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.
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.
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 to 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 useful 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.
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.
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.