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Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope Package 21048-OP - 80 EQ Telescope 21048 with Motor Drive 93514
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My main telescope is a Meade LXD55 AR6, which I love, but is pretty heavy and hard to move and requires 20-30 minutes of setup time. So I wanted a grab-and-go scope that I could take out after work for quick looks and also that I could fairly easily take camping. An 80mm refractor fits those requirements nicely. I was looking around at what was available on both the used and new markets when I came upon the eBay deal for the Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope Package 21048-OP - 80 EQ Telescope 21048 with Motor Drive 93514 for an astonishing $119 including shipping.
I use the word “astonishing” because of the great value of this deal. A Celestron 80mm refractor, equatorial mount, aluminum tripod, 2 eyepieces, a diagonal, an optical finder, a Barlow and a motor drive for $119 shipped including a 2-year warranty. This deal of the century.
- First of all this is a terrific deal.
- Optics appear to be very good for such an inexpensive scope. I’ve only used a couple of times so far but views have been very nice.
- You get a 2-year warranty.
- The OTA is a stunning glossy black and the fit and finish overall is very good.
- Caps for every possible opening are included
- There is even a connection on the forward tube ring for attaching a camera for a little astrophotography. I don’t know yet if the mount/drive can handle the additional weight of a camera or if the tracking is accurate enough for photography, but still this is a nice touch.
- The motor attaches easily and is variable-speed.
- The motor is also battery-operated which makes it very portable.
- The accessory tray is machined for both .965” and 1.25” eyepieces.
- It is easy to assemble if you’ve done it before.
- On mine, there appears to be a dovetail to the rear of the finder bracket. That will be cool if I can use that to upgrade the finder.
- Well, I hate to ding this unit because it is such a deal. But there are some things to be aware of like:
- I did not use the eyepieces and Barlow because I have a good set already. But I can’t even tell what type they are.
- The mount/tripod are pretty shaky, as one might expect. But they are useable.
- The instructions that came with mine contain tiny little B&W photos. Arrows point to things in the photos but you can’t really tell what. Diagrams would be much better. Also, the online manual is different than the one that came with mine. Also, the manual doesn’t mention the dovetail. The manual also shows the scope as white. Maybe some are white and some are black. I don’t know but I really like the black.
- Quite a few parts are plastic. I don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing but some people may not like it. Like the finder and bracket are all plastic. To me that is sort of a good thing tho because it keeps the weight down a bit.
- You can’t collapse the tripod if you have the accessory tray connected and I think it will be kind of hard to attach the tray in the dark.
- You can’t use the RA slow motion control if you have the motor drive connected. This won’t be a problem if I am easily able to center an object without using the slow-mo, but I might end up having to choose to use either the motor or the slow-mo. More to come on this.
- The objective lens cap is actually 2 caps, the main cap and a smaller cap in the center of the main cap. The smaller cap is maybe 2” in diameter and can be removed while the main cap is left attached. I have no idea what this is for and it is not mentioned in the manual. Perhaps the idea is to stop down the scope to produce a smaller aperture but very slow refractor. I dunno… I guess this isn’t a negative, but is just sort of odd.
Overall I would highly recommend this deal based on what I know today.
I have no association with Celestron.
Mark Sortzi (CN username MawkHawk)