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A good telescope to put someone off astronomy
on 21 April 2014
I am baffled to see so many good reviews of this telescope. It is a waste of money. Buy a pair of binoculars for the same money or save the money towards a telescope that is actually usable.
Myself and a colleague are both new to astronomy and both of us decided to get a telescope having watched the sky through binoculars earlier. Neither of us wanted to spend a lot of money. One of us bought a Celestron Astromaster 130EQ and the other got this Seben 700-76 having seen the excellent reviews here on Amazon.
The last few months one of us has got hours of enjoyment looking at the wonders of the night sky through the Celestron scope while the other has just managed to get short glimps of the moon and Jupiter for a few seconds through this Seben scope whilst hours have been wasted whilst frustratingly trying to get a steady image of what you want to see. Way more has been seen through binoculars and the Celestron scope during the times we've been out together than what has been actually seen through this Seben telescope.
The problem is that the mount and tripod for this Seben scope makes it unusable. It is basically a very expensive toy. It is impossible to get it stable enough to view anything even at low magnification for more than a few seconds at a time. Any hint of wind blowing will also immediately render the view too unstable to watch. It is also impossible to follow an object as it constantly moves due the earths rotation. It might come with loads of accessories but all the high magnification and barlow lenses are pointless to have as even if you manage to find an object at higher magnification it will have moved out of view before the telescope stops trembling due to you moving it previously and you have to move the scope once again.
Yes the Celestron cost about twice the money but it is actually useable. It has its flaws as well (the finder on it is takes a lot more to get used to than the finder on this Seben scope). Having had the chance to see through it with better quality lenses I was amazed what you could see, while looking through this Seben scope with better lenses didn't really make anything better as you still couldn't get the view to be still for long enough.
I'm sure that telescopes that cost more than the Celestron 130EQ will give even more enjoyment for the higher price. Being able to withstand higher wind speeds, be able to see fainter objects and so on. This Seben scope however is a waste of money as it fails to deliver the most basic thing a telescope needs to do. A stable image of an object in the night sky that you can view. A pair of 7x50 binoculars gives you way more joy. Trust me.