Celestron EclipSmart ISO Certified, 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse Refracting Telescope, White (22060)
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- ISO 12312-2 compliant Solar Telescope 50 is designed exclusively for solar observation and features Solar Safe filter technology
- Permanently mounted dual-lens solar filter is ISO certified and independently lab tested for safe observing of the sun and solar eclipses
- 20mm included eyepiece provides 18x magnification for an up-close view of eclipses and sunspots
- Solar safe finder scope allows you to easily align the telescope to the sun without directly viewing the sun
- Included adjustable height tripod allows easy adjustment and aiming of the telescope while offering stability. The solar telescope can point straight overhead without interference
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|Item Dimensions||47 x 28 x 31 inches|
|Item Weight||2.71 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||4.2 pounds|
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ISO 12312-2 compliant - Electron products feature Solar Safe filter technology and are independently lab tested and guaranteed to be ISO 12312-2 compliant for your safety. Electron Solar Telescope 50 is a dedicated white-light solar telescope for the observer on the go. The 50mm solar telescope was designed exclusively for eclipses and solar observation and features proprietary Solar Safe filter technology. The portable solar telescope has permanently mounted, ISO compliant, full aperture glass filter material to ensure safe solar viewing. The Solar Telescope 50 kit comes complete with everything you need to observe eclipses and the solar surface. The kit includes the dedicated solar telescope, an adjustable height tripod, a Solar Safe finder scope, a high quality 20mm (18x) Kellner eyepiece and a nylon backpack to carry everything in. The adjustable height tripod is lightweight and portable, but also provides sufficient stability. The Solar Telescope 50 kit makes it easy to share an eclipse with the whole family and offers much higher magnifications than you would otherwise get using handheld solar viewers or binoculars. Ideally suited for eclipse observing, the solar telescope also provides years of solar observing enjoyment. Observe sunspots as they develop on the solar surface, and rotate across the solar disk from day to day. All Electron products feature Solar Safe filter technology. Solar Safe filter technology provides ultimate protection from harmful solar radiation, including both IR and UV light, and filters 99.999% of intense visible light. Electron Solar Safe filter technology is GUARANTEED SAFE for direct solar observation and has been independently tested by SAI Global Assurance Services. Solar Safe products conform to and meet the transmission requirements of ISO 12312-2, Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun.
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1) The scope comes with a 1.25" 20mm kellner eyepiece. However it comes with a .96 to 1.25 converting diagonal. It is not actaully a 1.25" scope. This means there will be no advantage to using your higher end eyepieces. The field of view will still be constrained.
2) The tripod is so light and shaky that is unusable. You can't nudge it along easily. Every adjustment requires re-finding the target. This is made much worse by the very limited field of view.
3) The focus is very coarse. Like, so coarse that there is no way a kid has any chance of focusing before the sun leaves the field of view. It is frustrating.
1) The finder is easy to use and accurate.
2) It comes with a nice carrying bag.
Upon opening the package I was pleased to find the same quality build I have come to expect from Celestron, it should be noted however that the telescope OTA is primarily a high impact plastic build which uses a very clear two element glass solar filter that completely eliminates glare and provides a very crisp image. Some of the other features that I applaud on this unit were their use of a simple 1/4 20 threading so that it can be easily mounted on the included tripod or other photographic mounts, inclusive of those found on larger telescope mounting rings. This allows you to use the best mounting option for yourself without breaking the bank or trying to find a specific dovetail receiver. Also the Sun Finder is one of the best that I have seen in its simplicity and effectiveness. Using the finder is very easy and although it too is made from plastic, it does have a heatsink on the back which keeps it cool. I wouldn't be surprised if Celestron were to market this as an aftermarket upgrade as many solar observers find themselves improvising or spending lots of money on simple manufactured items. Lastly i have to compliment the overall footprint of the scope as it is easily transported and the setup was very simple.
