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3 reviews | 1.7 out of 5
this is a reflecting telescope- that means it uses a couple of mirrors. It isn't supposed to have a lens at the front. Other than that, this is an average low/middle end telescope. The scope might be OK, but as usual with department store scopes, the accessories included is pretty useless. You probably dont want to go over 150x magnification with a scope this size. If you stick with the 8mm eyepiece, you should get OK images of the moon and some planets.
Considering the price, the telescope is probably worth the amount paid. The two main problems I had with it was the piece that the tray for the eyepieces screwed onto and the adjustment knob that is loosened and tightened for turning the scope from side to side. The second time that I spread the legs on the scope the tray holder broke. It is thin plastic. About 20 minutes later I loosened the knob to turn the scope a little to the right. I turned the scope and turned the knob to tighten the setting and the knob just stripped the threads in the holder which is cast aluminum.
I guess with 'kid-glove' treatment the scope would be ok. I did not abuse it, just used it as a person would any other scope. I don't know if I just got a faulty one or if these are flaws in the design. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone; although I do like most of Vivitar's products.
I returned the scope to the store where I bought and was refunded my money. I only used the scope twice and had it for about a week.
I purchased the Vivitar Reflector Telescope and when I put it together, it came with no front lens. There was a cap over where the lens should also be but the cap did not pull or screw off. After battling with Vivitar's Customer service for about 4 days they are finally going to send me a replacement telescope. Walmart was great as to picking up the item from the store but I got shipped a telescope that someone did not put together correctly