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Great scope for any level of Amature,
This review is from: Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70AZ Refractor Telescope (Camera)
I have been a backyard stargazer for several years. My very nice 8" Dobsonian Reflector became too much to haul to darker skies away from light pollution, so I have been indoors on starry nights for a couple of years now. When a local camera shop was going out of business, they had a fabulous blow-out price on a Celestron AZ70 Refractor. I know two things about refractors 1) beware of flimsey tripods and 2) beware of extravagant claims of HIGH POWER. I first noticed intelligent power claims on the box (60X per aperture inch TOPS). The Celestron AZ70 suits all my needs. It's compact and light enough to transport easily, it has GREAT optics and a VERY macho tripod and Starfinder with a bright reticle which nailed Venus in 1 easy try right out of the box. Absolutely the best 50 bucks I ever spent and I would GLADLY recommend it to anyone for 4 times that price.
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Initial post: Oct 4, 2011, 12:18:38 AM PDT
im gonna take your word for it! you'll hear from me when i get it. i want to see the meteor shower this saturday!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011, 11:11:42 AM PDT
Did you get it & is this telescope good ? I need to hear again before I can buy :)
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2011, 5:42:41 AM PDT
When i first took it out i was impressed, cause the tripod it's huge and sterdy. But after i used it all i could see was the moon. i was hoping to see other stuff but it's not powerful enough. sorry.
Posted on Jan 2, 2012, 5:22:26 PM PST
William Melendez says:
The telescope is just OK, but the tripod is terrible. The tripod is too short. If you wish to view an object right above you, you'll have to get real low, like on your knees to look into the eyepiece.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012, 7:01:34 AM PST
Kindle Customer says:
The tripod extends to a great height and there is a 90 degree adapter that makes it possible to look down while bending over ever so slightly. It comes with the telescope. Also, greater viewing power is made possible by changing to eyepieces with lower numbers. 20mm is good for most viewing, but to see Jupiter up close, put in 10mm; Twice the power.
Posted on May 20, 2012, 6:29:16 PM PDT
Kindle Customer says:
Does this telescope take pictures? I searched for ones that are able to take pictures and this one came up, however, I don't see any mention of it in the item description.
In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012, 8:10:19 PM PDT
no way!!! haha. no it doesn't.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012, 11:38:11 AM PST
for the love of shoes says:
do the eye pieces you talked about come with the scope?
Posted on Nov 27, 2013, 5:16:11 PM PST
Does it come with a cd software to help locate other planets, starts ect?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2013, 11:03:24 PM PST
C. Hernandez says:
Mark, I'm curious... did you get the telescope and what are your thoughts about it? Thinking about purchasing it for my 9 and 5 year old. Thanks!