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CELESTRON Travelscope Refractor Telescope, tripod, smartphone adaptor and backpack - £49 at Currys PC World
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CELESTRON Travelscope Refractor Telescope, tripod, smartphone adaptor and backpack - £49 at Currys PC World

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Posted 21st Jan

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Was on Curry's Ebay recently.

Not a bad telescope package at all, especially with the included extras.

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Get clear, crisp images

The Celestron Travelscope 80 22030-CGL Refractor Telescope is a refractor telescope that's perfect for making both land and sky observations.

You can even use the included smartphone adapter to capture those memorable images.

Everything you need

You get two eyepieces, so you can explore the world around you at different magnifications, and the mount lets you smoothly track objects as they move across the sky.

It's lightweight and packs away snugly, with all its accessories, into the custom backpack, so it's perfect for those last-minute observing sessions - when the clouds disappear and you get the chance to take in the view, you'll have everything ready to go.

Get set up quickly

You'll have the Celestron Travelscope 80 22030-CGL Telescope set up in no time, leaving you more time to enjoy the stunning sights. Adjust the tripods legs to set it at the right height or place it on a raised surface, like a picnic table, if the ground's a bit unsteady.
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thethinwhiteduke21/01/2020 19:44

Wow, separation of the rings would exceed my expectations, an indistinct …Wow, separation of the rings would exceed my expectations, an indistinct blob but with clear indication that the rings are present would be enough for me - certainly enough for my wallet but I have no idea how much an 8" smt costs, to be fair.


I would advice if you have any interest to go and pick up an 8 inch Dobsonian or at least a 6 inch. They would show the rings of Saturn and faint bands of Jupiter. Not as good as pics mind but you can clearly tell what you are looking at.

A new 8 inch Dobsonian is about £200 while a 6 inch is about £150. Second hand would save a bit on both too. I suggest a good brand such as Skywatcher as the best bang for the price.

The Dobsonians are also easy to use and will be nice intro to astronomy and in fact a lot of amateur visual astronomers don't go past an 8 inch.

I started out with a telescope similar to this deal and heated for the price. I got the bug and studied astrophysics at university and now have an astro imaging rig which can take images that blow my mind away. But it is expensive if you want to go further than what an 8 inch Dobsonian can show hence why I recommend that as a sweet spot. Below is image from my rig:

39730597-RbG5X.jpg
Fugazy21/01/2020 18:24

What would a pro scope have that this would not?


£200 on the price.
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On ebay same if easier
Heat added - thanks for sharing!
Aye almost ordered on ebay but the discount code didn't work hahah
any reviews of the telescope?
For beginners is maybe good enough
_taurus_21/01/2020 18:23

For beginners is maybe good enough


What would a pro scope have that this would not?
Fugazy21/01/2020 18:24

What would a pro scope have that this would not?


£200 on the price.
furbars21/01/2020 18:25

£200 on the price.


Oh, but you can still see the galaxy & get a close up of Venus or the moon
Very wobbly as quite light, so hard to align and keep it that way
Fugazy21/01/2020 18:24

What would a pro scope have that this would not?


Use ability.
Cheap scopes are always poor value. It’s said many times but a £50 pair of 10x50mm binoculars are a far better investment.
I’ve still never bought a decent telescope but I’ve tried several cheap ones and now know much better.
Oneday7721/01/2020 18:30

Use ability. Cheap scopes are always poor value. It’s said many times but a …Use ability. Cheap scopes are always poor value. It’s said many times but a £50 pair of 10x50mm binoculars are a far better investment. I’ve still never bought a decent telescope but I’ve tried several cheap ones and now know much better.


thank you
I bought this from Curry's eBay the last time it was on offer. It's not a bad telescope but as you would expect at this price, the tripod and mount are not very sturdy and it is hard to live with the wobble when you are trying to find things and focus. However having switched to a much better tripod that I already had this is cured. The phone adaptor works and I have taken some halfway decent photos in the daytime. I find the finderscope difficult to use at night because if it is nudged even slightly then the view through the main scope is way off. That could be my own clumsiness. All in all, it is a decent telescope for the money.
Anand_Yogino21/01/2020 18:34

I bought this from Curry's eBay the last time it was on offer. It's not a …I bought this from Curry's eBay the last time it was on offer. It's not a bad telescope but as you would expect at this price, the tripod and mount are not very sturdy and it is hard to live with the wobble when you are trying to find things and focus. However having switched to a much better tripod that I already had this is cured. The phone adaptor works and I have taken some halfway decent photos in the daytime. I find the finderscope difficult to use at night because if it is nudged even slightly then the view through the main scope is way off. That could be my own clumsiness. All in all, it is a decent telescope for the money.


Any links to the pics to help me decide?
trayan21/01/2020 18:21

any reviews of the telescope?


