5.0 out of 5 stars | Aperture matters more than magnification
I bought this knowing nothing about telescopes and not knowing what I could expect to see through this thing. Now I know more, I think this is a decent value, but it comes with A LOT of cons. In telescopes, the aperture size matters much more than magnification. The bigger the aperture, the better the image will be. This is a 70mm aperture (2.75 inches), which is about as small as you can get. It's typical for an "entry-level" telescope, and a decent value for the money if you want to get into stargazing without dropping 500 bucks or more on a bigger scope. However, if I could do it over again, I would've spent more and gone with a better one. First, as with all beginner telescopes, it is actually much harder to use than a more intermediate level one. This is something well-known in the amateur astronomy group I've joined, and they never, EVER recommend buying a beginner telescope, ESPECIALLY for kids. Because most kids like looking AT stuff more than looking FOR it. And with this telescope, far more time is spent hunting for objects than actually looking at them. My kid doesn't have the patience or attention span for that, but I rather enjoy the challenge, so I do it. Which brings me to the next problem. This is made for kids. As such, the stand is very short. Which means that all the time you spend hunting for things, you'll having to be hunched over, crouched down, or kneeling on the ground. And if you live in a place with a lot of light pollution, you won't be able to see much more than stars, the Moon, or the brightest planets. Even Mars is difficult to see through this telescope, and you can't make out any detail whatsoever on the surface. You can make out SOME faint detail on Jupiter, especially if you go away from light pollution on a clear, moonless night. And you can just make out Saturn's rings. Venus, on the other hand, is very easy to see. Especially now, near the end of April 2020, it is the brightest it'll be all year, so we've been looking at it every night. It's too bright, even at its dimmest, to make out any detail, but you can see what phase it's in. Galaxies, most nebulas, and many star clusters are beyond the ability of this telescope, but that being said, I was able to see a planetary nebula called The Ghost of Jupiter last night. For perspective, I've had a few weeks of use and practice, and feel comfortable with the telescope, and have a number of apps, charts, and star maps to help me find things, and it STILL took over an hour for me to finally find it, put it close enough to the center of my field of view to use with max magnification, and put it in focus. And even then, it looked like a hazy, bluish star. We couldn't make out any detail or the distinctive eye-shape that can be seen with even slightly larger scopes. Still, it was cool and the kid loved it. I consider it worth the effort, but my back is killing me today. Don't get me wrong, for an entry-level telescope, this is good. It'll serve our needs while we save up for an upgrade. But, like all entry-level telescopes, this is harder to use and not powerful enough to see much. All the time required to hunt for things, for what many may consider a disappointing result, could potentially end up killing a kid's enthusiasm. If you absolutely MUST get an entry-level telescope, this is a good choice. But if at all possible, save up and get a larger aperture.
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2020 by jen86
5.0 out of 5 stars | Easy and fun! Pictures do no justice! 😍
Your browser does not support HTML5 video. The idea of getting a telescope has always crossed my mind, but I just didn’t know if it was going to be worth it and/or if I would even know how to use it, since I haven’t touched a telescope probably since high school (and I really know nothing about astronomy or telescopes.) But we have a gorgeous view of the sky from our balcony, especially at night with all the stars! So I decided to go ahead and give this guy a shot. Especially it being quarantine and all, being stuck inside, it was really was the perfect time. When it arrived, I read and followed through the instructions, I also watched a few YouTube videos to understand how to work everything and figure out what all the parts ate for. I did a little research, played around with it during the day, practiced with zooming and focusing on the trees and things. And then BAM! Tonight there was a strawberry moon, I got so excited that when I grabbed the telescope to set it up, I almost sent it flying down three stories off my balcony.. 🤦♀️ BUT! Here you go! I got some pretty cool shots of the strawberry moon! Yay! I will say that practicing with the telescope during the day a few times and getting familiar with how it works really helped a lot, Becuase once the moon showed up, I was able to find it right away, zoom, focus, and then just snap away! (Just make sure not to to aim your telescope on trees near your neighbors.. Becuase if you do, they will give you dirty looks..🤣) Also, the pictures do no justice! Looking through the telescope in person is wayyyy more beautiful and so many more details that the camera just did not catch! 😍
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2020 by Janet Debris
1.0 out of 5 stars | Complete Junk - Don't believe the high ratings
UPDATE - 04-05-2021 The seller of this product keeps spamming me saying they will pay me to remove the one star rating. Their latest email states they are Amazon customer service. I highly doubt that Amazon customer service sends email out through a gmail account. The reason why the ratings are so high on this complete piece of junk telescope is due to a 'bribe' included in the box. The seller gives a $15 Amazon gift card for a 5 star rating. The seller's latest bribe is offering me a $30 Amazon gift card to remove the one star rating. ------- The photos of the telescope on this site show a phone adapter, there wasn't a phone adapter included with this product. They changed the photo of the 'what's included in the box' after I ordered the scope and removed the phone adapter, but kept all the photos of the phone adapter in other photos. The setup was easy. the instruction sheet shows and 'optional' phone adapter with a link to a website. The website is completely in Chinese and wasn't able to navigate it due to the language difference. I tried the telescope to view a local mountain. Although I was able to view some of the rocks on the mountain the view was really hazy even on the sharpest focus. I got out a $10 pair of binoculars to see if it was something in the atmosphere, the view from $10 binos was a lot clearer than the view from this telescope. I tried using the scope to view the moon, and the hazy view seemed worse. Same view in the cheap binos was a lot clearer and detailed. The tri-pod in the photos looks about 5'-6' tall, but it's only about 4' tall. I was highly disappointed with the quality of the view, so returned the scope for refund.
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2020 by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars | Great price! Great telescope!
Your browser does not support HTML5 video. This is a really great telescope for the price. Pictures and video we're taken using this telescope and a pixel 2xl phone. It was easy to assemble and learning to use it takes a little bit of practice but well worth the time. The crystal clear optics are very impressive. The picture of jupiter and her moons was impressive for a beginner telescope. 🔭 If you love looking at the stars. You'll love this telescope.
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2020 by Kimo