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Celestron 21041 60mm PowerSeeker Telescope

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  • Affordable telescope for beginning astronomer; portable yet powerful
  • All-glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity
  • Refractor optical design with a 60mm aperture and 700mm focal length
  • Altazimuth mount suitable for terrestial viewing as well as astronomical use
  • Includes 3x Barlow Lens (1.25"), 20mm eyepiece, 4mm eyepiece, aluminum tripod with accessory tray
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  • Brand Name: Celestron
  • Device Type: Telescope
  • Model: 21041

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Product Manual (French) [2.9MB PDF]| Product Manual (German) [3MB PDF]| Product Manual (Italian) [2.8MB PDF]| Product Manual (Spanish) [3MB PDF]| Product Manual (English) [8.5MB PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10 x 29.5 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002CTZAC
  • Item model number: 21041
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 20, 2007

Product Description

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Celestron's value priced PowerSeeker 60 is an affordable entry level telescope with some nice extras like a correct image prism and "The Sky" astronomy software included. The package also includes an Alt-Azimuth mount with adjustable aluminum tripod, high and low power eyepieces, a 3X barlow lens, and a 5 power cross hair finder scope.

The PowerSeeker 60AZ comes disassembled in a compact box, but the fully illustrated quick set-up guide makes it easy to assemble. Go ahead and try it out in the daytime, that's the best time to align the finder scope while looking at a distant tree or telephone pole.

The optics of the PowerSeeker 60AZ are surprisingly good, especially when I use the low power 20mm eyepiece. The correct image prism and the 20mm eyepiece give me a magnification of 35X, so backyard birds seem five times closer than with my seven power binoculars. My first view of Saturn's rings and globular cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules came with a 60mm telescope similar to the PowerSeeker 60, and the new PowerSeeker 60AZ is just as good showing me literally hundreds of craters on the Moon.

The PowerSeeker 60 can be upgraded with standard 1.25 inch telescope eyepieces. A 25mm plossl eyepiece for example gives a true field of view of almost 2 degrees for delightful views of star clusters like the Pleiades, while a 6mm eyepiece provides a magnification of 117X, just right to see the rings of Saturn or the cloud bands on Jupiter. The Alt-Azimuth mount included with the PowerSeeker 60AZ is lighter and easier to use than an Equatorial mount, but it does not track stars and planets. As soon as you get the Moon centered in the eyepiece it starts drifting toward the edge, this is caused by rotation of the Earth. The Moon may stay in the low power eyepiece for two or three minutes, but with the high power 4mm eyepiece (175X magnification) a star will disappear in only twenty or thirty seconds.

Celestron's PowerSeeker 60AZ is a real value because it has surprisingly good optics in a package that's light, portable and affordable. The drawback is that it has a lot of plastic parts, including the finder scope and the 3X barlow. For a more rugged alternative, take a look at Celestron's AstroMaster 70AZ which has more powerful optics, better eyepieces, and a much sturdier Alt-Azimuth mount. --Jeff Phillips

Pros:

  • Surprisingly good optics
  • Correct image prism
  • Easy no tool set-up
  • Light, portable, and affordable
Cons:
  • Does not track stars and planets
  • Plastic finder and barlow lens
  • Light weight tripod
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Product Description

Celestron PowerSeeker 142x60 Telescope 21041 Binoculars

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Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend this scope as first.
Danielle D. Emmons
He loves going outside and looking at the stars and the moon.
Alicia Knowles
The review immediately before mine is correct.
Doug Rice

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

140 of 152 people found the following review helpful By CBSA on October 14, 2004
I am pleasantly surprised by the telescope I got for the price. It was intended for casual observing and I am getting a lot of enjoyment out of it. It has all the accessories needed for viewing. High powered eyepiece, low powered eyepiece, adjustable tripod (stable for this size) and fine adjustment control for easy panning. I have shopped telescopes before and noticed that the tripods and eyepieces aren't too good in quality. But this one is different. I love the way it is easy to use for land viewing and gives nice views of the moon and its craters, specially when I use the high powered eyepiece. Its pretty lightweight so I can take it outside easily. It assembles easily and in my opinion is a very easy to use telescope. Overall, a nice telescope at a great price.
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73 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Doug Rice on December 30, 2006
This is a good example of the kind of scope astronomers warn beginners away from.

