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Edu Science Astro-Nova 102 Telescope - Toys R Us Exclusive

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Product Description

Includes: 54" Aluminum tripod w/ Quick-Release Mount;6x 25mm Finderscop w/crosshairs; 4,9,12.5 & 20mm 1.25" Diameter eyepieces; 2x Barlow lens; Cybersky CD-Rom & "Getting the Most From Your New Telescope" DVD; Star Chart; Fully Illustrated Instruction Manual; Padded Carry Case

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • ASIN: B001NLOQN2
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,610,539 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Are they serious with this telescope? I am 50 yrs., old, I've been an ameteur astronomer the better part of my life. Last X-mas (2010), my unsuspecting girlfriend purchased a "Astro-Nova 102 telescope" for me because my Meade 4" reflector had been stolen by so called "friends" - I could look at the box and see that I needed to be ready for a big disappointment but opted to give the telescope the benefit of the doubt - I was correct! The telescope itself is POORLY made -to the point where I'd love to ask the person who designed it; "What were you thinking? drinking? or smoking?". I doubt the lenses are really much more than plastic (I might be wrong). the lens tube should be at the angle of the sighting scope (at least @ a 45 degree angle), the sighting scope deserves another set of retaining (adjusting) screws to hold the scope in place properly. The tripod is garbage (at best), the telescope (when mounted) it (and the telescope) shakes like a bag-o-cats - touch the unit and it's a visual 8.6 on the Richter scale; you cannot even put your eye to the eyepiece without the unit vibrating to a ridiculous level. The tripod is dodgy, the complete mounted unit is upsetting (at least) when trying to use this telescope AND they neglected to pack the software -I looked online for the answer to get the software and found nothing concrete; it struck me as the cyber-runaround. I feel sorry for my girlfriend who realized (too late) that she had spent $150.+ dollars on a piece of junk as a Christmas present. I personally hope that you read this HONEST assessment of this product before you buy one for yourself or someone else. It matters NOT that toys-R-Us is a "kids" toy store or that this product is actually made for children, adults or both ...Read more ›
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This telescope was purchased for my sons birthday. It was the best Toys R Us carried so we figured it would be good. First off it is made entirely of plastic, the only part that is of any quality -so to speak- is the carry case. There are all kinds of lens and attachments which are plastic, but that would be fine if you could see anything, which you can not. I spent 3 hours trying to get this working. Save your money. When I tried to put the tri-pod back up it broke. This piece of junk is going back tomorrow.
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Got this as a gift and had high hopes, but the construction is such that it is IMPOSSIBLE to set on an object and keep it in the field of view. Even on an object as large as the moon, the telescope moves and returns to its original postion. Very disappointed. By the way we got the Edu Science microscope and it is just as bad - we can't maintain focus on anything because of poor construction. Hard to explain to my kids why instruments like a microscope and telescope can't be made to work
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A laughable telescope 1/2 built and released onto unsuspecting kids and parents.

I bought this telescope second hand for 14.00$ and even at that price it is worthless as it is.

However, the actual body and internal optics and mirror of this reflector aren't bad. I guess the company ran out of money after that.

So, if you toss everything below the cast metal bracket that holds the telescope and attach it to a sturdy camera tripod AND also toss away the cheap plastic objective lenses, you have a decent telescope.

Of course you need a decent tripod and your own objective lens, but if you happen to have that already, you can make this unit into a usable telescope for looking at the moon.

The documentation with the telescope is fraudulent as it indicates that you could see the moons of Jupiter. It would be a miracle to even see Jupiter as the unit is sold. Plus the DVD that accompanies the Nova 102 is a absolute hoot to watch.
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We got this as a gift and my boys love this toy. I read reviews and they were disappointing but it turned out this is a toy my kids play with a lot and love it. So far so good on the quality, we own this for 12 months and nothing broke yet.
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