|Average Rating (6 Reviews): |
Saturday, 29 August 2015 | Joe
Had this a few months now,can't fault it,can't wait for the clear skies of winter.One night recently took it to the local Astro club and viewed saturn through their 14" cassegrain and was astounded how good this little 6 incher really was.Thanks FLO.
Thursday, 5 December 2013 | Guy
I bought this telescope to take on holiday to the Maldives for a couple of weeks fully aware of the risks of transporting it, but I wanted a bit of aperture and resolution and was fully prepared for the scope to get totally trashed in transit at the price. However Turkish Airlines did a good job there and back with the scope remaining in full collimation throughout. The only extra I added to it was a 2 inch 28mm Skywatcher eyepiece to easily find objects.
I was more than impressed, E and F in Theta Orionis were easily and consistently visible, Some stars in M15 were resolved and Jupiter was a delight of detail. The telescope provided the best views of Mercury and Venus I have ever had.
I should have taken a slightly higher magnification, this scope can easily be pushed beyond the X150 sold with it.
I was fully aware the german mount wouldn't perform flawlessly on the Equator but it was the most robust for the price and did in fact perform well for what is best described as casual observing either in ALT-AZ or equatorial mode.
A brilliant first telescope
Thursday, 4 July 2013 | Mark
I have had a very similar telescope to this for over ten years now, it was my first telescope and it's proved to be a fantastic buy. (mine was a Helios, but the mount and scope are the same save for a couple of improvements on this newer model)
The telescope is large enough to show you some really excellent views, without being so big as to take up too much space or be cumbersome to move around. Once you get the hang of the mount it's wonderfully easy to use and a very solid platform.
If you're not going for the GOTO mount, I strongly recommend you buy the single axis motor. Not having to follow a target with the RA knob means less vibration, better views and improves the experience all round I found.
Monday, 25 February 2013 | Alastair
Wow, is all I can say. I've had this scope on an eq3-2 mount now for over a month and I've had the good fortune of having some very clear nights.
Setup of the scope was fairly straight forward, although I did follow the instructions to the letter. The only issue I had was when it came to balancing the scope, for some reason I couldn't get it spot on but after a bit of trial and error this was resolved.
My first experiences have been wonderful. On my second night of viewing I caught sight of Jupiter and could not believe the results. I have also connected up a Canon 600d and taken some wonderful lunar pictures. The only additional item required for DSLR connection is a compatible t-ring.
The scope didn't require collimating, came wonderfully packaged and on time.
Cannot recommend First Light Optics or this scope enough.
Thursday, 7 February 2013 | Sean
Ordered on a Tuesday, delivered the next Thursday so a big thanks to First Light Optics for brilliant and speedy service. I have personally never assembled a telescope but this was easy and done in 30 minutes. seems to be solid and well made. Only bad not is that after having bought this it is of course cloudy. But definitely 5 stars for service and another 5 for the equipment.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | Tom
The scope is well built, easy to set up and most importantly, brilliant to use!
The tube feels very solid, yet light and manageable at the same time. It's also quite compact, so storage isn't a problem.
Targets like the moon and Saturn are stunning, both showing amounts of detail I wouldn't have thought possible from a scope of this price. The included 25mm eyepiece gives nice, low power views. The 10mm I don't find as good. The 2X Barlow is very good for doubling the power of the eyepiece. Deep sky objects are equally stunning, though harder to locate with the supplied finderscope.
The Crayford focuser is very smooth in operation, and has a convenient focus lock to avoid any small nudges in the focus.
The EQ3-2 feels solid, and when it is polar aligned well with a polarscope tracks objects with reasonable accuracy. On the downside though, sometimes when using the slow motion controls the movement can become very stiff and jerky, sometimes even jamming altogether. The mount, like the scope, is also easy to set up and disassemble, though it is still quite large even when collapsed which can be a problem if your short of space.
I would highly recommend this setup to anyone, especially those who are just starting out in this amazing hobby.