Sunday, 13 May 2018 | Peter
I bought this telescope for my thirty-something daughter as her first telescope and I was very pleased with the whole package. I found it easy to assemble and sturdy enough whilst not being too heavy, and easy enough to use so as to not overwhelm a beginner. All in all a very good starter scope giving adequate views of the major planets and star clusters although an eyepiece upgrade would be of benefit in the future.
An excellent budget refractor for visual use
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | Beulah
I would recommend this refractor for a young person just starting out in astronomy. It immediacy of use and ease of movement makes it ideal for that purpose, or if preferred, a good grab and go telescope to take out to darker locations.
The supplied eyepieces are very poor; once you have upgraded to skywatcher plossls for example, you will start to enjoy the potential of this telescope. The moon looks crisp and clear with very little chromatic aberration. Jupiter's cloud belts can be seen. Although this has the reputation of being a decent planetary and lunar telescope, I have seen a few deep-space objects such as the Crab Nebula, which can be seen as a smudge and the wonderful Andromeda Galaxy and her neighbouring galaxies - a real treat to discover.
Exploring the magnification of this item, I tried to view the Trapezium stars in the Orion Nebula and was just able to see them at 180 times magnification.
The mount is adequate - solid enough to not worry about unwanted movement - however it can get a little stiff in very cold temperatures - I'm talking minus 10 degrees celcius and colder!
I have rated this telescope four stars due to the poor eyepieces and the occasional stiffness in the mount, which I have already blamed on exceptionally cold weather!
This is no bargain basement telescope - anyone who is getting into astronomy should be guided to these type of scopes, and should NOT buy the "entry level" types seen sold in Argos or Tescos! The owner can expect to enjoy some serious astronomy. Getting decent astronomical gear to sustain an interest in the night sky is vital.