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Celestron 52238-CGL C70 Mini MAK Spotting Scope Black
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- Maksutov-Cassegrain optical Design
- 45 degree eyepiece
- 1.25 inch eyepiece adaptor allows usage of any 1.25 inch eyepiece
- Table top tripod with slow motion controls
- Soft carrying case
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Celestron Mini Maks bring portability and versatility to a new level. The Maksutov optical design is recognized for being compact, easy to use, and applicable for both terrestrial (land) and astronomical use. C70 Mini Mak is a small but powerful spotting scope that includes a tabletop tripod which has built-in slow motion controls, a built-in zoom eyepiece capable of 90x magnification, and soft carrying case.
Celestron Mini Maks bring portability and versatility to a new level. The Maksutov optical design is recognized for being compact, easy to use, and applicable for both terrestrial (land) and astronomical use. It uses mirrors and a lens as the image forming optics, and provides images that are sharp, and free from annoying false colour fringes seen with many budget priced refractor telescopes. The C70 is absolutely ideal as a take-anywhere powerful beginner’s astronomical telescope, or a very useful compact and lightweight spotting scope. The rugged construction of the C70 makes it ideal for use by a child as well as adults. The design of the C70 means that it is very simple to use, requires no complicated set-up procedures and its use is therefore intuitive for all age groups. Whether it’s the moon and planets, or a bird on the garden feeder, the C70 is the ideal handy size, instantly adaptable and hence enjoyable to use.
C70 Mini Mak includes a tabletop tripod which has built-in slow motion controls, a built-in zoom eyepiece capable of up to 90x magnification, and a soft carrying case. For extra stability for field use, it can be mounted to an optional standard camera tripod.
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I took a chance on this Celestron Maksutov spotting scope since it is small and easily portable in a rucksack. With an aperture of only 70mm, I had expectations of it being "a bit better" than my 60mm. What a total surprise this has been. This telescope provides views which are light years ahead of my old scope. The quality of the main 70mm optics are absolutely first rate. The included zoom eyepiece (25x to 75x) provides very clear images of the lunar surface. However, a real bonus on this scope is the inclusion of an adapter for 1.25" eyepieces which means that I can use a range of plossl type quality eyepieces and I would suggest that it worth buying a couple of these (or a higher quality zoom eyepiece) and really unlocking the quality of the truly excellent objective lens optics. Please don't get me wrong the standard one is good but you will notice a real difference with a high end eyepiece.
The included mini tripod is actually quite sturdy with alt-az controls too but given that this will be used outside a lot, it would have made more sense to jack the price up by a few quid and provided a larger one.
The included case is actually a cover with a carry strap so you can actually use the scope without removing the cover. Even without the cover the construction seems to be very robust, which is important for a scope of this type.
To sum up, this is an incredible compact telescope for the money. I am absolutely delighted with this item.
I've used the scope mainly as a 'take anywhere' astronomy scope and it offers up some brilliant views of Jupiter (and it's G.Moons), Saturn and of course the craters on the moon.
For stargazing this is a good choice if you live in a flat and need to take your scope somewhere dark and away from buildings before using it. It doesn't have the magnification of the big scopes but it is much more convenient.
For star-gazing though there is a shortcoming - there is no finderscope so it can take a few moments to have it point, say, at a bright planet, even at tle lowest magnification of x25. Googling around, I found a workaround : put an empty biro into the grove on the casing and fasten with a rubber band, but it is still not adequate e.g. for binary stars. I ended up purchasing a red-dot finder and fastening with rubber bands and blue-tack and now it is perfiectly good for lunar and planetory viewing. The moon's crators are clearly visible, Saturn's rings visible, albeit its a small disk in the eyepiece, and I managed to split the smaller of the horse-and-rider binary star. The zoom eyepiece does not support standard filters so using it to look at a full moon is uncomfortable so you may want to stick your own 1.25 eyepiece in with filter.
I find the tripod just about useable; I tend to push it approximately in place (where it wobbles quite a bit) then use the fine-tune alt/azm knobs.
For photographing birds I purchased a Seben camera adaptor to take pictures using a compact camera.Read more ›
I did not expect a top quality scope for the price but I consider this is more of a toy than a true scope. If you're buying with this in mind you may be pleased but I found a the larger 80mm Celestron scope with a conventional lens, which cost only a little more, was far superior, so I returned this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't live up to expectations, anything over the smallest zoom is very difficult to see. All in all disappointed and wished I had paid more to get something better.Published 3 months ago by Helen Koudis
Wow love it much better than I expected delivery as next day with out being a amazon prime memberPublished 16 months ago by mike
Better than expected! Very pleased with this product. Although the reviews for the tripod are quite poor I think the tripod is perfectly adequate. Read morePublished 16 months ago by E L Richardson
A very good spotter scope for the money. I researched this item thoroughly and read all the Amazon reviews as well other sources.. Amazon offered the best price. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Thumbelina
Great telescope, as advertised but only 4 stars as rubber eyepiece comes off too easily and likely to get lost. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jack
being an astrononer for 30 years i have had most telescops so i decided to not go outside now so im into smaller scopes,i bought this one for the compact size and mak optics. Read morePublished 17 months ago by john
Reviews were very good, but I was disappointed. For astronomical use, would benefit from simple sighting scope and I found it difficult to obtain a sharp focus on X 50 & X 75. Read morePublished 18 months ago by BYRNE