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Celestron Mars Observing Telescope Accessory Kit - 94312

SKU: CEL-94312

Celestron Mars Observing Telescope Accessory Kit

The Celestron Mars Observing Telescope Accessory Kit includes everything you need to enjoy Mars in all its splendor! In this kit, you will receive a 1.25" 2x Power Doubling Lens with built-in T-adapter, 1.25" #80A Blue Planetary Filter, 1.25" #56 Light Green Planetary Filter, and 1.25" #25 Red Planetary Filter. All of these quality accessories come in a protective storage case featuring the Celestron logo.

The 2x Power Doubling Lens gives your eyepiece twice the magnification it would normally offer. The lens goes in between the telescope and the eyepiece you are using. In addition, this lens also features integrated T-threads that allow you to attach your DSLR camera to your telescope for high magnification lunar and planetary photography. (Note: to take advantage of this feature, you will need to purchase an optional T-ring that fits your specific camera body and thread it onto the T-adapter.)

Eyepiece filters reduce glare and light scattering, increase contrast through selective filtration, increase definition and resolution, and reduce eye fatigue. These filters are designed to fit any Celestron 1.25” eyepieces. To attach the filter onto an eyepiece, simply thread the male thread on the filter into the bottom of the eyepiece barrel. Then insert the eyepiece (with filter attached) into eyepiece holder of your telescope.

  • #80A Light Blue Planetary Filter - Helpful in studying surface features and polar caps.
  • #56 Green Planetary Filter - Excellent for increased contrast of Martian polar caps, low clouds, and yellowish dust storms.
  • #25 Red Planetary Filter - Reduces light from blue and green areas, which darkens the maria and oases, while lightening the orange-hued desert region. Sharpens the boundaries of yellow dust clouds.

Mars Opposition History and Facts

From early July through early September (July 7th to September 7th), Mars will be considerably brighter, allowing observers the opportunity to see the red planet in spectacular detail. The optimal viewing night will be July 28, 2018.

The last time Mars was this close to the Earth and this bright in the night sky was the opposition of 2003. The next opportunity like this won’t come around until 2050. This is a perihelic opposition, which means both Earth and Mars are close to the Sun, making conditions ideal for astrophotography.