Reviews and Problems with Celestron 21024 Firstscope Telescope
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For the money, a great starting telescope!
5 February 2014
Summary: The product description is very straight forward. It is what it is. It is an excellent starter scope! Straight out of the box, I was looking at sharp clear views of the moon with my grandson. Any good scope can do that. The positive points with this scope is the ease of operation. The mount is solid with no wiggle as with a tripod. A child can sight in on the moon and stars on their own and enjoy, without having a grownup do the work for them.
Excerpt: Like so many other, I brought the First Scope for my oldest Grandson for Christmas 2 years ago. The price was right for his age and I wanted him to have the experiences I had When my folks Brought me a telescope as a Christmas as a 5th grader. We took it out Christmas evening and he marveled at Saturn, the Orion Nebula, and the Moon. The Mirror is of respectable quality. The lenses that come with it are nice. The mount is stable.
Pros: Compact, Easy to Use, Good Value For The Price, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I HAVE YET TO EVEN SEE A STAR EXCEPT THE ONE POINTER OUT BY MY 4YEAR OLD GRANDSON....WHO WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO SAY HE DIDN'T NEED ANY MACHINE....HE WAS STILL LOOKING FOR MARS WHEN I TOLD HIM IT WAS BEDTIME......HIS OBSERVANCE REPRESENTS THE GOOD ABD THE BAD OF HAVING PRECOCIOUS GRANDCHILDREN.<br /><br />THERE COULD HAVE BEEN MORE AND BETTER INSTRUCTIONS.....
Cons: Difficult To Focus, Difficult to Use, Poor Lens Quality, Unstable
Summary: Got it to introduce my grandkids to the great beyond. The challenge is "teaching" them to use the eyepiece and see what they are looking at. The other challenge is learning that to keep view one must move oppisite direction - up for down and left for right or reverse. Straight through telescopes don't have the view this does without being really big but are much easier for young children to use.
Excerpt: This is a perfect size for me. I used to have a 12 in. dobsonian when they were made of cardboard but i dont have the hassle or fuss with this. Easily transported and usage is a no-brainer. It has its limitations but that can be corrected with additional lens and filters.
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Easy to Use, Lightweight, Strong Construction