While there are many great aspects, there are some areas that should draw your attention
1. .096" drawtube does not allow you to easily mount imaging equipment that is generally standard 1.25" like a Nextimage camera. The diagonal is converted to 1.25" so using your eyepieces or the included eyepiece should not be an issue.
2. The tripod is very lightweight and is susceptible to vibration, it is best that it not be fully extended and instead used on a table top giving it better stability in its retracted state.
3. Before assembly I would make certain that all metal to plastic contact points i.e the diagonal are flush fit and snug while also being sure not to overtighten these points to avoid stripping.
Overall I am pleased with the telescope and would recommend it especially at the price point since you are getting a dedicated piece of solar observing equipment for the similar price point that you would only find a filter for a telescope. I have upgraded my scope with a 8x24 Celestron zoom eyepiece, Celestron 93230 8 to 24mm 1.25 Zoom Eyepiece , which can give as much as 45x magnification and mounted it on a tracking mount so it eliminates the requirement to adjust.
- Easy set-up
- Very clever device to aim
- Lightweight, complete package ready for travel
- Very functional for the price!
- Tripod slightly wobbly when fully extended
- Fully extended tripod a little low for long-duration adult viewing
The device arrives pre-packaged in the included backpack. The tripod and telescope, along with the instruction packet, are found in the main compartment, secured with Velcro straps. The eyepiece and “diagonal” (which connects the eyepiece to the telescope body and allows for more ergonomic viewing), along with appropriate caps and covers, are stored in a smaller front pocket. I suppose the instructions are okay, but set-up was so intuitive that I never read them. I had all parts assembled and was viewing the sun within 10 minutes.
Attaching the diagonal to the scope is straightforward, although I had to fight the temptation to over-tighten, as it might be possible to strip the set-screw with little effort. The eyepiece is inserted into the diagonal and secured by another set screw. The assembled scope is small and light and easily attaches to the tripod with a thumb-screw. Without extending the tripod legs, the scope would be ready to use on a tabletop in this configuration.
The tripod legs extend to four times their packed length by flipping three levers on each leg. The final height of the telescope was a little shorter than I (at 6’0”) would find comfortable for extended viewing, but at that height it will be accessible to most adults and children alike. When fully extended, the tripod is certainly less sturdy than heavier, more expensive camera and telescope tripods, but this one serves its purpose to hold the small scope while remaining light and portable.
I have a solar filter for one of my larger telescopes, and the constant frustration is being able to get the scope pointed at the sun to begin viewing. The ingenious feature on this telescope is the “finder scope”. A pointer casts a shadow on a small disk. When the scope is pointing at the sun, the shadow is centered on the disk. This is a clever and elegant solution that allows for accurately centering the sun’s image in the scope’s field of view.
In order to focus the image of the sun, the focuser knob extends more than I had expected, but focusing is straightforward and obtaining a clear image of the sun was easy. Unfortunately, there has been little sunspot activity in the past few weeks, so I can’t vouch for the clarity of these features through the scope, but the edge of the sun was crisp and clear, and it was comfortable to view. The “solar safe” filter delivers a pleasing white image of the sun, which I prefer to the orange image seen through some other filters. The image fills about a quarter of the width of the field of view. A different eyepiece would be required for a more magnified image, but with the rotation of the earth, the image of the sun will drift through the field of view at a rate of 15 degrees per hour, or one sun-width every two minutes. At this magnification, you need to adjust the aim of the scope every five to eight minutes to keep observing the sun. Therefore, the 20mm eyepiece is the right choice for this scope.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with this scope. I’m sure beginners will be happy to be set-up and observing quickly, reliably and safely, with little frustration. I hesitated between 4 and 5 stars mainly because of the tripod, but I’m sure a more sturdy tripod would raise the price while making it slightly less portable.
As a somewhat experienced amateur astronomer with several telescopes, I will likely mount this scope on a sturdy tripod with a motorized device I have that tracks the motion of the sky, so that the sun will remain centered for the duration of the eclipse.
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