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Celestron 21068 Skyscout Scope 90

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  • Designed with non-magnetic materials that do not interfere with the SkyScout sensors
  • Quick and easy, no-tool, setup
  • 90 mm refractor optical design with all coated glass optics and 660 mm (f/7) focal length for crisp, clear images
  • Erect image optics are ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use, erect image 6x30 finderscope with quick-release bracket
  • Pan handle control with clutch for smooth and accurate pointing
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  • Product Dimensions: 96.5 x 53.3 x 27.9 cm ; 9 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 12 Kg
  • Item model number: 21068
  • ASIN: B0010PGGWU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Nov. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,664 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Expand your world and discover the night sky. Take a closer look at the objects you've seen only from afar. Become acquainted with planets and constellations that have mystified people over thousands of years. Explore space your way. Use and enjoy this Celestron 21068 Sky Scout Scope 90 Telescope.
The SkyScout Scope is made of the highest quality materials to ensure stability and durability. All this adds up to a telescope that gives you a lifetime of pleasure with a minimal amount of maintenance. This telescope was designed for use with the Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium (sold separately). The SkyScout Scope features a compact and portable design with ample optical performance to excite any newcomer to the world of amateur astronomy. In addition, your SkyScout Scope is ideal for terrestrial observations which will open your eyes with superb high power viewing. The SkyScout Scope carries a two year limited warranty. Each SkyScout Scope includes - optical tube with attached SkyScout bracket , Alt-Az mount with attached pan handle, 10mm eyepiece - 1.25", 40mm eyepiece - 1.25", erect image diagonal - 1.25" .
Designed exclusively for use with the Celestron SkyScout Personal Planetarium, the new SkyScout Scope 90 is easy to set-up, nearly maintenance free and features Celestron's precision optics. Simply attach the SkyScout to the specially designed mount to locate and identify celestial objects. Once the SkyScout has located or identified an object it's time to take your celestial experience to the next level and use the SkyScout Scope to reveal the wonders of the universe Pan handle control with clutch for smooth and accurate pointing The SkyScout Scope Alt-Az mount is easy to move wherever you want to point it. The up and down (altitude) is controlled by the pan handle Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25 stainless steel tube legs provides a rigid and stable viewing platform Accessory tray f


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My preliminary assessment of the SkyScout Scope 90 is that it is optically very good and, as a 90mm achromatic refractor, works well. The supplied eyepieces are good and the focussing mechanism works well. It was well-packaged and easy to put together, apart from the finderscope which had to be rebuilt as its rubber ring was not attached but was wrapped round the finder mount. Tonight I have had excellent sharp views of Saturn and its moons. However, there are two main problem areas with the SkyScout Scope as an integrated concept:

1. The Alt-Azimuth mount is difficult to lock in position when aligning an object in the finderscope. The altitude movement is locked by twisting the pan handle but this has enough play that it then sags, particularly when at a moderate elevation, and the object is no longer centred in the finder or in the eyepiece. The scope cannot view the sky directly above because the mount prevents elevation to that angle. Attaching the Scout makes the scope top-heavy, exacerbating the play in the mount.

2. Integration with the SkyScout sounds a great concept but it is much less useful in practice and has not really been realised. I have found the Scout to be an excellent product and this persuaded me to purchase the telescope designed for it. However, the field of view of the Scout is much greater than the finderscope and, when the Scout shows that it has located the object, the object may be well off centre in the finderscope. I also found it impossible to get the axes of the Scout and the scope perfectly aligned as there was insufficient adjustment in the vertical alignment. It is difficult to look through the viewfinder of the Scout and see the direction arrows when it is attached.
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Let's face it - the Skyscout is fun and helps you find all sorts of night sky objects but it is frustrating when you can't see any details, for example the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, binary stars, even some of the brighter nebulae.
The Skyscout Scope 90 solves this. Now you can locate the object with the Skyscout and peer through the Scope to look at the details.
It arrived promptly, despite the Xmas rush, and was very safely packed - carton exterior, carton interior and finally layers of foam. Despite 2 puncture holes that had penetrated the outer two layers there was no damage. It came with an easy set up and separately more detailed manuals but it was easy to assemble; open tripod, expand legs, park tube on clamp, do up 2 thumb screws, install diagonal mirror and eyepiece, install finderscope and align. Placing the Skyscope on to its bracket I noticed that the up/down alignment screw didn't have enough range to centre objects in its viewfinder so I placed a couple of small washers between the bracket and the telescope clamp to which it is attached, all was solved.

The quality is surprisingly good for its price - sharp with little sign of chromatic aberration, although naturally when you switch from the 40mm to the other included 28mm eyepiece objects dim - this is the penalty of having a relatively small objective lens. There is no altazimuth mount so you have to jerk along with the mount but you wanted to have something that is simple and enhances the Skyscout - didn't you?

I also have a large LX200 8" SCT, but it takes 30 mins to set up and align. Meanwhile, with the Skyscout I could have been out, followed the recommended daily viewing, listened to some narrations, orientated my way round the sky and packed up before I had even removed the objective cover on the old Meade!
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As a companion to the Skyscout it is unbeatable, it opens up the universe to all ages, lets you see any visible star, planet, or constellation is easy to set up and use. Know the sky like you know your own neigbourhood.
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HASH(0x97becad4) out of 5 stars Great for beginning star geeks 13 Nov. 2009
By Hubble Hugger - Published on Amazon.com
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First time was exciting-Saw Jupiter's red spot-Look forward to viewing more when I can get to a darker area. Only one small problem-Altitude lock won't hold on its own in a horizontal position,so as to switch users without re-adjustment. Other than that I love it.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97dbc51c) out of 5 stars Perfect for what we wanted and for the price 22 Oct. 2010
By gerry m - Published on Amazon.com
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Very pleased with our new sky scout telescope. The night that we received it we had it assembled, sighted and discovered the moons of Jupiter. Pretty cool and the price was right. We already owned the Skyscout which turned an entry level scope into a GPS assisted scope for a lot less money than one with GPS on board. It fits the bill for us.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97dd8e04) out of 5 stars Great Telescope for the money 15 Sept. 2013
By Allen Wilkinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Very pleased with purchase as this is the first telescope I've ever owned. Since purchasing, I've looked at several cheaper, entry level telescopes and they do not even compare. Well built and excellent image quality. Purchased several eye-pieces for different magnification levels. Able to clearly see the spot on Jupiter as well as several of the orbiting moons and excellent view of rings on Saturn.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97becf00) out of 5 stars I love my Celestron 21068 SkyScout Scope 21 Sept. 2013
By Elissa E. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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It came in it's orginal box and everything was in it perfectly; I saw stars for the first time with telescope it was an amazing sight, my grand childrens come over to star gaze as they are amazed as well. I wish that I could use it more often however, I go to bed very early to wake up very early to go to work. I am looking forward to retirement when I will have more time to fully enjoy it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97bfb0cc) out of 5 stars Three Stars 5 Jun. 2015
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Great beginners telescope, need to purchase add ons
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