I've owned an 80mm stellarvue, and an 80mm WilliamsOptics and since I am a "Complete Amateur" this setup blows them away. It all fits like a package you dont have to play figure what best mount goes with weight it is LIGHT it is EASY to set up and the views are beautifull. The skyscout computer is BANG on and fun to use for the kids. I recommend if you are an amateur and want a nice all around package this is the scope setup for you. I will never ever part with this. I actually bought it on kijiji for under 250$ for the whole set boxes and receipts included. (Posted on 3/14/12)
I love this telescope because it has erect image optics, sturdy stainless steel adjustable. This 90 mm refractor telescope even features an accessory tray for your eyepieces and fully coated glass optics. The finderscope is very easy to align (there is two little screws), there is a long handle to move the telescope easier. It a 1.25 inche telescope that comes with 2 eyepieces (10mm, 40mm). If you bought a Sky Scout Personal Planetarium you can use it to guide you throught the night sky. There is a astronomy CD " The Sky X". Best of all QUICK NO TOOL SETUP!!!!!!
Now after all that information I'll tell you my experience with it.
To start I decided to look at Jupiter because it was at a good place in the sky, to my surprise I could see it almost like if it was one of Hubble's pictures but smaller and with a lot of defraction because it was a hot day (that was without a Barlow Lens). I will not describe more astronomical objects because it would be a even longer review and Jupiter was one of the coolest things to see.
I went on a mountain in my backyard on another summer day I could see peoples faces while they where tubing and people's houses, I could almost read some publicity signs but there was to much defraction again.
I encourage you to buy this telescope for a passionate family member or yourself
The price is around 250$.
Hope you enjoy this telescope,
(Posted on 12/29/11)
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