I have got beautiful, crisp visuals from this scope using my 10mm Baader eyepiece. Star clusters, double stars...Lots of things show up well in this scope and the 5 inch aperture is not like what a 10 or 12 inch dob can offer in terms of light gathering ability and giving you a large image of a planet or whatever your observing but there are some up sides to using a scope like this.
1. Its lighter than larger scopes and very transportable.
2. Larger scopes and faster f # or f ratio may need collimation often, this scope is SOLID! You may never need to adjust the factory collimation on this one.
3. GOTO is handy, but learning the bright stars in the sky and constellations is still a necessity....A Celestron SkyScout can aid in learning the sky. There is even a sync cable that can hook up from this scope to a Celestron SkyScout and it fills in the GPS, time and location questions for you. (Posted on 8/1/12)
- Easy setup
- Light weighted (Travel-Telescope!)
- Easy to use Goto-System (only little knowledge about the stars needed)
- a little bit shacky
- Focussing at higher magnification is difficult; you have to be patient!
- Handling of the handbox could be better (could be optimized in future firmware-versions hopefully!)
- Collimation (if needed) of the main-mirror is complicated. Normally no really need for adjusting the optics.
- No good choice for taking astro-photos
I personally recommend this telescope for people, who don't want to spend too much time for finding objects. The optical quality is very good (much better than expected for the low price!)
I would not give this telescope away anymore! (Posted on 6/10/12)
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