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|Average Rating (93 Reviews): |
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 | John
Firstly can I say it has potential.
On arrival I discovered three immediate problems; a complete lack of oxygen; sub zero temperatures (though I did bring a dew shield); and no diagonal that accepted 2 inch eyepieces.
The lack of any sort of flooring was soon overcome with a tether and a willingness to view upside down rather than rotate the scope within its tube rings. This was slightly hampered by my corneas glazing over. As for a tripod, it would appear the previous owner had completely omitted this from the sale particulars so I guess ‘bought as advertised’ kicked in.
As for the plus points;
Polar alignment wasn’t an issue.
Celestron hadn’t any involvement with auto star align.
PEC wa basically zero.
The wife turning on the house lights couldn’t be seen from my current altitude.
Overall this has great potential. I just need a lift back home now.
Saturday, 12 January 2019 | Trevor
The ground support at this time is very poor due to pending contract disputes of a vertical barrier nature
Amateur abberation issues
Thursday, 10 January 2019 | Ira
When I first got it, I immediately tried to image a galaxy, but I was greeted with blurry images and concluded it was from spherical aberration. Really?? at this price, i cannot accept a stupid amateur mistake. Did you not do a simple focus test? Surely you had a lot of time to check it before shipping it. I gave it 3 stars because the included the tracking system and spectrogram was pretty neat. I am looking forward to your James Webb telescope (been waiting for a long time to image the first galaxy of our universe)
Brilliant Images after initial issues
Monday, 31 December 2018 | Steve
Has some serious issues with obtaining sharp focus so needed to return for repair. As it happened the manufacturer sent a team out to repair on site so now very happy.
If it had not been for this issue would have given it 5 stars.
Now had this some years and wanting to upgrade but not sure what I can upgrade to.
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 | Robert
PHD, Backyard Nikon, Cartes Du Ciel or any of the software we have come to rely on in our search of the extra-ordinary. No drivers I can find anywhere, and I even had a look on Astronomics. So can't recommend.
Can't remember where I left it.
Monday, 10 September 2018 | Mike
My wife tells me where I left most things when I loose them but on this she is no help.
It never seems to be where I last found the damn thing.
You would think that such a big scope would be easy to find.
I think SWMBO keeps moving it.
Can I return it and exchange it for some binoculars and one of those tags that beeps when you whistle.
Al. T. Zeimer (Mr)
Monday, 4 June 2018 | William
I really awaited this scopes arrival. I wanted amazing views of the cosmos and this scope did not hesitate to please. The only issue I really found is its not good for visual use. While the scope is optimized for imaging and it works well there, for visual it's a problem. No one seems to carry the 353 mile long ladder to reach the eyepiece or a 353 mile long extender for the focussor . They really need to include these as part of the kit.
Sunday, 29 April 2018 | Henry
I phoned up and said it would cost $4.7 Billion a bit over budget but my wife said no So I had two problems That I was a bit short on cash and then my wife would not let me get it, So the solution was to sell her to some Mexican dude so it was a win win I got the telescope and got rid of my wife. But then another issue occurred since I had to sell my house so I cannot store it but on the bright side I could stare at other galaxies looking for a new home 10/10 Would sell wife again
Sunday, 1 April 2018 | Martin
Very funny, thanks. Cheered me up no end in the midst of all the terrible weather we have had in York. Best wishes. Keep up the good work.
Saturday, 20 January 2018 | Judith
When this first arrived, I thought it was too good to be true, but I perservered with it since it was a canny owld bargain. Anyway, it's a bit small what with it only being 2.4 meters and all that. You can get whales bigger than that, can't you? So I was a bit circumspect on the size, though it does fit in my kitchen and that's the main thing.
The portability is tricky and I had to improvise with a shopping trolley I borrowed from Tesco and one of them forklifts from Black & Decker. Those two things coupled with borrowing my dad's tool kit made assembling a wheeled cart quite an exhilerating experience. I can't speak to how it's all going to fit into my dad's Fiesta as we haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure it won't be much of an issue. I mean, a couple of bungee cords and carabinas would make transporting this a doddle, surely.
The view on it was quite disappointing, though. I was expecting to at least see something of Jupiter, and even Saturn at a push, but all I saw were pink clouds that were the cause of some arguing over what they looked like. I swear I saw one that looked like the head of a horse, but my dad said he saw a rabbit. It was a bit of a head scratcher to say the least.
It is a good telescope by all accounts, though I don't know why it's wrapped in BacoFoil when clingfilm might have been a better choice. Still, it does need to a bit of DIY here and there, so it might be an idea to shop around a bit more and see if you can't find something better.
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