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Celestron 21023 Cometron FirstScope (White)
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- Fast focal ratio offers a wide field of view, perfect for observing comets, star clusters, galaxies, and more
- Lightweight and portable, a great grab-and-go telescope
- Simple design makes it easy for beginners to use
- No-tool setup means you are up and observing in no time
- Includes a finderscope and 2 Kellner eyepieces
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Be ready for the next big comet with Celestron’s special-edition Cometron FirstScope, a compact, lightweight telescope that’s perfect for beginners looking to experience the magic of a dazzling comet, planet, or nebula. This tabletop Dobsonian-style telescope includes a spherical mirror with a generous 76 mm of aperture. The Cometron FirstScope provides bright, sharp views of comets and other celestial objects, and renders the Moon’s mountains and craters in crisp detail. And thanks to its wide field of view, you’ll be able to observe the brightest part of the comet and its tail or favorite deep-sky objects like the Orion Nebula. The Cometron FirstScope offers several upgrades from the original Celestron FirstScope, including 2 Kellner eyepieces and a 5x24 finderscope. Weighing just 4.3 lbs, the Cometron FirstScope is a tabletop telescope that you can take on all your outdoor adventures. It’s also stylish enough to be a decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk.
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I'm not sure how you would collimate this scope, as it doesn't have an adjustable primary mirror or spider vanes. But it didn't need collimation when I got it (unlike the 4-inch), and it doesn't need it now.
The moon is ultra-sharp through this scope, and you can check my user photo of Saturn for what to expect from the planets.
Despite the lack of extreme magnification (which frankly will look blurry with such a small scope), this scope is a wonderful device! I've used it every clear night since it arrived (about three weeks ago), and I am never disappointed. The included finder scope is a bit of a pain to zero in properly, as it is manual and not an electronic red dot scope, but it works well after some effort. The moon is wonderful, as is seeing star clusters which are invisible to the naked eye. I have not gone out to a dark sky location yet, but I am sure this scope will only impress me even more.
Side note. A buddy of mine that is stationed in Hawaii bought it because I did. Says the views are absolutely amazing there with it.
This means that if you become more interested, you can start to improve your viewing by buying some nice Tele Vue brand lenses -- because, face it, the crispest view will take expensive lenses -- (like maybe a few plossl lenses http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001GO16M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 of various sizes, maybe a barlow 2xhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001GJCIE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
... and later if you buy "up" to more expensive telescope (whether it's a Dobson, an SC reflector, or a refractor), you'll be able to use the same quality Tele Vue lenses (or whatever brand you prefer.)
And even after you have your more expensive telescope, this is a highly portable, easy to set up, not too hard to re-collimate (Celestron has a good collimation eyepiece for low cost, with step-by-step instructions http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009R7RJ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) scope to grab and go.
BUT - even without buying anything else, this has all you need to get started with some nice views of the moon, or planets in our solar system, and to start to appreciate the night sky a little more.