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Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70AZ Refractor Telescope

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70AZ Refractor
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer
  • Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
  • Quick release dovetail attachment - no tool setup
  • Pan handle Alt-Az control with clutch - for smooth and accurate pointing. Optical Lens Diameter 2.6" (70mm)
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Product Description

Style: 70AZ Refractor

Product Description

TE3) Celestron astromaster 70AZ scope.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer AstroMaster 70AZ Telescope (item #21061) AstroMaster 70AZ Telescope PhotoIf you’re looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. Each AstroMaster model is capable of giving correct views of land and sky.

General Features:
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Permanently mounted StarPointer
    Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope

  • Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
    Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope

  • Quick release dovetail attachment - no tool setup
    Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope

  • Pan handle Alt-Az control with clutch - for smooth and accurate pointing
    Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope

  • Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25-inches steel tube legs - Provides a rigid and stable platform
  • All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images
  • Deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
  • "The Sky" Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images
The AstroMaster Series produce bright, clear images of the Moon and planets. It is easy to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with every one of these fine instruments. For views of the brighter deep space objects like galaxies and nebulae, we recommend the larger aperture and light gathering ability of the Newtonian reflectors.

  • Optical Design: Refractor
  • Aperture: 70 mm (2.76 in)
  • Focal Length: 900 mm (35.43 in)
  • Focal Ratio: 12.86
  • Eyepiece 1: 20 mm (0.79 in)
  • Magnification 1: 45 x
  • Eyepiece 2: 10 mm (0.39 in)
  • Magnification 2: 90 x
  • Mount: Altazimuth
  • Optical Coatings: Fully Coated
  • Weight: 18 lb (8.16 kg)
  • Finderscope: Built-on StarPointer
  • Tube Attachment: Dovetail Bar
  • Star Diagonal: Erect Image Diagonal - 1.25"
  • Tripod: 1.25" steel tube legs
  • CD ROM: The Sky L1
  • Highest Useful Magnification: 165 x
  • Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 11.7
  • Resolution (Rayleigh): 1.99 arcsec
  • Resolution (Dawes): 1.66 arcsec
  • Light Gathering Power: 100 x
  • Angular Field of View: 1.1 °
  • Linear Field of View (@1000 yds): 58 ft (17.68 m)
  • Optical Tube Length: 36 in (914.4 mm)
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2-year Telescope Warranty


A. Celestron warrants your telescope to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Celestron will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Celestron to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Celestron together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Celestron.

B. The Proper Return Authorization Number must be obtained from Celestron in advance of return. Call Celestron at (310) 328-9560 to receive the number to be displayed on the outside of your shipping container.

All returns must be accompanied by a written statement setting forth the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the owner, together with a brief description of any claimed defects. Parts or product for which replacement is made shall become the property of Celestron.

The customer shall be responsible for all costs of transportation and insurance, both to and from the factory of Celestron, and shall be required to prepay such costs.

Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any telescope covered by this warranty within thirty days of receipt. In the event repair or replacement shall require more than thirty days, Celestron shall notify the customer accordingly. Celestron reserves the right to replace any product which has been discontinued from its product line with a new product of comparable value and function.

This warranty shall be void and of no force of effect in the event a covered product has been modified in design or function, or subjected to abuse, misuse, mishandling or unauthorized repair. Further, product malfunction or deterioration due to normal wear is not covered by this warranty.


Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Celestron reserves the right to modify or discontinue, without prior notice to you, any model or style telescope.

If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your telescope contact:

Customer Service Department
2835 Columbia Street
Torrance, CA 90503
Tel. (310) 328-9560
Fax. (310) 212-5835

Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM PST

NOTE: This warranty is valid to U.S.A. and Canadian customers who have purchased this product from an authorized Celestron dealer in the U.S.A. or Canada. Warranty outside the U.S.A. and Canada is valid only to customers who purchased from a Celestron's International Distributor or Authorized Celestron Dealer in the specific country. Please contact them for any warranty service.

