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Celestron Travel Scope 70 Refractor Outfit - Reduced to £44.99 @ Amazon
Celestron Travel Scope 70 Refractor Outfit  - Reduced to £44.99 @ Amazon

Celestron Travel Scope 70 Refractor Outfit - Reduced to £44.99 @ Amazon

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Box Contains

1 x Celestron Travelscope 70
1x Preassembled Aluminium Tripod
1 x Custom backpack
1 x 4mm Eyepiece
1 x 10mm Eyepiece
1 x 20mm Eyepiece
1 x 3x Barlow Lens
1 x Sky X - The First Light Edition

Great starter scope. Very portable.

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I got one of these and they are pretty good for the money. The tripod is way too flimsy and the barlow lens is useless but are cheap to replace.

Can the lens be replaced with something more powerful and clear?

Could maybe be used as a cheap guide scope on something bigger. Good price

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PigStix

I got one of these and they are pretty good for the money. The tripod is … I got one of these and they are pretty good for the money. The tripod is way too flimsy and the barlow lens is useless but are cheap to replace.



What would you recommend regarding the Barlow lens?

Looks like a decent starter scope although the comments here and reviews suggest that you would need to replace the tripod and Barlow lens.

Hot, thanks

Taken 4days ago by myself and gf with the above....judge by yourselves

http://postimg.org/image/5e60j5rih/][img=http://s28.postimg.org/5e60j5rih/image.jpg][/url]

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ignaciomartinvidegain

Taken 4days ago by myself and gf with the above....judge by yourselves



cool...what camera do you have and what kit did you use to attach it to the scope?

Actionnotwords69

cool...what camera do you have and what kit did you use to attach it to … cool...what camera do you have and what kit did you use to attach it to the scope?


Actionnotwords69

cool...what camera do you have and what kit did you use to attach it to … cool...what camera do you have and what kit did you use to attach it to the scope?



to be honest with you, I took it using a nexus 5 phone directly from the eye ocular of the telescope, I ain't a professional so you can probably guess eventhough the photo looks awesome, it does look 5 times better to watch it live seriously this is a perfect gift

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ignaciomartinvidegain

to be honest with you, I took it using a nexus 5 phone directly from the … to be honest with you, I took it using a nexus 5 phone directly from the eye ocular of the telescope, I ain't a professional so you can probably guess eventhough the photo looks awesome, it does look 5 times better to watch it live seriously this is a perfect gift



I know the scope has the ability to hook up a DSLR with a screw mount so it is a decent piece of kit.We bought this for our son and he took it out last night.......was amazing.

ignaciomartinvidegain

Taken 4days ago by myself and gf with the above....judge by yourselves



Is it the scope or the camera optics that are causing the chromatic aberrations?

thekanester

Is it the scope or the camera optics that are causing the chromatic … Is it the scope or the camera optics that are causing the chromatic aberrations?

It is the phone's camera, when you watch it through the scope it is actually surprising how HD the moon looks, really...

Just like the other deal, the simple mount on this scope is not ideal for astro, as it's all about learning and an eq mount is much better for this. It will give some night sky viewing away from built up areas, but a new user will grow out of this pretty quick if an interest catches on.
Check out mounts, the money for a decent scope at this level goes on the mount, not the tube and optics.
Might well make a good land/sea observation scope though, if you had a good view over the sea for example.

However, this is not a review site, it's a deal site and based on the price this is a hot deal.


Edited by: "androoski" 4th Jan 2015

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ignaciomartinvidegain

Taken 4days ago by myself and gf with the above....judge by yourselves



Pretty terrible then

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SanTokiMTB

Pretty terrible then



joker....

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Actionnotwords69

joker....


Erm, no, I was being seriously actually, wasn't meant to be a get at or anything.
I don't see much difference between that and this;

http://www.worldwidewebb.co.uk/images/moon.jpg

I took that a while back just sticking a point & shoot camera out of my roof window, handheld. I was expecting a dedicated scope to provide much more detail. I would be very unimpressed if I bought a scope and it provided results no better than a digital camera, it helps to explain why we see so many comments that say people buying cheap scopes generally become dillusioned or disinterested with astronomy.

ignaciomartinvidegain

Taken 4days ago by myself and gf with the above....judge by yourselves



I assume this was taken without a moon filter which would presumably offer better contrast on the image.

