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Celestron Tel, National Parks Foundation FirstScope 76mm
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- Special edition National Park Foundation wrap on optical tube.
- Lightweight and portable, a great grab-and-go telescope.
- Simple design makes it easy for beginners to use.
- No-tool setup means you are observing in no time.
- Includes two eyepieces, free SkyPortal mobile app and National Parks Guidebook download.
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Discover the hobby of astronomy with the National Park Foundation FirstScope. It doesn’t get much simpler or more portable than the FirstScope’s tabletop Dobsonian design. Just remove it from the box, insert an eyepiece, and you’re ready to view the Moon, planets, nebulae, and more! The National Park Foundation FirstScope’s Newtonian reflector optical system features a spherical glass mirror with a generous 76 mm of aperture. You’ll get bright, sharp views of celestial objects and observe the Moon’s mountains and craters in crisp detail. Thanks to the National Park Foundation FirstScope’s wide field of view, you'll be able to observe expansive views of the sky, which include open star clusters, or favorite deep-sky objects like the Orion Nebula. This special edition of our best selling FirstScope weighs just 4.3 pounds, making it the perfect companion for camping trips and all your outdoor adventures. In support of the National Park Foundation in its mission to preserve America’s National Parks, the telescope tube is adorned with a custom National Park Foundation wrap. When not in use, this unique telescope is stylish enough to be a decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk. You’ll also receive a free download of the National Parks Guidebook, and the SkyPortal planetarium app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
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The Celestron FirstScope is a 76mm, f3.96 Newtonian Reflector, on a tabletop Dobsonian style mounting. Compared to many other entry-level, low-priced telescopes, the mounting is stable and easy to use. The scope comes with 10mm and 20mm Kellner eyepieces, giving magnification of approximately 30x and 15x respectively. The eyepieces come in plastic containers with stretchy rubber lids, helping protect them from damage and dirt. At 30x, lunar details show up nicely, the rings of Saturn are clear, and the dark bands of Jupiter are visible along with the four Galilean moons. Out of the box, this scope can provide a terrific introduction to Astronomy without breaking the bank. With a few basic accessories, it can be a nice addition to a stable of scopes.
One of the reasons my wife chose this scope as a gift for me, is its compact size. While my 8" and 10" scopes have stronger light-gathering power, they are also much larger. This scope is easy to take along on camping trips without taking up nearly half the cargo space in the back of our vehicle.
I purchased a Celestron Star Pointer finder to install on the scope. The Star Pointer attaches easily to two pre-installed screw posts on the FirstScope, and is easy to adjust. Once aligned, it makes aiming the scope much simpler than "gunsighting" along the tube. At the time of purchase, the Star Pointer was about $17 on Amazon.
For carrying the scope, I picked up a 22" Husky plastic toolbox from the local Big Box Home Improvement store for about $15. With a little bit of scrap packing foam cut to accommodate it, it makes a convenient protective case for storage and transport.
You can buy more powerful scopes, but if you're looking for a scope to figuratively dip your toes in Astronomy, you'd be hard pressed to find a better scope for the money than the Celestron FirstScope. The National Park Foundation Edition is a bit more, having NPF graphics and providing proceeds to the NPF. If you want to save a few dollars, look for the non-NPF edition, also available on Amazon.