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Good - but bad design
on 29 April 2009
It is a pretty decent telescope if all you want to do is look and aren't worried about what you see. You can star gaze though it, and you can see the moon in extremely good detail, and as for wild life and seeing long distances it is good for that too. However stars were very hard to see, and you couldn't see too much more than what you can with the naked eye. In addition to this, I found a steady hand was needed as the vertical pivot wasn't very good quality and let the telescope 'slip' a few cm when ever i let go of it, this was very fustrating when trying to look at long distance objects (like stars and the moon) as I could never keep it still and couldn't show others these objects very easily.
On the other hand, the magnification on the telescope was brilliant. But as a result of its faults, i bought a larger telescope instead which did more and could see far more. I bought a Skywater newtonian reflector, synscan. Not sure on the exact model number, though I am far more impressed with this newer telescope. If you want to see lots in the sky, i recomend you get the widest telescope you can afford. If you want to watch wildlife, this model is fine if you don't mind risking the potential wobble with the faulty design.