Here's my review. "Brilliant dust collector" I've bought two cheap ones. One is in NZ and the other similar Tasco in the UK. If you want to look at the ground you need another lens thing as the image is upside down and back to front. I get a better view with my Tasco Mag50 rifle sight. It is awkward to follow the moon never mind identify stars as it skips and jumps all over the place and the spotting scope never corisponds with the main viewer. Better off with a pair of binoculars in my opinion.
Fugazy21/01/2020 18:24

What would a pro scope have that this would not?


Lots of differences really, depends on the scope or package and what you want to use it for. This is a cheap as chips begginers scope, it's unfair to compare it to something vastly more expensive.
Would it be possible to see the Rings of Saturn with this? Could the 10x50 Bins mentioned above manage that or do I need something more expensive for that purpose?
@thethinwhiteduke

I wouldn't recommend this telescope for anything as challenging as observing the Rings of Saturn. See my links to photos above for an idea of what a beginner like me can achieve in the daytime.
Anand_Yogino21/01/2020 19:20

@thethinwhiteduke I wouldn't recommend this telescope for anything as …@thethinwhiteduke I wouldn't recommend this telescope for anything as challenging as observing the Rings of Saturn. See my links to photos above for an idea of what a beginner like me can achieve in the daytime.


Ok, thanks, I didn't realize that was such a challenging request maybe someone can offer a suggestion of something that might do the job? Lovely spot you were at when setting up, btw.
Fugazy21/01/2020 18:24

What would a pro scope have that this would not?


A 2000 pound plus price tag
thethinwhiteduke21/01/2020 19:08

Would it be possible to see the Rings of Saturn with this? Could the 10x50 …Would it be possible to see the Rings of Saturn with this? Could the 10x50 Bins mentioned above manage that or do I need something more expensive for that purpose?


No
frankie1g21/01/2020 19:32

No



Anand_Yogino21/01/2020 19:20

@thethinwhiteduke I wouldn't recommend this telescope for anything as …@thethinwhiteduke I wouldn't recommend this telescope for anything as challenging as observing the Rings of Saturn. See my links to photos above for an idea of what a beginner like me can achieve in the daytime.


May as well get a Nikon p100 then...i was after one for the zoom
Anand_Yogino21/01/2020 19:20

@thethinwhiteduke I wouldn't recommend this telescope for anything as …@thethinwhiteduke I wouldn't recommend this telescope for anything as challenging as observing the Rings of Saturn. See my links to photos above for an idea of what a beginner like me can achieve in the daytime.


Yes I have 8" smt and would say the ring are acceptable anything smaller I think the separation of the rings would be lost.
Anand_Yogino21/01/2020 19:08

@kev_koc …@kev_koc https://ibb.co/8mmVSjfhttps://ibb.co/TTGZfsFhttps://ibb.co/CM7WXbThttps://ibb.co/Pw13QtChttps://ibb.co/q59DLNbI should add that these were taken on my smartphone through a window as I was setting the thing up for the first time.


Were these photos taken at the bird sanctuary near Borth?
HerefordCiderApples21/01/2020 19:01

Here's my review. "Brilliant dust collector" I've bought two cheap ones. …Here's my review. "Brilliant dust collector" I've bought two cheap ones. One is in NZ and the other similar Tasco in the UK. If you want to look at the ground you need another lens thing as the image is upside down and back to front. I get a better view with my Tasco Mag50 rifle sight. It is awkward to follow the moon never mind identify stars as it skips and jumps all over the place and the spotting scope never corisponds with the main viewer. Better off with a pair of binoculars in my opinion.


You must have a different scope. As this scope is very good for terrestrial viewing. The image is not upside down or back to front. Think of this as more of a spotting scope than a telescope. Although this would be a good starter for a telescope at this price.
@reuyi

No, through the glass of my upstairs bedroom window in North Gower looking out over Llanrhidian Marsh.
Edited by: "Anand_Yogino" 21st Jan
frankie1g21/01/2020 19:35

Yes I have 8" smt and would say the ring are acceptable anything smaller I …Yes I have 8" smt and would say the ring are acceptable anything smaller I think the separation of the rings would be lost.


Wow, separation of the rings would exceed my expectations, an indistinct blob but with clear indication that the rings are present would be enough for me - certainly enough for my wallet but I have no idea how much an 8" smt costs, to be fair.
CallyJnr21/01/2020 19:37

You must have a different scope. As this scope is very good for …You must have a different scope. As this scope is very good for terrestrial viewing. The image is not upside down or back to front. Think of this as more of a spotting scope than a telescope. Although this would be a good starter for a telescope at this price.


Maybe I'm looking through the wrong eye.
Thank you for posting, we have added this to the Highlights pages
thethinwhiteduke21/01/2020 19:44

Wow, separation of the rings would exceed my expectations, an indistinct …Wow, separation of the rings would exceed my expectations, an indistinct blob but with clear indication that the rings are present would be enough for me - certainly enough for my wallet but I have no idea how much an 8" smt costs, to be fair.


