Review: Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope
It’s a great conversation starter, looks super classy and beautiful and it tells people you have half a brain and are interested in more than lame TV. And what’s really cool is, say you want a cool gift for your special someone. How unique would it be to actually buy a star, Name A Star Live for her and then actually show her where it is on your new telescope? Total class!
So, if you’re looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. Each AstroMaster model is capable of giving correct views of land and sky. The Celestron AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope is for those who want a dual-purpose telescope designed for both celestial and terrestrial viewing. The AstroMaster series creates clear, vivid images of the planets and the moon. Viewing the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter is rather easy.
- Quick and easy no-tool setup
- Permanently mounted StarPointer
- Erect image optics – Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
- Quick release dovetail attachment – no tool setup
- Pan handle Alt-Az control with clutch – for smooth and accurate pointing
- Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25″ steel tube legs – Provides a rigid and stable platform
- All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images
- Deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
- The Sky®” Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images
- Easy Assembly
- Strong construction
- Quality lenses
- Comfortable eyepiece
- User Friendly
- Easy Transport
- Good Value
The Celestron AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope has a sturdy tripod and is very easy to get started observing the night sky. Being lightweight, it’s easy to transport and setup.
- Lack of slow-motion controls
- Tendency to drift
- Limited Viewing
The Celestron AstroMaster 70 AZ sometimes will occasionally drift from the spot it’s pointed at. Overall, the telescope limits what viewers can see. The aperture is 70mm, so nothing outside of the solar system can be viewed with clarity.
“I saw this scope clearanced in a camera store and figured I’d pick it up. I have seen saturn, the orion nebula, and lots of other easy to find objects. This is my first scope and I feel I’ve gotten my money out of it already. […] The tripod is sturdy, but the clutch slips a little unless you really crank it down. I’m very happy with the scope though.” – Bretttly – Hatfield, PA
“Gave it to my 12 year old daughter for Christmas and she loved it. Very easy to get setup and put into use. The only distraction is the elevation screw; the screw mechanism is somewhat unreliable allowing the telescope to drift off the image while tightening. For the price this is a good unit for someone just starting out…” Stan – Longmont, Colorado
“The scope is easy to set up and use. The tripod is fairly stable. But the motion of the earth takes planets out of the field of view in 10-15 seconds, and there are no slo-mo controls, so you have to loosen the screws, slew the telescope manually on both axis, tighten the screws (which changes to position), and repeat every ten or fifteen seconds. Tedious and frustrating.” – Steve Gulie – Oakland, CA