127 of 132 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
I am really enjoying this telescope. I was able to see Saturn, Jupiter with 3 moons and a gorgeous full moon craters big as can be. I did buy an accessory pack including 2 additional lenses and moon and planet filters which have enhanced this nicely. I would recommend this to the casual star gazer, I love it.
137 of 146 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2013
Well it all started with 10X50 binocular than 20X80 which was good enough to see moons of the Jupiter but I needed more. After a long research, I have decided to go with this budget beginner telescope since didn't know much about them. I made the right decision. Installation was easy and this telescope does not look cheap. 20mm was good enough to see the rings of the Saturn and the moons of Jupiter clearly but 4mm makes a huge difference, it gets dimmer but I was able to see color of Jupiter with two dark belts and Saturn with more detail but still a single ring around it. It was kind of difficult to focus with 4mm. 3X barlow works only if you insert in the tube directly and the view becomes spectacular with 20mm, but 4mm has a 5 second window and not very clear with 3X. I had a hard time adjusting finderscope but once you get it right it is right on target.I was not able to check the moon, Orion nebula and other planets because they all decided join the Sun this time of the year. Don't expect much with deep space viewing since this is not a Newtonian telescope. That's why my next purchase will be a 10 inch dobsonian. I would recommend this telescope for the beginners. You wouldn't be disappointed.
189 of 208 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2012
Received my Celestron 70EQ and was very pleased with the packaging as it appeared that the "gorillas" at UPS had dropped the box on its end...But it was double boxed so no damage..except for a "bent" inner and otter box.. I was relieved.. AND...Amazaon came through again... with overnight shipping ..as a "Prime Member"
Very nice "scope" for the price.. I have two 4.5" Newtonians... one Simmons.. one Meade.. and "back in the day" .. as a teenager.. I had a 12" Newtonian with a 10' tube in my back yard.. So.. I have some experience with telepscopes and viewing the night sky...
Was looking for a small refractor to take to the desert (my back yard) for night viewing.. did not want to spend a lot of cash.. Found this Celestron.... checked all the reviews.. as usual.. and "pulled the trigger"
Nice build quality, good design.. a lot of telescope for the money.. I like the camera attachment feature..on the tube mount.. and the set up for a "clock drive".. which I will purchase.. soon.. on Amazon for $45.. also a Celestron product..
I have only done limited "terrestrial" viewing ..so far.. the unit performs.. fine. Will start evening viewing soon... The included software is nice.. dated.. but adequate. I have several "star finder" software titles.. The "SkyX First Light Edition" is a good starter CD..
Would recommend this one for a beginner or occasional "star gazer".. NOT a "serious" scope..
But you really can't go wrong for the price.. also like that it has an "actual", printed owners manual and "back up" CD...
67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2013
OK. First off I am in no way, shape, or form well versed in Telescopes or astronomy other than finding Polaris to find north (that is a skill you will need for amateur astronomy though, so that worked out). I bought this because my 8-yo son has been asking a lot of questions about the night sky during our nighttime walks, but understanding the typical attention span of a 8-yo didn't want to spend a lot of money.
-Finder scope is cheap and basically impossible to keep adjusted.with any sort of precision.
-Product comes with 20mm and 4mm eyepieces. The 4mm is pretty much useless and I believe only comes along as a means to claim a pointless magnification potential. Knowing what I've learned in the past few days this would have been much better with a simple mid-range 13mm eyepiece as the 2nd optic...not too big not too small. I'll probably invest in the accessories kit anyway though so.....
-3x Barlow is also pretty flimsy. Now, I've read a lot of reviews that say the Celestron Barlow is unusable, and mine was also when I first got the kit. I tried to clean the lens though, and ended up moving the inner piece forward. Don't know if they're supposed to move like that, but after pushing mine all the way forward in the Barlow tube it works like a champ. Paired it up with the 20mm eyepiece and got some awesomely nice images.
-Mount hardware in the Declination axis was a bit loose and caused a bit of wobble in the scope. Tightened it up a bit... holds like a champ now and moves very smoothly when making fine adjustments with the slo-mo cables.
-Super simple to get from box to stargazing. Instructions are very clear every step of the way from assembly, to balancing,to polar alignment. I downloaded the manual as soon as I ordered the telescope to familiarize myself with the different parts so I already had a basic idea of what and where Dec., altitude, & RA were as I was setting up and making adjustments.
-Comes with an Equatorial mount (hence the EQ designation) that when set properly gets you ridiculously close to what you are trying to find....leading to my next point.
-The SkyX First Light software is super cool. Gives celestial coordinates of most major sky attractions, and terrestrial cardinal headings for reference. Using a magnetic compass to orient my telescope and this software to tell me when & where an object will be, I've hit every target so far.
