The landing of the Apollo 11 lunar module, Eagle, on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, and the first steps of a human on another celestial body, represent one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of mankind. B&H Photo is helping to commemorate the milestone anniversary of NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins’s great journey to the moon and back with several special-edition telescopes from Celestron that ship with a commemorative Apollo 11 50th anniversary coin and 50 Things to See on the Moon book.
Released for the 50th anniversary are the Apollo 11 50th anniversary versions of four different Celestron telescopes. And, with those scopes, or one you already own, to enhance your moon viewing, you may want to grab the Celestron Moon Filter Set for 1.25" eyepieces.
The PowerSeeker 127mm telescope and AstroMaster 70AZ includes not only the Apollo 11 coin and moon book, but a bonus smartphone adapter to help capture the sights on your phone camera, and a free download of Starry Night Basic Edition software for PC and the SkyPortal app for iOS and Android devices. The Travel Scope does not include the smartphone adapter, but does include the software. And, the FirstScope includes both the software and a free download of a Lunar Landscapes e-book by Robert Reeves. All of these scopes are great for lunar viewing, as well as for looking at other deep-sky objects in the night sky!
Apollo 11 mission photographs © NASA
If you are new to telescopes, you undoubtedly have questions and even this selection of four scopes can create confusion for the novice. Don’t worry, B&H Photo has you covered with this article: Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Telescope. Also, ideal for lunar observation are binoculars and spotting scopes. B&H has a huge selection of great optics for looking up at the night sky.
Explora readers know that the moon is my favorite night sky subject for viewing and photos. What better way to celebrate this golden 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing than by heading outside to view the moon with your friends and family?
Read more about this significant anniversary with B&H in Space!