Summary: With telescopes, you get what you pay for and this scope is no exception. I ordered it about 5 months ago as a first scope, and it arrived a day early. It was very easy to set up an I loved the nice blue color. Over the next few months, I enjoyed views of the moon, Jupiter, Pleiades, Venus, and even Saturn! It is an okay beginner scope, but just like any scope, it has it's flaws. One thing is the EZ Finder II. After a month or so, I started having problems with it.
Summary: This is a wonderful telescope! I have not had one since i was a kid and being on a budget i did alot of research before finally making a purchase. The telescope is easy to put together. The red dot sight is wonderful for finding things once its set up. I was able to view Jupiter and four of its moons and also make out 1 of its bands. A moon/planet filter may help bring out more detail.Stars will appear is nice tight pinpoints of light. No moon viewing yet.
Summary: This telescope is amazing! Where else can you get optics this great for around (this price)? Making small adjustments may be somewhat tough, but you can easily overlook that. This 'scope will give you amazing views of the Moon's craters, Venus' large crescent, Jupiter, it's cloud bands, and it's four Galilean moons (I saw a transit and the shadow!
Summary: The Equatorial mount is not for a beginner,it is a pain to find anything,including the moon.The shipping is not what they say. Note from Orion: Some heavier items have a per-item shipping charge in addition to the standard shipping and handling. This is indicated on the product page in the Status area under the item number.
Summary: Assembly was quick and I was viewing the moon within a half-hour of opening the box. Would be nice if the instructions were more explicit about using the laser star-finder, but it doesnt take long to figure it out. Overall, a great low-cost scope.
Summary: I've owned two dozen telescopes over the past 25 years -- large and small, expensive and cheap. The Spaceprobe 3 Altaz is the best astronomical telescope I've ever seen for under $100. I use it during astronomy outreach events next to an 8" Dob and people are amazed how well the little Spaceprobe 3 works. It's a shining example of a small, inexpensive telescope done right and I hope to be able to recommend it for many years to come!
Summary: This is my first telescope. My wife bought it for me for my birthday and the first thing I did after setting it up was took it outside and saw Jupiter! Using the 25mm and 10mm eyepieces that came with it, I was able to see the dark bands around Jupiter (better on the 10mm) and the 4 Galilean moons! I just got 2 more eyepieces for Christmas and am looking forward to trying them out. I haven't gotten any filters yet, but that's next on my wish list.
Summary: Good scope for the money. Sturdy tripod. Very simple and easy to use. Fantastic starter scope. A little disapointed with the eyepeices that come with it. Works much better with some old cheap plossls I have. All-in-all: Great buy. Yes, eyepeices were a bit of a disapointment, but the price of the scope should allow for some residual cash to purchase better ones. (What can one expect for $100?) In the mean time, these will do.
Summary: This is my first real astronomy telescope and I love it. It was easy to assemble and took no more than recommended time. The parts were easy to find. It works great and within the first week I have had great views of the Moon, Venus and Saturn. With the LED spotter scope it was easy to find objects. It really works great, thank you. I am impressed.
Summary: I bought the SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth Reflector just to have when I want to get back to basics (I have several scopes ranging from 60mm to 14"). This is a remarkably good scope for the price! I start tested it and the optics are very good, better than I expected. On my first night out I looked at M42, M45, M36, M37, M38, M1, M78 and several double stars. All were easily visible (I have fairly decent skies, limiting mag around 5.5).