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Celestron FirstScope Telescope

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4.5/5
$49.95
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Dimensions & Specifications

Brand
Celestron
Optical Design
Reflector
Focal Length
300mm
Warranty
2-Year Limited
Recommended Usage
Viewing the Planets, Viewing the Moon
Eyepiece 1
20mm (15x)
Component
4mm (75x) Eyepiece 2
Focal Ratio
f/4
User Level
For Kids
Aperture
76mm
Telescopes Series
Celestron FirstScope Telescope
Features
Alt-Az Mount

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  • Dobsonian style stand
  • 76mm reflector optical tube
  • Ultra-portable, tabletop design
  • Perfect for any starting astronomer!
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Celestron FirstScope Telescope
 
4.4

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (33)
  • Strong construction (26)
  • Accurate (12)
  • Quality lenses (11)
  • Lightweight (10)

Cons

  • Poor lens quality (7)
  • Difficult to focus (5)
  • Difficult to use (5)
  • Unstable (3)

Best Uses

  • Astronomy (34)
  • Bird watching (9)
  • Travel (9)
  • Hiking (6)
  • Bright conditions (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (33), Avid adventurer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Bang For The Buck

I purchased this telescope for my twin Grandsons who are five, and keep asking to use my WO Apo and Naglers by themselves. Of course this makes old guys a little tense, but...Read complete review

I purchased this telescope for my twin Grandsons who are five, and keep asking to use my WO Apo and Naglers by themselves. Of course this makes old guys a little tense, but they do a better job keeping objects centered than I do.

This telescope comes ready to go out of the box. It was well packaged and the freight company managed to get it here in one piece.

The secondary and primary mirrors seem to be well made and have great coatings. The R&P focuser, although made of plastic is still fairly smooth and stable. I put on a red dot finder to ease aiming for me, the kids just sight down the barrel. The tube is constructed out of metal with what looks like a powder-coated paint job. The dust cover fits well.

The eyepieces are OK, but the 4mm is just a touch overboard. The views are really more than I expected for an inexpensive telescope, very wide and pleasant. When I put my Nagler 13mm in the focuser and it really came alive. The telescope moves well in altaz with good adjustment options.

Bottom line, this telescope works much better than any department store telescope that sells for a lot more. It offers good stability and easy use for little hands. And to be honest I'm an only child and I don't know if I really want the little tykes to take it home, I don't want to share.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Where's the images that the box promises

First night I have it, I take a look at the moon. It looks great and all but once I aim it at Saturn, I don't see anything that resembles a planet or...Read complete review

First night I have it, I take a look at the moon. It looks great and all but once I aim it at Saturn, I don't see anything that resembles a planet or rings... So far this telescope has been a big disappointment. I also do not enjoy the lack of instructions that are provided.

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5.0

Great little telescope for the money

By Cloudy Nights Chris

from Bismarck, ND

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Needs Finder Scope

Best Uses

  • Astronomy
  • Bright Conditions

Comments about Celestron FirstScope Telescope:

Bought this for kids while we wait for our 12 inch Dob. This little scope is a great purchase for the money and is on par or better than "box store" telescopes costing 2x or more. Telescope provides good lunar views and can even see Jupiter along with the 4 Galilean moons. Don't expect the great red spot or a super wide field of view as telescopes and/or eyepieces that provide this kind of detail cost much more. I ordered the finderscope for this as finding objects without is really hit or miss. I think telescopes.com should just sell this telescope with finder and charge more as beginning astronomers would be better off with the items that come in the accessory kit anyway.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Great little scope and a great value!

By Steve R.

from Running Springs, CA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Good Value For The Price
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Finder scope

Best Uses

  • Astronomy
  • Hiking/Backpacking
  • Travel

Comments about Celestron FirstScope Telescope:

Like so many other, I brought the First Scope for my oldest Grandson for Christmas 2 years ago. The price was right for his age and I wanted him to have the experiences I had When my folks Brought me a telescope as a Christmas as a 5th grader. We took it out Christmas evening and he marveled at Saturn, the Orion Nebula, and the Moon. The Mirror is of respectable quality. The lenses that come with it are nice. The mount is stable. The original finder scope could be better but what do you want for the price? I got the accessory Kit for his birthday and the finder scope that came with the kit was worth the price alone. For the price, the scope well worth it. It is not a $600 scope or even a $100 dollar scope but it beats the big box store scopes selling for twice as much. I plan on making a wood case with foam and velvet lining to house the scope in for traveling.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Celestron FirstScope Telescope

By Sandra

from B'Ham, Al.

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Bird Watching

    Comments about Celestron FirstScope Telescope:

    Wanted something portable, affordable, and easy to use. This suited my wants perfectly.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Instructions

    By Dr.Charles

    from SPRINGFIELD,VA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult To Focus
    • Difficult to Use
    • Poor Lens Quality
    • Unstable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Celestron FirstScope Telescope:

      I HAVE YET TO EVEN SEE A STAR EXCEPT THE ONE POINTER OUT BY MY 4YEAR OLD GRANDSON....WHO WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO SAY HE DIDN'T NEED ANY MACHINE....HE WAS STILL LOOKING FOR MARS WHEN I TOLD HIM IT WAS BEDTIME......HIS OBSERVANCE REPRESENTS THE GOOD ABD THE BAD OF HAVING PRECOCIOUS GRANDCHILDREN.

      THERE COULD HAVE BEEN MORE AND BETTER INSTRUCTIONS.....

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      4.0

      Christmas Present

      By Gary

      from Warner Robins Ga

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Celestron FirstScope Telescope:

          This scope was ordered a Christmas present for my grandchildren. Will not know how it functions until then--the product was received within a few days and appears to be a quality producyh

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          Customer Q & A

          3 Questions About This Product
          Q: "Is there a way you can put this on a tripod?"
          A: No. This telescope can not be mounted on a tripod.
          Q: "Will the FirstScope accept 1 1/4" eyepieces?"
          A: The Celestron FirstScope will accept any 1.25inch eyepieces.
          Q: "What are the best uses of the Firstscope?"
          A: The FirstScope is an ideal entry level astronomical telescope. It is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object, making the viewing experience a snap! The compact design makes it easy enough to take with you on your next outdoor adventure.  You would get great views of the moon, and you would also see some of the larger planets like Jupiter and Saturn but without as much detail as the moon.
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