CELESTRON Powerseeker 76/700 Reflector Telescope-Half Price £49.99 @ Currys
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CELESTRON Powerseeker 76/700 Reflector Telescope-Half Price £49.99 @ Currys

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Found 27th Nov 2014
Better than yesterdays Amazon Black Friday deal and a pretty good starter model to boot. Sturdy tripod included and even includes a Moon filter!

Look to the stars with this Celestron Powerseeker 76/700 Reflector Telescope, offering a powerful view on the heavens for amateur astronomers.

A great telescope for first-time buyers

The Powerseeker 76 Telescope has been made to offer quality, value, features and power to those who are new to astronomy. It gives you fantastic value with a quality combination of portable design and powerful performance.

Enjoy strong 35x magnification from the first eyepiece and 175x from the second, allowing you to clearly view and study celestial bodies and events. A 700 mm focal length and 9.21 focal ratio allow you to get close for more satisfying stargazing.

Strong viewing

An x Barlow Lens triples the magnifying power of each eyepiece on your Celestron Powerseeker 76 Telescope for superb clarity and quality. You'll be able to enjoy great astronomy almost right out of the box.

The telescope includes a 76 mm Newtonian reflector that's really easy to assemble, plus a 5x24 finderscope and two 1.25” eyepieces. There's also an additional 15 mm eyepiece and a moon filter in the pack to give you different options from the start.

A pre-assembled aluminium tripod provides a superbly stable and level base for your telescope, and there's an accessory tray to keep all those essential viewing items within easy reach.

Set up the Celestron Powerseeker 76/700 Reflector Telescope in your home and get closer to the stars and planets you've been fascinated with

OVERVIEW

Optical design
Reflector

Focal length
700 mm

Focal ratio
9.21

Magnification 1
35 x

Magnification 2
175 x

PERFORMANCE

Eyepiece 1
20 mm

Eyepiece 2
4 mm

Aperture
76 mm

Angular field of view
1.2 °

Field of view (@1000 yds)
62 ft (19 m)

SCOPE

Finderscope
5 x 24

Limiting stellar magnitude
11.9

Light gathering power (Compared to human eye)
118 x

Resolution (Rayleigh)
1.83 arc seconds

Resolution (Dawes)
1.53 arc seconds

FEATURES

Mount
Altazimuth

Tripod
Aluminium

Optical coatings
Aluminum

GENERAL

Colour
Black

Accessories included
- Additional 15 mm eyepiece
- Moon filter

Dimensions
686 mm (L)

Weight
6.35 kg

Manufacturer’s guarantee
2 years

19 Comments

Original Poster

This is what you can expect when viewing the moon.

http://i1.sdlcdn.com/img/product/main/AVI_Clstrn_PowerSeeker_76_AZ_Tlscop_21044_M_3_2x.jpg

I'm no expert but looks good for £50

Original Poster

gratisaja

I'm no expert but looks good for £50



No neither am I. That's why I asked Brian Cox and he said it is this good....

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02170/cox_2170524c.jpg

Shoud be ok for the Moon & picking out planets - don't expect to see any great detail on planets though. Not really enough aperture (size of mirror) to see anything other than a few of the brightest Deep Space Objects such as galaxies and nebula.
I also think buyers will be frustrated by the wobbly tripod/fork mounting system.

Still, it's only £50, and will give better views than some department store type telescopes.

Original Poster

MattGoo

Shoud be ok for the Moon & picking out planets - don't expect to see any … Shoud be ok for the Moon & picking out planets - don't expect to see any great detail on planets though. Not really enough aperture (size of mirror) to see anything other than a few of the brightest Deep Space Objects such as galaxies and nebula.I also think buyers will be frustrated by the wobbly tripod/fork mounting system.Still, it's only £50, and will give better views than some department store type telescopes.



Say I had a spare 100 or 200 quid - what would you recommend? I thought this was a very good price for a starter model- then maybe buy a better model as time went on.

chapchap

Say I had a spare 100 or 200 quid - what would you recommend? I thought … Say I had a spare 100 or 200 quid - what would you recommend? I thought this was a very good price for a starter model- then maybe buy a better model as time went on.



<£100:
£89 | firstlightoptics.com/her…tml

<£200:
£165 | firstlightoptics.com/beg…tml
£198 | firstlightoptics.com/dob…tml

Otherwise keep an eye out on eBay/Gumtree and get a 2nd hand one, most astronomers look after their equipment and some bargains can be had.

