Excerpt: Purchased to use with middle grades science classes. It works well and allows me to provide beginers with instruction on tracking objects using the EQ mount. I am also using in combination with a solar filter for daytime viewing.
Pros: Easy to Use, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Summary: Selected 70EQ for tween boys based on it being a refractor scope (good for newbies), available reviews and perceived comparative value. Total setup time about 60 mins, but was not difficult. Tripod is not solid, though vibrations dampen fairly quickly. 70EQ comes w/10mm & 20mm eyepieces. This would have been my "total package" if it had included a quality, shorter (focal length) eyepiece.
Pros: Setup, weight, size, ease of use (after a little practice)
Excerpt: This is a great refractor for the price. I bought it because it was equatorial mounted. Once you are align with Polaris, viewing is a breeze. Manually tracking objects with this EQ mount is much easier than doing so with an alt-az mounted scope. I am also very surprised about the quality of the eyepieces. Much better than I expected them to be. I've been using this refractor for checking out Jupiter. The views are crisp, and detail is easily seen.
Pros: Accurate, Easy to Use, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Excerpt: My aunt bought me this telescope a few months ago. This is my first telescope and I have been stargazing often with this awesome artifact. It's very good for begginers and it's easy to assemble. Good lens and construction material in general.<br />The only con is that it's is not very stable (when you use the tripod, of course).<br />But good telescope anyway.
Excerpt: I bought this telescope for my husband's birthday. We are new at star gazing and was surprised at the quality for the price we paid and so far we are very happy with this product and have found other uses like bird watching. this website is wonderful...this is now my go to place for purchasing future gifts and of course gifts for myself, I'm so happy I've found this website!!
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Summary: I purchased this telescope for my 7 year old daughter for Christmas. I had a similar telescope as a kid when I was her age and experienced years of joy with it and wanted to share those with her. The optics provide a reasonable view of easy to find objects. The only two drawbacks are that the red dot spotter scope can be difficult to use to sight in your target.