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A decent scope but some shortcomings
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2020
this overall is a decent scope for beginners. Especially kids. I say that because as a table top, using it in the field without a 3 foot high (roughly) stand (depending on your height) it can be tough. If you have a balcony with an open view and don't plan on taking it anywhere. then yes this is a great option! Technically my biggest issue with this scope is the focuser. It's a cheap plastic 1.25 " rack and pinnon focuser. Upgrading to something better would require drilling new holes, realignment and just overall a big project. It's a shame because for those wanting to advance in the field, this will be a very limiting factor. You can only use 1.25" eyepieces.. but moreover it's very difficult to achieve good focus on planets. I looked at this problem every which way, from high end eyepieces, to possible focuser upgrades.. and unfortunately due to the size and make of the focuser, there's just not much you can do. I also consulted several experts, and ultimately we determined that without a major overhaul, you're just stuck with it. I ultimately ended up swapping out the tube for another 6" ota by gso that came with a dual speed crayford focuser. I was able to use this same table top mount as both tubes are within a pound of each other and almost identical dimensions..The new tube cost me about 265$, however, because of the better focuser, and the ability to accept both 2" and 1.25" eyepieces, i was able to get great focus from even my cheapest eyepieces. It's also sturdy enough to accept other gear such as a camera. It's just a world of difference. This telescope was gifted to me.. so yes I understand some of these things are listed in the description regarding the focuser and other aspects.. I'm only speaking of it so beginners who are hoping to advance in the hobby understand the limitations here. That said, for people who just want a basic tabletop, or something for kids that can see some decent views , this is a good option. If they made this scope with a 2" dual speed crayford focuser, and a tripod mount of some kind, it would be an amazing little scope. As far as the intelli system, I'd save my money until you can buy an actual go to style scope. Just my opinion. Not only is It fun and important to learn star and planet orientation, but these basic intelli systems really don't do what their hype boasts.. they only get you in the general area and can be frustrating for a beginner.
They offer this scope without the intelli system and that's the option id go with if you're set on this scope.. Collmination of this scope is fairly straightforward although again for beginners this can often be intimidating and tough to do at first. The hex nuts on the secondary mirror are set pretty far down. I wish they would put the little knobs on these beginner scopes.. thus eliminating the need for tools during collmination..Imo, those knobs make beginner Collmination so much easier. Also, the red dot finder that so many scopes come with now is complete junk. You'll have a much easier and enjoyable time if you upgrade to a 90 degree finder scope. Again just my opinion and experience. On a dob you'll see that a red dot finder scope just isn't practical due to the size and angle of most dobs. Yes it is possible to mount on a tripod.. if you get a few accessories like a vixen dovetail etc..i put a pic here to show mine mounted on a ES TWILIGHT 1 MOUNT.