-Crystal clear optics. Only really used the 20mm up to now. Tonight is the first night I've successfully used the 3x Barlow with the 20mm. Got some really neat looks at Venus which is only about a 1/3 crescent right now, but super bright and clear. Jupiter hasn't risen yet, but we got a decent look at that one, as well as Betelgeuse, Arcturus, and the Geminids using the 20mm 3 nights ago. Can't wait to see it paired with the 3x when it comes up tonight if the moon doesn't overpower it. Speaking of which...beautiful moon view. Too bad it's so close to full. Not enough surface shadow to really nail the details tonight but got some nice looks the first night out. Can't wait to see Saturn, but it's rising too close to dawn now.
-Slo-mo cables smooth and solid. Excellent tracking.
Anyway, for this price you're gonna get what you paid for which is a mid-quality small beginner telescope. You're not gonna pull this out of the box and discover new planets, or even zoom right in on the ones we know about. If you have patience, take your time setting up, and learn a bit about your equipment, you will be well rewarded for the price.
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2012
I love you telescope. We are going to be best friends forever. I was even able to take pictures of the moon by holding my camera up to the eye piece!!!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2013
Pretty nice starter telescope. I don't know much about telescopes but I'm happy so far. No complaints. Relatively easy to set up and easy to move around. I put it up on the roof along with a 6-pack and I'm up there every night.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2013
I've received the telescope today. Unfortunately, the sky in Houston is cloudy at the moment, so I only got to do some land observation.
Anyway, it's a good product, with a good price/quality ratio. If you're a beginner or an amateur (like me), it's a great telescope. The body is really lightweight and the tripod also; the tripod is really stable (even if it doesn't look like it), as long as it's fully expanded; at half length, you need to be careful, as the counterweight can flip it over.
The eyepieces are pretty decent, although the 4mm is a bit extreme for a beginner's kit (not too bright, with a narrow filed of view and small eye clearance); the 9mm and 15mm would have been more suitable for a kit (you can find them in the PowerSeeker accessory kit, which also contains some filters).
The diagonal is also decent for this price; unfortunately it's plastic (I expected more from Celestron); at least the image orientation is correct (erect and left-to-right), so you can use it for photography.
The 3x barlow lens is just advertising; for a 70mm aperture telescope, that kind of magnification is just too much; it results in low brightness and a narrow field; I don't know how it behaves for celestial observations, but I couldn't even focus it for land observations; my advice: just buy a regular 2x barlow (Celestron provides a decent one @ 30-ish dollars).
The finder is also plastic, no red dot available, but it does it's job.
The overall optics is pretty good for this price; a (+) would be that no lens is made of plastic.
The EQ mount also has it's flaws: the clutches are not really reliable - you won't be able to tighten the screws hard enough to completely immobilize the axels; The declination setting circle is just too small to be of any use; anyway, you have the slow motion controls and you can attach a motor drive.
Despite these flows I described, I consider it a great telescope for amateurs, with decent optics and a great price/quality ratio. And it's also lightweight, which makes it pretty portable, despite its bulky look.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2014
I bought this telescope after ages of stargazing, but I finally decided to go ahead and buy one, this was the right choice, now that I've been an astronomer for over 6 months I wish I would have learned more helpful tips of this earlier.
- Don't use the latitude control on the mount, that is the screw that causes the scope to angle itself up or down, set that to your current latitude on the earth and leave it like that.
- Learn how to use Right Ascension and Declination, that will make finding things in the sky so much easier, just say look up Messier 31 (the Andromeda Galaxy), find the right ascension and declination of that, and you are pointing at it
- For right ascension and declination, you have to polar align, this is done by setting the latitude control (AKA the thing I was referring to in the first tip) and point the telescope towards the north, you should be looking at Polaris! (the North Star) and then after that try some right ascension and declination and you should be looking at what you want. If you are not pointing you need to change the declination to negative or positive depending on what way it is, so don't panic if you polar align it and you point it at say M31 and it's not showing, you're just pointing it the wrong way.
That being said, this is an amazing beginners scope, easy to set up and take outside, you can see some beautiful things like the rings of Saturn, the stars of Pleiades, and much more!
72 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2009
I bought this as a christmas present and also wound up putting it together and checking it out.
You can see the moon very clearly and very vividly, but that is about it. Any other stars are simply too far away to really get a good view of. As a beginners scope this is fantastic. Relatively easy to put together, fun to look through. Highly recommended for astral enthusiasts.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
WOW! Have you seen the moon close up? Mars, Jupiter?
This is the star gazing tool for you especially if you do not want to invest $$$. Good too for terrestial observations!