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Customer Review

on 18 December 2011
I've had this telescope and mount for about 6 months now. Purchased from First Light Optics in Exeter. It is almost identical to the Celestron Nexstar 102 SLT Computerised Telescope - the main difference being that the Celestron "flavour" of GoTo is easier to set up than the Skywatcher - I have read that the Skywatcher mount is slightly heavier duty, but cannot be sure.
This scope has enough light gathering power to see some of the brighter Deep Space Objects; the Andromeda Galaxy looks rather good, once you've let your eyes adapt to the dark.
This telescope is powerful enough to give great views of Jupiter and it's moons; with the 10mm eyepiece you will start to see the Equatorial Belts, I'm looking forward to seeing Saturn and the rings when it returns to our skies at a sensible time of night.
The overall weight and size of the complete package means that you can carry everything from car boot to observing sight in one trip - be aware that any GoTo system will get through AA batteries in just a few short hours - a bigger power supply is recommended, but that adds to the weight and cost - so far; I've managed with some high capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries charging them up fully before each session, they've lasted so far even in the cold of December.
The Goto on this and the equivalent Celestron have to be aligned before use - that means that you'll need to ensure that the tripod is perfectly level and input your latitude and longitude co-ordinates (use your sat nav or the web) and then the date / time in USA format, it takes practice, but usually works 80% of the time.

Bear in mind that this is a compromise then, a reflector of the same cost would have a better light gathering power (you'd see fainter objects more easily), but as a starter telescope that you can set up quickly, that will give you some fabulous views and without spending a fortune, think that you'll be hard pushed to find better at this price..
Good luck!
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