Excerpt: good starting refractor microscope. don't use up your batteries, buy the battery pack. it doesn't use up much power. i think the hard part is calibrating the scope with the telescope and understanding the alignment process. also get the 2x barlow for better star and planet viewing. i would recommend getting the vibration dampers if you want to dabble in astrophotography.
Excerpt: This is a fantastic deal for a refractor telescope. This is my 6th telescope. I have newts and schmits.My best schmit is a c8in and nwt is a 12in. This is my first refractor. I always wanted one but cost for aperture was was too expensive.The slt 102 seemed worth a try. I am so happy I did. I wanted a good grab and go and this is it. I already had a good 2in diagonal and put that in it right away.
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Easy to Use, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This is a fantastic telescope for a beginner or experienced astronomer. By upgrading the eyepieces and diagonal you'll get a high quality observing instrument. Beginners will have a small learning curve but once you understand the controls you'll be able to tour the universe. I have many telescopes from Celestron and they're are all large 11". This 102mm is highly portable and is a joy to use. I rate is 5 stars!
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Good value, Lightweight, Strong Construction, Very good front lens
Excerpt: This is a great scope, easy to setup and use. I was staring at Saturn the first night. I was amazed I could see the rings in some detail with the default eyepieces, so it promptly made me get online to go buy more eyepieces and filters to get closer and detailed viewing of planets and stars.<br /><br />The computerized NexStar GOTO is excellent and easy to setup for hands free remote operation and quick sky tours for the most part.
Pros: Accurate, Easy to Use, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Quality Scope
Great Refractor Scope for Grab and Go at Home or Travel
5 March 2011
Summary: This it the perfect GO TO Short tube refractor telescope for quick setup, and enjoying the night sky, or terestrial vistas. Wide field of view, so easy to align and use,light weight but substantial, well constructed Quality machine. I can't think of anything I don't like about it. The optics are super for the price it can't be beat.
George the Ham Radio Man, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
3 February 2011
Excerpt: This is the perfect grab and go scope for anyone young or old. It has a 2" very steady and smooth focuser that lets you step up into real quality eyepieces that turn this nice scope into a Great Scope. A little false color, who cares! I love it! I have no problem at all with the Star Pointer Red dot finder, I have read other reviews that say it is worthless, but I can only say that they are not using it right or they have gotten ahold of a bad one.
Pros: 2" focuser, Accurate, Compact, Great afocal photography, Great for new to hobby, Looks Cool at Star Party, Real bargin priced scope, Sets up very quickly, Strong Construction
Excerpt: SLT handpiece light flickers on and off after a while, making a torch neccessary for using it.View is very limited with supllied eyepieces.Unstable. Hard to focus due to instability.Basically, the SLT doesn't work, we can never find 3 bright stars that it recognises.It is a kids toy product, buy something else!