zennox 76x700 reflector telescope

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    June, 2013
zennox 76x700 reflector telescope
Posted by philbod on Thursday, June 13, 2013 4:26 AM

Wink Hi folks ..I just been reading some post about the cheap scope the zennox 76x700...I`ve had one for yrs which i purchased of a friend for 20 quid...I do have the 8inch skywatcher and thats my main scope..goin back to the little zennox...small though it is it does suprisingly well for it size and for the bad name its got in reviews..I think you must be using it wrong...first thing is dont expect to see the in space what they show you on the box lid...start by looking at the moon when its not full...get used to swapping eyepieces and focusing. not easy as the tripod is cheap and shaky but patience will be rewarded once you master these two...i`ve looked at the moon thru my zennox and been rewarded with some nice clear sharp images of craters and mountains...once you av learnt how to steady the sip somewhat the next best thing to do is find a good cluster of stars to test it out..best place for this i wud say look in the constellation of  Cassiopea...just below the point of the W you will find double clusters and open clusters and this will give you an idea how pleasing your little zennox scope will be....dont expect as i say to see what you wud see say thru an 8inch reflector you wont ..but what you will see its amazingly nice to the eye for a small scope..the thing is with the zennox or any other small scope is patience and having it steady to keep yur object in view..you cud invest in a better tripod luckily i had a spare one..also invest in a good eyepiece to let more light to yur eye i use a 32mm so everything i see beyond the planets is clearer sharper and lighter..the Plaidies look nice well seperated  star field...the only two planets worth looking at in the zennox is saturn and jupiter using a good barlow  and a good eyepiece will show the rings well on saturn and also the moon titon and jupiter will also show 4 of the main satelites and a disk with a couple of faint bands across,,,as i say dont expect too much but expect some little surprises when viewing especially rich star fields...its a starter scope nothing else..but its a good starter scope...ive had mine now for yrs sometimes i take it out with me because its light weight and as i said before its a ok scope if your patient and use a good wide eyepiece for the stars..you will see a lot lot more than you would thru the naked eye...Happy stargazing Smile

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    December, 2013
Posted by Tracey B on Saturday, December 28, 2013 3:48 PM

Hi I have just been reading your post which is very interesting. I have just bought the telescope as ai am new to astronomy but I cannot get it to focus, also I have a set if Celestine eyepieces but they are too big to fit the eyepiece tube  I wondered if there is something I could purchase so that I may use these And any advice you may have on how to get it to focus. 

thanks :-(

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    November, 2012
Posted by MooseMan01 on Sunday, December 29, 2013 11:59 AM

Hi Tracy, please describe the kind of telescope you have, the brand and the size, if possible. Then people will be able to help you.

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    November, 2009
Posted by Poppa Chris on Sunday, December 29, 2013 2:24 PM

Hi Tracey!  Sounds like your scope uses .965" eyepieces, whereas the Celestron eyepiece kit has 1.25" eyepieces.  There are adaptors available to let you use the larger eyepieces with your scope.  I believe you may find such an adaptor at either AgenaAstro.com or ScopeStuff.com.   Using this adaptor will affect your focus point requiring more inward travel of the focuser tube. It is unfortunate that you weren't cognizant of the differing eyepiece diameters when you bought the Celestron kit but they will stick with you for a long time, hopefully to a new and better scope in the future.  

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars


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Posted by DaveMitsky on Sunday, December 29, 2013 2:31 PM

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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