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The 450 Power, 60050 Starwatcher Refractor Telescope can bring us closer to the star studded universe with breathtaking images of the stars, galaxies and planets and other fascinating insights of the night’s sky. The Starwatcher telescope is an ideal entry level telescope for the aspiring amateur astronomer.
*The solid refractor telescope and glass coated optics enhance image brightness.
*The interchangeable eyepieces with a 3x Barlow lens increases viewing power so you can see more detail.
*Engineered with a smooth functioning pan head mount, rack and pinion focuser and a sturdy adjustable aluminum tripod.
In addition, this telescope includes "Deepsky Astronomy Software". This comprehensive and user-friendly tool will help you explore and actively develop your understanding of astronomical science. It will help you plan your observations and bring depth and breadth to your astronomical experience through realistic sky simulations and myriad features. This handy software is packed full of features! You can learn basic astronomy concepts and explore our solar system. Create an observational plan and use it as a guide for your star studded journey. The software also gives you access to astronomical catalogs. Easily navigate through nebulae, star clusters, double stars, variable stars, planets and much MUCH more! Witness deep-space and planetary phenomena as they occur now and throughout history.
First telescope. Got a good deal but I think I know why...
Pros: It was a great value compared to its original listing price, which is why I jumped on it. It was pretty inexpensive for a 450x zoom telescope.
Cons: The documentation was pretty meager, especially for first time telescope users. While it has a great zoom, the tripod is not very stable. You are either locked tight where it cannot move at all or it moves all over the place when you try to adjust the focus. Also, when using the full zoom capabilities, objects appear very distorted - not just fuzzy, but funky. A star will appear very much like a white paintball shot against a black wall which sort of defeats the purpose of having a telescope with a 450x zoom. At lower zooms, it works better though.
Other Thoughts: While advertised as a 450x zoom telescope, it works best as (and is priced similar to) a 150x to 300x telescope. If it were not for the fact that I paid a fraction of the original list price for it, I would have returned it.
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