The telescope was bought for an adult. Not wanting to put too much money into something that might get used a few times then forgotten about, this was a nice option. However, the telescope is better than expected. It is used several times a week. There are things that you need to learn how to use but it's not so bad. The telescope has given him an opportunity to see craters on the moon and much more as if they were right next to him. Great beginners telescope. It is all you need.
I bought this telescope for my 10 year old granddaughter who is a science geek. She loves it and is more interested in astronomy. It is very well constructed and feels substantial, not plastic like a toy. Great buy and well worth the money.
We are just beginners and wanted a telescope that was easy to use to view wildlife as well as do some watching of the night skies. This was very easy to put together with clear instructions. Appears quite sturdy too, yet light enough to easily transport.We haven't had many chances to use it yet as we have been snowed in and it has been very cold but from what we have been able to do we are most pleased with our purchase.We did a lot of research before purchasing and this product met all our needs.very easy to use for beginners and images and power of magnificationare perfect for us. The online guide to buying/selecting a telescope provided by Overstock was very useful in helping us select. Great value for money.
Always wanted one, For I live here in Chicago on lake front of Lake Michigan in a high-rise apartment building . And I must say it is a great looking exit piece in my living room. But it is more than just a great looking piece but a working telescope. Thanks overstock E.Ruiz
With the coupons Overstock was offering for Christmas, plus the free shipping, the price on this telescope could not be beat. Was very pleased with how fast it arrived at our door. Like the idea that you can tell this telescope what you're looking for and it will find it. You can also point to objects and it will tell you what you're looking at. Very happy with my purchase.
i haven't aligned the finderscope but i got to see the moon and jupiter and i just randomly spun it around to see if i could see anything and a saw well, i dont know what but it was really cool so i say that you should buy this telescope, it is really great. I should say that it is not about magnification its about light gathering, the more light gathering the fainter the object you can see so if you have more light gathering you can use more magnification and this telescope has a lot of light gathering.
The quality is about what you'd expect for the price you paid for the telescope.
The images are very clear and sharp. The trypod holds the telescope in place for image viewing.
All in all it's a pretty good starter telescope for the price.
! I Purchased the Celestron Travel Scope 70 Telescope for travel and remote Photo shoots. With the stats reading 400 focal length I also knew it would take the place of a "Focal Reducer" for Moon and Sun shots (full view) and provide wonderful wide field vista shots as well. My expectations have been exceeded. Yes, the Scope comes with a standard Camera tripod, which wobbles. Though by adding about 5 pounds of weight,(rocks, etc.) to the tripod (sling the pack under the tripod frame hanging under the center) It stabilizes nicely. I used this Scope just yesterday to Photo Shoot the Venus Transit across the Sun on a computerized mount with Excellent results! The finder scope is touchy, though all of them are, (and upside down) unless you wish to pay $$$$$ just for a right side up finder scope. One can "add on" to this little Scope later. The Eye Pieces are of Kellners design; (Celestron favorite to "package" with Scopes, and are of Quality Craftsmanship. The Service was in fact Outstanding, with the Package at my door three days after opening. Can't go wrong with this Scope for It has many Practical uses when "there's nothing to see in the sky". Take a Road Trip and a Camera!
This was a gift for a friend that has a very eclectic taste for aged items, astronomy and engineering. He is very detailed and looks for the hand crafted details. This handheld telescope met and exceeded his standards! Beautifully crafted.
I was torn between a reflector and a refractor, but finally went with the refractor because I didn't want to deal with the temperature issues reflectors have. WOW am I glad I got this scope! I can see for myself how freaky planet Saturn looks. It's tiny, but I can absolutely make out it's weird ring (although I can't see the so-called "Cassini division"). Jupiter is currently too close to the sun to see, but I hope to get a good look at it towards the end of the year. Assembly instructions are pretty terrible (get a magnifying glass) and don't explain how to attach the Barlow, which I haven't yet successfully used.
