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Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit

You Pay: $45.99
Product Highlights
  • 300mm f/3.9 Dobsonian Reflector
  • Manual Altazimuth Mount

Reprising much of the design of classic reflectors used by the most famous historical astronomers, the Celestron FirstScope is a 3" reflector meant for tabletop viewing that's also a nice decorative scope.  Movements are super-simple; just rotate the ball bearing turntable base where you need to, loosen the up/down locking knob, and point the tube to the area of the sky you're interested in.  A pair of basic eyepieces supplied provide 15x & 75x magnification, but you can use any 1.25" eyepiece.  Grab a star chart and set out to explore the sky as the greats from centuries past did with the FirstScope.

Desktop style Dobsonian-style altazimuth mount.
Tube housing adorned with names of famous astronomers
Simple rack and pinion 1.25" focuser
Light enough to travel almost anywhere
Supplied with 15x (25° apparent field) and 75x (33° apparent field) eyepieces
Both a cool keepsake and a practical viewing instrument
Optical Design Newtonian Reflector
Optical Lens Diameter 3.0" (76mm)
Focal Length 300mm
Focal Ratio f/3.9
Maximum Useful Magnification 150x
Resolving Power 1.82
Optical Tube Dimensions 10.5" (26.7cm) in Length [unspecified diameter]
Mount Type Dobsonian-style Altazimuth
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
Finderscope None
Tripod None
Motor No
GO-TO Capability No
PC Compatible No
Power Source None
Weight 4.3 lbs (1.96kg)
Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit
  • 20mm (15x) & 4mm (75x) 1.25" Eyepieces
  • 2-Year Warranty
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    CelestronFirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit
     
    4.2

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (8)
    • Strong construction (6)
    • Accurate (4)
    • Quality lenses (3)

    Cons

    • Poor lens quality (4)

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A bargain for a child or adult

    This telescope is a bargain beyond even what I expected. It's a really good little telescope, especially if you already have some nicer eyepieces. For a 3" telescope that's barely bigger...Read complete review

    This telescope is a bargain beyond even what I expected. It's a really good little telescope, especially if you already have some nicer eyepieces. For a 3" telescope that's barely bigger than 2 Coke cans, you can see some great stuff. If you're considering one for a child, it's probably better than you are likely to get even from more expensive scopes from a big box store. As long as they're patient and over about 10, this telescope is good enough not to disappoint them, but not expensive. The little Dobsonian mount is smooth and easy enough to track objects. The included eyepieces allow you to see Saturn's rings and Jupiter's moons. Views of our own moon are incredible. It's the perfect size to take camping and is small and light enough to easily carry to dark places away from lights. It would be nice if it had better eyepieces, but that would make it cost a lot more. They're not great, but good enough. I don't think you can beat this quality or deal for double the price. Buy one for yourself, and one for a gift.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good starting product

    This is a gift for my 6 year old son, he said: Daddy this is the best gift ever.
    It is a great product for a child, however opctics are not so...Read complete review

    This is a gift for my 6 year old son, he said: Daddy this is the best gift ever.
    It is a great product for a child, however opctics are not so good, a pair of binoculars can do the same thing.

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    3.0

    Good starting product

    By aragen

    from Doral, FL

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult To Focus
    • Poor Lens Quality

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

    This is a gift for my 6 year old son, he said: Daddy this is the best gift ever.
    It is a great product for a child, however opctics are not so good, a pair of binoculars can do the same thing.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A bargain for a child or adult

    By Dave

    from Cookeville, TN

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to use
    • Includes everything
    • Inexpensive
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Hiking/Backpacking

    Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

    This telescope is a bargain beyond even what I expected. It's a really good little telescope, especially if you already have some nicer eyepieces. For a 3" telescope that's barely bigger than 2 Coke cans, you can see some great stuff. If you're considering one for a child, it's probably better than you are likely to get even from more expensive scopes from a big box store. As long as they're patient and over about 10, this telescope is good enough not to disappoint them, but not expensive. The little Dobsonian mount is smooth and easy enough to track objects. The included eyepieces allow you to see Saturn's rings and Jupiter's moons. Views of our own moon are incredible. It's the perfect size to take camping and is small and light enough to easily carry to dark places away from lights. It would be nice if it had better eyepieces, but that would make it cost a lot more. They're not great, but good enough. I don't think you can beat this quality or deal for double the price. Buy one for yourself, and one for a gift.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By Yeti15622

    from Colorado Springs, Colorado

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Difficult To Focus

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy

    Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

    I used this for a science expo project and my teacher, friend, and I love it. Although I wish I had it for the lunar eclipse but still amazing. My dad bought it but he likes to use too. Very good for a first time telescope.

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    • No

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Would Definitely buy this again

    By Washfam

    from Perris, CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Bird Watching

      Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

      THis is a great started telescope. It has good clarity and you can see alot further distance than you would think.
      The kids love it, I can barely get them in the house once the stars come out!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very good value for the money.

      By PA Mc

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Quality Lenses

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

        I bought for my 7 year old for his birthday. He was impressed by how well he could see the craters on the moon. We were even able to see a couple of Jupiter's moons.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A great starter telescope

        By Suda

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor Lens Quality

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

        A great starter telescope particularly for small kids. However the lenses could have been of better quality. I did get this product with the accessory kit. The finderscope is difficult to use if the telescope is placed on a tabletop. Easy setup and easy to use telescope and a great value and would have received 5 stars if it came with better lenses.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Camping with FirstScope

        By WagenHund

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hiking/Backpacking

          Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

          Camped for a week in RMNP Longs Peak campground. Used the scope for day/night observation.

          Rugged! No case and it held up to numerous abuses.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Execellent

          By Stut98

          from EastProvidence,RI

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Poor Lens Quality

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Bright Conditions

          Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

          The scope is stylish in apperance. The adjusting control is quite precise.The 20mm eyepiece produces a very sharp image,but the 4mm image is poor. Perhaps a better 4mm piece would have produced a better view.Even if the FirstScope had costed $80 I would have still have bought it.

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          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          best scope for the price!

          By miikey

          from texas

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact

          Cons

          • Difficult to Use

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

          on a clear night you can see 4 moons of Jupiter with this little telescope.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Bang for your buck

          By Joe Gazer

          from Providence, RI

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact

          Cons

          • Poor Lens Quality

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

          This is a wonderful telescope for the price. The cost per square centimeter of reflector is excellent. Perfect for showing the young ones the heavens without having to worry about breaking.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice beginner telescope

          By JP

          from NYC

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Celestron FirstScope 3"/76mm Reflector Telescope Kit:

                It's a good deal at the price, but it's worth investing in a new eyepiece.

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