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Celestron PowerSeeker 50AZ Refractor Telescope

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About this product


  • Explore the universe and the world around you with this refractor telescope
  • Capable of up to 118 times magnification (with the supplied eyepieces) to get a great view of the moon and further
  • Comes with three eyepieces (20mm, 12mm and 4mm) and a 3 times Barlow lens

Product overview

• Explore the universe and the world around you with this refractor telescope
• Capable of up to 118 times magnification (with the supplied eyepieces) to get a great view of the moon and further
• Comes with three eyepieces (20mm, 12mm and 4mm) and a 3 times Barlow lens
• Get a clear, bright image with a 50mm aperture
• Reduce the magnification down to 7.14 times (30 times with supplied eyepieces) for close objects such as birds and wildlife

Special features
• Comes with an Altazimuth mount and its own tripod for stability
• Two year manufacturer’s warranty for peace of mind (proof of purchase required)

What can I see with this telescope?
This is a great starter telescope for stargazing or watching wildlife. Easily follow boats sailing or birds in the air with this telescope or get a close up view of the moon. It can reach magnifications of up to 118 times for astronomy uses. Get a bright, clear image with 50mm aperture, up to 51 times the amount of light collected as the human eye and a fully coated lens. This telescope also comes with three eyepieces with 30, 50 and 150 times magnification and a three times Barlow lens which can be used with any of the eyepieces.

Why choose a refractor telescope?
Refractor telescopes use lenses to collect and focus light to magnify the image. The telescope is sealed at both ends making this type less prone to distortion because of air currents or dust contamination for a steadier, sharper image. When you look through the eyepiece without a diagonal (an attachment between the telescope and eyepiece) the image will be completely inverted. The diagonal helps ensure you see the image the right way up, but left and right will still be reversed.

How easy is it to assemble?
Quick and easy to assemble without any tools this telescope comes with a finderscope and steady tripod. There is a small tray under the telescope to store your alternative eyepiece and other essentials and it’s lightweight so it’s easy to transport to the best place for the perfect image. The Barlow lens can be attached between the diagonal or telescope and the eyepiece and triples the magnification of the eyepiece.

What sort of mount does the telescope use?
This PowerSeeker telescope comes with an Altazimuth mount - great for smooth and accurate movement. Altazimuth mounts allow the telescope to move up down and side to side and are great for terrestrial use, allowing you to adjust the position and follow moving objects easily. The telescope comes with The Sky X – First Light Edition astronomy software. This includes a 10,000 object database, printable sky maps and 75 enhanced images so you can see exactly what it is you’re looking for. Discover the wonders of the universe and explore the world around you with this great starter telescope.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love mine Was bought one by a friend at work as she knew I liked looking at stars. Anyways, it is brilliant, I thought as it was a beginner one it wouldn't be that good but I built it easily (instructions were for an older model as some bits were different) but managed it in 5 mins. I popped on the 20mm lens as it looked in the middle of he range and have it in my dinning room looking through the french doors (its cold outside so decided to do sky-gazing in the warm with a cup of tea). Bit disappointed at first when I pointed it at the moon, then realized it was the reflection of the double glazing and then moved it 2 inches to the left and wow! The moon and all its craters are so cleanly visible, you can see so much detail, shadows and stuff, very impressed. Then tried placing the Barlow lense you get with the kit on it and couldn't get that to work. You get 4 lenses in total, watch out ISS I'm gonna be looking at you soon in the sky. Gonna buy a beginners star gazing book so I can look at the planets and more about the moon. Googles Sky Map is great to use at the same time, its an app. A sky-gazing friend says I should be able to see the storms of Jupiter, a fair few of the closest nebula's and the shimmer of the rings of Saturn with this telescope. Overall a great bit of kit for a beginner like me
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good! I bought this cheap "2-inch refractor" with low expectations, not intending it for astronomical use. It certainly is very lightweight in comparison with similar instruments from my youth, but it certainly does the job. The 50mm objective lens is frankly superb, and has excellent chromatic correction. Even at this price level, the 'Celestron' name evidently still means something. Good value.
Date published: 2015-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful, cheap and very disappointing Having had this for nearly a year and bought for my daughter, it is terribly disappointing that's it's a complete waste of money. The planets and stars are just white discs with no detail. It's incredibly difficult to locate the stars in the first place and focus on them. Buy something else, not this.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fun after I corrected my error in assembly Look up You Tube to see how it adjusts after assembly. I screwed the scope to the mount with a 90 degree error, found it awful to use then was much assisted by You Tube, not the assembly instructions!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Views of a non technocrat This was a birthday present for a friend. She has had it for a month and still has not got it working satisfactorily. A brief instruction leaflet would be helpful.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I wanted I bought this telescope for my 7 year old boy and he is amazed to see the moon in great detail and he finds it easy to use.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter loves the telescope she can see all she needs to see in the sky the stars and the moon
Date published: 2017-01-05
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Telescope model number Celestron PowerSeeker 50AZ (21039)
Telescope type Refractor
Technical specification
Aperture 50 mm
Focal length 600 mm
Focal ratio 12
Focal length of eyepiece 1 20 mm
Magnification of eyepiece 1 30 x
Focal length of eyepiece 2 12 mm
Magnification of eyepiece 2 50 x
Focal length of eyepiece 3 4 mm
Magnification of eyepiece 3 150 x
Barlow lens 3 x attached eyepiece
Optical features
Highest useful magnification 118 x
Lowest useful magnification 7.14 x
Magnitude 11
Light gathering power 51 x
Apparent field of view 1.4°
Linear field of view 72 ft (22 m) @ 1000 ft
Optical coating Fully coated
Physical Dimensions
Product weight 0.7 kg
Total content weight 2.7 kg
Telescope diameter 50 mm
Telescope length 610 mm
Tripod height 1230 m
Mount type Altazimuth
Screen No
Supplied assembled No
Package contents Celestron Powerseeker 50AZ
Altazimuth mount
3 x eyepieces
1 x Barlow lens
Star diagonal

How much will a larger lens cost?

Asked by: Mike
We have a range of lens available at varying prices http://www.maplin.co.uk/search?text=1.25%22&x=0&y=0
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-11-07

Can you send me some pictures of what you can see, I am looking at buying this as a gift. What would you say is the next model up from this one?Thanks

Asked by: Nick
Use a web browser to search "planets through a telescope expectation vs actual" This will reveal quite a few websites showing the images you would expect to see with different telescopes. The next model up question is a hard one to answer, strictly speaking the 70AZ http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/celestron-powerseeker-70az-refractor-telescope-a03rr would be the next one up but it depends what you want to use the telescope for as to which one would be best suited. This kind of enquiry would be better answered by contacting our technical department via email technical@maplin.co.uk or telephone 0333 400 9500
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-06-09

Can you please tell me the length of the telescope and if the tripod folds ? Thanks

Asked by: ellerys
As shown: Physical Dimensions Product weight 0.7 kg Total content weight 2.7 kg Telescope diameter 50 mm Telescope length 610 mm Tripod height 1230 m Mount type Altazimuth Screen No Supplied assembled No The tripod folds ( but only to make it thinner )
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-05-24

Can i see jupiter and its moons thr this telescope ?

Asked by: Rehan
You can see Jupiter with this scope but even with the highest magnification lens it's going to be very small. In a dark sky area you may be just able to see the banding of Jupiter and the bright pinpricks of light that are her moons. I have sent you an email with an example of what you would see in the eyepiece with this kind of scope.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-01-05

Does this product come with a storage bag?

Asked by: Mary
No this item does not come with a storage bag.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2015-10-02
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