The first red flag is the ridiculously high advertised magnification of "600x." Do you know what you will see at 600x in this scope? Nothing but a dim blur. Note that the objective (main) lens is 60mm. All telescope optics have inherent limitations; maximum useful magnification per millimeter of aperture is about 2x. Therefore, with any attempt to use this scope at magnification of over 120-140x, the increase in image size will be more than offset by breakdown, and that's even assuming the quality of the objective lens is any good.

The finder is useless; a 6x30 is barely adequate, and this is not even that big. Finding any object other than the moon will be an exercise in frustration. the 1 1/4" size of the eyepiece is creditable, but too high a mignification for this scope. And the field of view is in doubt, and don't even think of using the barlow. Buy this scope, and after a few outings, it will most likely sit in the attic. The review immediately before mine is correct. This is no way to get started in astronomy.

In a way, it is hard to fault Celestron for making and marketing this scope. Their upper-tier instruments are quite good, but the big money appears to be made on mass market toys like this. In one sense the sale of these scopes subsidizes their good models. Just make sure, gentle reader, to stay away from the toys.

Using an astronomical telescope is not like playing an MP3 file and but rather like playing a guitar. It is a learned skill. And you must do a lot of homework before you buy a telescope. Buying without prior experience is like buying a car without knowing anything about driving.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Danielle D. Emmons on March 23, 2010
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We purchased this telescope for our son as an 8th birthday present. We were a little skeptical due to the scope being so inexpensive. Not wanting to spend a fortune on a telescope if our son was not interesed, this one had the right price. We definitely make the right choice. We are thrilled with the quality! We can see the moon so clear and in great detail. We and our son love using it. I would highly recommend this scope as first.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nola Mike on April 27, 2010
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I bought this for terrestrial viewing. First, this is a $40 scope. Don't expect the Hubble here...
For my purposes this works fairly well. Seems well constructed, tripod is nice. As others have mentioned, you won't get anywhere near the max mag specified. Best images are using the 20mm eyepiece. I get decent, if dark, images using the 4mm piece. The Barlow lens is worthless, even using the 20mm (though i'm not sure why--should be less magnification with Barlow + 20mm than with 4mm alone). All in all, pretty good for the money.
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Bugs on May 12, 2005
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The first thing everyone comments on in seeing this scope and then learning what I paid for it is: "Wow- that's a lot of scope for the bucks!". Indeed, it's got all the attachments for a well rounded amateur's scope not only for star gazing, but also for terrestrial viewing.

Included in the accessories and all 1.25" diameter, is: (1) a Star Diagonal (90 degree angle adaptor). (2) a 20mm eyepiece. (3) a 4mm eyepiece. (4) a 3x Barlow Lens. (5) a 1.5 Erecting eyepiece for terrestrial viewing. (6) a 5x24 Finderscope. (7) and an Accessory Tray for the various lens.

By easily removing the accessory tray to allow full collapsing of the tripod legs, then tilting the scope to full vertical position, the whole assembly can be made ready for easy transport or storage. Celestron carries a full line of accessories from different eyepieces to filters, etc. This is a real bargain!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edison Petkov on May 6, 2013
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I read the reviews, as one should, and decided to weed-out the negative ones, based on the price of course. Mistake! This thing is cheap (as in flimsy, plasticky sort of way) and, yes - one can see the moon through it, but that's about it. My daughter is 8 and was excited about her new telescope at first, which we bought her for her birthday. After inspecting the full moon, overcoming the shaky tripod action, she wanted to look at some stars. No luck. Even Venus is way too elusive for this thing. And again - the tripod is simply decorative in nature and character - even slight breeze will cause the monocular to shake.
Bottom line - no good for star gazing product, as should be expected from a seventy dollar piece of optics.
On the positive side - it would do just fine if you ever decide to spy on the neighbor down the street.
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