|Average Rating (84 Reviews): |
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.
Wednesday, 6 September 2017 | Derek
Obviously grey import as all instructions in Chinese. No lens cap or batteries in box
Sunday, 12 March 2017 | Michael
First off, please don't be put off by the negative reviews on this scope. Collimation issues in the first batch have been sorted and now it works rather nicely.
I bought this scope as a present for myself at Christmas as the wife said we needed money to eat and live rather than taking snaps of the stars. FLO do a rather nice finance deal if you ask nicely enough (Cheers guys!)
Faced with the option of an EQ2 mount fitment or an LEO mount I chose the LEO and my God, I was certainly not disappointed - It was totally worth the extra cost of delivery - the resulting images have been nothing sort of extraordinary. It was a bit of a fiddle with the reaction wheel controls (it's a little counter-intuitive) but once I found Polaris and found the sidereal tracking button located on the side of the telescope I was more than happy with my images of the Orion nebula. I managed nearly 15 mins of exposure which is a big improvement on what I was using before.
I suppose I should add some cons by way of counter balance...
I struggle to find the right size of Bhatinov mask which was a little disappointing - surely FLO, if you sell the scope you should have a mask to fit.
There was no adaptor to fit my canon 60d. (The CCD already fitted in the scope is more than up to the job regardless, but still nice to have the option).
Expect some whinging from universities and NASA and other space based institutions about want to play with it (I suppose I could rent out some time to recuperate some costs, but I don't need all that hassle).
Overall I was more than happy with my purchase, I would totally recommend the LEO mount as it virtually guarantees clear skies, (except for the time that Jupiter crossed my line of sight).
Don't be shy of the cost - buy it and chuckle to yourself while everyone else whinges about clouds!
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 | Rik
..still relatively happy with my purchase. However I have now moved to Australia and although the HST still performs, all of the images are unfortunately coming out upside down. I can't find Polaris to align it properly either.
Another Cassegrain reflector
Sunday, 13 November 2016 | Padraig
Don't buy this scope , money better spent in a good refractor
Thursday, 29 September 2016 | Andrew
The little flip out video screen on the back was broken, sent it back and FLO gave a full refund (they even reimbursed the cost of the rocket fuel DHL used.
But if you like tinkering with second hand broken gadgets this is for you.
nice scope, but a few issues
Sunday, 26 June 2016 | James
I bought this as an upgrade to my 90mm refractor in the hope of getting some decent planetary views and the occasional DSO. Overall I am very happy with the views I received from this scope.
On the down side I couldn't find anywhere suitable to mount my Telrad. I tried the riser bases but just didn't work so I had to return these.
Also, by the time I had flown up there and actually found it to have an observing session and returned I had missed a whole week at work and the wife wasn't happy about having to pick me up from Cape Canaveral. Not to mention the catastrophically ruinous cost. I had hoped this would fit across the back seat of my Fiat 500, but it turns out I needed a specialist truck and police escort if I wanted to take it anywhere on land.
Overall I give this 4 stars, it would have been 5 but for the above impracticalities. My advice would be to spend a little bit more money and go for a set of televue eyepieces for your current scope.
Saturday, 20 February 2016 | Philip
This is a piece of rubbish and covered in cheap cooking foil. I don't think NASA thought about firmware updates either. I tried to attach my Celestron StarSense and Neximage to it but the firmware manager stated that it couldn't recognise Hubble as not in database!! As for collimation, don't even go there. The delivery date promise was way out as well.
FLO is usually brilliant and efficient but I think they bit off more than they could chew with this one.
In regard to the pre-order for the upcoming James Webb Comet Hunter...
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 | Marc
Why haven't I gotten an update on the expected delivery date of this scope ?
Do not roof mount at Christmas time
Sunday, 25 October 2015 | Steve
I overheard the neighbours complaining that the whole street was closed all day having this installed on the roof. But I was later branded a hero as the 18 wheeler 108 ton crane had flattened 7 sets of speed humps. Roof mounting was a challenge even more so when the local firearms dept were mistakingly called out on 4 occasions thinking we had acquired a new type of supergun. I was looking forward to a relaxing Christmas but woke up on the day to one heck of a racket - crying kids, annoyed parents and a red costumed rotund chap stuck half way down my telescope. It was Easter before they managed to get him out !
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