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Perfect for Keen Astronomers on a Budget!,
This review is from: Celestron 21007 Powerseeker 40AZ Tabletop Refractor Telescope (Office Product)
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!
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2012 14:11:51 BDT
Howard R says:
Hi "Olivia". Have to say, your laudatory 5* posts for every item of technology you buy for yourself, your husband, your daughter, and any other friends and relatives I may have missed, are always a treat to read. You do seem, though, to buy far more tech stuff than most mere mortals -- and definitely, one heck of a lot of different cameras to go with all the different memory cards you keep purchasing. You also seem to have an amazing affinity with any product from any company which happens to be owned by Hama. But I'm sure that all this is pure coincidence and that every chatty review you write on Amazon is 100% genuine. Big round of applause, then, for Hama -- whoops, sorry, meant to say, big round of applause for, er, "Olivia".
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Michael A. Cope says:
Is very strange that a telescope costing more than £30 is "well out of the price range of people like me" yet on the same day you posted a review for another telescope you claim to have bought for your husband from this "high-quality brand such as Celestron". I was alerted to the possible cause of this anomaly after reading Howard R's comments from April 2012. The amount of things you claim to have bought, given 5 stars and that come from a few specific companies or brand names seems simply impossible for any 'normal' person and reviewer- especially one who tries to claim our sympathy for not being able to spend more than the 30 quid on this telescope.
Comments are meant to guide shoppers and thus contain genuine views from people who have bought and tried these products. Thankfully, after 2011, you seem to have given up on the claimed technical gadget purchases that would even have challenged the budget of a professional, Manchester based football player, never mind that of one who can't give more than £30 for a telescope (unless it is for the husband of course!).
And of course there are consequences for the companies and their products reviewed under this name - I will not view their products in a good light in future, simply because from now on I will associate them with 'Livvy Couch'. Amazon should remove all reviews from you and I hope 2011 saw an end to this garbage (the most recent of your 121 reviews) - although I suspect it just acquired another name.
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