Celestron Astro Fi 102 telescope review

The Celestron Astro Fi 102 (opens in new tab) is an easy-to-set-up motorized go-to telescope that would be ideal for budding astronomers on a modest budget, who are looking for a scope from a trusted brand. Thanks to its compact body, it is easy to move from place to place and, because it is a go-to, Wi-Fi-enabled telescope, no prior knowledge of the night sky is needed to start exploring and enjoying it.

Celestron Astro Fi 102: Key specs

Optical design: Maksutov-Casegrain

Aperture: 102mm

Focal length: 1325mm

Focal ratio: f/13

Eyepiece focal length: 25 mm and 10 mm

Total kit weight: 6 lbs/2.7 kg

mount type: Computerized Alt-Azimuth Single Fork Arm

The image is pleasing, with some expected (at this price point) image fall-off around the edge of the field of view. Despite this, we’d recommend it as a beginner telescope. Alternatively, this would suit someone interested in astronomy that wants to observe celestial objects without learning to navigate the night sky themselves. Similarly, we’d recommend it for those without the desire to push their astronomy knowledge beyond the basics, as the opportunity for this with the Astro Fi 102 is limited. However, we do think this telescope is worth scoping out which is why we’ve included it in our buying guide for the best beginner telescopes. We have taken a closer look to help you decide whether this is the beginner scope for you.

Celestron Astro Fi 102 telescope: Design

The telescope comes with a 25 mm eyepiece and a 10mm eyepiece providing 53x and 132.5x magnification respectively. (Image credit: Jason Parnell-Brookes)
  • Basic plastic casing
  • It is highly transportable
  • Tripod isn’t sturdy and needs weighing down

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