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Celestron AstroMaster 90 AZ Refractor Telescope

Item# CELE246
 
4.5

(19 Ratings)

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  • Large 90mm aperture for maximum light gathering
  • Erect Image Optics - great for land or sky viewing
  • Rugged tripod with 1.25-inch steel tube legs
  • Easy no-tool setup
  • Ideal for beginning astronomers
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What's Included?

Telescope, Tripod, "The Sky" planetarium software

Description

Designed for the first-time buyer - offering exceptional value, the AstroMaster series features a compact and portable design with ample optical performance to excite any newcomer to the world of amateur astronomy.


Which AstroMaster Telescope model best fits your needs?
If you're looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. Each AstroMaster model is capable of giving correct views of land and sky. The AstroMaster Series produce bright, clear images of the Moon and planets. It is easy to see the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with every one of these fine instruments. For views of the brighter deep-space objects like galaxies and nebulae, we recommend the larger aperture and light gathering ability of the Newtonian reflectors.


If your interest is strictly watching whales, spotting birds, viewing nature, or checking out your favorite star or planet the altazimuth-mounted models are ideal. Alt-Az models have a convenient pan handle with built-in clutch for easy targeting and smooth motion. Models featuring the German Equatorial mount are a good choice for viewing stars, nebulae, star clusters, and planets. Built-in setting circle aids in locating these objects.
When used for astronomical viewing, AstroMasters yield breathtaking views of the Moon, Saturn with its ring structure, Jupiter and its belts and moons, nebulae, and star clusters.


Every instrument features all-glass optical elements as well as smooth-operating steel tripod mountings featuring manual motion controls. All models feature coated optics for enhanced image brightness and clarity.


Note: This item is not intended for use by children under 12 years of age.



AstroMaster Telescope Features


  • Quick and easy no-tool setup
  • Erect Image Optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use - on both Refractor and Reflector designs
  • Quick-release dovetail attachment for a no-tool setup
  • Pan handle Alt-Az control with clutch - for smooth and accurate pointing
  • Rugged pre-assembled tripod with 1.25-inch steel tube legs - provides a rigid and stable platform
  • All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images
  • Deluxe accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
  • "The Sky" Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images

About Celestron
Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become one of the world’s leading telescope makers, enjoying brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron is also a leading designer, manufacturer, and importer of other high-quality optical products, including binoculars, spotting scopes, and microscopes in addition to their computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories. Their innovative products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades, adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader’s Digest, Popular Science, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Consumer Electronics Association, and more. Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities in Torrance, Calif.


Supplier Sku:
21063
Shipping Restrictions:
Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.

Dimensions & Specifications

Recommended Usage

Viewing the Moon , Viewing the Planets

Warranty

2-Year Limited

Features

Alt-Az Mount

Brand

Celestron

Weight Complete

20 lbs.

Finderscope

Fixed StarPointer

Lens Coating

Multi-Coated

GPS

No

GoTo

No

Telescopes Series

Celestron AstroMaster Telescopes

Optical Design

Refractor

Aperture

90mm

Focal Length

1000mm

Focal Ratio

f/11

Mount Design

Altazimuth

Eyepiece 1

20mm (50x)

Highest Useful Magnification

200x

Star Diagonal

1.25 Inch

Component

10mm (100x) Eyepiece 2

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Celestron AstroMaster 90 AZ Refractor Telescope
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (14)
  • Quality lenses (12)
  • Accurate (11)
  • Comfortable eyepiece (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (17)
    • Bird watching (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (17)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (3), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Celestron AstroMaster 90 AZ Refractor

    After much research, online, I decided to go with this telescope. It has enough appature to do the job. Works well on land, as well as the sky. Nothing is upsidedown. The...Read complete review

    After much research, online, I decided to go with this telescope. It has enough appature to do the job. Works well on land, as well as the sky. Nothing is upsidedown. The starfinder takes some getting use to. It will get you close to what you want to see, but not "dead on" it. I have noticed that the 90mm lens is attached to the dewshield. And, that it wobbels. The whole shield with the lens will move alittle bit. If I were to remove the dewshield, the lens would just fall off. There is nothing else holding it in place. There are also, metal shaving behind the lens, where the tube was cut to length, but the shavings were not cleaned off before the lens was put on. I am going to contact Celestron about this. However, none of these issues have affected the views. The moon is really nice with either eyepiece. Found Jupiter, first night out. Did not see any cloudbands, but was able to see the planet and its moons. I think with a eyepiece that pushes this telescope to its potential, at 200x, I might see Jupiter's cloudbands? It's a nice scope, despite the concern I have with the dewshield. I would buy it again. One thing you might want to consider, is that this is the same size mount that is on the Astromaster 70AZ. Makes you wonder if it would be more stable than the 90AZ, because its shorter and lighter?

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good scope, dont like stand

    I bought it as my first scope and I am loving it. The starfinder piece did not work but celestron was very agreeable and has shipped me out a new one. The mount, however...Read complete review

    I bought it as my first scope and I am loving it. The starfinder piece did not work but celestron was very agreeable and has shipped me out a new one. The mount, however, is a bit unstable and hard to get to stay in exactly one place (for instance, on the object you're trying to see!) and the scope itself attaches to the mount by a screw pressing against it which, when tightened, tilts the scope a bit. But if youre just looking for a way to see the moon and some other cool stuff, this scope has proven useful in spite of its negative attributes

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Scope, Mount Should Be Better

    By Kilcher

    from Crete, Greece

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses

    Cons

    • Mount
    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy
    • Bird Watching

    Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 90 AZ Refractor Telescope:

    The scope itself is outstanding for the price. I don't think you will find a better deal for the beginner or entry level scope. My only complaint is the mount is not sturdy enough for the size of the scope. When you try to fix on one point, the mount will not stay fixed due to the weight and size of the scope. I believe this mount would be ideal for a smaller scope, but not the AstroMaster 90.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great telescope

    By jcat111777

    from Morenci, AZ

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 90 AZ Refractor Telescope:

        It was super easy to put together. Right away my two boys and I took it outside to see the moon and the hillside during the day. The moon was much more exciting.
        Later that night we looked at the moon again, which they thought we VERY bright compared to during the day. We also saw Jupiter, which was not full, Sirus (I think) which was electric blue and magenta- So Cool!! Mars which was pretty small and then I put it on Saturn and they both looked at me bug-eyed after they saw it with the rings around it. They said "WOW! That is so cool!"
        This product was really easy to put together and self explanitory to use. We'll be using it to keep track of what's going on in the night skies, as we have lots more to see. We haven't checked out the CD that came with it yet though.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        4.0

        Headline adequate

        By Paul Castell

        from MIami, Florida

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Bird Watching
          • Hiking/Backpacking
          • Hunting

          Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 90 AZ Refractor Telescope:

          I purchased this telescope less than 1 week ago for my 11-y-old son. He simply loves it.So far it is perfroming quite well. Unfortunately. as a result of overcast night skies and light pollution, we were not able to view the moon and plantets as I had planned with my son. However, terrestial viewing is excellent.

          Paul Castell

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Was a good smart buy

          By dwray

          from Las Cruces,NM

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Bird Watching

            Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 90 AZ Refractor Telescope:

            easy use and dual usage
            lightwieght and easy to set up for different locations

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By Scotty

            from poconos ,pa

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Compact
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron AstroMaster 90 AZ Refractor Telescope:

              Great for star gazing

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              Q1: Could I use this to view land objects as well as celestial?

              A: Yes!  This scope would work great for terrestrial or astronomical viewing.

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