This was a gift for my mother, who in the last couple years has increasing interest in celestial events. After doing my research as to what to buy, I chose to go with the PowerSeeker 127EQ. I chose it because it is a Newtonian reflector (127EQ) vs. a refracting telescope because. It had the largest aperture (diameter of tube) and research showed larger aperture gathered more light thus providing better images. I also considered reflector over refractor because of eyepiece location and who would be using it most. The 127EQ's eyepiece is located near top of tube, so common sense would indicate it would be more comfortable to stand and look straight on vs bending over and looking through eyepiece near the bottom of telescope. Research also indicated the best viewing times are when object is when it is in the highest point. A rule of thumb, and advice most given is buy a telescope bigger than you think you need, but set a budget and stay in it. (buyers remorse, most wish that had gone bigger from the start) I chose the 127EQ because it was in my budget, and not knowing what I know now, it was and is the right choice. If you research this telescope you will read how it is obsolete, but at the same time seasoned stargazers will say it is a very good scope to start and learn with. I am a beginner, as my mother at this hobby and have only taking it out a couple times because of the weather. It is super cold but we endured it to view the super moon on 2 Jan. and weather permitting will view the Blue moon on 30 Jan. That being said, out of the box is everything you need. There are all kinds of u-tube vids out there and I recommend watch a few before opening the box...some are funny because the directions aren't the best on the scope, but even those will give an idea as to what and where parts go. Like i said everything is in the box: tripod with accessory tray, german EQ mount, scope, counter weights, slow motion knobs, spotting scope, 20 mm erecting eyepiece, 4 mm and 3 X barlow. The barlow turns your 2 eyepices into 4. Example your all set up, you have your spotting scope aligned so that what you see through the spotting scope is what you see through the eyepiece. (spotting scope, image is inverted) You point it at the easiest to find object in the sky, the moon with your 20mm eyepiece in the focuser. (Focuser is like a microscope where you rotate the knobs in and out until image come into view) You then take the 20 mm out, put it in the barlow and put them back into the focuser and you are now zoomed in. The barlow turned the 20 into roughly 7mm eyepiece. The 4 mm does work but is difficult to bring into focus through the barlow. It is basically a peep sight that can zoom in on a specific crater. There are lots of upgrades for this scope and like the rule says, buy bigger than you think you need...with that being said, anything you put into this scope will likely be compatible with larger scope down the road. It doesn't require anything and can be used as is. If you upgrade an eyepiece it will always be useful and the barlow makes it 2 for 1. Use the scope before upgrading so you know what you want out of an upgraded eyepiece beforehand. Any 1.25 eyepiece will fit this, it is not brand specific. Same with finder scopes and star pointers. If you are looking into astroimaging the term digiscoping is most helpful in setting this scope up for taking pictures. U-tube is helpful and one of best tips I came across, was adding weight to the tripod to make it more stable. I used a bungee cord to hang a shopping bag with a weight approx. 8 lbs from the accessory tray, but a plastic bag will work. Also with this scope your are entitled to download free software, which is beneficial to help learn where and when to look plus more. I use it is a simulator that shows in real time the sky 360 at your location. Lastly I chose to purchase this scope from overstock because I felt it would arrive in one piece and contain everything listed in description. With coupon I paid about $20 more than I would from amazon but overstock listed everything that came in box. Amazon listed same item but description was vague and left you to wonder if it would come with everything...The box it came in is big,bulky awkward heavy and overstock shipped it fed-ex. I didn't want to take chance, that amazon would expect my mail man to deliver which has been their trend for prime delivery. *picture took free hand with point and shoot digital camera (no adapter) through 15mm eyepiece with screw on blue filter from add on eyepiece accessory set.
Overall a good telescope for the money especially with the computerized locator. However the spotting scope is virtually worthless but luckily it isn't too hard to find objects with the 25mm lens, center the object and then step up to the higher magnification for more detail. Images of the larger planets are very good and great detail of the moon. Don't count on seeing many deep space objects unless you are in a non light polluted area.
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