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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for short scopes.

Scopes are a great way to add a little extra functionality to your camping kit. They're a great way to see the outdoors and places that you can't go to. They're also great for sporting events. Browse the top-ranked list of short scopes below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Celestron - Travel Scope 70 DX Portable Telescope - Gray/Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "Celestron Travel Scope...Telescope is nice but a little awkward to use due to the fact that the tripod is so short. Instructions were a little complicated but seems to do the job....Great scope...Great scope for my 8 year old niece. She really enjoys it."

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    Get a new perspective on nature and the Universe with the ideal day-to-night telescope, Travel Scope™ 70 DX. This refractor telescope includes a full height tripod and lots of bonus accessories, include a smartphone adapter so you can capture images and video through the eyepiece. It all packs up into a high-quality custom backpack—ready to go wherever your adventures take you. Whether you take it along on your next camping trip or enjoy an impromptu backyard stargazing session, setting up the telescope is a breeze. Even on your first time out, you can assemble the telescope and its accessories in just a few minutes. The adjustable tripod legs allow you to customize the telescope’s height or place it on raised surfaces like a picnic table. By night, Travel Scope™ 70 DX delivers great views of the planets, the Moon, star clusters and brighter deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula and Andromeda Galaxy. During the day, Travel Scope™ 70 DX doubles as a spotting scope. Enjoy amazing views of birds, wildlife, boats on the water, migrating whales, and so much more. The entire telescope kit weighs just 3.3 pounds, so you can take it anywhere, hassle-free. Smartphone adapter and Bluetooth shutter release Create your own stunning images and video of celestial or terrestrial objects with the smartphone adapter. With its light, rigid frame, this accessory allows you to connect any smartphone to your Travel Scope’s eyepiece. The additional magnification provided by the eyepiece allows your phone to capture great images of the Moon and planets. This smartphone adapter installs easily by clamping over the top of an eyepiece. The smartphone is held in position with the help of tightening knobs that securely lock your phone in place. To capture the best image, Celestron has also provided a Bluetooth shutter release that allows you to trigger the camera’s shutter on any Android or iOS smartphone remotely, without disturbing the placement of your phone and telescope. NOTE: Some large and/or bulky phone cases (including folio style cases) may need to be removed for the phone to fit in the adapter. Manual Alt-Azimuth telescope Navigate the sky confidently with Travel Scope™ 70 DX’s intuitive pan handle. The Alt-Az control with clutch allows for smooth tracking and accurate pointing. Like a photographic tripod, you can move the clutch in an up/down, left/right fashion to follow your object in the eyepiece. Deluxe Accessories Included In addition to the smartphone adapter and Bluetooth shutter release, Travel Scope™ 70 DX includes a full selection of optical accessories, including two eyepieces (20mm and 10mm), an erect image diagonal, a finderscope, a 2x Barlow lens, and a 1.25” Moon filter. The two eyepieces offer different magnifications so you can view your subject at low or high power. The erect image diagonal allows for more comfortable viewing and right-side-up images. The permanently mounted finderscope will help you locate objects and quickly center them in your telescope’s eyepiece. Lastly, the Moon filter reduces glare and increases contrast on the surface of the Moon. Travel Backpack Pack up your optical tube, tripod, eyepieces, and accessories safely and securely in the included custom backpack. Starry Night Software Download Celestron’s Starry Night Software and learn about the night sky, celestial objects, and how to plan your next observing session. Celestron Starry Night Software is the premier astronomy software package on the market, providing detailed information, plus tips and tricks for viewing our Solar System and beyond. Downloadable Robert Reeves’ Lunar Landscapes eBook Familiarize yourself with the Moon, our neighboring world, with Robert Reeves’ Lunar Landscapes eBook. This fascinating guide will take you on a tour of the Moon’s top geographical features, from the crater Tycho to the Sea of Tranquility where Apollo 11 astronauts landed.
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    "Celestron Travel Scope...Telescope is nice but a little awkward to use due to the fact that the tripod is so short. Instructions were a little complicated but seems to do the job....Great scope...Great scope for my 8 year old niece. She really enjoys it."

