Top positive review
13 people found this helpful
Great Beginner Telescope, DO YOUR RESEARCH!
on January 5, 2015
This telescope is quite impressive for a beginner scope. I personally think this is great for the price, assembly was extremely easy and I'm not even a person who is very technically inclined(Of course watching the Youtube video on assembly was probably what made it so easy).
I had a problem with the reflex sight, so I went on the Orion website and used the live customer service chat. The person immediately helped me in figuring out how to take the casing off and put the battery in. I thought the reflex sight wasn't working when I turned it on because when I looked through it I couldn't see the red dot, I told the help lady this and she offered to ship me a new one free of charge. That's when I discovered I had simply not angled the sight correctly and it was all due to my stupidity.
Once I finished assembly, I waited for night to fall. Unfortunately, living in a very humid area, I've only gotten two good nights of viewing with this telescope. The views however, were great. It brings you back to reality, the astrophotographs that you see online are doctored and not necessarily what you see with your own eyes in a real telescope. I personally think that's what makes it more majestic, to view it through your own personal telescope.
Mars was the first object I looked at, it was a small red star through the telescope. This at first hindered my interest, but after more research I discovered that viewing conditions weren't proper for viewing Mars and any surface detail. You will most likely see Mars the clearest and best when it is closest to Earth every two years. After Mars, I looked at the moon with an Orion 13% transmission moon filter. The view was breathtaking, the craters were clear and sharp. The equatorial mount made it all the easier to track objects as they moved across the night sky, if I had purchased an alt-azimuth mount I would have spent more time adjusting than viewing the object.
As the night went on, I finally got to see Jupiter. In the sky to the naked eye, Jupiter looks like a very bright star, very distinctive and easy to find. I first used the 25mm eyepiece and saw a large white disc with four bright dots around it, the four Galilean moons. I then put in the 10mm eyepiece and the view was truly epic. I could see two dark cloud bands around Jupiter, and the Galilean moons were bright dots of light. I could even make out the reddish color of Io, the closest moon of Jupiter.
Later I saw the Orion Nebula, which was a large gray smudge. It too, was beautiful.
This is a great scope that I would recommend to anyone interested in beginning astronomy. I encourage ANYONE who is interested to DO YOUR RESEARCH. I've learned so much about telescopes, and it's not that hard to do some reading about what kind of telescope is best to get and what to search for when purchasing a telescope like aperture size and focal length. NEVER buy a telescope if it flaunts or advertises magnification. I will be buying more accessories for this telescope like a solar filter and a Barlow lens, and I will be buying from Orion in the future. Great product. Great Service too.