I bought this telescope after playing around with a cheap Tasco telescope trying to view stars and planets. Let's just say the Tasco scope is now used to watch a hawk's nest because it was so difficult to find anything in the night sky and, once I did, I had no idea what I was looking at. Overall this is a great telescope. It has a stable tripod and helps you find objects easily. The motorized movement makes centering objects in the scope a snap. Plus is can track a object automatically so you're not spending all your time trying to keep an object in view. This is especially important when multiple people use it at a time. The optics are clear although it only comes with one lens which fits a little loose. The Celestron scope is great for beginner star gazers like me who are just learning where to find stars and planets. Once you align it, you can have it automagically point to any object it knows is above the horizon from its database of celestial objects. The hand control unit took a little time to get used to but once I figured out which buttons do what it was easy to use. For example, the main left, right, up, down buttons always move the telescope and they are not used to select from options. One thing I don't like is the tripod because it doesn't have quick releases on the legs and can't easily be folded up. You have to take off the tray to fold in the legs and loosen wing nuts on the legs to extend or shorten them. I guess it's designed for stability but you'd think they could have done so with ease of use in mind too. Another big minus for this scope is that it comes with a serial cable for plugging it into a laptop to update firmware and/or control movement with the remote control software that comes with it. Since nobody makes computers with serial ports anymore you have to purchase an adapter to convert the serial cable so it can be use on a USB port. Too bad Celestron still thinks people use outdated technology like this. I haven't installed the remote control software yet but I'm wondering if it's compatable with the latest versions of Windows since they still think people use serial ports. If they can't make it use a USB port directly they should at least include the adapter. I also purchased a Power Tank to plug it into after reading about how quickly it uses the AA batteries. I'm glad I did so because the new AA batteries I put in were wearing down after just a couple hours of use.
! 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!
I would hope that this review would help some newer people to the hobby like myself, in finding a great quality first scope. For weeks I have researched a lot of websites and watched many videos on *** concerning choices for a "beginners scope". I had been more impressed with Celestrons offerings than the *** company. I didn't want to spend the money on the *** so I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled on the Celestron SLT90 goto telescope. Needless to say I found it here on Overstock.com for the best price and ordered it right away. The scope arrived within a week and the first thing I noticed was the packaging was very good. Celestron protected the components very well and the scope itself was a breeze to put together. Within 10 minutes I was up and running and was able to take the scope outside for some terrestrial viewing. The lens quality seems very good as the scope was crystal clear. Alignment of the star pointer was easy so I was ready for the celestial viewing later that evening. About 9PM I started up my Stellarium software and noticed that Mars and Saturn were in close proximity and setting in the southwest sky. (Stellarium is a free open source astronomy program) I did my sky alignment procedure with the handset and star pointer scope and the telescope was ready for what I wanted to see. It was a very simple process as you just point to 3 bright objects as long as they are stars and the scope will be ready to go. I chose the Solar system choices and first up was Saturn. The scope slewed quietly until it stopped. When I looked through the 25MM Kellner eyepiece and BAM...there was the little planet with rings!. The view was small but crystal clear. Almost looked fake it was so clear. Immediately I changed to the other included 10MM eyepiece and the image grew much more in detail and was still very clear but with just a little less brightness. The scope continued to track the planet perfectly and when I changed lenes again to my 6.3MM (that I bought separately)...Saturn was now so magnified, I could see its moon Titan and stars that were beyond Saturn which painted a great view. Needless to say this was a great first impression. Mars was also impressive....but naturally just round but with more color. Now one thing is for sure the go to capability will eat batteries.....I used up 8 in one evening as many hours later the scope was slowing down. I think a must purchase now is that bigger battery pack that you can recharge. I'm not sure how good the scope will be for deep space objects until I go to a darker location than my home. This scope is great for planetary viewing in the suburbs for sure. I have seen the Meade ETX scopes up close and I can tell you this Celestron seems to be much better quality. Im sure the Nextsar SE series is very high quality but this SLT series is not far behind. The tripod you get with the 90 SLT is very study. Its all stainless steel. The eyepieces are Kellner design but have good field of view for planets. The motors in the arm are very quiet compared to Meade.....they are not annoying at all. Overall I think this is really a nice little scope. Even if you get larger aperture scopes in the future, this will be a great portable scope to keep around for many years.
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