Celestron - AstroMaster 76EQ 3" Newtonian Reflector Telescope

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The AstroMaster 76EQ Telescope is a 76mm Newtonian reflector optical tube mounted on an equatorial mount. It is very easy to set up just like the rest of the Astromaster series, consisting of an optical tube, german equatorial mount, and accessory tray.

SKU: CEL-31035
Manufactured by:
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Product Description

CELESTRON  •  AstroMaster 76EQ 3" Newtonian Reflector  •   31035

The AstroMaster 76EQ Telescope is a 76mm Newtonian reflector optical tube mounted on an equatorial mount. It is very easy to set up just like the rest of the Astromaster series, consisting of an optical tube, german equatorial mount, and accessory tray. Simply mount the optical tube on the dovetail connection and snap the accessory tray and the telescope is set up! No additional tools are needed. The equatorial mount is equipped with setting circles for right ascension and declination adjustment as well as a permanent mounted StarPointer finderscope. With the light gathering power of a Newtonian reflector, excellent detail of the lunar surfaces of the moon, cloud bands of Jupiter and rings of Saturn and even some brighter deep sky objects like the Hercules Globular Cluster and Orion Nebula will look quite impressive for the money. The two included eyepieces with this telescope are 10mm and 20mm focal lengths resulting in magnifications of 35x and 70x. For instance, Jupiter will look larger will more detail through 10mm eyepiece but other planets and objects may not need the high magnification to show detail. The SkyX First Light Edition Astronomy Software is also included with a celestial database of 10,000 objects! Beginner astronomers will have no issue learning their night sky.

FEATURES: 

  • Newtonian reflector design
  • Focal ratio f/9
  • Accessory tray included
  • Equatorial mount
  • StarPointer finderscope
  • SkyX First Light Edition Software included
  • 10mm and 20mm eyepieces included

 

 

 

 

 

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Specifications

Name Celestron - AstroMaster 76EQ 3" Newtonian Reflector Telescope
Manufacturer Celestron
Model CEL-31035
UPC 050234310352
Telescope Aperture 3" and Under
Angular Field of View 1.4 °
Aperture 76 mm (2.99 in)
Eyepiece 1 20 mm (0.79 in)
Eyepiece 2 10 mm (0.39 in)
Finderscope Built-on StarPointer
Focal Length 700 mm (27.56 in)
Focal Ratio 9.21
Mount CG-2 Equatorial
Optical Tube Length 26 in (660.4 mm)
Resolution (Dawes) 1.53 arcsec
Resolution (Rayleigh) 1.83 arcsec
Star Diagonal
Tripod 1.25" steel tube legs

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This little scope is an decent place to start for anyone that would like to get more experience with Newtonian optics and equatorial mounts. I have only three complaints about this scope; the finder reticle is difficult to align and use, the included erect image 20mm eyepiece is of poor quality, and the lack of tube rings to reposition the focuser, requires you to look through the eyepiece at sometimes awkward angles. These problems are easily remedied by upgrading to a red dot finder, getting a couple of low priced Plossl eyepieces, and getting a set of tube rings and a new dovetail bar; however, these upgrades will require you to spend about another $100.
The telescope tube and mount are fairly durable and stable, but also light enough to be very portable. The optics are very good; I was able to push the magnification up to 200x with a 2x Barlow lens and 7mm eyepiece on the moon and planets, and still get sharp images during favorable atmospheric conditions. The image is much better than what can be seen with a 60mm achromatic refractor. Low power views at 28x magnification with a 25mm eyepiece give nice, sharp views of the brightest nebula and star clusters.
The equatorial mount can handle a DSLR camera with a 200mm lens fairly well, and with the addition of a motor drive and separate dovetail bar to connect the DSLR, makes a good intro mount for beginning astrophotography.
Overall an okay scope, but in need of upgrades which almost double the cost of the scope.
(Posted on 8/2/2017)
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