If you're interested in all things astronomical, then I'd advise to join the online forum Stargazers Lounge, and/or seek out your local society and go along to a meeting - then you can usually have a look through other people's telescopes and get an idea of what different budgets will buy you.

Here's a video of the skywatcher heritage 130p as well, so you can get an idea of the size.

youtube

chapchap

Thank you-really opened my mind. Spend a bit more and get a whole lot … Thank you-really opened my mind. Spend a bit more and get a whole lot more!Are these the same-other than decal?http://www.amazon.co.uk/SkyWatcher-Explorer-130-900-EQ2-Telescope/dp/B0017GSLT8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1417093439&sr=1-1&keywords=SkyWatcher+Explorer-130%2F900+EQ2+Telescopehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Skywatcher-Heritage130P-FlexTube-Dobsonian-Telescope/dp/B002828HJE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1417093374&sr=8-2&keywords=Skywatcher+HERITAGE-130P+Dobsonian+Telescope



No, they are two slightly different telescopes than the ones I linked too. Both, however, would be fine for a starter telescope.
The Skywatcher 130/900 EQ2 is a slightly cheaper version of the 130P/650 EQ2 that I suggested.
The Skywatcher Heritage 130P is a larger version of the 100P £89 I suggested, and it also has a truss-tube design - which means it squashes down for easier storage.

The Heritage & Dobsonian models have Altitude/Azimuth mounts - which essentially means up/down/left/right axis of movement. The EQ2 models have a equatorial mount, which can be harder to get used to for newbies, but have the ability to make tracking of an object easier once you've found it. Plus motors can be added afterwards to track the object.

This looks decent but Matt you seem to know what you're talking about here - how about for someone getting just getting into photography. Would it be simple enough to connect a DSLR to this telescope using an adaptor? Would it even be worth it, would I get any decent pics?

scdave

This looks decent but Matt you seem to know what you're talking about … This looks decent but Matt you seem to know what you're talking about here - how about for someone getting just getting into photography. Would it be simple enough to connect a DSLR to this telescope using an adaptor? Would it even be worth it, would I get any decent pics?



There are issues surrounding attaching a DSLR to a telescope like the Celestron Powerseeker:
* You will probably not be able to achieve focus
* Focus might be possible by adding a Barlow lens, but a cost of increased focal length and therefore image scale (bigger)
* The wobbly Alt/Az mount is not really suitable for anything other than a quick Moon picture.

Other pointers:
* Photographing planets is best done with recording video, such as a webcam/specialised astro camera/DSLR movie mode or recording the 'live view' feed, then processing the resultant video through some stacking software like Registax or AutoStakkert2
* Photographing Deep Space Objects like galaxies and nebula really needs a decent Equatorial mount that has the ability to track objects. I'd say minimum EQ3, but better results are obtained with something like a EQ5/HEQ5/NEQ6.
* If you've got a DSLR, then interesting widefield shots of constellations, or fancy startrail photos can be taken with just your camera and a static tripod. Preferably with a fast F-ratio lens and a programmable remote timer.

how does this compare with the current lidl and aldi telescope deals?

Sorry to ask a stupid question, but would this be any good for viewing ships out at see? I'm looking for something for my parents who are moving into an apartment by the sea.... Thanks in advance!

simontrainor

Sorry to ask a stupid question, but would this be any good for viewing … Sorry to ask a stupid question, but would this be any good for viewing ships out at see? I'm looking for something for my parents who are moving into an apartment by the sea.... Thanks in advance!



you could but dont these view as a mirror image?

there is a cheaper one on ebay aros outlet for 28.99 delivered

Original Poster

vtservices

there is a cheaper one on ebay aros outlet for 28.99 delivered



Yes that is cheap. I think (after reading) I will go for something like this or better. Just waiting for a bargain

Skywatcher HERITAGE-130P Dobsonian Telescope

i went for the cheap one at 28.99

features look ok for the price = 399x and red dot


well the cheaper Argos version arrived 20 mins ago - very impressed in what was delivered and free delivery and only priced at 28.99

just went on ebay to buy another and argos sold out ( sold 120 ) looks like this telescope but nearly half the price - i like the red dot feature - will set it up over the weekend

if i like my new hobby i will buy myself something bigger in the near future
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