Celestron FirstScope Telescope Review

I found the Celestron FirstScope whilst on my travels around the web, and it looks like a well built mini tabletop telescope. It’s actually a mini Dobsian Reflector Telescope with a 76mm aperture and a focal length of 30cm.

Celestron FirstscopeThe write up says: “The FirstScope is a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy. This quality Dobsonian style telescope features a 76 mm aperture reflector optical tube. The compact design makes it easy enough to take with you on your next outdoor adventure. FirstScope is also stylish enough to be a decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk”.

Celestron FirstScope Features:

  • High quality Dobsonian style stand with a 76 mm reflector optical tube make FirstScope an ideal entry level astronomical telescope.
  • Portable and lightweight table-top design makes it easy to store, transport and setup your FirstScope Telescope
  • FirstScope is very easy to observe with, the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object.
  • Stylish and decorative design makes FirstScope a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy.

Official Product of International Year of Astronomy 2009!

Using the Celestron Firstscope TelescopeNamed Official Product of International Year of Astronomy 2009, FirstScope pays tribute to the men and women who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us!

In 1609, world-renowned Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei, introduced an elementary telescope to the growing astronomy community which sparked interest into the mysterious night sky for centuries to come. Four centuries later, in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, Celestron offers the portable FirstScope Telescope. The FirstScope pays tribute to Galileo Galilei and many of history’s most notable astronomers and scientists by displaying their names around the optical tube. We honor the contributions of these men and women, who brought us one step closer to understanding the universe around us.

FirstScope Specifications

Optical Design: Dobsonian Reflector
Aperture: 76 mm (2.99 in)
Focal Length: 300 mm (11.81 in)
Focal Ratio: 3.95
Eyepiece 1: 20 mm (0.79 in)
Magnification 1: 15 x
Eyepiece 2: 4 mm (0.16 in)
Magnification 2: 75 x
Weight: 1956.12 g

FirstScope Warranty

2 Years

You can buy the Celestron FirstScope at MyMemory for £54.99 inc Free Delivery.


  • Hans, Arnhem, Holland

    After receiving my firstscope i instantly saw that this is not just a toy, it`s a very great looking product, well packed in an attractive package and a very sturdy build as well.
    After 5 minutes i was ready to use it and after placing it on a barstool in my backyard, i pointed it at the moon, using the 20mm eyepiece and the supplied moonfilter.
    My god! what a sharp image, this was such a big surprise that i instantly screamed of pure pleasure.
    I never expected this little scope to be that good because of some negative reviews on the web.
    Now i`m positive that those people who wrote that it was a peace of Cr*p must have received broken examples because my one was simply O.K. (they must be having badly collimated ones)
    Even Saturn was visible as a very sharp image and even jupiter looked great.
    In combination with better quality opticals this little fellow will surprise the heck out of anyone, although the supplied eyepieces are reasonable enough.

  • craig

    Hello, Can someone tell me if the Celestron FirstScope is image corrected? Or is everything that you view upside down, like most larger reflector telescopes? Thank you.

  • Insanes moker

    Yes everything is inverted upside down. Brilliant scope though. my worked perfect straight out the box. never owned a telescope, dont know anything bout astronomy but 2mins after unpacking this beast i was observing jupiter and 3 of its moons and could clearly see two cloud bands on jupiter. wouldnt bother with accessorie kit tho jus buy some new plossl’s and maybe a barlow. cant fault this scope. agreeing with hans solo above bad reviewers must have dodgy kit. i picked mine up from department store. Doesnt matter how many times it says FRAGILE on the box do you really think the van drivers of fed ex or city link care?? in my opinion only an idiot would buy a scope online. unless you planning on collimating yourself anyway then buy from a department store. bud toker out.

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