Celestron Firstscope telescope £35.99 @ Argos
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Celestron Firstscope telescope £35.99 @ Argos

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Found 7th Mar 2010Made hot 7th Mar 2010
May be a bit specialised but this seems a good deal currently on the Argos clearance. Not many around but worth getting if you have a passing interest in astronomy or want to get the kids involved for not too much money, (was £59.99).
This gets very good reviews even from enthusiasts, just Google it.

Details

Manual focus.
Dobsonian reflector.
Plastic eye cup.
4mm lens.
Optimum magnification 15 x.
Maximum magnification 75 x.
Ideal for astronomy.
Waterproof.
Includes user manual.
Weight 270g.
Size (H)38.1, (W)21.6, (D)21.6cm.
Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.

18 Comments

i may be wrong here but i'm pretty sure tesco ae selling these atm for £29.99, i'll check later when i pop down there

I'm quite tempted by this one for the kids

acecameras.co.uk/asp…asp

Its £30 and has good reviews

Both look good

wolf359;8038033

i may be wrong here but i'm pretty sure tesco ae selling these atm for … i may be wrong here but i'm pretty sure tesco ae selling these atm for £29.99, i'll check later when i pop down there



Yup tesco instore has tehm for £29.97. I seen them at Tesco Kingston Park in Newcastle last night

My wife is an astromony educator and has both this one and the acecameras.co.uk/asp…asp

one.

both are pretty damn good for the money! This one is best for at home on windowcill stays nice and stable. the one at acecameras.co.uk/asp…asp is best for throwing in your car &taking on hols with you as is really pretty solid ) IMHO


great way to get adults (and kids) to look at the night sky !!

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avise;8038442

My wife is an astromony educator and has both this one and the … My wife is an astromony educator and has both this one and the http://www.acecameras.co.uk/asp/web/.../1/product.asp one.both are pretty damn good for the money! This one is best for at home on windowcill stays nice and stable. the one at http://www.acecameras.co.uk/asp/web/.../1/product.asp is best for throwing in your car &taking on hols with you as is really pretty solid ) IMHO great way to get adults (and kids) to look at the night sky !!




I can't get your links to work.

It would be interesting to know what your wife thinks of this

acecameras.co.uk/asp…asp

It looks like a toy, but I am informed it most certainly is not. I use it in Spain (where the sky is not so polluted) and it is excellent.

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are these really any good? I guess with 15x magnification, its only useful for looking at the moon.

they do sell an Celestron FirstScope Telescope Accessory Kit to increase magnification x24 & x50,
just looked on ebay:
In the box:
- Celestron FirstScope Telescope Accessory Kit 21024-ACC
- 12.5 mm Eyepiece – 1.25 inches - increases the power to 24x which makes it easier to find and observe some objects that require more magnification.
- 6 mm Eyepiece – 1.25 inches - increases the power to 50x which boosts the magnification up higher to see more detail of faint objects.
- Moon Filter – 1.25 inches - reduces the brightness of the moon and improves contrast so that greater detail can be observed on the lunar surface.
- 5x24 Finderscope and bracket - make it easier to locate astronomical objects with the First Scope Telescope because of its much wider field of view and low magnification. Installation is simple with no tools necessary.
- CD-ROM – The SkyX - Lets you explore and develop an understanding of basic astronomy.
- Nylon Carrying Bag

unsure if for £50ish scope and accessory kit it'll be any good,but worth a punt i guess

Ok so it's great at looking at the moon and stuff...what about bedroom windows and bathroom windows??

Joke everyone!

Decent enough scope, for the price, to get the kids into astronomy. H+R added for that.

But, I`ll stick with my Skywatcher Explorer for my own stargazing. :thumbsup:

I won't vouch for it being a good telescope but it's a nice display piece.

Lyrrad;8038529

I can't get your links to work.It would be interesting to know what your … I can't get your links to work.It would be interesting to know what your wife thinks of this http://www.acecameras.co.uk/asp/web/recorprod/1/product/9799/cat/1409/ph/cat/keywords/recor/1/SearchFor/PT_ID/1/product.aspIt looks like a toy, but I am informed it most certainly is not. I use it in Spain (where the sky is not so polluted) and it is excellent.



lyrrad - sorry for dodgy links, the Skywatcher infinity is the one I was trying to link to. we've taken that one up to the lakes, and the kids have it sat on the window cill in the play room. Possibly a bit more difficult to focus (the action is less smooth) but absolutely great for taking with you somewhere... Its very robust. It used to come with stickers that made it look like a penguin!. They are both really good for starters. Obviously, these are not full on serious telescopes, but they are both far better than the "toys" you get from the likes of tasco.

Also goodf you get a bit of wildlife in your garden too....

avise;8038442

My wife is an astromony educator and has both this one and the … My wife is an astromony educator and has both this one and the http://www.acecameras.co.uk/asp/web/.../1/product.asp one.both are pretty damn good for the money! This one is best for at home on windowcill stays nice and stable. the one at http://www.acecameras.co.uk/asp/web/.../1/product.asp is best for throwing in your car &taking on hols with you as is really pretty solid ) IMHO great way to get adults (and kids) to look at the night sky !!



Are these any good? My grandfather paid £250 for a 4" reflector which looks the dogs but is a terrible scope. If anything like then it will only put people off astronomy IMO...
Folks like Patrick Moore always tell you that anything under £400 or so you are better off with powerful binoculars...?

ollyk;8040777

My grandfather paid £250 for a 4" reflector which looks the dogs but is a … My grandfather paid £250 for a 4" reflector which looks the dogs but is a terrible scope. If anything like then it will only put people off astronomy IMO...Folks like Patrick Moore always tell you that anything under £400 or so you are better off with powerful binoculars...?

4" is what, 100mm? That seems like he was charged an awful lot for not very much. My Skywatcher 130mm Parabolic Reflector, including moon filter & delivery, only cost me £180.

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o181/thecrowman_photos/skywatcher_explorer_130p_telescope.jpg

But, I just dabble. The Sky At Night forums are better for advice. ]LINK

shaz2sxy;8038377

Yup tesco instore has tehm for £29.97. I seen them at Tesco Kingston … Yup tesco instore has tehm for £29.97. I seen them at Tesco Kingston Park in Newcastle last night



thx, i checked my local tesco extra and it was also £29.97

Crowman;8040511

Decent enough scope, for the price, to get the kids into astronomy. H+R … Decent enough scope, for the price, to get the kids into astronomy. H+R added for that.But, I`ll stick with my Skywatcher Explorer for my own stargazing. :thumbsup:

Translation:

My telescope is considerably better than yours! :whistling:


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jMkkcGSVIIc/S1Jqag5UpiI/AAAAAAAAB0s/YfFTBK2ctSE/s320/richer-than-you.jpg

good one but OOs in exeter. Anyone recommend a good start-up telescope?

abarthman;8042463

Translation:My telescope is considerably better than yours! :whistling:

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o181/thecrowman_photos/laugh.gif
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