Celestron AstroMaster 70EQ 70mm f/13 Refractor Telescope

Celestron AstroMaster 70EQ 70mm f/13 Refractor Telescope

Celestron AstroMaster 70EQ 70mm f/13 Refractor Telescope

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Product Highlights

  • 70mm Aperture Refractor OTA
  • 900mm Focal Length, f/12.8 Focal Ratio
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • 1.25" Focuser, 10mm and 20mm Eyepieces
  • CG-2 Manual German Equatorial Mount
  • Dual-Axis Slow Motion Cables
  • 90° Erect-Image Diagonal
  • Permanently-Mounted Red-Dot Finder
  • 1.25" Stainless Steel Tripod with Tray
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Mount: Manual German Equatorial

Manual Alt-Azimuth Manual German Equatorial

Accessories: Standard Accessories

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Aperture: 70mm, f/13

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Celestron AstroMaster 70 EQ overview

  • 1Description

Designed as a capable and portable starter-scope, the Celestron AstroMaster 70EQ 70mm f/13 Refractor Telescope is a complete observational platform for viewing the Moon and planets, or comet-hunting. Its manual equatorial mount, when properly polar aligned, can easily track objects using the slow-motion cables with reduced vibrations, and easy-to-read setting circles aid in speeding up celestial navigation to known coordinates. The entire rig assembles and breaks down without the need for tools, so users can set up fast and get observing sooner.

This version of the AstroMaster comes with two eyepieces that yield low and medium magnifications, and a 90° diagonal that sports an integrated erecting prism to correct images and allow the scope to be used as a conventional spotting scope for terrestrial use. The diagonal also places the user's head in a more comfortable position especially when the OTA is pointed at or near the zenith. An adjustable-height stainless steel tripod supports the mount and optical tube, and comes with a center tray that conveniently holds accessories while improving stability and reducing vibrations.

Optical Tube
  • 70mm aperture
  • f/13 focal ratio
  • 900mm focal length
  • Refractor-style optical path
  • Fully multi-coated optics improve light transmission, color rendition, and contrast
  • Resolution: 1.99 arcsec (Rayleigh); 1.66 arcsec (Dawes)
  • 1.25" rack-and-pinion focuser
  • Dovetail mounting plate
Mount and Tripod
    Mount:
  • Manual equatorial
  • Locking altitude adjustment screw
  • Etched declination dial
  • Dual-axis slow motion cables enables precise adjustments with reduced vibrations
  • Two counterweights and counterweight bar allows proper balancing
  • Dovetail saddle accepts OTA mounting plate and allows for precise balancing
    Tripod:
  • 1.25" tubular stainless steel legs
  • Adjustable height to accommodate a variety of users and observing positions
  • Spiked feet to provide stability in rough or soft terrain
  • Center tray adds stability and vibration-reduction
Included Accessories
    Eyepieces:
  • 1.25" diameter barrel
  • Accepts most astronomical eyepiece filters
  • 10mm focal length produces 90x magnification
  • 20mm focal length yields 45x power
    Diagonal:
  • 90° angle places head in comfortable viewing position, especially when aimed at or near the zenith
  • Integrated erecting prism corrects image for terrestrial viewing as a conventional spotting scope
  • 1.25" snout and eyepiece holder fits and accepts the most common sized focusers and accessories
    Finder:
  • Permanently-mounted in-place
  • Un-magnified view ensures easy alignment and fast star-hopping navigation
  • Red illuminated center aiming dot is easy to see without obstructing small or dim objects
UPC: 050234210621
In the Box
Celestron AstroMaster 70EQ 70mm f/13 Refractor Telescope
  • StarPointer Finderscope
  • 10mm Eyepiece
  • 20mm Eyepiece
  • 90° Erect-Image Diagonal
  • 2 x Counterweights
  • Counterweight Shaft
  • Tripod and Accessory Tray
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Celestron AstroMaster 70 EQ specs

    Optical Tube Assembly
    Optical Design Achromatic Refractor
    Focal Length 900 mm
    Focal Ratio f/12.9
    Eyepiece Barrel Diameter 1.25"
    Mount
    Type German Equatorial
    GoTo Capability No
    Tripod
    Material of Tripod Stainless Steel
    General
    Weight 18.0 lb / 8.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 23.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 41.0 x 15.0 x 9.5"

