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Perfect for Keen Astronomers on a Budget!
on 25 November 2011
I brought this telescope shortly after the start of the school year for my son, who has recently become particularly enthusiastic about the solar system and space after watching The Wonders of the Solar on TV. After choosing to do a science project at school on the subject of space which fuelled this interest even further, I thought that anything that steered a teenage boy's interest toward science and away from computer games has got to be a worthwhile purchase, and at just over £30 this telescope appeared to be the ideal distraction.
I don't know what the other reviewer expected for around the £30 mark, but considering many of the telescopes on the market and certainly those by a high-quality brand such as Celestron, are probably closer to double that or more (and well out of the price range of people like me) I think it is a fantastic value for the money! After all, it does the job it's meant to do, allows clear viewing of the stars and other aspects of the universe that you could never dream of seeing with the naked eye, it is super-fast and easy to set up coming with the preassembled tripod (which really does save loads of time and is perfect for an impatient teenager), is compact, lightweight and portable to carry around on the go to ensure that you easily move between different viewing positions in order to observe different objects AND the included software (which I think is the same or very similar to that which is included with the high cost scopes) in my opinion is a work of educational brilliance. Even I can understand and appreciate the wonders of the universe with the easy to understand SkyX software and trust me; physics was never my strong point!
I don't have a problem with the construction as it's steady and sturdy enough to support the telescope. It is designed to be a portable scope after all, and to make something as lightweight, I understand sometimes a little stability does have to be sacrificed to a degree. However, we have had it set up on grass and a concrete/solid surface and used and manoeuvred it with no issues. For the price, I really do have nothing to complain about!