Celestron Mini MAK 70mm Angled Spotting Scope
Celestron is a well-known American company specializing in the manufacturing of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, and other optical instruments for astronomy and outdoor observation. The company was founded in 1960 by Tom Johnson, who had a passion for amateur astronomy and a vision to make quality telescopes accessible to enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Celestron initially gained recognition for its revolutionary Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes (SCTs), which combined the compactness of a refractor with the versatility of a reflector. The SCT design allowed for powerful magnification while maintaining a relatively portable and user-friendly form factor. This innovation made Celestron telescopes popular among amateur astronomers and propelled the company to the forefront of the industry.
Congratulations on your purchase of the C70 Mini Mak Celestron spotting scope! Whether your interest is in sports, bird watching, nature, wildlife, hunting, or other activities, these spotting scopes offer the finest optical quality guaranteed to
give you years of viewing pleasure.
Set Up your Spotting Scope
Remove the lens cap covering the Maksutov Correcting Lens by gently pulling it forward. Then remove the zoom eyepiece cover by turning it counterclockwise.
Setting Up the Table Tripod
Your spotting scope comes with a table tripod to support it for more stability when viewing. To set up the tripod:
- Spread each of the three tripod legs outward until they come to a stop.
- Make sure the tripod mounting platform is level by loosening the altitude locking knob and moving the platform to a level position. Then, tighten the knob securely.
- Place the bottom of the spotting scope on top of the mounting platform where the tripod mounting screw will thread into the 1/4×20 hole in the plate on the bottom of the spotter. Secure the spotting scope by tightening the screw firmly.
- You can adjust the central column of the tripod to the height you desire by loosening the central column tightening ring (turning it counterclockwise) with one hand and holding the spotting scope in the other hand. After raising or lowering the central column to where you want it, tighten firmly the central column tightening ring.
- You have two slow-motion controls – one for vertical (up/down) and one for horizontal (left/right) movements. The slow motion controls can be helpful to center objects, especially at high magnification.
For extra steady views or for doing photography, it is recommended that you use a medium/heavy-duty photo/video tripod.
Using the Rubber Eyecup
The zoom eyepiece includes a soft rubber eyecup for eyeglass wearers. Fold down the rubber eyecups to observe the full field of view when wearing eyeglasses. If you do wear eyeglasses, leave the rubber eyecup in the up position.
Before Looking Through Your Spotting Scope — A Word of Caution!
Never look directly at the Sun with the naked eye or with your spotting scope. Permanent eye damage may result.
Observing with your Spotting Scope
Rotate the zoom eyepiece to the 25x position. Rotate the zoom eyepiece to change the power level of the spotting scope. Refocus as needed. The brightest and widest field of view will always be at the lowest power.
To focus, slowly rotate the focuser knob until the image in the eyepiece is clear and sharp. Refocusing is usually required if the power is changed. If you feel the focus knob no longer moves any further (in either direction), then you have reached the end of the travel range — don’t try to force it to go further but you should refocus by turning in the opposite direction. Once an image is in focus, turn the knob clockwise to focus on a closer object and counterclockwise for a more distant object.
Photography with Digital Cameras
You can use your digital camera (and some 35mm SLR cameras) to take photos with your spotting scope. Celestron offers a Universal Digital Camera Adapter (Model # 93626) which makes it easy to attach a digital camera to your C70 Mak spotting scope. Follow your camera’s instructions for exposure information, etc. You will have to experiment to get the settings correct.
1.25” Eyepiece Adapter
This adapter is included with your spotting scope. It allows you to use astronomical 1.25” eyepieces so you can have various powers and wider fields of view for specific usages. To install the adapter, you will remove the zoom eyepiece (turn it hard counterclockwise to unthread it), thread the 1.25” adapter where the zoom eyepiece goes, then put your 1.25” eyepiece into the adapter and tighten the thumb screw to hold the eyepiece in place.
The pictures left to right below demonstrate the assembly.
To protect your spotting scope when not being used, put on all lens covers and the lens cap to keep the optics clean, and then put the scope in the soft carrying case. If your optics need cleaning, use an optics cleaning kit and follow the instructions.
The C70 Spotting Scope has the Celestron No Fault Limited Lifetime Warranty for the U.S.A. and Canadian customers. For complete details of eligibility and for warranty information on customers in other countries visit the Celestron website.
FAQS About Celestron Mini MAK 70mm Angled Spotting Scope
Can I view the moon via a spotting scope?
Magnifications up to about 60x or 70x can be utilized for all general observations and the most fundamental astronomy, including moon observations.
A spotting scope can you see stars through it?
Stargazing and simple astronomy are ineffective uses of a spotting scope.
Is it possible to use a spotting scope as a telescope?
Spotting scopes are an alternative to both binoculars and telescopes that some amateur astronomers utilize.
Is a spotting scope more effective for astronomy than a telescope?
While providing a better view of the sky than a spotting scope, telescopes are less lightweight, less robust, and slightly more challenging to use.
How should I use a spotting scope for optimal results?
change the spotting scope’s magnification to tiny.
Can you use a spotting scope to glass?
Almost always, you’re looking via binoculars or a spotting scope.
What is the range of a spotting scope?
50 to 100 yards
Which planets are visible with a spotting scope?
Jupiter, Saturn, and its bigger moons
Is it possible to place an angled spotting scope on a window?
Because of their ability to rotate, angled spotting scopes are also the greatest option for using an optic from a moving vehicle while mounted on a window mount.
Can you handle a spotting scope in your hand?
A spotting scope’s higher magnifications make it impractical to hold in your hands.
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