    Celestron AstroMaster 70 EQ reviews

    AstroMaster 70EQ 70mm f/13 Refractor Telescope is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Telescope I bought this item for my grandson and he is thrilled with the telescope. The item is well made and he was so excited he could see the craters in the moon. It's an item I would definitely buy again.
    Date published: 2013-01-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Basic Telescope Excellent elementary tool to observe the Moon. I like the superb finish of the product. Though it takes a few minutes to fix it in entirety, if fully disassembled, it gives a satisfactory result once you point it to see what you want. Variable eyepieces provide different experiences in viewing the same object from different perspectives. I'll suggest it for kids' learning tool to explore the night sky.
    Date published: 2017-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Got this telescope for the family during Christmas. Extremely easy to set up. Brought it out the first night and we were able to easily see the moon as well as some cool stars. The stand does shake easily if bumped, but I can imagine it being built much mor sturdy. Just don't bump it, simple as that. We look forward to using it much more.
    Date published: 2015-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Overall fantastic telescope for the price (one-one-two). The mount is pretty sturdy (more than expected), but it's still this kit's weakest link. The finder (despite bad reviews) works great (glowing red dot that magically moves to stay on target) and once aligned, it works fine to aim the telescope relatively quickly. I use this for photography of the moon (and sun in a few weeks), and it CAN provide excellent results. See attached examples: 1) scaled photo to show how much of the moon fills of a canon 60d cropped frame 2) full-resolution crop from the center of that same moon photo to show detail of the optic 3) full-resolution crop showing Saturn (using 2x barlow) HOWEVER, know what you're getting into....... I wanted to use my Canon 60D, so I purchased this telescope kit(70eq), t-mount adapter (#93419), and camera adapter with integrated barlow (#93640). Though if you do not need the extra magnification, you can focus just fine without a barlow (and buy just the camera adapter (#93625)). For the best optical quality (and to get the whole moon in the photo), I removed the 90degree thing at the end, and inserted the camera/tmount/adapter (w/o barlow). Then I was able to focus at infinity (barely), and get the moon photo I attached. The moon fills 36% of the width of the frame (Canon 60D is a cropped 18MP sensor), resulting in the moon being 1850px wide. I set the mirror-lockup, worked for a few minutes to get the focus perfect, and had to wait 10sec before triggering the wireless shutter remote take the pic after 10sec delay (so it would stop wiggling). So, it's a bit of a pain to get perfect, but completely doable if you're up for a challenge, and I'm EXTREMELY pleased with the final product. FYI, if you leave the 90degree thing, it will not be able to focus the camera. You can get it to work by adding the 2x barlow which decreases light and quality, but it does allow viewing of smaller things e.g. Jupiter/Saturn (moon is too big to fit)
    Date published: 2017-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't go wrong for the price Easy to assemble. Tripod is sturdy enough given the price. It vibrates a little bit after making adjustments but it settles down pretty fast. Equatorial Mount works great for tracking objects . Sometimes the locking nuts and slow motion cables do get in the way of one another when the entire rig is pointed in certain directions but it's not a big deal. I'm able to work around that easily. The first night I used it I was able to see Jupiter and four of its moons and Saturn and its rings. I was only expecting to see Saturn as a blob with a halo around it but even through the lower powerd eyepiece it was stunning. The planet was tack sharp and the rings were separate and distinct. I was impressed. The higher power eyepiece is not all that great but at this price the package is still five stars despite that. I planned to upgrade to a higher quality 10mm eyepiece anyway and junk the one that came with it. Currently I'm using the included 20mm lower power eyepiece almost exclusively because it's just a better view. Red dot finder scope works great after it's properly aligned. I've had no problems with it at all. Great for the money. It is a great starter scope. I've always been interested in astronomy myself and now my seven year old daughter is as well. I bought this so that she and I could get started looking at the sky together. It gets the job done and I'm satisfied with my purchase.
    Date published: 2018-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from we are satisfied easy to assemble and easy to use
    Date published: 2010-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Scope! Great scope for the price! Crystal Clear Optics. For a budget scope it is tops. Love the dovetail on the EQ mount. I bought this scope because my C90 Mak-Cassegrain scope I also purchased from B&H will fit the dovetail on the EQ mount.So I can switch between scopes without having to carry two tripod mounts.EQ mount is easily setup and functions great!
    Date published: 2015-11-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good telescope This telescope is nice and does the job. I had originally ordered this item online and I didn't receive it on the expected date. But after finding out that ups had lost the package B&H reshipped my order one day express to make up for the inconvenience
    Date published: 2016-02-16
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