2 Celestron Refractor Telescopes

Recently we added a post about thre Celestron reflector telescopes. In this on we offer two Celestron refractor telescopes.

Celestron C80 ED-R Apochromatic Refractor Telescope

Before you even learn about the abundant features of the Celestron C80 ED-R Apochromatic Refractor Telescope, you might notice its glossy black finish and attractive appearance. This telescope is sleek and stylish. It features brilliant fully multi-coated optics and Celestron’s signature high quality ED glass.

ED glass provides the best color correction on the market as well as crystal clear and sharp images. The chromatic aberration that often comes with lunar and planetary viewing is nearly eliminated so that you can enjoy the night sky in crisp clarity. All-in-all, the scope is extremely well made and delivers a wide range of excellent viewing.

This telescope’s refractor style 80ED has a 2” diameter steel tripod with an accessory rack and pinion focuser for steady viewing and ease of handling. From time to time, you may need to give the focuser a light cleaning to keep its motion smooth.

The collomination, however, was perfectly precise on first use, and required no adjustment whatsoever. The refractor’s focal length of 600mm (f/7.5) makes this the perfect all-around telescope with the versatility of handling both nature photography and wide field astrophotography.

Additional features include a 20mm 1.25” eyepiece made to handle wide field viewing, erect image diagonal for comfortable high image viewing, and a 6×30 finderscope for ease of accurately finding objects. Slow motion controls allow for smooth tracking action that make using this telescope an absolute dream.

The performance of this telescope is absolutely thrilling. I will never forget the first time I brought Jupiter and Venus into focus and marveled at the sharpness and clarity. I was able to see considerable detail on Jupiter without a hint of false color. With a few adjustments, I was able to see some breathtaking higher power views.

The heavy duty CG-5 German equatorial mount is precision-engineered for sturdiness and stability. Its gears on both axes allow for smooth manipulation of the telescope and the larger, sturdier legs on the tripod provide top-notch damping characteristics for absolutely still views. The latitude scale on the mount aids in alignment and the polar finderscope fine tunes precision alignments.

The Celestron C80 ED-R Apochromatic Refractor Telescope also comes with a free CD-ROM entitled “The Sky”. This software provides educational material about the celestial world as well as printable sky maps. Overall, this telescope is perfect for anyone from the hobbyist to the serious astronomer and is thankfully very affordable.

Celestron 21048 PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope
  • Quick and easy no-tool setup. Slow motion controls for smooth tracking.
  • Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use. Fully coated glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity. 3x Barlow lens triples the magnifying power of each eyepiece.
  • Accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories.
  • BONUS Astronomy Software download with a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images.
Celestron Refractor Telescopes

Celestron 73150249 LCM 60 Computerised Refractor Telescope

The Celestron 73150249 LCM 60 Computerised Refractor Telescope, with NexStar computer control and a built-on SkyPointer Finder-Scope, may well be the perfect choice for viewing the night sky. But what about the company? Are they reliable? Can you count on them for support? Just who is Celestron anyway?

Today, Celestron both imports and manufactures optical equipment of all kinds. But, back in the 1950s, Tom Johnson was running an electronics firm called Valor Electronics, when his two sons expressed an interest in astronomy.

Rather than simply buy cheap telescopes for them, Tom actually built a six-inch reflecting telescope. He became so fascinated by telescope-building that, by 1964, he had created the Celestron Pacific Division as part of Valor Electronics, the sole purpose of which was to build and sell high-quality telescopes. 

The Celestron website contains online manuals, and setup and usage videos, for all Celestron products. There’s also a Knowledge Base on every topic of interest to the amateur astronomer. There’s even a dedicated website for Celestron User Groups, devoted to specific products lines! Celestron has been around for decades, is dedicated to building optical equipment for the amateur astronomer to the highest quality standards, and provides wide-based support.

Now, back to the Celestron LCM 60 Computerised Refractor Telescope. It’s easy to carry around and set up, especially because of the lightweight computerised mount. No heavy tools are needed to assemble and dis-assemble the telescope. Stability on the most uneven terrain is guaranteed with an adjustable aluminum tripod that will let you set up in the perfect viewing spot that just happens to be on very rugged terrain.

An attachable accessory tray is also included, so that you can store all the add-ons, pieces of equipment, notebooks, and whatever else you may need, close at hand.

The Celestron LCM 60 Computerised Refractor Telescope has a 60 mm refractor, and is completely compatible with the NexRemote telescope control software, available as an optional extra, which will give you full computer control of your Celestron telescope to find any of the over 4000 objects listed in the software’s database.

A CD-ROM, “The Sky”, is also included as a source of astronomical education on the sky and on viewable celestial objects — you can also print out sky maps to aid in your visual navigation of the night sky. This telescope is also ideal for long-distance viewing on Planet Earth, allowing you to explore far-away scenic landscapes as never before.

The Celestron LCM 60 telescope also has a built-on StarPointer Finder-Scope, which allows you to align the telescope visually in a correct general direction before turning control over to the computer. The SkyAlign feature lets you align on any three visible bright celestial objects, thereby making alignment process even easier.

The mechanical linkages for the optical tube, the computerised base mount, and the accessory tray are all quick-release, allowing easy set-up and dis-assembly. Both the hand control software and the motor control units are flash-upgradeable via the Internet. 

Technically, the Celestron LCM 60 telescope has a 700 mm focal length, with a focal ratio is 11.67 — the optical elements are fully-coated. The telescope weighs just over ten pounds, or, more accurately, 4.54 kilograms. It has a motorized Altazimuth mount, and two eyepieces: the first one 25 mm with a magnification of 25x, the second, 9 mm with a magnification of 78x.

The highest useful magnification through the telescope is 142x, which means a limit on viewing objects with magnitudes no more than 11.4, which will allow you to easily see detail on Neptune (maximum magnitude around 8), and perhaps glimpse Saturn’s moon Iapetus (maximum magnitude 10.2).

Celestron 22096 NexStar 102 SLT Computerised Telescope
  • Compatible with 2" eyepieces High quality 102 mm short tube style refractor. Fully computerized Altazimuth mount, and StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects.
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for quick no tool set up.
  • Sturdy stainless steel tripod and accessory tray included. Good for terrestrial and celestial observing.
  • BONUS Astronomy Software download with a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images.
  • German (Publication Language)

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