Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ telescope review

The Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ telescope (opens in new tab) ($189.95/£130) is a small and reasonably lightweight 2.7-inch/70mm achromatic refractor aimed at beginners after true-color views of solar system objects. It comes with a tripod that can be used at either full or half-height and in the box are two eyepieces and a finderscope.

Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ: Key specs

Optical design: Achromatic refractor
Aperture: 2.76-inch/70 mm
Focal length: 35-inch/900 mm
Focal ratio: f/13
Eyepiece focal length: 0.8-inch/20 mm (45x) and 0.4-inch/10 mm (90x)
Total kit weight: 7.6 lbs/3.44 kg
mount type: Manual altazimuth

This telescope is aimed toward beginner astronomers that want to set up their telescope with minimal fuss and with no tools.

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