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Carson Aim Refractor Type 18x-80x Power Telescope with Tabletop Tripod (MTEL-50)

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  • Magnification: 18x-80x | Aperture: 50mm | Focal Length: 350mm
  • Perfect for Beginners | Weight: 1.3 lbs. | Dimensions: 15.75x 13.5 x 13.0
  • Adjustable Table-Top Tripod for steady viewing
  • Included Accessories: 2x Barlow lens, 2 Kellner eyepieces and table-top tripod
  • Backed by Carson One Year Limited Warranty
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Product Description

The (MTEL-50) Aim refractor-type Telescope from Carson Optical is rugged and easy to operate, making it perfect for the beginning observer. Features a focal length of 350mm, a power range of 18x-80x and an adjustable tabletop Tripod for steady viewing. At Carson, we strive to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with the quality of our products. We are so confident in our products that we back them with a One Year Limited Warranty! This Carson product is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase. Please contact Carson for additional warranty details.

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  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000A2QTJY
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  • Item model number: MTEL-50
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,798 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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[September, 2012] The mtel-50 feels and looks like a toy, when you open the box - it is extremely light weight and appears to be made in very inexpensive fashion. This is deceiving, since this telescope is evidently a triumph of modern Precision Engineering: it works. A few words about that - the tiny tripod they include is nearly worthless. I attached my mtel-50 to a heavy-duty, high-quality camera tripod that I had. Also, the "instruction manual" is WRONG. It shows the Barlow 2X tube being used after the prism attachment - in fact, this does not allow focusing. However, after my e-mail to the company for help, they told me that I could use the eyepieces directly on the now-elongated telescope-with-Barlow and without prism. Aside from the image being upside down, this worked fine. About 2 am, today, with clear skies, no moon, using the Barlow and either eyepiece, I was able to see Jupiter [in Taurus, now] and 4 of its moons. With the maximum magnification [Barlow&K09 eyepiece], Jupiter appeared with some associated haze that was not present with the K20 eyepiece. Both eyepieces showed the two dark bands across Jupiter. All in all, a success. CAVEAT: at the maximum magnification, a celestial body moves rather quickly across your viewing area, due to the Earth's rotation. It can be tricky to track this motion, manually.
With the Barlow and the lower-mag eyepiece [K20], the Pleiades were too large to fit entirely in view, although what was visible was delightful. For the Pleiades and similar other star clusters, such as in Perseus, don't use the Barlow tube, just use either eyepiece [with the prism, if desired] with the telescope.
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OK, this isn't a super telescope, but for the money and power it's pretty awesome. There is no tall tripod. but you would use the hood of a car or a big rock, picnic table, etc. if height was needed, or sit on the lawn. At 18x power, it's bright and crisp...the oversized shade up front
really makes the contrast great. Even at 40x you can tell it's a real achromat up front; almost zero color fringing, almost as good as my Swift spotter at 40x. You can make out the moons and rings if you teak the focuser carefully. They chose well to put just a few Kelner eyepieces...the view is wider than most toy telescopes. On a camera tripod this is a real treat. The correct image makes it fun for daytime/nature, and the carry case is good for those trips to the country/lake/mountain or that business hop to Boise. Slightly bigger but much lighter than a spotting scope. Granted, not as rugged, but fun for the money.
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** A BEGINNERS MODEL EVEN FOR A YOUNG TEEN OR LOWER, HOWEVER. IT IS A GREAT PORTABLE AND REASONABLY PRICED UNIT WHICH I RATE AS A GREAT GIFT. THIS TYPE MODEL IS GOOD FOR THE TRAVELING BIRD OR BEAVER TYPE WATCHER WITH ITS MINI TRI-POD AND ITS COMPONENT DISASSEMBLY MAKING. IT COMPACT, LIGHT WEIGHT, AND VERY PORTABILE WITH ITS SLEEK CARRY CASE ALL IN ONE ITS A WINNER FOR THE RIGHT PRICE.
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I got this scope as a first telescope to use with my kids. I live in the city of Milwaukee with a lot of light pollution and was still able to view Saturn with clearly visible rings. When that bright star became Saturn and its rings when viewed through this scope my kids were amazed. That one use was easily worth $40.00. Be sure to assemble the barlow before the prism as another reviewer had mentioned.
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We bought this telescope 18 months ago and have loved it as a first telescope. We have been able to watch Jupiter and its four moons cross the sky - yes, we can see all four moons with this. I borrowed a friends much bigger and heaver telescope, thinking I would see more, but was only able to see about the same size and with less clarity than I got with this. If you are looking for a starter telescope, this one cannot be beat.
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May be okay for a kid, but we found it very unstable. You had to center it as best as you could and not touch it for about 10 seconds before adjusting again due to the bouncing. Also, the barlow lens is useless. It just made everything fuzzy, was okay for looking at the moon, but that's about it. We found Saturn, but due to the bouncing and fuzziness, you could barely make it out. If your buying for a small child just to introduce them to astronomy, it might be okay for that, but don't expect it to be anything spectacular.
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