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    Get a new perspective on nature and the Universe with the ideal day-to-night telescope, Travel Scope™ 70 DX. This refractor telescope includes a full height tripod and lots of bonus accessories, include a smartphone adapter so you can capture images and video through the eyepiece. It all packs up into a high-quality custom backpack—ready to go wherever your adventures take you. Whether you take it along on your next camping trip or enjoy an impromptu backyard stargazing session, setting up the telescope is a breeze. Even on your first time out, you can assemble the telescope and its accessories in just a few minutes. The adjustable tripod legs allow you to customize the telescope’s height or place it on raised surfaces like a picnic table. By night, Travel Scope™ 70 DX delivers great views of the planets, the Moon, star clusters and brighter deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula and Andromeda Galaxy. During the day, Travel Scope™ 70 DX doubles as a spotting scope. Enjoy amazing views of birds, wildlife, boats on the water, migrating whales, and so much more. The entire telescope kit weighs just 3.3 pounds, so you can take it anywhere, hassle-free. Smartphone adapter and Bluetooth shutter release Create your own stunning images and video of celestial or terrestrial objects with the smartphone adapter. With its light, rigid frame, this accessory allows you to connect any smartphone to your Travel Scope’s eyepiece. The additional magnification provided by the eyepiece allows your phone to capture great images of the Moon and planets. This smartphone adapter installs easily by clamping over the top of an eyepiece. The smartphone is held in position with the help of tightening knobs that securely lock your phone in place. To capture the best image, Celestron has also provided a Bluetooth shutter release that allows you to trigger the camera’s shutter on any Android or iOS smartphone remotely, without disturbing the placement of your phone and telescope. NOTE: Some large and/or bulky phone cases (including folio style cases) may need to be removed for the phone to fit in the adapter. Manual Alt-Azimuth telescope Navigate the sky confidently with Travel Scope™ 70 DX’s intuitive pan handle. The Alt-Az control with clutch allows for smooth tracking and accurate pointing. Like a photographic tripod, you can move the clutch in an up/down, left/right fashion to follow your object in the eyepiece. Deluxe Accessories Included In addition to the smartphone adapter and Bluetooth shutter release, Travel Scope™ 70 DX includes a full selection of optical accessories, including two eyepieces (20mm and 10mm), an erect image diagonal, a finderscope, a 2x Barlow lens, and a 1.25” Moon filter. The two eyepieces offer different magnifications so you can view your subject at low or high power. The erect image diagonal allows for more comfortable viewing and right-side-up images. The permanently mounted finderscope will help you locate objects and quickly center them in your telescope’s eyepiece. Lastly, the Moon filter reduces glare and increases contrast on the surface of the Moon. Travel Backpack Pack up your optical tube, tripod, eyepieces, and accessories safely and securely in the included custom backpack. Starry Night Software Download Celestron’s Starry Night Software and learn about the night sky, celestial objects, and how to plan your next observing session. Celestron Starry Night Software is the premier astronomy software package on the market, providing detailed information, plus tips and tricks for viewing our Solar System and beyond. Downloadable Robert Reeves’ Lunar Landscapes eBook Familiarize yourself with the Moon, our neighboring world, with Robert Reeves’ Lunar Landscapes eBook. This fascinating guide will take you on a tour of the Moon’s top geographical features, from the crater Tycho to the Sea of Tranquility where Apollo 11 astronauts landed.
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  2. Celestron - Eclipsmart Travel Solar Scope 50 Refractor Telescope - White/black - Angle_Zoom
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    "Good little scope for viewing the eclipse...Bought this scope to view the total eclipse August 21, 2017. ...My Celestron Travel scope 50......Been needed this type of scope for many years. Just in time for the Eclipse."

