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Celestron FirstScope Telescope

- Named Official Product of International Year of Astronomy 2009, FirstScope pays tribute to the men and women who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us!
- High quality Dobsonian style stand with a 76 mm reflector optical tube make FirstScope an ideal entry level astronomical telescope.
- Portable and lighweight table-top design makes it easy to store, transport and setup your FirstScope Telescope
- FirstScope is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object.
- Stylish and decorative design makes FirstScope a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy.
- Telescope doesn't include the accessory kit
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Named Official Product of International Year of Astronomy 2009, the Celestron FirstScope Telescope - Official Product of IYA 2009 pays tribute to the men and women who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us!

A Portable Memorial

In 1609, world-renowned Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei, introduced an elementary telescope to the growing astronomy community which sparked interest into the mysterious night sky for centuries to come. Four centuries later, in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, Celestron offers the portable FirstScope Telescope. The FirstScope pays tribute to Galileo Galilei and many of history’s most notable astronomers and scientists by displaying their names around the optical tube. We honor the contributions of these men and women, who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us.

Compact and Stylish

The FirstScope is a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy. This quality Dobsonian style telescope features a 76 mm aperture reflector optical tube. 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. FirstScope is also stylish enough to be a decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk.

FirstScope Telescope - General Features:
- Named Official Product of International Year of Astronomy 2009, FirstScope pays tribute to the men and women who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us!
- High quality Dobsonian style stand with a 76 mm reflector optical tube make FirstScope an ideal entry level astronomical telescope.
- Portable and lighweight table-top design makes it easy to store, transport and setup your FirstScope Telescope
- FirstScope is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object.
- Stylish and decorative design makes FirstScope a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy.
- Telescope doesn't include the accessory kit

Specification

Additional Info

Specifications
Optical Design Dobsonian Reflector
Aperture 76 mm (2.99 in)
Focal Length 300 mm (11.81 in)
Focal Ratio
3.95
Eyepiece 1 20 mm (0.79 in)
Magnification 1 15 x
Eyepiece 2 4 mm (0.16 in)
Magnification 2 75x
Weight 69 oz (1956.12 g)
Manufacturer Celestron
Recommended Usage Viewing the Moon, Viewing the Planets
User Level For the Kids

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Purchased for 7 yo son - Review by
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Son is getting this for xmas. Found Ozhut to be a great service,great price, well informed of products
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Great telescope for beginners especially kids - Review by
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I bought it for my sons and they loved it even my husband. So easy to set up and ready to use pretty much straight away. My whole family can see the moon in close-up for the first time and it was very excited! Great product over all.
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I bought this product for my husband and he thoroughly loves it. Its easy to use and its practical for storage and transport. We are amazed at the focus quality
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Pros: light, price
Cons: focus mechanism

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Good for kids to explore moon and better than naked eye view of planets
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Pros: easy to carry, Good price, Decent glass, great first telescope


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Nice simple telescope, perfect for kids - Review by
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I have bought two of these now...one for my child and one for a relative's child. Easy to use telescope which is very portable and provides instant viewing which is important for children who have a short attention span at times. Surprisingly good optics and provided nice clear views of the moon especially when coupled with the moon filter from the (optional) accessory kit.
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Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability


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I wasn't really sure what to expect for the price, but I'm extremely happy with the build quality. The FirstScope comes with a solid stand that helps you keep this high powered telescope stable.

One sight of the details on the moon, and I was hooked. I'm looking forward to gazing at the stars some more.

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very happy with this purchase. I bought it for my child as an introduction to astronomy but I find myself using it at times I want to just want to observe for a short length of time and can't be bothered dragging my large telescope and mount outside. I'm buying another one for my niece's birthday!
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Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability


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good first scope as an introduction - Review by
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very good service
brought as a gift i have no experience and wanted a product that was easy to use and would allow the user to use and explore the night sky.
it is easy to use although needs very careful focusing. and it is best used a stable base as it is very easy to knock out of line.
it is very easy to store and carry ideal for taking with you if you wish to go away from lit areas as not tripod is needed, although it is great for back yard use
has been enjoyed would recommend beginner's book to aide star searching

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Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability
Cons: focus mechanism

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Few years ago my son received from a grandparent a generic store telescope, it was out of alignment and a real disappointment. He remained keen and after plenty of research purchased the Celestron FirstScope Telescope. He is rapt with this telescope and its performance from our backyard at dusk and early evening, and can't wait until he is allowed to stay up until really late on a dark night. Fantastic product and we will get plenty of use from it in the future.
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Pros: user friendly, Good price, great first telescope
Cons: May encourage you to buy a big telescope!

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I purchased this for my grandchildren (6 and 5 years) in Toowoomba, Queensland - Review by
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It is easy to set up and easy for them to use.
It has Famous Astronomers names spiraling around the tube, so they can google them for more information on the history of astronmy.
They have always been facinated with the moon and looked for it in the sky from a very young age, and now they can see it close up.
Highly recommended

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Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability, user friendly, great first telescope


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Warranty

Celestron Limited Warranty

Celestron warrants its products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the length of time specified by this product to the original owner. Each product will list the warranty for it on our website.

Celestron will repair or replace the product which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship and within the definitions of the limits described below.

This warranty is effective January 1, 2012, and supersedes all other warranties as noted in brochures, instruction manuals, product packaging, etc.

