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Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope
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- All coated glass optical elements for clear, crisp images
- Erect image diagonal so that your views are correctly oriented
- Smooth functioning altazimuth mount with easy pointing to located objects
- Preassembled aluminum full size photographic tripod ensures a stable platform
- Quick and easy no-tool set up
- The telescope and tripod fit inside the custom backpack for easy traveling and storage
- "TheSkyX - First Light Edition" astronomy software with a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images
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|Item Dimensions||14 x 7 x 18 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.5 pounds|
|Item Weight||3.3 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||6.61 pounds|
|Style Name||Travel Scope 70 with Backpack|
With a focal length of 400mm and a focal ratio of f/5.7, the Travel Scope 70 compares surprisingly well with popular f/5 "Short Tube 80" refractors but at a much lower cost. The Travel Scope 70 uses a number of plastic components to keep the cost and weight down, including a plastic focuser and plastic lens shade, but the all glass lenses deliver beautiful views of backyard birds during the daytime and lovely views of the Moon and stars at night.
The Travel Scope 70 offers daytime views that compare with more expensive spotting scopes. The 20mm eyepiece gives 20X magnification and a 2.5 degree field of view, with plenty of crisp detail when I’m looking at backyard birds. The travel Scope 70 is also quick and easy to set up at night. The deep orange glow of the recent Lunar Eclipse was simply gorgeous, and I was even able to take some pictures using the Travel Scope 70 and a PowerShot camera. When I look at Jupiter using the 10mm eyepiece (40X magnification) I can easily see four moons near the planet. And rich field views of the Milky Way are often at their best in a small scope with a wide field of view.
The tripod included with the Travel Scope 70 is described as a “full size photo tripod”, but I like it best as a table-top tripod with the legs kept short. The tripod is designed to be light and compact, but that means the legs are thin and wobbly when fully extended. --Jeff Phillips
- Light, portable, and affordable
- Excellent wide field views
- Padded backpack style case
- High and low power eyepieces
- The Sky X software included
- Light weight tripod
- Plastic finder and focuser
From the Manufacturer
Celestron 21035 Travel Scope
Developed with the traveler in mind and made with high quality materials, the Travel Scope provides brilliant views at an exceptional value. This telescope features a compact and portable design perfect for the on-the-go sky gazer. The Travel Scope is ideal for viewing both celestial and terrestrial objects.
What's in the box?
- Travel scope 70 portable telescope
- Two eyepieces: 20 mm and 10 mm
- Aluminum tripod
- TheSkyX – First light edition astronomy software
- Custom storage backpack
The Travel Scope 70 Portable Telescope received 50 Campfires magazine’s, 'Gear of the Year” award in 2014'. An authority in outdoor products, 50 Campfires searches high and low for the perfect gear for campers of all levels. As a beginner you can't go wrong with Celestron Travel Scope 70 for price and functionality.
Featuring all coated glass optical components, the Travel Scope 70 provides clean, crisp views. Using the included high power eyepiece, you’ll achieve up to 20x magnification, perfect for observing the Moon and planets or bringing distant wildlife in close for detailed views.
Top Customer Reviews
Just edited my original review to add a few photos I took last winter, including lovely comet Lovejoy. These photos are from a really dark place and were processed with Photoshop. However, I just needed a 1-minute exposure at 6400 ISO with my Canon DSLR connected directly to the rear of the telescope (no diagonal). Then I mounted the telescope on a regular Eq. Mount (an additional advantage of this telescope is that it is very light so no heavy duty mount is required... however it needs to be properly aligned and you need to be careful not to touch the camera, telescope or mount when taking a photo to avoid vibration). When I bought this telescope I was needing the equivalent of a 400mm to 600mm lens for my Canon DSLR. These lenses cost several thousand dollars so I bought instead this telescope as it was a very low risk investment compared to the potential benefits. As you can see it really paid off....
The only con that I see with the telescope is that the tripod it comes with is fairly unstable; it's a regular camera tripod. It may be a bit frustrating trying to center on objects since it's a bit wobbly and hard to precisely center on something since it flexes a bit as well. Centering with the higher magnification eyepiece is even more tricky. I found that a different tripod I had for my camera works a bit better. Someone buying this for casual use may not notice, but the image quality does degrade toward the edges of the field of view; that's to be expected since it has such fast optics and wide field of view.
Now, the positive: I don't have much trouble finding bright stars by dead reckoning and then hopping from there. I've found the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn with no trouble at all, and what we see there is fantastic! Jupiter's moons and Saturn's rings are beautifully distinct. Mizar A & B and Alcor are easily distinguishable, along with stars down to 10th or 11th magnitude.
I also love bird-watching, and the upright image diagonal gives great views of the local avians with a pretty decent near-focus (5.8m) for that purpose.
The scope is very light (1.5kg) but seems quite well put together, and assembling it for use is easy and quick. In fact, we realized that it's light and compact enough to fit into a camping backpack, which hopefully means we'll get a LOT of mileage out of it in exotic places.
The eyepieces, as someone else mentioned, are standard 1.25" size also used by the much larger scopes I've had my eye on, meaning I'm not afraid to invest in high-quality upgrades.
They say the best scope is the one you use most. This scope puts up absolutely no barriers to taking it out to starwatch as much as possible. I was a little hesitant to buy it, but now I really wish I'd bought it a much sooner. Great value for a great price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
u get what u pay for. hard to focus and good luck getting the tripod to stay steady and on target. put it on a GOOD tripod and that helps the steady part anywayPublished 59 minutes ago by Paul DUgas
Some of these pictures couldn't of been taken with this telescope. It is a great, fun telescope but doesn't produce clear images of planets.Published 3 days ago by JoeRodge
I am SO stoked about this telescope! It has been over 30 years since college astronomy and where the I viewed the beautiful night sky through the school's telescope. Read morePublished 7 days ago by in2itively-beyond
s good, it looks great day but at night it lacks some sharpness.Published 8 days ago by martin goñi
I bought this because the positive reviews outweighed the negative reviews; I have never purchased a telescope before and I thought it was a bargain. Wrong. Read morePublished 9 days ago by T. Brown
Nice scope for the money. Easy assembly. Delivery was just a little slow.Published 10 days ago by JAD
A nice telescope for the money. I am very happy with it. I love the ease of portability with the travel bag.Published 11 days ago by Darlene
I wanted to wait until the perseid meteor shower to write this review and I gotta say, this telescope is pretty good. Read morePublished 13 days ago by zach
The good: This telescope is very simple and very small. We bought it to use in our camper van, and it does not disappoint. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kevin H