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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, Simple Telescope, March 6, 2010
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I bought this telescope so that I would have something to look at the sky with when I travel to observatories in the northern and southern hemispheres. For the price this telescope is a pretty good value; it's portable (nicely fits into my suitcase) and reasonably powerful. It's great for looking at star clusters which need a wide field of view to fit the whole thing into view. This was the first telescope I've had where I could fit the entire Pleiades cluster into the field of view. At home, it's a great telescope since it's fast to set up and take outside for a few minutes. You may not think about it, but the amount of work to set up a telescope will translate directly into how much you use it.

The only con that I see with the telescope is that the tripod it comes with is fairly unstable; it's a regular camera tripod. It may be a bit frustrating trying to center on objects since it's a bit wobbly and hard to precisely center on something since it flexes a bit as well. Centering with the higher magnification eyepiece is even more tricky. I found that a different tripod I had for my camera works a bit better. Someone buying this for casual use may not notice, but the image quality does degrade toward the edges of the field of view; that's to be expected since it has such fast optics and wide field of view.
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Initial post: Mar 23, 2011, 4:57:08 AM PDT
I agree that this is a good, portable telescope. In additional to the "con" mentioned, this is sad to call this a tripod since a tripod should help steady a scope and this one doesn't), I would add that the spotter scope is virtually impossible to focus and is similar to waht you might find in a "dollar store". Good scope, terrible accessories.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011, 7:01:43 AM PST
keskin says:
can i hook up to my d5100 nikon

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