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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't be a dummy. Don't buy this scope., March 9, 2007
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Doug Rice (Twin Falls, ID USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cstar Refractor Telescope Kit For Dummies (FD-60700) w/Astronomy for Dummies, 2nd Edition & Cstar Refractor Telescope (Electronics)
This is not the best way to get started in astronomy. To their credit, the marketers have avoided the exaggerated magnification claims that go with so many low-end scopes. Still, it is a low-end scope; for star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae, 10x50 binoculars will show you as much and be far easier to use.

The "H" on the eyepieces indicates a Huygens eyepiece, a cheap and antiquated design with a field of view so narrow it is not unlike looking through a drinking straw. For not much more money the marketers could have chosen a better eyepiece with over twice the viewing area, but they were not trying to make an instrument that was usable, merely trying to make the price as attractive as possible.

The finder is useless, smaller than the bare minimum size of 6x30. Finding anything but the moon will be time consuming and frustrating.

Using an astronomical telescope is not like playing an MP3 file and but rather like playing a guitar. It is a learned skill. And you must do a lot of homework before you buy a telescope. Buying without prior experience is like buying a car without knowing anything about driving. If you want to see the wonders of the sky, contact your local astronomy club and attend one of their star parties. The members love sharing their hobby and can set you straight as to how to get started. The best way is to learn the sky with the unaided eye and 10x50 binoculars (decent ones are available on Amazon), then graduate to something along the lines of a 150-200mm (6-8") Dobsonian, which can be found on Amazon starting under $290.

For more information on buying telescopes, see my encyclopedic guide on Amazon: "So you want to buy a telescope."
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Thing It Was Cheap, July 9, 2011
This review is from: Cstar Refractor Telescope Kit For Dummies (FD-60700) w/Astronomy for Dummies, 2nd Edition & Cstar Refractor Telescope (Electronics)
I bought this for 1/3 the price, on a great sale, $149.99 down to $49.97. Good thing! One eyepiece doesn't match what the instructions said is supposed to be inside, the telescope tube doesn't balance well and keeps loosening up on the tripod, and the finderscope seems impossible to set correctly. Also, the eyepiece cannot be "screwed" in; it sits in its place by gravity. However, after using a telescope with a hard-to-use equatorial mount, this telescope seemed quite easy to use. And it DOES show images right side up and not inverted, as if there were a Barlow lens, due to an erect image lens replacing the usual 90 degree adapter, so it's good for terrestrial viewing, and doesn't show the moon backwards and upside down in astronomical viewing. Why they don't make them out of real solid metal and easy to handle like my first Tasco decades ago is the need to save money. At least it is NOT as cheaply made as the typical $50 'scope. I got it for my kids, and we looked at a clear waxing gibbous moon tonight under clear skies.

The CD does not get along with my new computer. It's simply a book which is better bought hard-copy.
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