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Celestron 52238-CGL C70 Mini MAK Spotting Scope Black

4.2 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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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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  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 15.2 x 40.6 cm ; 91 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Item model number: 52238
  • ASIN: B001MUHQBI
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 July 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,105 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

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.

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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. 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 already had a traditional 60mm refractor telescope which I used to do some amateur astronomy but it was a cheapo and I was after something a bit better. My 60mm was fairly compact as far as telescopes go but it was still a pain to carry about and set up. I live in a flat so lugging a large aperture scope around was basically out.

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.
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Purchased this scope on the strength of the reviews here and boy am I glad that I did. The magnification and clarity from this pint sized telescope is incredible. It is simply brilliant and very very portable too. Some of the reviews are a bit critical of the tripod but it's actually quite sturdy. I would agree that if you're outside then you would benefit from having this on a full size tripod although I've found that a £10 camera tripod does a great job. The scope comes with a quarter inch standard screw fitting which makes it a doddle to fit securely on pretty much any tripod.

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.
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This scope is everything that I expected. It feels robust and is extremely easy to use - just two controls for focus and magnification - and it is small and very light and fits easily in a rucksack. It is a massive improvement on binoculars in terms of image quality.

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.
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I downgraded from an old 4.5 inch reflector telescope as it has become the proverbial coat rack - it's just heavy for spontaneous use, especially with the British weather. This scope can be easily grabbed with one hand and taken onto my balcony table for a quick bit of bird watching (I am monitoring some city falcons). The image is clear at x25 but does dim at x75 with apparent loss of clarity, and it does require refocussing upon zooming. At x75 the image is not as sharp. But the zoom feature is convenient; the mount an intuitive and simple alt/azm (left-right and up-down); the image is not reversed or upsidedown - all of this pluses over areflector scope.

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.
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I bought this for watching garden birds from my upstairs window so I can not comment on what it may be like for other purposes. I found it to be well built and beautifully packed but disappointing in use. The image is hard to focus even in bright light and minimum magnification and impossible at high magnification and there is almost no eye relief. The tripod head is not robust enough to hold the scope still on the tripod base so even the slightest touch disturbs the image. The lens is a catadioptric (mirror) design giving it a long zoom with a short length but this results in a dim unsharp image with little contrast even when you can get it stable enough to see.

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.
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