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    Celestron’s EclipSmart Travel Solar Scope 50 is a dedicated white-light solar telescope for the observer on the go. It’s lightweight, compact, and easy to transport—perfect for viewing the solar photosphere and sunspots. At the heart of this 50mm refractor-style solar scope, you’ll find Celestron’s Solar Safe, full-aperture glass filter material, which ensures safe views of eclipses, transits, sunspots, and any other solar event. The EclipSmart telescope features a dual-lens, non-removable glass solar filter that conforms to the ISO 12312-2:2015(E) standard. The EclipSmart Travel Solar Scope 50 offers much higher magnifications for viewing sunspots or planetary transits than you would get using solar eclipse glasses or binoculars. The telescope comes complete with everything you need and makes it easy to share the Sun as well as partial and total solar eclipses with the whole family. Solar Safe Technology EclipSmart solar products feature Solar Safe filter technology—the ultimate protection from harmful solar radiation, including IR and UV light, plus 99.999% of visible light. Celestron Solar Safe filter technology is safe for direct observation of the Sun. Solar Safe products conform to and meet the transmission requirements of ISO 12312-2:2015(E), Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun, EN 1836:2005 + A1:2007 (E) for an E15 Filter for the Direct Observation of the Sun and AS/NZS 1338.1:2012, Filters for Eye Protectors. Important safety note: inspect your filter before every use. Do not use and discard if damaged, scratched, or separated from the frame in any way. Manual Alt-Azimuth telescope Navigate the sky with a pan handle Alt-Az control with clutch for smooth and accurate pointing. Move the clutch in an up/down, left/right fashion to track the Sun in the eyepiece as it appears to drift across the daytime sky. Accessories Included The EclipSmart Travel Solar Scope 50 comes with one eyepiece (20mm), a hybrid star diagonal for a more comfortable viewing angle, a permanently attached solar finderscope, and a travel backpack. Solar Finderscope – The EclipSmart telescope comes with a safe solar finderscope that allows you to align your telescope without looking directly at the Sun. The finderscope comes pre-installed and ready for use. Simply center the projection arm’s shadow on the bull’s eye, and the Sun will be positioned within the field of view of your telescope’s eyepiece. Travel Backpack – A custom backpack comes with your telescope so you can store your optical tube, tripod, eyepieces, and accessories. Traveling with your EclipSmart scope is a breeze; all the components fit comfortably inside the backpack. Upcoming Eclipses 2023 - On October 14, 2023, the famed “Ring of Fire” will encircle a darkened Moon during a spectacular annular eclipse.  This phenomenon occurs when the Moon is too far from Earth to cover the Sun completely. The Sun's corona is not visible during an annular eclipse. 2024 - On April 8, 2024, the Moon will completely cover the Sun during an awe-inspiring Total Solar Eclipse. Observers within the path of totality will witness the sun’s dazzling corona, the “diamond ring” effect, and day turn to night.
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    "Good little scope for viewing the eclipse...Bought this scope to view the total eclipse August 21, 2017. ...My Celestron Travel scope 50......Been needed this type of scope for many years. Just in time for the Eclipse."

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    Product Description

    Celestron’s EclipSmart Travel Solar Scope 50 is a dedicated white-light solar telescope for the observer on the go. It’s lightweight, compact, and easy to transport—perfect for viewing the solar photosphere and sunspots. At the heart of this 50mm refractor-style solar scope, you’ll find Celestron’s Solar Safe, full-aperture glass filter material, which ensures safe views of eclipses, transits, sunspots, and any other solar event. The EclipSmart telescope features a dual-lens, non-removable glass solar filter that conforms to the ISO 12312-2:2015(E) standard. The EclipSmart Travel Solar Scope 50 offers much higher magnifications for viewing sunspots or planetary transits than you would get using solar eclipse glasses or binoculars. The telescope comes complete with everything you need and makes it easy to share the Sun as well as partial and total solar eclipses with the whole family. Solar Safe Technology EclipSmart solar products feature Solar Safe filter technology—the ultimate protection from harmful solar radiation, including IR and UV light, plus 99.999% of visible light. Celestron Solar Safe filter technology is safe for direct observation of the Sun. Solar Safe products conform to and meet the transmission requirements of ISO 12312-2:2015(E), Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun, EN 1836:2005 + A1:2007 (E) for an E15 Filter for the Direct Observation of the Sun and AS/NZS 1338.1:2012, Filters for Eye Protectors. Important safety note: inspect your filter before every use. Do not use and discard if damaged, scratched, or separated from the frame in any way. Manual Alt-Azimuth telescope Navigate the sky with a pan handle Alt-Az control with clutch for smooth and accurate pointing. Move the clutch in an up/down, left/right fashion to track the Sun in the eyepiece as it appears to drift across the daytime sky. Accessories Included The EclipSmart Travel Solar Scope 50 comes with one eyepiece (20mm), a hybrid star diagonal for a more comfortable viewing angle, a permanently attached solar finderscope, and a travel backpack. Solar Finderscope – The EclipSmart telescope comes with a safe solar finderscope that allows you to align your telescope without looking directly at the Sun. The finderscope comes pre-installed and ready for use. Simply center the projection arm’s shadow on the bull’s eye, and the Sun will be positioned within the field of view of your telescope’s eyepiece. Travel Backpack – A custom backpack comes with your telescope so you can store your optical tube, tripod, eyepieces, and accessories. Traveling with your EclipSmart scope is a breeze; all the components fit comfortably inside the backpack. Upcoming Eclipses 2023 - On October 14, 2023, the famed “Ring of Fire” will encircle a darkened Moon during a spectacular annular eclipse.  This phenomenon occurs when the Moon is too far from Earth to cover the Sun completely. The Sun's corona is not visible during an annular eclipse. 2024 - On April 8, 2024, the Moon will completely cover the Sun during an awe-inspiring Total Solar Eclipse. Observers within the path of totality will witness the sun’s dazzling corona, the “diamond ring” effect, and day turn to night.
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  3. Rexing - M1S 4K 8 x 25 Night Vision Monoculars - Black - Angle_Zoom

