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A Real Disapointment
on May 31, 2015
I bought this to be our grab and go telescope. It's a real mixed bag. I really wanted to like it, but ultimately it is a disappointment. On the plus side, I was able to find a couple Messier objects. Granted, they were bright ones, but still better than cheap department store telescopes. I like that it has a super wide field of view due to its short focal length. It makes finding deep space objects a whole lot easier. That's the good and the reason for an extra star. It all fell apart however when the telescope was turned to the planets and moon. The optics are so out of alignment that anything bright, like a planet, appears as just a smear of light. The moon works a little better, but due to the misalignment, the focus is sharp on one side and fades towards the other. This would be easy to fix if the telescope had an adjustable primary mirror, but it doesn't. The mirror is actually just glued to the back of the telescope so there's no was to fix it. Orion markets this telescope as being best for lunar and planetary observation, but the one I got is the absolute opposite. I wish I would have saved the box or turned it towards Jupiter or Venus sooner. It would have definitely gone back. At least it was cheap, so I'm not out too much money.