Sunday, 25 January 2009

Celestron Telescope

If you always wanted to start watching the stars sometime, and if the wish to become a hobby-astronomer steadily grows - you should definitely have a look at this fine telescope. The Celestron Powerseeker 80EQ is a great opportunity for beginners to get a high quality telescope with a lot of features for a pretty good price - a lot of value for the money spent. It comes with a well-written manual and a lot of accessory - and the handling is quite easy. I was really, really impressed when watching celestial objects, including some deep-sky star clusters and galaxies. At the beginning it is a little bit tricky to orient oneself in the huge sky and really find the object you are searching for - but after some time it works out, and then you (and maybe your whole family) will spend nights watching and watching and watching.... the stars.

From the producer: Amateur astronomy is a great family hobby that can be enjoyed year round, and Celestron’s PowerSeekers are the ideal choice for families looking for an affordable and high quality telescope that will provide many hours of enjoyment for children and adults alike.

PowerSeekers are quick and easy to set up – even for the novice. No tools are required for assembly!

Their sturdy equatorial mounts are perfect for tracking objects in the night sky, and the collapsible alt-azimuth mounts are perfectly suited for terrestrial (land) viewing as well as astronomical use.

All of Celestron’s PowerSeekers include a full range of eyepieces plus a 3x Barlow lens that provides an increase in viewing power hundreds of times greater than that of the unaided eye!

General Features
- 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

Producer: Celestron

You can order this fine product at!

To make yourself familiar with all the different objects in the sky (and their position), I would recommend "Stellarium".

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

You can download Stellarium here.


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