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    A high powered 4K resolution monocular for hunting, bird watching, camping, hiking and more. Record flawless videos and capture images of wildlife to cherish long after you’ve left the wilderness. With 8x times digital zoom you’ll be able to see your target up close before they see you so you can get your perfect shot.
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    A high powered 4K resolution monocular for hunting, bird watching, camping, hiking and more. Record flawless videos and capture images of wildlife to cherish long after you’ve left the wilderness. With 8x times digital zoom you’ll be able to see your target up close before they see you so you can get your perfect shot.
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  4. Unistellar - eQuinox/eVscope Smart Solar Filter 112mm - Black - Angle_Zoom

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    This all-in-one package includes a solar filter designed to fit eVscope and eQuinox Unistellar telescopes with a polymer sheet selected to reduce 100,000 times the Sun's light, and a solar mode in theUnistellar App to elevate observing experience to new heights.
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    This all-in-one package includes a solar filter designed to fit eVscope and eQuinox Unistellar telescopes with a polymer sheet selected to reduce 100,000 times the Sun's light, and a solar mode in theUnistellar App to elevate observing experience to new heights.
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  5. Unistellar - Odyssey Smart Solar Filter 82mm - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "Premium Package for the Odyssey scopes...You place it on the end of the tube, position the scope with the arm to the right of you, standing behind the scope, in line with the sun. "

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    With Odyssey's Smart Solar Filter, you can leverage the power of this smart telescope with the highest real resolution to discover the most detailed views of the Sun a smart telescope has ever offered, in a quick, safe, and simple way. This all-in-one package includes a solar filter that perfectly fits your Unistellar Odyssey telescope with a polymer sheet designed to reduce the Sun's light by 100,000 times, as well as a solar mode in the Unistellar App that will elevate your observing experience to new heights. Get ready to discover the Sun with our Smart Solar Filter!
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    "Premium Package for the Odyssey scopes...You place it on the end of the tube, position the scope with the arm to the right of you, standing behind the scope, in line with the sun. "

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    With Odyssey's Smart Solar Filter, you can leverage the power of this smart telescope with the highest real resolution to discover the most detailed views of the Sun a smart telescope has ever offered, in a quick, safe, and simple way. This all-in-one package includes a solar filter that perfectly fits your Unistellar Odyssey telescope with a polymer sheet designed to reduce the Sun's light by 100,000 times, as well as a solar mode in the Unistellar App that will elevate your observing experience to new heights. Get ready to discover the Sun with our Smart Solar Filter!
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  6. Discovery - Juno 50mm Refractor Telescope - Left_Zoom

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    View the solar system with this Discovery Juno telescope. The two interchangeable eyepieces provide magnification of 18x and 28.8x for clear details, and the 50mm aperture renders bright, sharp visuals. This Discovery Juno telescope comes with a hard case for easy and secure portability, and the alt-azimuth mount allows smooth and accurate steering.
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    View the solar system with this Discovery Juno telescope. The two interchangeable eyepieces provide magnification of 18x and 28.8x for clear details, and the 50mm aperture renders bright, sharp visuals. This Discovery Juno telescope comes with a hard case for easy and secure portability, and the alt-azimuth mount allows smooth and accurate steering.
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  7. Celestron - AstroMaster Accessory Kit AstroMaster Accessory Kit - Multicolor - Angle_Zoom

