Not on our recommended list, because this little scope is really more of a toy and a gift/display piece. It will give you decent views of the Moon, Jupiter's 4 moons, and you can just see Saturn's ring with some halo effect from the very basic eyepieces. Aside from that, it is a nice, compact display item with a wonderful photograph of the Moon by Robert Reeves wrapped around the telescope tube.
- FirstScope artwork highlights key features on the lunar surface like craters and maria that you can explore for yourself with the telescope
- Also includes a free PDF download of the Lunar Landscapes ebook by Robert Reeves
Celestron has joined forces with master lunar imager Robert Reeves on this new addition to the beloved FirstScope family: the FirstScope Signature Series: Moon by Robert Reeves. This quality Dobsonian-style telescope features a spherical glass mirror with a generous 76 mm of aperture. The FirstScope’s wide field-of-view provides bright, sharp views of the Moon’s mountains and craters in crisp detail. You’ll also enjoy using the FirstScope to pan the Milky Way, explore open star clusters, marvel at Saturn’s rings, or view favorite deep-sky objects like the Orion Nebula.
This compact, lightweight telescope is an ideal entry-level astronomical telescope. Just remove it from the box, insert an eyepiece, and you’re ready to view. To navigate the sky, simply rotate the azimuth axis in the direction of your desired object. It doesn’t get much simpler or more portable than the FirstScope.
Its compact design makes the FirstScope Signature Series easy to take along on your next camping trip, picnic, or hike. When not in use, the FirstScope Signature Series: Moon by Robert Reeves will be a stylish decorative fixture on your bookshelf or desk.
Explore the Moon
Familiarize yourself with the Moon, our neighboring world. Robert Reeves’ signature FirstScope comes with a custom wrap that highlights 10 lunar features to explore including Tycho, Plato, and Copernicus. Learn more about the Moon with Robert Reeves’ Lunar Landscape eBook which goes into detail about the sizes of craters, how marias are formed, the natural history of the Moon, and other fascinating tidbits.
About Robert Reeves
Robert Reeves first photographed the Moon in 1959, just as our space program was setting its sights on lunar exploration. Since then, he’s become one of the world’s best lunar imagers and a prolific author on astrophotography. Using Celestron telescopes from his home in Texas, Robert captures more detailed images than professional astronomers could during the heyday of the Apollo missions. To learn more information about Robert Reeves, check out his Team Celestron page or for Robert’s personal perspective on having his own telescope in the Signature Series, click here.
|Optical Design||Newtonian Reflector|
|Aperture (mm)||76 mm (2.99")|
|Focal Length||300 mm (12")|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 1 (mm)||20 mm (0.79")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 1||15x|
|Focal Length of Eyepiece 2 (mm)||4 mm (0.16")|
|Magnification of Eyepiece 2||75x|
|Highest Useful Magnification||180x|
|Lowest Useful Magnification||11x|
|Limiting Stellar Magnitude||11.9|
|Resolution (Rayleigh)||1.83 arc seconds|
|Resolution (Dawes)||1.53 arc seconds|
|Light Gathering Power (Compared to human eye)||118x|