Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 or Celestron First Scope 76mm

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Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 or Celestron First Scope 76mm

Postby Aratus » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:25 pm

mrsgirl wrote: have managed to purchase a Celestron Power Seeker 80EQ, brand new (unwanted gift) for £50. Thanks to Barry for your website as I found it very informative and my new telescope has the minimum specs that you recommended. It wasn't an expensive purchase so it will give me an idea of what a telescope can do and what I would want in the future. Only downside is that it's my Christmas present so I've been told I have to wait until December.


A 3" refractor on an equatorial mount is really nice telescope. This one has a special 'diagonal' which makes the image the 'right way up' so you will be able to use it to look at birds or boats etc.
With the barlow lens and 2 eyepieces you will have magnifications of 45x, 135x & 225x. (You get the 135x by using the 20mm eyepiece with the 3x barlow). If the barlow is not a good one, you could buy another eyepiece, say 8mm which would give you 113x.

(You can't use the barlow with the 4mm eyepiece because the image will be too dim to see anything.)

I got my first telescope when I was 11, and I had to wait until Christmas Day too! :( Plenty of time to get a good basic book on the constellations, and go out and find your way around the sky. You will be all ready when Father Christmas does his deliveries! :D
I use an 11" Celestron SCT (CPC 1100) on an equatorial wedge, housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI1600MC and Canon 500D for imaging.
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Re: Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 or Celestron First Scope 76mm

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:29 pm

A good £50 worth. Most important to find a set of realistic targets. Apart from the planets, you should manage the brighter Messier objects. Some of the fainter ones need a larger telescope but try M31, M45 and M42 for starters.
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