Never miss a meteor shower again with this modern Barska 40070 Starwatcher compact refractor telescope that features 300x max power. The included software makes learning easy, with a database of everything that you want to know about the universe....more
This Telescope was purchased as a Holiday gift for my daughter.
1. Box arrived on time, undamaged (double packed)
2. Craftsmanship was good, especially given the low price. Based on other models in this price range that I looked at in department stores, this was put together much better, and with similar materials.
3. The magnification and features seem comparable or higher than competitor models.
4. The short barrel and light weight makes it easy for my 10 year old daughter to carry and position.
5. Fully adjustable tripod base & the manual controls provide granular movement for excellent focus on far away celestial objects (mostly the moon, at this magnification).
1. In order to achieve different levels of magnification you have to switch lenses (as with similar models). Because of the way this telescope was made, the lenses are not well protected during the transition, and children are likely to finger optics and the lenses are prone to scratching, or being dropped in the process (has not happened to us yet - but we're constantly reminding her to be careful). Otherwise, this is a great sturdy, child-resistant beginner telescope.
2. The tripod is small, and it must be used on a table or other raised surface which may not be readily available where you are trying to set up.
This is my first telescope. That's why I bought 2. It's always more fun to share a wonderful learning experience with someone else. To look up and realize how big everything really is, can make one feel small, to share it with someone else you love, makes you realize the importance of each other.
Does this telescope look at things right way up, or upside down??jmh130 on Dec 9, 2013Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello jmh130, this telescope utilizes a refractor optical system. Refractor optical systems will produce upside down images unless used with a diagonal. Hope this information was helpful. Thank you for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Dec 11, 2013
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