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Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope
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- High quality Dobsonian style stand with a 76 mm reflector optical tube make FirstScope an ideal entry level astronomical telescope
- Portable and lighweight table-top design makes it easy to store, transport and setup your FirstScope Telescope
- FirstScope is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object
- Stylish and decorative design makes FirstScope a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy
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Introducing the FirstScope
In 1609, the world-renowned Italian scientist Galileo Galilei discovered celestial wonders hidden in the night sky through his invention of an elementary telescope. His contribution to astronomy would shape the way we viewed the world from then on. Today, inspired by Galileo, Celestron is proud to offer the portable FirstScope telescope. FirstScope pays tribute to Galileo and many of history’s most notable astronomers and scientists, by displaying their names around the optical tube. We honor the contributions of these men and women while encouraging a new generation of deep-sky explorers.
Navigate the Night Sky like Galileo
This simple Newtonian reflector telescope on a rotating tabletop stand makes it easy to view the night sky. To navigate, move the tube in the direction of the object you wish to view, then observe it through the eyepiece. Add the optional FirstScope Accessory Kit and you’ll receive an optical finderscope that makes it even easier to locate objects.
Despite its large, 76 millimeter primary mirror, FirstScope features a lightweight, compact design, perfect to take with you on your next outdoor adventure. It’s also stylish enough to be a decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk.
Get Started with Amateur Astronomy
The FirstScope Telescope comes complete with two eyepieces, 20 mm and 4 mm, allowing for magnification up to 75x. This quality Dobsonian-style telescope features a 76 millimeter optical tube with enough light gathering ability to view all the best celestial objects like the rings of Saturn and the Orion Nebula. FirstScope is a perfect option for any entry-level astronomer.
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FirstScope pays tribute to the men and women who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us! In 1609, world-renowned Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei, introduced an elementary telescope to the growing astronomy community which sparked interest into the mysterious night sky for centuries to come. Four centuries later, Celestron offers the portable FirstScope Telescope. The FirstScope pays tribute to Galileo Galilei and many of history’s most notable astronomers and scientists by displaying their names around the optical tube. We honor the contributions of these men and women, who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us. The FirstScope is a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy. This quality Dobsonian style telescope features a 76 mm aperture reflector optical tube. FirstScope is an ideal entry level astronomical telescope. It is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object, making the viewing experience a snap! The compact design makes it easy enough to take with you on your next outdoor adventure. FirstScope is 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.