Celestron AstroMaster 76 EQ Telescope Review (31035)

Stargazers look no further! Introducing the Celestron 31035 AstroMaster 76 EQ Reflector Telescope. Reasonably priced, good optics, and a variety of extras make this scope ideal for all levels. More advanced features like an RA adjustment and spotter scope even appeal to intermediate level stargazers. Setup is a breeze, taking only minutes to put together. The eyepieces provide clear and detailed images. Every bright star and planet can be seen from thousands of miles away. Fellow astrophotographers will jump for joy when it comes to the AstroMaster 76. The scope is compatible with most camera models. Another key feature is portability. The lightweight and sturdy model easily goes wherever you go without all the hassle. The sturdiness, reliability, and flexibility of the Celestron 31035 AstroMaster 76 EQ will have you looking at the night sky for many years to come.


The AstroMaster76 makes for a great beginner, mid-sized telescope. First things first, the optics. The optical ability of this scope offers a pretty impressive power level. What does “impressive” entail when it comes to optics? The moon, all eight planets, and most bright celestial objects are quickly displayed. Even close-up details of the moon are visible. All of this power is thanks to the 10mm and 20mm eyepieces that come included. The barrel, made from a combination of durable plastic and rolled metal offers high durability. In other words, the scope will not easily break while being moved or used.  Astrophotographers will want to check out the AstroMaster 76. This particular model is compatible with several major camera brands. On the go? No problem, the light weight of the AstroMaster 76 makes it easy to bring where ever you go! Setting up? What set up? The scope is practically ready to use right out of the box. In fact, assembly takes only a few minutes.


The AstroMaster 76 falls short in several areas. A major problem focuses on the telescopes limited optics. While details of closer and larger celestial objects are seen, it is another story for anything smaller and further away than the moon. Both the 10mm and 20mm eyepieces that come included are unable to provide enough power. In short, do not expect to see a close-up, detailed image of the red planet or the rings of Saturn. For anyone interested in seeing these details, purchasing an additional lens kit is recommended. The steel tripod provides little stability. The poor design causes the structure to wobble with the added weight of the telescope. No protective gear or carrying case comes included. The spotter scope is sensitive and easily falls out of focus. The RA mount is tricky. The adjustment is fluid and smooth, but the adjustment is another issue. The declination adjustment is stiff and painful to adjust.

Key Features

  • Astrophotography – The AstroMaster 76 is compatible with several camera brands.
  • Portability – The telescope and accessories weigh very little. Everything is light enough to throw into a travel bag and take on the go.
  • Optics – Great for viewing planets, moon and bright targets.
  • Price – Affordable.
  • Set Up – Quick and easy to assemble. It takes only a few minutes to put together the AstroMaster 76.

Main Issues

  • Limited optics – The magnification provides a decent level of optical power. However, details like a close up of Mars or the individual rings of Saturn are not visible.
  • Extra expenses – Different lenses, new tripod, or carrying case must be purchased separately.
  • Red dot finder – The red dot often blocks the object you are looking for.
  • Equatorial mount – Hard to use.
  • Tripod – The included tripod lacks stability. Extra weight causes the tripod to shake.
  • Difficulty – Some features, including the EQ mount and red dot finder are challenging to use. Without prior knowledge, those starting out will have trouble using these features.


Patience is a virtue in the world of stargazing. The same theory applies to the Celestron 31035 AstroMaster 76 EQ. The AstroMaster 76 EQ offers many advanced and helpful features. However, beginners unfamiliar with these tools may find them complicated. From the red dot finder to the equatorial mount, both require practice to master. One thing to keep in mind is the optical power of the AstroMaster 76 EQ. Stargazers seeking stronger optics will need to purchase a lens kit. No carrying bag or extra accessories come included. Depending on whether you use the scope for astrophotography, the tripod may need replacing. The tripod is unable to support the combined weight of the telescope and mounted camera. While the AstroMaster 76 EQ is reasonably priced, keep in mind of these additional purchases. Overall the Celestron 31035 AstroMaster 76 EQ provides an immense amount of value to any stargazer. The price, ability, and tools easily stand up against other competitors on the market.