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National Geographic CF700SM 70mm Refractor Telescope


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National Geographic CF700SM 70mm Refractor Telescope

Unlock the Universe: See the Stars Like Never Before with This Easy-to-Use, Affordable Telescope


  • 70mm Aperture Lens: Captures more light for clearer, brighter images of celestial objects, making your stargazing sessions more fulfilling.
  • Two Eyepieces Included: Comes with 26mm and 9.7mm eyepieces, allowing for customization of viewing magnification, perfect for observing the moon, planets, and stars.
  • Red Dot Viewfinder: Makes aligning your telescope with celestial objects simple and precise, enhancing your overall astronomical experience.
  • Adjustable Tripod: Provides a stable base and customizable viewing heights, adaptable for users of all ages.
  • Bonus Astronomy Software: Includes exclusive software with a celestial object database and printable sky maps, enriching your educational journey through the cosmos.

The CF700SM is for you if…

  • You're a Beginner or Intermediate Stargazer: Ideal for those starting out or looking to upgrade their astronomical experience without the complexity of professional gear.
  • You Want Educational Tools: Perfect for parents, teachers, or educational programs seeking an engaging way to introduce astronomy and science concepts to students.
  • You Value Quality and Affordability: Looking for a telescope that delivers excellent performance without a hefty price tag, providing the best value for money.
  • You Need a User-Friendly Setup: Suitable for anyone who wants a straightforward, easy-to-assemble telescope that won’t take hours to set up.
  • You Appreciate Durable, Reliable Equipment: Constructed to withstand frequent use, making it an excellent choice for families, schools, and recurring viewing sessions.


Discover the Wonders of the Universe with Unmatched Ease and Clarity

Begin an awe-inspiring journey through the cosmos with the National Geographic CF700SM 70mm Refractor Telescope. Designed for stargazers of all levels, this telescope combines the prestige of the National Geographic brand with user-friendly features that make celestial exploration accessible to everyone.


Why Choose the National Geographic CF700SM?

Effortless Setup and User-Friendly Design: As praised by our satisfied customers, setting up this telescope is a breeze. From unboxing to observing the stars, you can be ready in minutes, not hours. This ease of use extends throughout its operation, making it the ideal choice for beginners and seasoned astronomers who appreciate simplicity and effectiveness.

Capture and Share the Universe: Unlike some other telescopes in its class, the CF700SM includes a smartphone adapter, transforming your stargazing into shareable moments. Easily capture stunning photos of the moon, planets, and stars, and share them with friends and family or on social media. This unique feature allows you to document and share your astronomical journey with ease.

Affordable Quality That Lasts: Experience the quality that comes with a globally recognized brand like National Geographic, without breaking the bank. This telescope not only provides exceptional stargazing capabilities but does so at a price point that makes it accessible to all. The sturdy construction ensures that your investment continues to deliver, night after night, year after year.

Peace of Mind with a One-Year Warranty: Your purchase is protected by a limited one-year USA warranty once registered within 60 days. This commitment to quality guarantees that you can explore the stars with confidence, knowing that support is available if needed.

Timely Purchase for Celestial Events: With several upcoming celestial events, including meteor showers and eclipses, now is the perfect time to purchase. Don’t miss the chance to view these spectacular sights from the comfort of your own home with clarity and ease.


Whether you're a budding astronomer or a seasoned sky-watcher, this telescope offers you the chance to dive deep into the night sky. Here’s what you can expect to see:

The Moon’s Mystique: The telescope’s 70mm aperture and high-quality eyepieces (26mm and 9.7mm) provide stunning views of the moon’s surface. You’ll be able to explore the rugged landscapes of craters, the contrast of lunar maria, and even witness the sharp relief of its edges during different phases.

Planetary Details: The CF700SM brings the solar system closer to home. Witness Jupiter’s majestic storms and its famous Great Red Spot. See the majestic rings of Saturn, the polar ice caps on Mars, and the cloud belts that envelop Jupiter. On clearer nights, Venus and Mercury may also show their phases and disk features, similar to the moon.

Star Clusters and Nebulae: Beyond our solar system, this telescope can capture the glistening beauty of star clusters and the ethereal glow of nebulae. Open star clusters like the Pleiades will sparkle against the backdrop of space, while the Orion Nebula’s gas clouds offer a glimpse into the birthplace of stars.

Distant Galaxies: For those with a keen eye and perfect conditions, distant galaxies such as the Andromeda Galaxy can be observed as a faint smudge of light, revealing the vastness of space beyond our immediate cosmic neighborhood.

Satellites and More: Not to be overlooked, artificial satellites and the International Space Station (ISS) can occasionally be tracked as they orbit Earth, providing a modern juxtaposition to the ancient lights of the cosmos.


