I received this telescope as a gift 2 years ago. I grew up with a strong fascination with astronomy. Until i received this I had my very low power telescope from when i was younger. With this scope viewing the moon is a real treat. The detail is beautiful, the portability is great, this is an all around good scope. Using this scope you will be able to see Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and possibly some bight nebulae. (Saturn and Jupiter have better detail due to their size) My only complaint with this scope is its very hard to use the Barlow lens with the 4mm eye piece, as the image jumps around at the slightest touch. You can use the Barlow effectively with the 20mm lens. You can't go wrong with this scope. (Posted on 4/30/12)
This was my first telescope and i love it . When you look at jupiter with the high magnification eyepiece, you can barely see the rings. I don't usually use the barlow lens because it is hard to focus it. (Posted on 4/19/12)
This is a wonderful Telescope for the price. The magnification is on the lower end but that doesn't mean that you are not able to do some great Lunar and Planetary observations. I am looking still to upgrade to a Newtonian then a Schmidt-Cass but to start this is a great scope (Posted on 4/8/12)
This is a great telescope for a beginner. It's easy to set up, and it gives great magnification. You can see the bands on Jupiter and several of its moons, the rings of Saturn, decent detail of the Orion Nebula, etc. With the high-magnification eyepiece you can just barely make out features on the surface of Mars (such as the polar ice cap).
The fine-grained altitude control (the shiny horizontal rod in the picture) is a huge time-saver for tracking an object once you've found it, but there's a small amount of wiggle room in it which makes coarse-grained adjustment a little trickier. I'm sure I'll get used to it, though.
The high-magnification eyepiece requires constant slewing to keep things in view (this is because the earth is rotating under the telescope, causing the direction it points to constantly change). This is fine for a single person viewing something, but if you want to have a star party and have a bunch of friends view objects, you should stick to the low-magnification eyepiece (which is still enough magnification to see the things I listed above). The Barlow lens has similar requirements. I'm sure they're both excellent for viewing terrestrial objects, though.
If you intend to really get into astronomy, you'll eventually want a motorized/computerized mount (which slews automatically for you, so you can use the high-magnification eyepiece and Barlow lens more easily). Some equatorial mounts can have motors added on later, but I don't think the altitude-azimuth mounts like this one can. (Posted on 2/21/12)
I bourght one of these as a starter telescope and used it last night 20th january 2012 and within a minute i had found jupiter and saw 4 of its moons as well. really good starter one well worth buying if your thinking of getting into the astronamy. (Posted on 1/23/12)
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