Product Details

Style: 70AZ Refractor
Product Manual (English) [2.32MB PDF]| Product Manual (French) [2.3MB PDF]| Product Manual (German) [2.34MB PDF]| Product Manual (Spanish) [2.25MB PDF]| Quick Setup Guide [1.25MB PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 5.1 x 3.9 inches ; 18 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 19.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: 21061-AZ-DS
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (499 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at January 1, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

597 of 618 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 23, 2009
Style Name: 70AZ Refractor
I have been a backyard stargazer for several years. My very nice 8" Dobsonian Reflector became too much to haul to darker skies away from light pollution, so I have been indoors on starry nights for a couple of years now. When a local camera shop was going out of business, they had a fabulous blow-out price on a Celestron AZ70 Refractor. I know two things about refractors 1) beware of flimsey tripods and 2) beware of extravagant claims of HIGH POWER. I first noticed intelligent power claims on the box (60X per aperture inch TOPS). The Celestron AZ70 suits all my needs. It's compact and light enough to transport easily, it has GREAT optics and a VERY macho tripod and Starfinder with a bright reticle which nailed Venus in 1 easy try right out of the box. Absolutely the best 50 bucks I ever spent and I would GLADLY recommend it to anyone for 4 times that price.
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95 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Archimedes on October 31, 2010
Style Name: 90AZ Refractor Verified Purchase
The Celestron Astromaster 90Az Refractor telescope is a great little starter scope. Well I shouldn't really say "little" as it is about 3ft long or so. The Altazimuth tripod is perfect for beginners as you just use it like a normal camera tripod. I prefer this much more than an equatorial mount for quick viewing. If you are new to amateur astronomy you should do some research try to learn what to expect when buying a telescope so you can know what to expect view with it. This is a great telescope for viewing the moon and other planetary viewing, it also serves well for terrestrial viewing. But if you are expecting to view brilliant images like the ones Hubble takes then you probably will be disappointed.

I also have a 4.5 reflector telescope but I can honestly say I prefer this Celestron over the the 4.5 inch one. This refractor gives a much clearer image of objects like Jupiter and its moons than my 4.5 inch. I live in a very light polluted city and I can still see Jupiter and it's moons very clearly, I can just image what they would look like out in the country skies. The Moon looks spectacular. I suggest buying a 2X Barlow lens with this (or any) telescope.

If you are wanting to observe other things like deep sky objects (Nebulas, Galaxies...) I suggest you save your money and buy yourself large aperture dobsonian. Also try to keep in mind that what matters in a telescope isn't really the "zoom" factor as many telescopes try to advertise, but the amount of light it can gather. But if you want something portable and quick to set up and are interested mostly in viewing planets and the Moon, then for the price I highly recommend this scope.
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168 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Algernon7 on May 3, 2014
Style Name: 70AZ Refractor Verified Purchase
Most folks like reflectors but all of that collimating just turns me off. My AstroMaster is always ready to go in a minute's notice and where I live (southern Louisiana) that's important. Our weather is cloudy for a large portion of the year so when the sky does clear I don't have time to play around with aligning mirrors.

This scope is plenty powerful enough to check out the moon in great detail, Jupiter (you can see the cloud bands) and Saturn (rings are visible). It is also fine for the larger and brighter Messier objects like M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) and M42 (Orion Nebula). I do suggest eventually getting the Celestron lens addon kit for it though as that opens up so many more options and the lenses are just a better quality.

Lastly I will comment on the tripod. I am giving this scope a 5 star rating DESPITE the tripod. It's not that it's flimsy, it's fairly sturdy, but the clutch system makes it really hard to get it set onto a moving object and then to re-position when it moves. Honestly, I usually just mount this scope on top of one of my sturdy video tripods and it works even better. There are threads on the bottom of the scope's dovetail mount that allow you to mount it to a standard tripod and that wins lots of brownie points with me.
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271 of 300 people found the following review helpful By Amazin' Rally on November 20, 2009
Style Name: 70AZ Refractor Verified Purchase
This is my and my wife's first venture with a telescope so we sought something that would not require a big investment; would not "jiggle or shake" if bumped when in use; would be easy to handle and transport by hand; and allowed us some recreational fun. This item is sturdy and easy to set up but lacks a couple of minor conveniences that could inexpensively been added by the manufacturer to enhance the user's enjoyment. Without detracting from our feelings that there is inherent value in this item to introduce the beginner (especially kids) to astronomy, the changes would be: (1) although the tripod is nice and firm with a locking mechanism, the removable little tray that one snaps inside the legs to hold some of the extras is not easy to put into place or remove; (2) there is insufficient guidance on how to best utilize the infrared eye piece that is battery powered and it is easy to overlook that this eyepiece battery is in the on positon when folding up and storing it and a dead battery will ensue; (3) there is not a protective cap for the 10mm or 20mm lens inserted into the eyepiece if you do not always want to have to remove and store them when not in use; and (4) a carrying case (cloth or plastic) for storage for a few bucks more would have been a nice addition...we're still searching for something suitable. Again, overall it was worth <$100 price paid but I would have been willing to add an extra $10 or $15 for the improvements mentioned above.
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