I would advice if you have any interest to go and pick up an 8 inch Dobsonian or at least a 6 inch. They would show the rings of Saturn and faint bands of Jupiter. Not as good as pics mind but you can clearly tell what you are looking at.

A new 8 inch Dobsonian is about £200 while a 6 inch is about £150. Second hand would save a bit on both too. I suggest a good brand such as Skywatcher as the best bang for the price.

The Dobsonians are also easy to use and will be nice intro to astronomy and in fact a lot of amateur visual astronomers don't go past an 8 inch.

I started out with a telescope similar to this deal and heated for the price. I got the bug and studied astrophysics at university and now have an astro imaging rig which can take images that blow my mind away. But it is expensive if you want to go further than what an 8 inch Dobsonian can show hence why I recommend that as a sweet spot. Below is image from my rig:

39730597-RbG5X.jpg
Oo... I want it... (obviously) no real need for it though. Debating spend with myself, it's not the top class, but I'm incredibly cheap so unlikely to ever get anything better. And this comes with extra bits! That will entertain me for at LEAST 15 mins...
Tireeq21/01/2020 20:21

I would advice if you have any interest to go and pick up an 8 inch …I would advice if you have any interest to go and pick up an 8 inch Dobsonian or at least a 6 inch. They would show the rings of Saturn and faint bands of Jupiter. Not as good as pics mind but you can clearly tell what you are looking at.A new 8 inch Dobsonian is about £200 while a 6 inch is about £150. Second hand would save a bit on both too. I suggest a good brand such as Skywatcher as the best bang for the price. The Dobsonians are also easy to use and will be nice intro to astronomy and in fact a lot of amateur visual astronomers don't go past an 8 inch. I started out with a telescope similar to this deal and heated for the price. I got the bug and studied astrophysics at university and now have an astro imaging rig which can take images that blow my mind away. But it is expensive if you want to go further than what an 8 inch Dobsonian can show hence why I recommend that as a sweet spot. Below is image from my rig:[Image]


Quality!
Tireeq21/01/2020 20:21

I would advice if you have any interest to go and pick up an 8 inch …I would advice if you have any interest to go and pick up an 8 inch Dobsonian or at least a 6 inch. They would show the rings of Saturn and faint bands of Jupiter. Not as good as pics mind but you can clearly tell what you are looking at.A new 8 inch Dobsonian is about £200 while a 6 inch is about £150. Second hand would save a bit on both too. I suggest a good brand such as Skywatcher as the best bang for the price. The Dobsonians are also easy to use and will be nice intro to astronomy and in fact a lot of amateur visual astronomers don't go past an 8 inch. I started out with a telescope similar to this deal and heated for the price. I got the bug and studied astrophysics at university and now have an astro imaging rig which can take images that blow my mind away. But it is expensive if you want to go further than what an 8 inch Dobsonian can show hence why I recommend that as a sweet spot. Below is image from my rig:[Image]


Great photo and I have to agree if you think you might be interested at least 125mm and up for having a shot at anything except up close of the moon. It gets worse if you are anywhere near civilisation too with light pollution. Last year I got the rings of saturn on my 125mm skywatcher but it was a long slog and up early to get it. Just taken through the view finder with no camera set up. But I was well pleased for such a cheap scope. Anyone thinking of taking this up get a good book! Turn left at Orion is a great but bit more expensive buy!39730749-Cgvsu.jpg
I have this scope for camping and holidays.
The scope itself isn't bad. The supplied lenses are basic and the tripod is awful.
I use a better tripod I picked up from a charity shop for £6 and have invested in 3 better lenses which were about £20 each.
Most lenses supplied with telescopes are pretty poor and will need upgrading even on a £200 scope.
As pointed out this can also be used as a spotting scope something that would be difficult with a Dobsonian.
Cheap lenses and accessories are available from Astroboot.
Edited by: "sleepymouse" 21st Jan
reuyj21/01/2020 19:36

Were these photos taken at the bird sanctuary near Borth?


I love Borth
This is my scope. Bought it off a stoned cab driver for £180 lol.
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You need to spend at least 2k for a entry level scope
Bought thanks
The_Ramrod21/01/2020 20:39

Great photo and I have to agree if you think you might be interested at …Great photo and I have to agree if you think you might be interested at least 125mm and up for having a shot at anything except up close of the moon. It gets worse if you are anywhere near civilisation too with light pollution. Last year I got the rings of saturn on my 125mm skywatcher but it was a long slog and up early to get it. Just taken through the view finder with no camera set up. But I was well pleased for such a cheap scope. Anyone thinking of taking this up get a good book! Turn left at Orion is a great but bit more expensive buy![Image]


I'd be pretty taken away to see that in person, tbh.
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