Great telescope, terrible software, no accessories.
14 December 2010
Summary: I am happy my husband and I purchased this for our introduction into the hobby. The tripod is sturdy and well-made. The telescope itself is simply amazing. The included instructions made putting it together and getting it working very easy and took only about an hour. I would love to give it an excellent rating but there are several drawbacks. This telescope doesn't come with basic accessories such as an AC adapter.
Summary: I had the opportunity to try one of these telescopes out recently. It is nicely portable and like most Maksutov designs it produces high magnification with a focal ration of 13. This makes it particularly suited to planetary viewing and also for splitting double stars. It's less well suited to deep space objects due to the same high focal ratio as the views tend to be a bit too narrow for some of the larger DSO objects.
Summary: I used this scope for about 10 hours in total over two weeks before I returned it for a refund. This was my second scope, my first being a cheap 4 inch newtonian reflector. I decided to go for this scope to try some photography, as my first scope didn't have a tracking motor, and this one had a built in wedge offering both the simplicity of alt-az setup for obsevations, and polar alignment for photography.