you make payment at least 24 hours in advance of the hire start date. Our paypal address / bank details will be given to you in your telescope booking confirmation email.

Hire prices vary by telescope size, and also by the delivery and collection options you choose.


Permitted Uses

Dark Sky Telescope Hire loan out telescopes responsibly and safely. Please read our terms and conditions before making your booking. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN USING A TELESCOPE OR OTHER OPTICAL DEVICE. To do so will likely cause immediate and permanent damage to your eyes.

Stargazing guides and telescope set-up guides are included with the telescope.


Returning the Telescope

Bedfordshire Hire Base: At the time of booking we’ll ask you to specify how you wish to return the telescope. You can either return it to us in Toddington, Bedfordshire yourself, or arrange for us to collect the telescope from you.

Somerset Hire Base: All telescopes hired from our Somerset hire base must be returned to Ian Mabbutt at West Withy Farm in Upton under your own steam by the last day of your hire period.


To book your hire telescope please click here