This warranty does not cover products that have been subject to abuse, misuse, physically damaged, altered, or had unauthorized repairs or modifications. This warranty does not cover defects due to normal wear and tear and other conditions.

Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any binocular or spotting scope covered by this warranty within thirty calendar days of receipt. If it takes longer, the customer will be notified.

If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your product, please contact our Customer Service.

FAQ

Q:
My husband is very interested in Astronomy and very keen to have his own telescope. I am thinking in getting him something for christmas, but he is a beginner. Could you recommend a good entry level telescope for someone new? Something not too expensive but that he can basically see planets, stars, constellations..
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A beginner telescope that I would recommend is the Celestron 70AZ ($149) : http://www.ozscopes.com.au/refractor-telescope-celestron-astromaster-70az.html It is easy to use, easy to be transported around. With a nice 70mm aperture, you can see the moon clearly (the craters), but for far away stars and planets, it might not look so detailed. The good thing about this telescope is, you can also use it for terrestrial (land) viewing during the day. Use it to watch the whales, birds, ships, etc. :) If you have a higher budget, there is a few that I can recommend: The Saxon Dobsonian 8" ($485) :http://www.ozscopes.com.au/dobsonian-telescope-saxon-8inch.html The dobsonians are the best value for money telescope. You get bright and clear images. You could see the ring of Saturn, Jupiter, star clusters, Orion, Crab and Tarantula Nebulae, etc. Fantastic views for its price! However, it is rather big and bulky. If you are looking for something stationary to be kept and used at home and backyard, this shouldn't be a problem. If you are willing to spend a little bit more, the collapsible version might be an option for you. Sky Watcher 8" collapsible dobsonian ($579) http://www.ozscopes.com.au/dobsonian-telescope-skywatcher-black-diamond-collapsible-8-inch.html It's of a different brand, same specification and it is collapsible! So even though it is still big and bulky, you can collapse the tube and makes it easier to fit into your car. Another one would be The Saxon 1025AZ3 ($469) http://www.ozscopes.com.au/refractor-telescope-saxon-1025az3.html It is easy to use, for portable and can be used for land viewing too. It is smaller and uses a lens instead of mirror (dobsonian). Personally, I would go with the dobsonian, because it gives you a bigger and brighter view (the mirror's diameter is 8" inch!) if I have the space. :)
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Is the Celestron FirstScope Telescope able to see Nebula clearly?
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The Celestron Firstscope has a fairly small aperture. As far as lunar and planetary viewing is concerned, it will be an excellent scope to get started. Nebulaes, Galaxies and deeper space objects will be difficult to pick up because the mirrors are not large enough to collect the necessary light. For those, I would recommend at least 150mm of aperture to capture enough light from the sky. The dobsonian range of telescopes are a good start and the best value for money starting at $289 for the 6inch(150mm) aperture. Here's the link for your convenience: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/telescope/dobsonian-telescope
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I've got a 50mm powerseeker telescope which I bought second hand. I've got all compartment except 2 eyepieces and the round plate eyepiece holder and would like your advise on these accessories to buy. As I have searched in your site, I realized that what I have is only a search tool and will have to buy something more powerful as I want to view planets as well.
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The 50mm powerseeker is a fairly small telescope and hence you would be limited in the objects you are able to see with them. Generally, this would allow you to see the moon, but you will find that even with planets this would already be a struggle ( You would most likely see a bright circle but less of the details). When you mention round plate eyepiece holder, did you mean that the diagonal ( the 90 degree angled fitting seen on the left hand side of the scope on our site: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/celestron-powerseeker-50-az-telescope.html ) is missing as well? If it is, you are better off getting a new telescope as the accessories including the eyepiece and diagonal will already set you back to about $150 at the very least for a basic setup. With that amount of money, you are better off looking at a new scope since it already comes pre-packed with the accessories. Do let us know if you have further questions, or would like to give us a call : 039780 1888
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I'm new with telescopes and I was wondering what's the diameter of the Celestron FirstScope Telescope? Because I'm planning to register a start after my boyfriend's name and in order to see the star, you need a domestic telescope (100 mm or 4 inch diameter lens or greater). Does this telescope have a lens of 100mm or 4 inch diameter lens ?
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The celestron FirstScope has an aperture lens of 76mm, which probably won't be big enough for what you want to see. If you are looking for an entry level telescope with a 100mm aperture, then you could look at something like the Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Reflector Telescope which can be found on our site here: http://www.ozscopes.com.au/reflector-telescope-celestron-astromaster-114eq.html
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I was wondering if I could buy a telescope at a shop which is near Westmead and not far from here?
A:
Unfortunately, we don't actually have any shop fronts as such and operate from a warehouse in Bayswater, Melbourne. I'm not really sure where you could purchase this telescope in Westmead. Perhaps an Australian Geographic shop may have what you are after. Alternatively, I will let you know that we do ship anywhere in Australia, so we can most certainly get the FirstScope telescope to you.
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I have Just purchased first scope and I was wondering if I could purchase the accessory kit for the First Scope. Do you have this?
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The First Scope accessory kit is due to arrive in Australia around Mid-October. We will have stock available so do check the website.
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Are the eyepieces for the Celestron FirstScope standard 1.25" (diam) or are they some smaller size?
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Yes, the FirstScope eyepieces are the standard 1.25" size.
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What material is the First Scope telescope tube made of?
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The the First Scope telescope tube is made from Aluminium.

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