Celestron Astromaster Series and First Scopes

Celestron AstromasterOk, so whilst these telescopes won't really be able to resolve the #ManOnTheMoon, Celestron's dual-purpose AstroMaster series features good basic construction and coated optics for bright clear views, whether you're observing celestial objects or terrestrial landscapes. No matter which AstroMaster you choose, you'll be able to see the craters of the Moon (not whats in them!), the moons of Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn. For views of deep-sky objects like galaxies and nebulae you will need to consider the larger apertures, for example the models from 102mm and above.  So whilst of course the John Lewis Christmas advert features some artistic licence, these telescopes are still a great budget entry into the world of astronomy.

But with so many Astromaster versions which one is the right one for me?

Honestly speaking first up avoid any model with less than 70mm Aperture. With the Astromaster 70AZ available at such a good price this is the smallest Astromaster you should consider. It is simple to use and perfect for the moon and planets.  

For Apertures below 114mm the refractors are much better scopes. These models are maintenace free, and without the obstruction of a secondary mirror you get all the light available passing through the scope and much better contrast. This is why we dont even list smaller 76 mm Astromaster reflectors.

For the best Deep Sky scope go for the Astromaster 130EQ. Aperture is King! The more light you can gather the easier it is to see fainter objects.

For the easiest to use most versatile scope go for the Astromaster 102AZ - This Scope has a simple to use mount, is low maintenance, displays the images the right way with both eyepices, and has a lovely bright and sharp image for daytime use as well.

AZ verses EQ verses MD?  -  AZ versions feature simple mounts that are just like a big camera tripod, the telescope moves up and down and left to right making it simple to use.  The EQ versions feature a more complex mount which requires its RA Axis to be aligned with the star polaris.  The advantage of this is that once you have found a target you only have to move one axis to keep it in view, rather than the two you do on the AZ type mount. It also helps you understand better how things move through the sky.  The MD, stands for Motor Drive, a feature that can automatically turn this axis to give you a tracking capability. BUT, and here is the but, both these features only work if you put the effort into getting an accurate polar alignment. So choose AZ for simplicity and EQ for capability with more effort and set up time.  Only pay for a motor drive if you are going to be happy to polar align your scope - if not the motor could move yor scope away from the target!

Please feel free to contact us for further advice :-)

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