SanTokiMTB

Erm, no, I was being seriously actually, wasn't meant to be a get at or … Erm, no, I was being seriously actually, wasn't meant to be a get at or anything.I don't see much difference between that and this;I took that a while back just sticking a point & shoot camera out of my roof window, handheld. I was expecting a dedicated scope to provide much more detail. I would be very unimpressed if I bought a scope and it provided results no better than a digital camera, it helps to explain why we see so many comments that say people buying cheap scopes generally become dillusioned or disinterested with astronomy.



I was hoping for better too. This was handheld with a 230mm lens yesterday on a fuji x-t1

http://i.imgur.com/RU7pwmu.jpg
Edited by: "cRuNcHiE" 4th Jan 2015

Angof

I assume this was taken without a moon filter which would presumably … I assume this was taken without a moon filter which would presumably offer better contrast on the image.

yep no filters at all

Angof

I assume this was taken without a moon filter which would presumably … I assume this was taken without a moon filter which would presumably offer better contrast on the image.

yep no filters at all
SanTokiMTB

Erm, no, I was being seriously actually, wasn't meant to be a get at or … Erm, no, I was being seriously actually, wasn't meant to be a get at or anything.I don't see much difference between that and this;I took that a while back just sticking a point & shoot camera out of my roof window, handheld. I was expecting a dedicated scope to provide much more detail. I would be very unimpressed if I bought a scope and it provided results no better than a digital camera, it helps to explain why we see so many comments that say people buying cheap scopes generally become dillusioned or disinterested with astronomy.

congrats buddy kudos for you and your camera, we are talking about a 50 pound scope for amateurs...but again great for you and your camera

i got this one from amazon lightening deal for £40 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0002CTZAC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00

is the Celestron Travelscope 70 better?

its a present for someone, no existing experience - just want to get best product for the money...

thanks

simba2585

i got this one from amazon lightening deal for £40 … i got this one from amazon lightening deal for £40 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0002CTZAC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=od_aui_detailpages00is the Celestron Travelscope 70 better?its a present for someone, no existing experience - just want to get best product for the money...thanks

get Celestron as you can carry it in a backpack on your back quite light btw, and from what ive seen in this one u cant

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ignaciomartinvidegain

we are talking about a 50 pound scope for amateurs...but again great for … we are talking about a 50 pound scope for amateurs...but again great for you and your camera


I know what we're talking about, and I'm grateful for the picture as it is much more helpful than written opinions. I'm keeping my eye out for a cheap scope to take abroad, not expecting to see astronauts bouncing around on the surface or anything, I just expected it to be better than looking through a camera, that's all (it's not even a fancy DSLR or anything, just a point and shoot).

So, what kind of price level is needed for something worthwhile? about £200?

SanTokiMTB

I know what we're talking about, and I'm grateful for the picture as it … I know what we're talking about, and I'm grateful for the picture as it is much more helpful than written opinions. I'm keeping my eye out for a cheap scope to take abroad, not expecting to see astronauts bouncing around on the surface or anything, I just expected it to be better than looking through a camera, that's all (it's not even a fancy DSLR or anything, just a point and shoot).So, what kind of price level is needed for something worthwhile? about £200?



It depends on how much you want it and how much money you have to burn. Chances are you will never need a telescope for anything, it's something that people want, therefore it just depends how much you want it, my eyes let me see the moon, this will let me see the moon better, a £500 scope will let me see the moon better, it just depends on how much you want to look into space or whatever else you want to look at.

don't expect miracles...

respected brand
£45 you cant really go wrong
a decent tal Barlow will cost you that much (if they are still available)
great for looking at the moon

heat

You really want a reflector for sky work, not a refractor.

ignaciomartinvidegain

to be honest with you, I took it using a nexus 5 phone directly from the … to be honest with you, I took it using a nexus 5 phone directly from the eye ocular of the telescope, I ain't a professional so you can probably guess eventhough the photo looks awesome, it does look 5 times better to watch it live seriously this is a perfect gift


Naa. The image isn't that great. The problem is that the tripod on the telescope is shockingly bad. The Barlow doesn't work. And for most people the amount of light the telescope let's in isn't enough for planetary observation. Even with the 5mm eyepiece there is a huge amount of light dispersion so everything has a rainbow haze around it. You want an apochromatic lens just to make this scope work.
Also, you have to weigh the telescope down a lot because other wise it is top heavy.
In addition, the tripod would probably cost the same amount as this telescope anyway so not much of a bargain.
Cold for me. Tr y and get a Newtonian.

