If you're looking for a great dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the Celestron AstroMaster Series is for you. Each AstroMaster model is capable of giving image correct views of land and sky. With its time tested durability and high quality optics at an affordable price, the Celestron Astro Master makes a great first telescope!
Celestron AstroMaster 76 EQ Telescope - 76mm Newtonian Reflector on CG-2 Equatorial Mount
As a bonus, Celestron has included a nice selection of accessories for your new telescope with this purchase, which means you will be observing the same day you unpack the box. Accessories include two full-sized eyepieces (a 20mm 1.25" erecting eyepiece and a 10mm 1.25" eyepiece), a Star Pointer finderscope for easy location of objects you wish to observe, and even software for your PC. "The Sky - Level 1" will let you study and print star charts from your computer screen... and that's just the beginning!
The Celestron AstroMaster 76EQ is a high quality, economical telescope with a superb optical system. These telescopes yield breathtaking views of the moon, Saturn with its ring structure, Jupiter and its belts, and hundreds of deep-sky objects including: galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. Add an optional solar filter and you can observe activity on the Sun. While observing, you'll notice that as the Earth rotates on its axis, stationary stars appear to move across the sky causing the object you're viewing will drift out of the field view. A telescope on a mount can be aimed at a celestial object and guided with the slow motion controls to track your target!
The Celestron AstroMaster 76EQ Reflecting Telescope comes complete with a pre-assembled mount and tripod. The Celestron CG-2 equatorial mount is quite stable, with setting circles and slow motion controls on both axis for easy, smooth tracking. Strict adherence to Celestron's tough quality standards for manufacturing, assembly and testing ensures that each telescope not only performs well, but remains durable after years and years of use.
Celestron AstroMaster 76 EQ - 70mm Newtonian Reflector on CG-2 Equatorial Mount Features
- Fully multi-coated optics for bright, crisp, clean images.
- Quick release dovetail attachment for user-friendly set-up and storage. No tools needed!
- Permanently mounted StarPointer finderscope projects a red laser dot onto a non-magnified viewing window for easy aiming.
- German Equatorial Mount with setting circles - to accurately locate and track sky objects.
- Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25" steel tube legs with deluxe accessory tray for convenient access to observing tools.
- The Sky Level 1 planetarium software with a 10,000 object database and enhanced images.
- Additional Information
SKU CE-31035 UPC Code 050234310352 Manufacturer Celestron Telescope Series Celestron AstroMaster Optical Design Newtonian Reflector Mount Type Equatorial - Manual Warranty 2 Year Warranty Telescope Aperture 2.99" Telescope Focal Ratio f/9.21 Telescope Focal Length 700mm Limiting Stellar Magnitude 11.9 Highest Useful Magnification 180x Optical Coatings Aluminum Tube Color or Finish Gloss Black Optical Tube Outer Diameter Not included by manufacturer Length of Optical Tube 26" Optical Tube Weight Not included by manufacturer Mount Weight Not provided by manufacturer Dew Shield Included? No, Not Necessary Diagonal Included? No - Not Required Finder Included Red Dot Finder Eyepiece(s) Included 20mm erecting, 10mm Power Adapter Included None - Does Not Require Power CD ROMs Included The Sky Level 1 Counterweights Included (2) 4.8 lbs. Alignment Procedure Manual Alignment Tracking Modes N/A Objects in Database N/A OTA Mount Type Vixen-Style Dovetail Tripod Type Included Adjustable with Steel Legs Total Telescope Weight 18 lbs.
Customer Reviews 2 item(s)
- A steal at $50, not so much at $130
OPT was letting these go for $50 at SCAE a couple years ago, so I grabbed one. I would not buy this scope at the retail price. The bad things are a terrible finder, no tube rings to rotate the tube for a better view of the eyepiece and pretty sub-standard included eyepieces, as well as a lot of tiny set screws that easily loosen and are lost.
The good things are a set of really good optics and a decent equatorial mount (however the tripod legs and motion controls obstruct the scope and do not allow access to all of the sky). I've been able to push the magnification to 175X in steady seeing, and without the chromatic abberation of a refractor this offers good planetary and Lunar views.
If you can find this scope for $50 (or less) it's well worth it, just be prepared to upgrade the eyepieces and finder and possibly add a dovetail with tube rings.
If you're looking for something in the $130 price range, the Celestron 114EQ PowerSeeker offers bigger aperture, the same mount, tube rings, and a better finder.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- Not Bad
Overall this telescope is not too bad. The mount is incredibly well built and operates very smoothly. The focal length is only 700mm and for the money it seems not that powerful. I have decided to convert this scope to my solar observer, and i use it on my camping trips.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
- Included Items
- Celestron AstroMaster 76mm Optical Tube
- Permanently Mounted StarPointer Finderscope
- Celestron 20 mm \r\nErecting Eyepiece
- Celestron 10 mm Eyepiece
- Celestron CG2 Equatorial Mount
- Deluxe Accessory Tray
- The Sky - Level 1 Software
- Questions & Answers
Product QuestionsCelestron AstroMaster 76EQ Telescope - why can i see venus (though it looked like it had craters on it) but can't see the moon, why? please help as i am loosing interest. and i have never seen the red spot on the finder scope - what am i doing wrong?Question by: Mang on Apr 6, 2014 11:35:27 AMWhen are you using the scope most? Venus is currently (April 2014) visible in the morning sky right before sunrise, while the moon can be seen at various times of the night as it goes through its monthly orbit. Venus has dazzling clouds and will not show any features in a telescope under around 10", so I want to make sure that you were not actually viewing the moon already.
On the red dot finder, have you opened the battery compartment and made sure that it is making full contact and that there is no paper or plastic tab in the way? Was the finder left on and the battery drained?Answer by: Chris (Admin) on Apr 7, 2014 5:32:08 AM
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