|Average Rating (21 Reviews): |
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 | Ian
Well packaged and arrived safely. First impressions were WOW! We got to use the telescope at a fairly dark place, seeing the Great Orion Nebula was fantastic.
The only down side is the supplied eyepieces, being Modified Acromatics. They aren't the best quality, I'm afraid.
Tuesday, 4 February 2020 | Tia
I bought this telescope as my first one and it has done wonders so far, I have seen the moon and a couple of nebulas and I am just waiting for the planets to swing my way but I am very impressed and would 100% recommend to anyone looking to give star gazing a shot.
Sunday, 18 August 2019 | Elliot
Instructions to put it together were adequate as I am not normally good at following instructions. However the small screws to hold the eye piece holder on the Telescope screwdriver philips screw head got wrecked. Just managed to extract the screws before using a plastic weld super glue to stick it on there securely.
Saw Jupiter and Saturn clearly on my first night out with it. I would share the photo's i took with my galaxy s10 through the eyepiece if I could in this review, but being a phone camera doesn't quite do it justice!!
Amazing bit of kit for the price
Friday, 8 March 2019 | Paul
First the only bad thing. It didn't come with any instructions on how to put the base together, but a quick google search led me straight the needed pdf.
Really easy to put together once the instructions were to hand. Obviously a big bit of kit, but rather light considering.
The 2 eyepeices it came with (10mm and 25mm) are great (I'm a full on newbie, this is my first telescope), so much so that i'm wondering just how much better expensive brand replacements can actually be.
The telescope itself is absolutely fantastic and giving me absolutely amazing views from my back garden, just a couple of miles outside of Newcastle.
Even the finder scope felt amazing to use and look through and was a doddle to line up with the main view.
I don't have a collimator yet but from the clarity of the views im getting I would say it seems like the factory collimation has held up well so far, and if it isn't still fully collimated then I really cant wait to see the views when it is, because they are already clean and crisp.
The feeling of excitement and pure joy after navigating a dobsonian by hand and finding M81 and M82 was like nothing i've experienced in a long time, im 37 and it had me giggling like a little kid and saying "wow" every few seconds. Even after only a few hours of Stargazing, and this being my first telescope, I would highly recommend this bit of kit to anyone even slightly interested in observing the night sky.
Very nice, but very large
Monday, 20 August 2018 | Francis
This is a very nice telescope, but while you're contemplating aperture and focal length please also consider the size of the telescope. It is much larger than the image would suggest, being 8" across, 5' tall, and it doesn't fold down in any way. If you have any doubts about storing or moving this telescope then you may want something a little bit smaller.
It also doesn't come with an equatorial mount, which may an advantage, and my not be.
Please seek advice from you local astronomy club.
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 | Christian
Really pleased with the telescope, saw jupiter really well through it. Delivery was super fast, I will definitely use Flo again. Thank you.
Saturday, 28 April 2018 | Kriss
For the simplicity and ease of set up coupled with the large appature this scope is my go to set up for long nights wizzing around the night sky or for when there isn’t a break in the cloud. The build quality is great and I found it holds its collimating very well. With only occasional tweets needed to keep everything sharp.
Great first serious 'scope.
Saturday, 29 October 2016 | Andrew
We purchased this telescope back in February ( it is now November). Viewing from the back garden of our house the sky is quite heavily light polluted ( we are on Teesside ) but earlier in the year we had spectacular views of Jupiter ( cloud bands, spot and larger moons crystal clear ) and Saturn ( moons, rings and Cassini Division) . We have now notched up good views of over 30 DSO's ; despite it being mostly summer month twilight viewing and many nights with no viewing at all owing to cloudy skies. Great views of M3, M11, M13 and M15 - the higher mag. eyepiece supplied clearly resolving individual stars when using averted vision. Very good, clear, detailed view of M57 on many occasions. M27 visible clearly but have yet to see any detail - the same for M1 last week which was VERY faint. The Leo galaxies could clearly be seen but were also faint as the sky not very dark. 'Easier' objects such as M31, M44 and M35/6/7/8 all excellent viewing through the Dob. but we have yet to observe proper structure in M31. In addition many excellent double stars have been split.
I bought this telescope as a first serious telescope for my son (16) who wishes to read Astrophysics at university . It has been an excellent choice - I was recommended a 'Goto' type by an experienced amateur-astronomer friend but decided on the Dob. as I thought that manually locating DSO's would have the element of discovery that a GOTO type would not provide. This has definitely proved to be the case - many attempts required before finally the thrill of seeing M65 and M66 - also M67 proved challenging when we first started. Great fun and really rewarding when you first locate a new DSO after considerable patience and application.
We have had no problems with collimation at all. The base easy to assemble in an hour or so and the tube and base can be separated very quickly if you need to move the telescope say from the front to the back of the house. Additional fairly essential accessories purchased have been a 12mm Celestron X-Cel eyepiece (£59), a Celestron Barlow lens (£24) and the book 'Turn Left at Orion' (£22). Total expenditure including the Dob has been about £400. The rewards for this modest outlay have been tremendous - not least the thrill of locating DSO's for the first time and the 'father-and-son' time shared. Both endure long after the price has been forgotten..
Sunday, 16 August 2015 | Rachael
this is a great telescope, recommend it!!
Thursday, 25 December 2014 | Sharne
I am really happy ordered it for christmas, fast delivery and a very good telescope 10/10!
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