Sky-Watcher Infinity-76P Telescope with Parabolic Mirror 76 mm / 3 Inches f/4 Blue
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- Box contents: Sky-Watcher children's telescope; comes with eyepieces; 30x erecting (upright image for terrestrial use); parabolic primary mirror; focusing screw; table support; gift box
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The SkyWatcher INFINITY-76 Telescope has the Aspherical Technology usually only found in larger, more expensive telescopes. The primary mirror is altered during polishing to bring the light rays onto a common focal plane, resulting in sharp images full of detail. The INFINITY-76 collects 131% more starlight than the average 50mm toy telescope, bringing hundreds more objects into view. Its intuitive up-down, left-right manoeuvrability makes it a perfect user-friendly telescope for kids. Setting up the telescope is so easy that it is almost ready right out of the box, allowing your kids to easily explore the exciting universe to their hearts' content. Not Your Average Toy Telescope!!
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I wouldn't recommend this for a starter telescope as it could put you off astronomy.
Having had such a disappointing experience, I rethought and bought an 8" reflector (costing substantially more, I admit) which works splendidly and allows me to enjoy the night sky with a new perspective.
Awesome product and very sturdy and well made
It also comes with stikers to decorate it with.
I have bought one of these for the kids as they have some difficulty reaching the eyepiece on my 130mm and 300mm Newtonians and find my binoculars a bit heavy. To echo another comment I have used this more than the kids have as a little grab and go scope. I have to disagree with comments on visibility, for the price and for such a small apperture you get some good views of the Moon, planets and stars. For example you can easily see Jupiter and it's 4 main moons and just about make out some cloud bands on a clear night but you will not see the GRS with this scope. Pointed at the Great Orion Nebula you can make out some of the structure of the nebula. Optically it can't hope to match even my "Small" 5" scope at 30x magnification but it's good enough for casual observing. The erecting eyepiece design also means you are not looking at a flipped image of the sky as with a normal Newtonian but an "as is" view, which for kids is great as they can learn to find their way around the sky as presented, this feature means the scope has had as much use watching birds on the feeders in the garden as looking at the stars. Admitted the eyepiece does not allow a Moon filter to be fitted, but at 76mm aperture this is not all that bad, on partial moon phases you can make out some of the larger craters, as with most telescopes the fuller the Moon the brighter the image so by the time you get close to a full Moon it's very bright. Like most scopes attempting to use this inside will seriously diminish your viewing of the stars as you are now down the quality of the optics in your double glazing rather than the scope, which could be where some reviewers have focus problems star gazing, although it presents no problems birding in daylight.
Focusing is via a twist groove which is not as good as a proper rack and pinion focuser it seems to work OK but fine adjustment is tricky. The velcro used to provide a bit of friction for the focusser is a bit iffy but that can be cured by adding a little more for a snug fit. The real niggle for me is the combination of a 30x magnification, which gives a fairly narrow field of view plus the lack of any form of finder scope make targeting a specific object awkward and at times frustrating. A lower power eyepiece or some kind of finder could be a real bonus here but unless your child can hold the scope steady making the change swapping out eyepieces is not as easy an option as on a standard scope. On a desk, getting your head down to use a finder on something this size could also be awkward, but the design could be improved by adding a straight fin or groove somewhere on the body to help aiming this scope, from use this is why I have reduced my scoreing on this.
As one reviewer has commented a half decent pair of binoculars is a good alternative, but it's also worth considering this scope has 30X magnification and 76mm aperture as opposed to maybe 8-10x Magnification and 20 - 40mm aperture in a pair of budget binos so it does have a reasonable level of magnification and light gathering for the price, this said but don't dismiss binos, you will still get great views and a wider field of view, I still make good use of mine even when out using my monster 12" Scope.
A more sophisticated alternative to this may be the Skywatcher Heritage 76. It is a similar design but with a standard 1.25" rack and pinion focuser and a little finder scope. For older kids you may want to consider a Celestron or Skywatcher 130M.
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