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Celestron FirstScope Telescope 21024 Reflector 76mm Tabletop Telescopes
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Most Helpful Positive Review Good introductory telescope for the price
I bought this for a 12 year old girl with a passing interest in astronomy. She seemed excited by it and we had little trouble setting it up or learnin...
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Best Beginner Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on April 29, 2012
This is an entry level scope and I would highly recommend this for anyone who is taking their first steps into the subject. Given the lack of any computerized feature and or finderscope, it really makes the newcomer adjust and learn how to spot objects using a reflector telescope with/without an eyepiece. One thing I was not too fond of was the Dobsonian mount, given the difficulty it is to setup a target, the wind and or kids that are asked to come look through the eyepiece would eventually 'move' it. This isn't too big of a problem but it's tedious just because it isn't a computerized scope. I highly recommend this for anyone with kids or anyone getting into astronomy.
Pros: Ease Of Use, Good Images for the Price
Cons: Mount isn't too steady...
Would recommend: Yes
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Muy buen regalo para mi hija :)

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on March 13, 2012
Bueno para el precio. ...
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Great scope easy to use/ great looks

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on May 25, 2010
SMALL STARTER SCOPE --ESP. GREAT FOR KIDS TO SEE MOON/ ETC
Pros: cheap+ Easy
Cons: NONE :YOU GET A LOT FOR THE MONEY...
Would recommend: Yes
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Good introductory telescope for the price

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on November 19, 2009
I bought this for a 12 year old girl with a passing interest in astronomy. She seemed excited by it and we had little trouble setting it up or learning to use it. She could easily find the moon and Jupiter, and with a little effort located the Pleiades.

Finding a sturdy base is a bit of an issue--the thing tends to wobble a bit on tables and such. I think it will also take her some practice to get the hang of adjusting the focus without "bumping" an object out of the field.

My biggest concern was with the eyepieces that were included. The 20mm is a good choice, but I cannot say the same for the 4mm. I explained to her that under most conditions this eyepiece would not help the overall view. I also bought her the accessory package that came with a 12.5mm and a 6mm eyepiece. Both of these seemed much more useful and user-friendly than that 4mm eyepiece, and I would have rather either of them been included in the basic set-up instead. Something in the 8-10mm range would have actually been ideal to complement the 20mm. In any case, I would recommend spending the extra $20 for the accessory package just to get the extra two eyepieces--I think most people will find them more useful than the high-powered one that is included.

Overall, this is a good buy for the money and a good introduction for someone casually interested in the sky. Just don't expect optical perfection.
Pros: Easy to use and handle, especially for kids
Cons: Poor choice of second eyepiece (4 mm)...
Would recommend: Yes
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Celestron Firstscope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on October 17, 2009
Great first astronomy 'scope. Can't beat the value for price. Am using while teaching a group of 8th graders about astronomy. I've added a less than ten dollar red dot sight (for a pellet gun), as it is hard to find sky objects w/o some sort of pointing aid.
Pros: Value for $
Cons: no finderscope...
Would recommend: Yes
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