Good planetary mobile telescope for beginners, travellers, buyers on budget
9 July 2012
Summary: Good planetary mobile telescope for beginners, travellers, buyers on budget. Can be used both as spotting scope and telescope. I managed to watch Moon in details, Saturn and some star clouds. I bought this one in addition to 150 mm reflector for travel purposes, probably next C90 model is an option at a good price since 90 mm is somewhat closer to real entry level telescope. Assembled scope+tripod fits any suitcase or mid-size bag and only weights couple pounds.
Summary: I purchased this spotting scope a few months ago with the intentions of using it for solar photography. After purchasing the Thousand Oaks Solar Filter 2 for Celestron (also available from Adorama) I was amazed at the clarity of the Sun through the C70. Early morning viewing is the best for this small telescope since atmospheric conditions are usually at their best.
Summary: Great value in this scope. It is well made and has great features. Seems very durable with a nice finish and materials used. I love the fine micro adjustments on the tripod stand. I'm using primarily as a range scope to see targets at 100 and 200 yards - perfect. I have used to to look at the moon and some wildlife and it is actually quite good. The focus is tight will need a bit of adjustmetn as you zoom in from 25-75.