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Great telescope very pleased
on 17 October 2010
I have had this telescope for about a month now and absolutely love it. There is no go to no motor to drive the telescope but they can be added later when you have more money to spend if you want to.This telescope is highly rated on most forums and for good reason. If you have done your research and I suggest you do as telescopes come in many flavors sizes and types and you really need to know what kind of viewing your going to be doing and what area of astronomy your going to get into. I wanted a good telescope for deep sky object and planets with a good firm mount that could be upgraded if needed and a scope that if I wanted to get into astrophotography would fit the bill within this price range.This telescope ticks all the boxes.
The base mount is smooth and easy to use and well made and sturdy.So if your thinking as I was doing what will I see with this telescope the answer is a great deal but understand you wont ever see stuff like you see from the hubble space telescope no it just wont do that so time to get real. What you will see is for instance Jupiter and its 4 moons and you will be able to make out the gas bands on the planet and its red spot not massive but you will see it. The moon will look incredible and the craters will look wonderful and big. Star clusters like M13 will show the stars deep in the cluster and the ring nebula will show as a dusty smoke ring. Galaxy's will show up as gray ghosts with better detail if viewed from a dark sky area instead of a light polluted area.I dont mind not having go to features its fun to find stuff yourself and this telescope is a joy to use giving great views with the supplied eye pieces.
You can buy better eye pieces and upgrade as you need to but for the price and the quality this telescope is excellent. Really pleased with it and would recommend it to any one just starting and not wanting to by something they regret buying later this one is a great telescope for the money and you will not be disappointed at all.
Hope that helps you make up your mind