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New Celestron Inspire Series Telescope Preview

Sneak peak at Celestron’s new Inspire range

Celestron’s new ‘Inspire’ series of telescopes are due to arrive in the UK at the end of September 2016 and here at F1 Telescopes, we have been given a sneak peak.

They kindly offered us the telescope for a few days to trial and here’s our review is based on the sample supplied.

Luigi with the new Celestron Inspire series at our store in Sittingbourne

Luigi & the new Celestron Inspire series at our store in Sittingbourne

First Impressions

The ‘Inspire Series’ is built around the same manual ‘Alt Az’ mount to provide a simple to use, sturdy platform for general observation. The tripod is nicely rigid and features a folding accessory tray secured by a central knob. Conveniently, no tools are required to set up or store away the telescope.

An interesting feature is the integrated red light, which illuminates the accessory tray making it easy to see your eyepieces without disturbing your night vision with any light pollution. The torch is also easily removed for remote use elsewhere.

There are no slow motion controls to move the mount. Instead, this is done by moving the control arm.

The example telescope we had was fitted with a 70mm refractor lens that is designed to provide a fully corrected image, making this a very easy telescope to use on land and for observing the surface of the Moon.

The lens cover also has an integrated smartphone adaptor, which conveniently allows you to fit your phone to the eyepiece for astrophotography. Using the adaptor makes daytime and night-time photography possible. Astrophotography targets such as the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn can easily be viewed as well as the Sun with a suitable filter fitted.

For daytime use, anything you observe can of course be photographed.

The excellent Celestron Starfinder Pro comes fitted as standard, which offers two concentric circles superimposed on the night sky; making it a breeze to find and point the scope at your desired target.

Optical quality of our sample gave very good contrasting views during the daytime and some excellent Moon views during the brief test period we had.

Conclusions

This is a well-made entry-level telescope with some unique and convenient features. The mount provides a very stable platform for low and medium power observing and the optics are very good at this price point.

The scope is very easy to use for casual observing and is hard to fault at such a competitive price tag.

Pros

  • Easy to use and setup
  • Great for daytime use and astronomy
  • Very portable
  • Great for basic smartphone photography on day or night time subjects

Cons

  • No tracking fitted and not available as an option

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