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.
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 len...
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...
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.
Summary: It seems that this telescope has come in for a fair bit of flak. I'd like to put the record straight. To use it to see the moon, it is great - an amazing level of detail. I can also see Jupiter as a round white disk with this PLUS its four moons! For a telescope at this price, I think that's great.