Emerson Refractor Telescope with Tripod
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- Interchangeable 50X and 100X eyepiece lenses
- Full-sized adjustable tripod
- Quick screw-type assembly with no tools required
- 3X finder scope to locate objects faster
- Measures 38 inches high x 28.5 inches long x 3.5 inches wide
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The advantages for this Emerson Refractor Telescope are
1. Good price.
2. It's refractor style (Easier for kid to use)
3. It comes with tripod.
However, we returned it after we tried it on first day due to below reasons (Disadvantages)
1. Bad quality lens (You can find dusts inside lens, not able to remove)
2. Poor quality telescope (Plastic one isn't stable and hard to set up for seeing the item that you plan to see)
If it's a toy for kid, it's ok. If you really want to let you kids seeing somthing, it won't be the one for you.
Optics: The objective has a Focal Length of 600mm. I measured the clear aperture at 43mm, yielding f/14 which is reasonable for a refractor. Sadly it appears to be only a simple lens with no color correction. Two eyepieces come with the scope, yielding 50X and 100X as the packaging displays. The lenses in the eyepieces are plastic, but function fairly well considering. Most quality telescopes today have an 1.25 inch eyepiece holder. This one has the smaller and less common .96 inch holder. The barrel on the eyepieces are actually a slightly smaller .94 inch. The eyepiece focal lengths (12mm & 6mm) are molded into the top and would be impossible to read in the dark. The rack and pinion focuser is stiff but serviceable.
Mount: The scope attaches to the mount with a standard 1/4 - 20 screw. The legs are fairly stable even when extended full length. The Altitude/Azimuth head moves up and down, and side to side. It is basically a low end camera head with a handle to tighten the Alt and point the telescope. Do not tighten this handle too much. There is no lock or tension control for the Azimuth.
Accessories: The finder scope is a little 7x14 thing. Not much different than just a simple sighting tube. It is attached to the main scope with a simple stamped metal bracket that is not adjustable. The diagonal is perhaps the best quality of all. It is in a plastic housing, but the mirror is clear and bright. (Pretty hard to mass this piece up.)
Use: You MUST have the diagonal in place to be able to focus on anything. Several reviewers have stated that this telescope will not focus. This is only true if you are trying to use it straight through.Read more ›
Another reason you do not want to buy it for a child is the build quality. Cheap plastic poorly put together, the stand is a bit better since it is made out of Aluminum, but it is very thin. The whole unit is very flimsy, more like a toy you buy at the Dollar store, I don't think it will last long with a child
I don't know why would anyone buy something like this,at anyprice. It works poorly as a telescope, and is not even a good toy. I feel bad for the workers who wasted their time making this junk
The trip is wobbly though but you can get around that by bringing a stool or chair so you can set the legs to a shorter length. Sitting also makes it easier to hold your head steadier when looking through eyepiece.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It works well. You can see far, but it's really for small children.Published 11 months ago by Claudia Menocal
Very hard to work with. You see a star through the tiny viewer, but can only see black through the actual telescope. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kristine M. Smith
It's really junk. If you want you kid to have a telescope that actually works it's going to cost you more than this.Published 18 months ago by Michael L. Paulk
Awful....even to lowest power has a bad chromatic (discolored) 'bloom' around things, and the contrast is washed out. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. KNOWLES
This telescope is not great but for a starter it's worth it. The adjustment could use improvement very hard to target an object but image is fairly clear. Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by Robert Howard
I could not see anything with it. I guess you get what you pay for. I would rather pay a little more to get something that really works.Published on January 7, 2014 by Rose
I purhased this for my son, paid $20, after assembling i cannot see any object through the 100X or 50X lens only i am able to view through the finder scope only objets near to be. Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Adi