When your kid begins to wonder and starts asking curious questions about the night sky, the stars, and the moon, then it is time to encourage the kid’s natural curiosity. The Celestron Firstscope Telescope is specially designed for kids and aspiring astronomers. It is a great tool to introduce and guide your kids to the wonders of the night sky and the secrets of the universe.
Celestron presents with the FirstScope Telescope a compact and portable 3″ Newton reflector with 12″ focal length on a solid Dobson table mount. Quality optics from Celestron provide sufficient light gathering and resolution to view details on the moon, see Saturns ring, and see star clusters. It is easy to use for beginners thanks to its simple design and make operation intuitive.
The FirstScope from Celestron has a primary mirror diameter of 3 inches or 76 mm and a focal length of 12 inches/300mm. The resulting focal ratio of 3.9 puts this telescope with the faster ones making it suitable for observing for faint objects and stars of up to about 11 magnitudes.
Two eyepieces are included, the f 20mm ocular provides a 15x magnification and the f 4mm ocular provides a magnification power of 75x. Use the lower magnification and its large field of view, to scan larger portions of the sky and zoom in on objects of interest with the larger magnification eyepiece. The optics produce quality and sharp images. Seeing details of lunar craters, see Saturns ring, spotting Jupiters 4 large moons, phases of Venus or see our neighbor galaxy Andromeda.
Not much in terms of assembly is necessary. Simply place the FirstScope Telescope on a table and start watching. The Dobsonian mount allows quick and easy navigation in all directions over the starry sky.
The Celestron First Scope is a great little telescope for the beginner hobby astronomer. Setting it up requires no special knowledge just place it somewhere on an elevated stand or table and its ready to go. Operating of the instrument is easy and comes intuitively to the user.
Considering the affordable price of the Celestron Firstscope Telescope, the optics provide good sharp and detailed enough images. Its compact dimensions make it also suitable as a small travel telescope. For the occasional observation of the night sky, this telescope is a great choice.
It is a nice gift for children that are curious about celestial objects in the sky. Once they start to show further and deeper interest in the secrets of the universes, they may ask for a stronger, higher-quality and larger telescope.