Can i see planets with this?

Like many, I too would like something for peering at the sky with some details, stone how about if the people who are criticising this deal as poor value, offer an alternative?
I know nothing, as a beginner, and like many others it would seem, would benefit hugely from advice from those who do, or at least, do appear, to know more...!
Is there significant benefit from a budget of£100? £200? What alternatives could be recommended?

Can I see through the privacy glass of the bathroom window of the student nurse flat over the road with this?

If you want to look at the sky and only want to spend £50 then spend it on a pair of binoculars (or just use your eyes to start off with) - you'll find binos easier to use and the view will be better than with this 'scope. People aren't just being snobs when they say you need to spend more, there's just a certain point where something is so cheaply made it isn't worth buying.

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milky228

It depends on how much you want it and how much money you have to burn. … It depends on how much you want it and how much money you have to burn. Chances are you will never need a telescope for anything, it's something that people want, therefore it just depends how much you want it


Heh, hopefully it won't just get shoved to the back of a cupboard, but...

The main reason I'm thinking of getting one is that, at the place where it would be left, it's far less built up than here in the UK so there's a lot less light pollution - even with the naked eye the sky is so much more 'alive' with stars at night compared to what we see here in the UK.

It's also on the coast, so it would be great to zoom in and watch the dolphins playing and so on as well (can see them with binoculars, but they're normally a couple of miles out), so ideally I'm looking for something that doesn't have an upside down image. Not sure how realistic that tick box is though...

SanTokiMTB

Heh, hopefully it won't just get shoved to the back of a cupboard, … Heh, hopefully it won't just get shoved to the back of a cupboard, but...The main reason I'm thinking of getting one is that, at the place where it would be left, it's far less built up than here in the UK so there's a lot less light pollution - even with the naked eye the sky is so much more 'alive' with stars at night compared to what we see here in the UK.It's also on the coast, so it would be great to zoom in and watch the dolphins playing and so on as well (can see them with binoculars, but they're normally a couple of miles out), so ideally I'm looking for something that doesn't have an upside down image. Not sure how realistic that tick box is though...



For right side up images you just get a diagonal, or an erecting prism for the eyepiece. Usually a cost extra.

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Actionnotwords69

What would you recommend regarding the Barlow lens?



anyone?

Got this for my son for Christmas, £51 in Currys. It is decent for the money except for there being a bit of slippage when lining up the scope. Havent been able to take a photo yet but you get great images with it.

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edwood

Got this for my son for Christmas, £51 in Currys. It is decent for the … Got this for my son for Christmas, £51 in Currys. It is decent for the money except for there being a bit of slippage when lining up the scope. Havent been able to take a photo yet but you get great images with it.



care....for those interested in buying this...the amazon kit is an exclusive as it has additional items compared to the kit sold via other retailers.

whats the minimum distance this would focus down to ? just thinking of 500 - 800 m target shooting so we can see where we hit on paper without walking back and too.....any help would be appreciated- thanks

This is a good price (heated) and will do for kids or as a spotter scope be prepared for some fairly blurred images, especially if you want to look at anything other than the moon.
As others have said, binoculars will give as good an image and are easier to use.
If you can afford more, get a Dobsonian with at least a 130mm (5") aperture (6" if your budget can stretch) as more light will make for a better image and you should be able to see galaxies on a clear night.

The best purchase I've made since getting a telescope is of this budget zoom eyepiece - the range covers my most-used eyepieces so removes the need for swapping and it produces very clear images.

Actionnotwords69

anyone?

This one looks good and I have a brilliant zoom eyepiece by Seben so I would assume that the reviews are accurate
Edited by: "BubaMan" 4th Jan 2015

Got this for my son for Xmas.. Think it was £52 from Amazon at the time. Its very easy to set up and put away in the handy bag.
Like others have said.. The tripod isn't very good. Very loose standing and not ideal for accurate spotting. I am getting a cheap manfrotto to replace it. Not a problem really. My son loves it and we were both very impressed with the results looking at the moon. I haven't tried the Barlow lens yet so can't give an opinion on that
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