Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope

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With its PowerSeeker models, Celestron presents a range of great value to performance entry-level telescopes. The PowerSeekers are ideal for exploring the night sky and are a great learning aid or an inspirational gift for anyone who has always been interested in the wonders of the universe.

Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope

The Powerseeker 80 EQ refractor telescopes quality multi-coated optics are great for observing the moon.  Craters, mountains, mare, and cracks in the lunar surface become visible in detail. Observing the great planets of the solar system reveals lines in Jupiter’s atmosphere and Saturn’s rings. The 3-inch aperture has enough light-gathering power to explore celestial objects such as gas nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies.

Features of the Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ

  • 3.1 inches /80mm aperture
  • 35 inches / 900mm focal length
  • Focal ratio F/11
  • Resolution 1.4 arcseconds
  • Limiting Stellar Magnitude 11
  • Fraunhofer objective
  • 2 Eyepieces, 20 mm 45x and 4 mm 225x
  • Barlow lens: 3x
  • Finder scope: 5×24
  • German equatorial mount CG-1
The Celestron PowerSeeker 80 EQ features a 3 inch/80mm multicoated Fraunhofer lens that provides high quality images in high contrast. The 35 inches/900mm long focal length of the objective lens reduces chromatic aberration while allowing high magnification for such an affordable refractor telescope.  Its focal ratio of 11  and the refractors unobstructed beam path make it well suited for observation of the sun (USE SUN FILTER!), moon, double star systems, and planets.

Two included eyepieces with f 20mm and f 4mm provide a magnification power of 45x or 225x power.  The three  Barlow lenses can be used multiply the magnification power considerably. However, as the 4mm ocular already pushes the magnification beyond the highest useful magnification of 160x,  they may only be usefull a the best of atmospheric conditions.

The telescopes 5×24 finder scope is most useful at aiming the instrument at interesting objects in the night sky.

Celestron’s CG-1 German Equatorial Mount

 The PowerSeeker 80 is fitted to a light German Equatorial Mount, which is to be aligned with celestial north, (parallel to the Earth’s axis of rotation) so it is easy to track moving objects in the night sky with the fine adjustment of just one axle.

An electric motor for precise automatic tracking is an optional addition. With the motor, the instrument is suitable to start experimenting with astrophotography. The Powerseeker 80 EQ refractor telescope comes with a connection to fit adapters to attach your SLR camera or digital camera.

The pre-assembled aluminum alloy tripod carries mount and telescope in a stable and low-vibration design. An accessory allows for storing important accessories and has them within easy reach.

Advantages

  • Powerful lens optics
  • Quality coated Fraunhofer objective
  • Easy to set up and adjust
  • Finderscope
  • Suitable for astronomical observations, earth observation, and astrophotography.
  • Upgradeable for astrophotography with motor and camera adapter
  • Great value telescope for beginners

Disadvantages

  • For beginners only

Verdict of the Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ

This telescope is suitable for beginners learning their way around celestial observation. Watching the moon is always an experience even in the smallest instrument.  For seeing some details on the planets and some deep space objects such as galaxies and nebula this telescope is definitely a good choice. Observing interesting objects on earth can be quite impressed with it too.

A great refractor telescope for beginners. However, after a while when the hobby of astronomy becomes more serius, an upgrade to a more powerful telescope like a Schmitt-Cassegrain or similar is to be considered.

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