Reviews and Problems with Celestron PowerSeeker 50 AZ
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Great Beginner Telescope!
Lyle G., Newegg
3 January 2012
Summary: This is a great starter telescope, though don't base your opinions on those highest magnifications. The 'scope just isn't big enough for them. In it's stock trim, it's just able, in my experience, to see the moons of Jupiter on the included medium eyepiece. That's more than enough for me out of something that many people spend thousands on.
Pros: This telescope is inexpensive and great for viewing planets and the moon, as well as terrestrial objects. It's very light, which makes it incredibly easy to haul around, and the user manual is thorough for newbies, and even with my physics background, made finding the magnification of various lenses much easier than I was going to let it. The lens assortment is adequate, with the necessary bits of high, medium and low power, a Barlow lens, and an image erector to coun...
Cons: This telescope effectively maxes out around 80x. The equipment included can theoretically hit 225x, but the aperture size is much too small to let in enough light to use that. It makes the choice of high-power lens somewhat baffling, as even the moon doesn't put off enough light for good contrast with it. The lightness of the 'scope also is something of a hindrance, in that it will knock about a bit in a wind, and can easily be bumped. Lastly, the lack of fine-focusin...
Excerpt: This was purchased as a gift for my nephew. He is a beginner in astronomy and I wanted to get him a telescope that was easy to use and would last him a few years. It was very easy to assemble and the instructions were straight forward. We enjoyed the software included in the package and we were gazing at stars the first night we received it.
Summary: I bought this for my astronomy mad niece, this is her first telescope. For someone who has been star gazing for a while this may not be the telescope for you as you can't see much. But for my 7 year old niece this is perfect. It comes well packaged and next day for me. I had a little look through and it can see the stars and the moon (with a moon filter) but it's not spectacular but as I said it's perfect for a first telescope.
Summary: i bought this a present for my boyfriend as he said he would like to start looking at the stars and moon etc and its fantastic. fantastic instructions, what to look for and where, how to adjust the telescope. its just great.