The Celestron Travel Scope 70 is a small telescope designed for viewing distant land-based targets (such as birds and trees) and for casual viewing of the moon.
The Celestron Travel Scope 70 has a front lens diameter of 70 mm (larger than the front lenses used in a typical pair of binoculars) and a focal length of 400 mm. A telescope with these specifications works well for terrestrials observations, both for daytime and nighttime. Due to its size, however, it has a very limited use for astronomical observation. Also, note that the telescope showed signs of chromatic aberration (i.e., a bluish tint appears to surround the objects being observed), like any other low cost telescopes.
For astrophotography, you can actually expect to capture some decent images, but only for large targets such as the moon and the sun. Note that photography with this telescope is achievable only when the scope is attached to a sturdy mount (which in most cases, more expensive than the telescope).
Perhaps the Celestron Travel Scope 70 is a decent telescope after all, you just have to replace the tripod and the finder scope. Do not expect much though, as the scope is so small that it is only capable of showing very limited astronomical objects.
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