FirstScope, by Celestron, is an ideal entry level astronomical Dobsonian-style telescope from a telescope maker famous for its quality Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes and signature Orange tubes. The FirstScope, offers a high quality 76mm reflector optical tube, on a manual alt-azimuth mount, is portable and lightweight making it easy to store and transport. See details below. 2-year warranty.
ASP Staff Pick
The Celestron FirstScope is a great scope for both young beginners and curious parents! It's small and easy for young astronomers to carry to their favorite observing spot, plus its simple and robust design makes it easy to set up and point to the Moon and bright planets and stars. The FIrstScope is powerful enough to see craters on the Moon, double stars, the moons of Jupiter, and even, with help from the second high-power eyepiece, a glimpse of Saturn's rings! “ --- Dave Prosper, former Night Sky Network Administrator
About the FirstScope:
The viewing experience is a snap! With the assistant of a guide book or star chart, beginners simply navigate the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object. This quality Dobsonian style telescope features a 76 mm aperture reflector optical tube.
FirstScope is an ideal entry level astronomical telescope. It is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object, making the viewing experience a snap! The compact design makes it easy enough to take with you on your next outdoor adventure.
Computer requirements: Windows 10 or higher / macOS 10.10 - 10.14. 1GHz or higher processor, 1 GB RAM and 12 GB of hard disk space. 128 MB OpenGL 1.4 capable graphics card.
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