Everything You Need to Start Your Astronomical Adventure

The National Geographic CF700SM 70mm Refractor Telescope comes fully equipped with all the essentials to begin your stargazing journey immediately. Here’s what’s included in the package:

Alt-Azimuth Mount: This user-friendly mount supports smooth and accurate pointing, allowing for easy tracking of celestial objects across the sky. It’s perfect for beginners and young astronomers who need simple, effective control.

Full-Size Tripod: Enhance your viewing stability with a durable, adjustable full-size tripod. It's designed to provide a steady base for your observations, regardless of where your adventure takes you. The tripod’s height can be adjusted to accommodate users of different statures, making it a great choice for family use.

9.7mm and 26mm Plossl Eyepieces: Enjoy high-quality views with two Plossl eyepieces. The 26mm eyepiece offers a wider field of view for scanning the night sky and finding objects of interest, while the 9.7mm eyepiece allows for more detailed, close-up observations, particularly useful for lunar and planetary viewing.

2x Barlow Lens: Double the magnification of any eyepiece used with this powerful 2x Barlow lens. It’s an essential tool for viewing finer details on the moon’s surface or enhancing your planetary observations.

Red Dot Finder: Quickly and accurately locate celestial objects with the included red dot finder. This point-and-look tool makes navigating the night sky effortless, helping you to pinpoint your targets without the usual hassle.

Smartphone Adapter: Capture and share your celestial discoveries with the smartphone adapter. Easily attach your phone to the telescope and use your camera to photograph the amazing sights you observe. This adapter makes it simple to document and share your stargazing experiences with friends, family, or on social media.

Downloadable Planisphere/Star Map: Navigate the night sky with ease using your downloadable planisphere/star map. This handy tool will help you locate stars, constellations, and other celestial phenomena throughout the year, ideal for beginners and educational purposes.

Downloadable Cartes du Ciel Software: Enhance your astronomical experience with the comprehensive Cartes du Ciel software. This program offers detailed star charts and a wealth of information that can be customized to your location and viewing conditions, making it a valuable resource for planning your observing sessions.


Ready to Explore the Stars?

Join thousands of stargazers who have already embarked on their celestial journeys with the National Geographic CF700SM 70mm Refractor Telescope. Whether you're scanning the skies for planets and stars, capturing breathtaking celestial photographs, or simply enjoying a night under the stars with family, this telescope is designed to deliver unforgettable experiences.

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  • How portable is this telescope? Can I take it on trips?

    This telescope is relatively lightweight and comes with a portable tripod, making it easy to carry to different viewing locations. Whether you’re heading to a dark sky park or just setting up in your backyard, the CF700SM is an excellent companion for your stargazing adventures.

  • Is the telescope difficult to set up?

    Setting up the CF700SM is straightforward and does not require any specialized tools. It comes with a full-size tripod that's easy to assemble, and the mount and optical tube are designed for simple and quick setup, allowing you to start observing the sky without hassle.

  • Can I take pictures with this telescope?

    Yes, the CF700SM includes a smartphone adapter, making it easy to attach your phone and take pictures of the night sky. This feature is perfect for capturing your observations and sharing them with friends or on social media.

  • What if I encounter any problems with the telescope?

    Your purchase includes a one-year limited warranty that covers any defects in materials or workmanship. Additionally, our customer service team is always ready to help resolve any issues you might face, providing support and guidance to ensure a great viewing experience.

  • How durable is the telescope? Can it handle frequent use?

    This telescope is built with durability in mind, suitable for frequent use either at home or in educational settings. The high-quality materials and solid construction ensure it can withstand regular transport and use, making it a reliable choice for families and schools.

  • What can I see with this telescope?

    With the CF700SM, you can enjoy detailed views of the moon’s craters and mountains, observe planets like Jupiter and Saturn along with their moons, and explore deep-sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies under good viewing conditions. The included Barlow lens also allows you to double the magnification for more detailed observations.

  • Is this telescope suitable for beginners?

    Absolutely! The National Geographic CF700SM 70mm Refractor Telescope is designed with beginners in mind. It features a user-friendly Alt-Azimuth mount, easy setup, and a red dot finder that makes locating celestial objects a breeze. Whether you're just starting your astronomy journey or introducing young astronomers to the sky, this telescope is an excellent choice.

National Geographic CF700SM 70mm Refractor Telescope | 80-40070 | 8122570168392

National Geographic CF700SM 70mm Refractor Telescope



26.9x - 72x | 52x - 144x w/ 2x Barlow


70 mm | 2.7"

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700 mm

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