from Lutherville, Maryland,
We purchased these for an afterschool program for elementary-aged students, so we wanted them to be sturdy, but not terribly expensive. These absolutely fit the bill. They arrived quickly and were far better than we expected for that price. The magnification is excellent, allowing us to see a great distance, and they seem very sturdy...no small parts or delicate tuning pieces that can be easily broken. The kids have already had them outside several times to enjoy some of the local wildlife and they are holding up well. I'd definitely recommend these!
The Celestron tripod is a great choice for relatively small telescopes. I bought it for use with a MAC90 after first trying a camera tripod. The camera tripod was simply not sturdy enough to hold the scope still, particularly when used with higher magnification.
The Celestron Tripod comes with no instructions, but set up is pretty straight forward. One negative is that there is no easy adjustment for the elevation control large movements. The two knobs on flex cables provide fine adjustments of both rotation and elevation. I found that I had to loosen the bolt in the head which controls up down pivot to make it easier to make the adjustments which are then done by pressing on the scope. Once in position the knob allows for fine tuning. However there is no way to 'lock' the position without getting out the wrench again.
Despite this limitation this is still a signficant step up from a camera tripod for scopes particularly for astronomical use
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