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162 reviews | 4.1 out of 5
I have looked at several telescopes before buying this. For the price, it is a great deal. The 70mm size is much bigger than the usual 60mm telescopes out there. You can really see the craters on the moon, and Jupiter was an awesome sight. it was also easy to use. I have been interested in astronomy and other sciences but this price got me to make a purchase. I am quite a shopper but when i compared the features of this telescope to others out there, I decided on this. I was not disappointed. In fact, I was impressed. It came with several eyepieces and I did not need to purchase additional items. This was a lot of fun. Great product!
This telescope is an awesome value for the price. We got this for my daughter, who is just now getting into astronomy. It is very powerful and we are able to view constellations, planets, the moon, etc. very clearly and with great detail. It's a bit complicated at first, and can be overwhelming for someone just looking to pull it out and view stars...yes, you can look at the moon without much work, but to figure out the lenses and angles, etc. was a bit daunting. Quite a powerful little 'scope for the money!
Quality scope for the money,probably the the best scope you can get under $100.00.Can see Saturns rings,nice views of moon.Walmart deal cannot be beat,with extra eyepiece and red dot finder.
We bought this telescope as a gift for our 7 year old son. It's taking some time to get him used to the idea of going out into the cold to look at the stars but when he does he seems to enjoy it greatly.
Assembly was very easy. We only had minor difficulties which were solved with a small adjustable wrench. (The bracket for the slow motion rod was not facing the right way.)
The software that comes with it is very nice. We simply installed it and it knew where we were located, the date, and the time and used that data to show us a view of the night sky.
This is sure to be a cherished item in our family for years to come!
I was a bit skeptical of the possibility of a quality scope for under $40. But, I figured I could just return it in-store if I was unsatisfied.
I was pleasantly surprised by the optics included. I took it out on a night of mediocre "seeing" (full moon, slightly hazy) and was very impressed by the views of Jupiter. It's moons resolved sharply, and banding on the planet was clearly visible. (Enough so that I could tell the red spot was not facing Earth at the time). I also quickly found the Orion Nebula (albeit washed out by the full moonlight) and was pleased with the red-dot finder's ease of use overall.
The moon had some color fringing, but nothing too distracting. And the lunar views were impressive.
As a terrestrial scope, it performed well. The right-side up mirror does it's job, and the sharpness and clarity are more than adequate.
The weak spot of this package was definitely tripod/mount. A slight breeze will give shake your view, and any touch or bump will leave the scope quivering for far too long.
I'll work on that problem, there may be some DIY fix.
When shopping for a beginner's scope, there's always a fear of going too cheap and providing a dismal experience that would discourage a budding astronomer. I can honestly say that should not be the case here.
I use mine as a grab-and-go backup to my 10" reflector, and as a daytime spotting scope. In that, it has far exceeded my expectations.
I have been interested in astronomy for a long time so I tend to monitor the web sites of the major telescope manufacturers, esp. Celestron. I saw this telescope first on the Celestron site. Then when I happened to see it on the Walmart and it contained two additional accessories that I wanted and was offered at a less expensive price, I just couldn't pass it up. Thank you Walmart. The scope is great. You made my year!!!
We bought this for my teenage son. I was a little cautious based on some of the reviews given previously, but we proceeded with our purchase. The day it arrived, my son already had it put together by the time I got home.
He thought he was missing a piece based on the instructions, but on closer inspection there was an addendum to the instructions regarding the starfinder and everything was there.
He loves it - it's great - and you can't beat it for the price.
Great telescope and great price!! I bought this for my 11 year old and she absolutely loves it! I would definitely recommend this product.
Bought before Christmas at a great price. Site to store delivery was quick. It's perfect for this family's backyard celestial viewing. In our rural location, this telescope can also be used for watching wildlife at a distance.
EXCELLENT FOR THE PRICE; PERFECT FOR ENTRY LEVEL; THE GOOD: PRICE AN EASY TO USE, THE BAD: FIXED AZIMUTH ITS HARD TO GET. I UPLOADED A PICTURE OF THE MOON, THE CONDITIONS WHERE REALLY BAD AND I HAD A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE MOON. GET IT KNOW FROM WALMART BEFORE THE PRICE CHANGE!
This telescope was a great value! The same telescope sold on other sites for more than double the price. It comes with 3 different lenses and is easy to put together. I'm amazed at all of the things you can see. My son was interested in astronomy so I wanted to get him a decent telescope to see if it was something he wanted to stick with. I looked at MANY other scopes in this price range but they were more like toys. This was perfect!
My children received this telescope for Christmas and it is a big hit. They were amazed at being able to see such a great view of the moon. I would recommend this telescope to everyone. Good price, good product. Overall, im happy!
I just got this telescope from the black friday special, an excellent buy for only 39.99. I would have paid 80 for it though. the company does a great job at packing the telescope and the bonus software and red light finder make it so simple to focus. the software automatically pulls your location to show where things are in relation to you. this is extremely helpful to beginners like me. this telescope is definitely a great buy and a must have!
I don't know if something was wrong with mine. But even on clear night, it was almost impossible to focus on the moon. Blurry at best. I tried all three lenses and researched it. The red-dot spotter included was very clumsy to use too.
I LOOOOOOVE this telescope. It is my first telescope so I can't judge it harshly on what features it does not have. I looked at the moon though it one night and WOW! I have NEVER seen the moon like that before. It was like we were right up on it.
To me, this is an amazing telescope. In years to come when I become more knowlegable I am sure that I will purchase a better telescope. But I love this one and plan to always keep it.
I was very happy with my purchase. I bought two of these telescopes for my grandsons for Christmas and they love them.
Good: Price, Clear images, decent power, accessories (lenses, tripod), lightweight, easy to assemble and use
Bad: touchy (fine adjustments have a lot of play to them even while tightened so just focusing or tracking objects its easy to lose it completely), no horizontal fine adjustment, "red-dot finder" only ideal for closer objects (I might just need to adjust it a bit though), box is misleading you wont see Jupiter or galaxies as it shows.
Overall: I say its a decent telescope for the price, I'm happy with it as is my wife who's never even looked through a telescope before this one.
Attached is a picture of the moon on the night I got it, clarity issues come from taking a picture with a bad camera phone through the lens and not the telescope itself
The optics on this telescope are quite good. I looked at the full moon with this telescope witch for a refractor is a good test of the objective lens quality. Only a slight ring of false color around the extreme edge of the field of view was seen. The lunar disk showed up sharp and distinct all the way up to the edge where this slight amount of chromatic aberration appeared. The amount of false color was indeed minimal and quite acceptable. I then turned the telescope to the planet Jupiter and was easily able to see the moons of Jupiter and the Equatorial Cloud Belts on the planets surface clearly with no chromatic interference. I found the slow motion tracking control to be a very good and useful feature of this scope, however the scope does suffer from a tripod that in my opinion could be a little taller. Overall I find this telescope to be a good choice for either beginner or even a somewhat advanced astronomer, Like myself, to purchase.
Based on relative good reviews about this product I bought it at Walmart.com for $38 for my son. The setup is very easy. However I could not see anything unless I move the eyepiece away from the diagonal reflector or use the barlow lens. I suspect mines is a bad unit of the product. Yesterday there was a rare break of cloud in my area. With the barlow, I was able to see Saturn with ring. The image is very fuzzy. I have been in contact with Celestron about the issue and waiting for their reply.
My daughter LOVES this! We haven't used it a great deal yet, but it is a great bargain for what all this telescope can do! Very worth the buy!