There are a handful of shops in the area which we would recommend for your equipment needs.
MC2 Telescope Shop, Frome
Our nearest supplier of telescopes and astronomical equipment. When people ask where they should go in Wiltshire for good astronomy kit, we always give the same answer: “Charles at MC2 Telescope“. The first time I visited this deceptively large shop tucked away on a side street in Frome, Charles talked to me for an hour about my choice of telescope without once trying to sell it to me. Charles is an enthusiast and a member of the local observing groups, so he knows that bad advice will come back to haunt him! Yes, you could get every scope in his shop a little cheaper on t’internet, but you get what you pay for and at MC2 you pay for good advice, the ability to see what you are buying before you buy, and a friendly face if any problems arise.
Bath Photo Optics, Bath
This shop can be found in the Podium in Bath, and although primarily a photo outlet, also stocks a decent range of smaller scopes as well as eyepieces and other accessories. There is some good kit on sale here, as well as a few scopes we wouldn’t recommend, and the knowledge of the staff varies, so do your homework first. Be sure to print off the discount vouchers before you go.
Ace cameras, Yate
Ace Cameras are a photo shop in Yate who have an extensive astro equipment catalogue section. I have only dealt with Ace once and never bought from them, but their staff seemed knowledgeable and they are stocking all the right brands, so you would be in safe hands there.