- Quick and easy no-tool setup
- Slow-motion controls for smooth tracking
- Erect image optics – Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
- Fully coated glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity
- 3x Barlow lens triples the magnifying power of each eyepiece
- Accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
- The Sky” Level 1 planetarium software with 10,000 object database and enhanced images
- Strong construction
- Aperture size
- Comfortable eyepiece
This is a good telescope for beginners, as the price is fair and the aperture size is large allowing you to see more. The eyepieces work well for the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and the stars. The mount is lightweight and solid, which makes it easier to travel with. If you are a beginner that doesn’t want to invest a lot but still wants a good scope, this is a solid choice, especially if portability is important for you.
- Poor lens quality
- Difficult to use
- Difficult to focus
The finder scope does not focus well. You will probably want to buy some higher quality eyepieces, maybe a 40mm. If you are more serious about astronomy, then you will want to aim for a telescope that is more expensive. Because the tripod is lightweight, it’s also unstable, especially in windy conditions.
This is my first telescope and I have used it for about a year and a half now. There is a lot of light pollution where I live so I have only been able to see star clusters, binaries, and planets. If you plan to use this in an urban area you will be limited in what you can see. There are several problems listed in the other reviews which I found to be true. Poor eyepieces, unstable stand, and loose finder scope mount.
The stand can be fixed by tightening the wing nuts at the top of the legs and the bolts which hold the tray. The gears for the right ascension control also had a lot of excess travel. The worm gear can be adjusted so that it has a tighter fit with the main gear (take the tube and counterweights off first). Be careful not to over tighten in either case or the legs will stick and the right ascension control will be unusable.
The finder scope mount can be fixed a variety of ways (see other reviews). I used some outdoor double-sided mounting tape around the base to keep it from sliding back and forth after it has been tightened with the bolts. I also did not like the way the image was inverted so I purchased the Celestron star pointer finder scope which is much easier to use (attached with double-sided tape).
The eyepieces which come with this scope are of poor quality. If you search online there are many guides that should help you select a decent set of eyepieces. I would recommend getting a low power eyepiece to help locate objects. I also purchased a diagonal which makes viewing much more comfortable.
Overall I’m satisfied with this scope. It has a great price, but it will cost much more to get a decent set of eyepieces. Take this into consideration when comparing this to another telescope.”- Beginner from MN
Picked this one up late December for a starter scope. Had about a month to play with it, and so far so good. First off, this scope is great for the price. It has the largest aperture I’ve seen in the price range, The EQ mount works fine for casual observation… I have no problems tracking once I have my alignment set. Overall, construction quality seems solid. I’ve had some great views of the Orion nebula, crab nebula, mars, venus, Comet tuttle 8p, andromeda galaxy, and the moon. Light gathering power is good enough that I was able to get fairly clear images from within Orlando city limits.
Downsides: Finderscope is not that great, but will serve its purpose.
I just sprung for a reflex finder and a 6×30 w/diagonal as a replacement. Reflex finder is supposed to be the easiest to use, probably a good investment for the beginner. Included optics will get you there, but the 4mm SR eyepiece is just this side of useless. The included 20mm Kellner does the trick though. Most any new telescope owner will want to invest in a few quality eyepieces (say, 9mm, 15mm, 32mm. The most magnification you would want is about 225x to 250x… a 9mm with a 2x barlow would give you the high end. At higher powers, (above 150x) the focuser is a little hard to handle. The stated 750x is useless….
For a starter, this is a good scope.
The EQ mount tracks well, good light gathering, solid mirror. Price is more than fair enough.” – Voggy_dog from Oviedo, FL
I use this telescope quite often to take pics and to observe the moon and mars. The Telescope is fairly light in weight. Even though, It’s stable in gusty wind. This is a wonderful beginners scope. It will give you the chance to see stars and Planets, and it will force you to aquire the knowledge of how the Celestral Universe operates. You could not make a better purchase in my opinion. The only con I have is the finder scope. The finder scopes eyepiece is kinda flimsy when you uncrew it to focus an image in it. I solved this by wrapping the threads in Teflon Tape. It’s magic. Besides that, buy the scope and prepare to take off on a learning journey. – Jowata, Clayton, NC