Edu-Science 600 Reflector Telescope
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A great choice for the aspiring astronomer in the family, this Edu Science reflector telescope is very easy to use. The sturdy 600-power telescope comes with its own aluminum tripod and a plastic carry case, so you can protect the included lenses, eyepieces, and accessories when you take it on field trips. The telescope measures approximately 31 inches long by 15 inches high and comes with four interchangeable eyepieces (including 4 mm, 12.5 mm, and 20 mm), a finderscope with crosshairs for easy spotting, a Barlow lens, and an accessory tray. The telescope has a diameter of 76 mm with a focal length of 800 mm. A space map is also included, as is an illustrated instruction manual. --Chris Burns
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I was given this EduScience Relector Telescope 600 power, but it's not new and doesn't have all the pieces. From what I can see, this would be an awesome telescope, and our night sky is dark enough to see things in. I need the manual, the map, the piece that holds the telescope to the stand, and one of the eyepieces.
If there is anyone who has this telescope but doesn't like it, maybe you could contact me so I can take it off your hands (we can negotiate) so that I can use mine. I am a 9-year-old boy that loves the stars.... (My mom knows I'm writing this)...and I would happily figure this thing out if only I had the pieces I need!
To promise 600 power out of this little scope is unrealistic, to the point of being deceptive. While you can put all kinds of power on via the eyepiece, the 3" aperture is not going to gather enough light to see with it. The general rule is a maximum of 50 power per inch of aperture, with great optics (something NEVER found in a scope of this price) and good viewing conditions figured in. Anything more than 100 power with this scope would be a big surprise. And the shaky mount and lack of clock drive to follow objects across the sky will drive the initially enthusiastic stargazer crazy.
Telescopes like this are why more kids (and adults) don't enjoy stargazing. If you're not willing to spend the money necessary for a decent telescope ($200-250 and 4" aperture in a reflector telescope is the barest minimum), it is wiser to purchase decent binoculars for now. Viewing the sky with binoculars or with the naked eye is a great way to learn the beginnings of this fascinating hobby. If you want a starter scope that will please and encourage, Meade, Celestron, Edmunds, Orion, and others all offer good options.
The deceptive box copy alone was enough reason for me to return the instrument to the store.
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I'll I could see was the unit holding the reflector for the eye piece.