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    Celestron AstroMaster Accessory Kit Brand New Includes Two Year WarrantyThe Celestron AstroMaster Accessory Kit is designed to enhance the functionality and pleasure of using the Celestron telescope. This kit features two fully coated eyepieces; a 15mm Kellner and a 6mm Plossl. This kit can also be used with other telescope brands that accept 1.25" eyepieces and filters. There is a 2x doubling lens that will double the magnification of any eyepiece and has a built-on T-thread allowing camera to be attached. The AstroMaster Accessory kit has planetary filters that reduce glare and increase contrast, definition and resolution. This kit includes #80A blue planetary filter, #25 red planetary filter, moon filter and hard plastic carrying case with fitted cut foam inside to protect the eyepieces and filters. These anti-reflection coated filters are great enhancement for lunar and planet viewing. AstroMaster Accessory Kit Features: Product # 94307Accessory KitPlanetary FiltersDouble Magnification Power6mm Plossl EyepieceMoon Filter - Lowers Amount of Light Reaching Your Eye for Clear ViewFully Coated Kellner Eyepieces Includes:15 mm Kellner Eyepiece6 mm Plossl Eyepiece2x Power Lens#80A Blue Planetary Filter#25 Red Planetary FilterMoon FilterMicrofiber Cleaning ClothPlastic, Hard Carrying Case w/ Foam-Lined Interior
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    Celestron AstroMaster Accessory Kit Brand New Includes Two Year WarrantyThe Celestron AstroMaster Accessory Kit is designed to enhance the functionality and pleasure of using the Celestron telescope. This kit features two fully coated eyepieces; a 15mm Kellner and a 6mm Plossl. This kit can also be used with other telescope brands that accept 1.25" eyepieces and filters. There is a 2x doubling lens that will double the magnification of any eyepiece and has a built-on T-thread allowing camera to be attached. The AstroMaster Accessory kit has planetary filters that reduce glare and increase contrast, definition and resolution. This kit includes #80A blue planetary filter, #25 red planetary filter, moon filter and hard plastic carrying case with fitted cut foam inside to protect the eyepieces and filters. These anti-reflection coated filters are great enhancement for lunar and planet viewing. AstroMaster Accessory Kit Features: Product # 94307Accessory KitPlanetary FiltersDouble Magnification Power6mm Plossl EyepieceMoon Filter - Lowers Amount of Light Reaching Your Eye for Clear ViewFully Coated Kellner Eyepieces Includes:15 mm Kellner Eyepiece6 mm Plossl Eyepiece2x Power Lens#80A Blue Planetary Filter#25 Red Planetary FilterMoon FilterMicrofiber Cleaning ClothPlastic, Hard Carrying Case w/ Foam-Lined Interior
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  8. Rexing - Digital Rechargeable Tripod Scope - Black - Left_Zoom

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    Rexing NVS1 digital rechargeable night vision tripod scope enables you to record and share what you see in the wild. It features Wi-Fi support, a 1.3" LCD screen, and rechargeable capability. It could also help avoid fatigue caused by traditional mirror barrel viewing.
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    Rexing NVS1 digital rechargeable night vision tripod scope enables you to record and share what you see in the wild. It features Wi-Fi support, a 1.3" LCD screen, and rechargeable capability. It could also help avoid fatigue caused by traditional mirror barrel viewing.
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  9. Explore One - Titan 70mm Refractor Telescope with Panhandle Mount - Angle_Zoom

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    Gaze into the wonders of the night sky with this Explore Scientific Explore One Titan telescope. The 360-degree rotating design allows easy adjustments for flexible viewing angles, while the included smartphone adapter lets you capture celestial bodies. Featuring a 360mm focal length, this Explore Scientific Explore One Titan telescope is ideal for observing the Moon and other planets.
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    Gaze into the wonders of the night sky with this Explore Scientific Explore One Titan telescope. The 360-degree rotating design allows easy adjustments for flexible viewing angles, while the included smartphone adapter lets you capture celestial bodies. Featuring a 360mm focal length, this Explore Scientific Explore One Titan telescope is ideal for observing the Moon and other planets.
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  10. Whirlpool - Laundry 123 Clothing Rack - White - Front_Zoom
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    "Adjustable height is good especially if you are a short person....I attaches to the side of the dryer and is easy to use, even for short people."

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    This clothes rack features a collapsible design for easy storage and independently rotating arms that allow custom setup. Scratch-resistant magnets attach the rack to most washers and dryers for wide-ranging use.
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    "Adjustable height is good especially if you are a short person....I attaches to the side of the dryer and is easy to use, even for short people."

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    This clothes rack features a collapsible design for easy storage and independently rotating arms that allow custom setup. Scratch-resistant magnets attach the rack to most washers and dryers for wide-ranging use.
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