Review of the Celestron Travel Scope 70mm
The Celestron Travel Scope 70mm is an incredibly easy-to-use telescope, with great portability.
The Travel Scope is primarly aimed at beginners, but can also be used by more experienced astronomers – who want a telescope that can easily be mounted within a short amount of time. Actually, the telescope has a quick and easy no-tool setup, so you will be good to go within a few minutes.
The Celestron Travel Scope 70 is a refractor telescope, and can be purchased at a very reasonable price – who said stargazing had to be an expensive hobby? Read on for our review of the Celestron Travel Scope 70!
Features of the Celestron Travel Scope 70
The Travel Scope 70 from Celestron comes with surprisingly good specs, considering its very reasonable price. The telescope is designed with travelling in mind, while offering a good price-value ratio.
The features of the Celestron Travel Scope 70 is as follows:
- Optical design: Refractor telescope
- 70mm (2.76″) aperture
- Focal Length: 400mm (16″): You can read about focal length in our Telescope Buying Guide.
- Focal ratio f/5.7
- Eyepiece 1: 20mm (0.79″) with 20x magnification.
- Eyepiece 2: 10mm (0.39″) with 10x magnification.
- Quick and easy no-tool setup
- Sky X Software
Pros of the Celestron Travel Scope 70
The most prominent feature of Celestron Travel Scope 70 is the lightweight portability. The telescope fits perfectly for the busy astronomer who wants to have the telescope on-the-go.
The Travel Scope is fully assembled from the supplier and is therefore ready for use in a matter of minutes.The telescope provides bright and crisp views, given its aperture of only 2.76 inches.
Since the telescope is designed to be a portable on-the-go travel scope, Celestron has included a wide range of accessories with this telescope, which is definitely a plus.
The Travel Scope works well for objects such as the Moon and planets such as Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. For example, the moons of Jupiter can be picked out easily. Two eyepieces are supplied, a 10mm and a 20mm, plus a diagonal for ease of looking through the instrument without undue bending or kneeling. Everything fits comfortably into the backpack provided!
Cons of the Celestron Travel Scope 70
The Celestron Travel Scope 70 is best suited for beginners who wants an easy-to-use, and portable telescope. With that in mind, the details provided through the 2.76″ aperture can be somewhat disappointing for seasoned astronomers. A couple of astronomers have reported that the view can be blurry from time to time – however, the feedback from customers has proven to be mostly positive.
The build quality is adequate for the price, and the scope has, as mentioned, recieved mostly positive feedback. However, the tripod is not very robust, so you could encounter some minor stability-issues on a windy night.
It is also worth considering that the Celestron Travel Scope 70 comes with much more than just the telescope itself, which makes it all-the-more worth the price; the accessories alone could be worth as much as the whole package sells for.
Price and Affordability
Considering every one of the accessories that accompanies the Celestron Travel Scope 70, we believe the whole package is well worth the price.
Coming in at the $60 territory, it is a fantastic incentive as a compact telescope, not to mention one that performs past its limits.
Celestron has a well-known history of building high-quality telescopes, and this build is reliable with this notoriety.
Likewise considering the way that the Travel Scope comes with considerably more than just the telescope itself, it makes the price all-the-more justified; the accessories alone could be worth as much as the entire bundle sells for.
The telescope itself is made of high-value materials; it’s critical that a portable telescope have the capacity to withstand being tossed around a bit. However, the mount has been reported by some attendees to be unstable, so this is something you’ll have to look out for.
Overall, we think the Celestron Travel Scope 70 is well worth the price, and our review lands on 4 out of 5 stars!