Meade Instrument Lightbridge Mini 82 Telescope.

By Brian March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

Meade Instrument Lightbridge Mini 82 Telescope Review.

The Meade Instrument Lightbridge Mini 82 Telescope is a great, budgetfriendly telescope. This telescope is only 3.8 pounds, which makes it a lightweight telescope. The Lightbridge Mini is on the smaller side, but for some users, a smaller telescope is harder to use than a large telescope. However, the Lightbridge Mini 82 is designed in a way that makes it easy to use for everyone. The smaller size also makes it easier to move around and store.

Specifications and Features

The Lightbridge Mini 82 comes with an 82mm Newtonian Reflector, which provides an excellent view of the Moon and other objects like stars and planets. The Mini also comes with a 9mm and a 26mm eyepiece to easily adjust the magnification. There is also a 2x Barlow lens that you can use to double the magnification of the eyepieces. The mount can swivel 360 degrees, so the simple point and look design makes the Lightbridge super easy to use.

Pros

Unlike other telescopes on the market, the Lightbridge comes with its tripod mounted to the tube. This means that you can take the telescope out of the box and start using it. This does make it harder to use at times, but placing it on a simple table makes it easy to use for all ages. The built-in tripod also makes it easy to store because you can store it on a shelf or on your desk.

The price point makes the Lightbridge a great option for both a first telescope or as a backup. The Mini 82 is around $60 and can be bought on Amazon and other online stores.

The smaller size of the Mini 82 is excellent for people who are looking for a telescope but do not have the room to store a fullsize telescope. There are many people who dislike smaller telescopes, but smaller telescopes are easier to use for children and people with smaller hands.

Cons

Due the Lightbridge Mini 82 being made from plastic, some people have received their telescopes with cracks in the plastic. Meade Instruments will replace the telescope if there are any problems, but this does mean that you will need to wait a few weeks before you can use the telescope.

The magnification on this telescope is also low compared to other telescopes in the same price range. This can make it hard to see some objects at times. The Lightbridge Mini 82 is a beginner telescope, so you may want to order an extra magnification lens if you want a clearer view.

Summary

Meade Instruments makes a lot of great items. The Lightbridge Mini 82 is a great option for anyone who is looking to buy a telescope. The lower price tag and smaller size makes it a great first telescope. Even with the lower price tag, Meade did not skimp on quality and provides everything that you need to start out. Like most other telescopes, you may want to buy some accessories as you become more skilled with the Lightbridge Mini 82.

iOptron 6002 900X70 Refractor Telescope.

By Brian March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

iOptron 6002 900X70 Refractor Telescope (Blue).

Space is filled with secrets, waiting to be revealed to us. In order to make the most out of our discoveries, the proper telescope is necessary. If you have been searching for a modern, practical telescope that is both aesthetically great and highly affordable, iOptron 6002 900X70 Refractor Telescope (Blue) is without a doubt one of the top options for you to consider.

Special Features

Apart from its marvelous color, iOptron 6002 900X70 Refractor Telescope (Blue) is easy to setup and start using. Although it would be ideal to come pre-assembled, its actual setup does not take more than a few minutes to complete. This means that you do not have to worry about technical specifications or advanced knowledge since everything is clearly outlined for you.

The telescope has 70mm aperture and 900mm focal length. These numbers make it a great option for smooth visibility without problems. It is pretty light and only weighs 15.5 Pounds. As a result, it offers you the opportunity to carry it around with you from one room to the next. However, it comes with a tripod for even better convenience.

Not only does it allow you to observe the planets and stars up in the sky, but it also enables you to watch objects all around. For instance, bird watching becomes fun and easy with the help of such a telescope. In addition, it offers you the chance to enjoy the slow motion control. This is a great special feature to keep in mind.

Cost

iOptron 6002 900X70 Refractor Telescope (Blue) is a quite affordable telescope. When compared to others, it provides exceptional value for money. This makes it an excellent choice not only for advanced users but also for those who wish to take up astronomy as a hobby and do not want to spend too much on their equipment. Obviously, there are even less expensive telescopes in the market. Taking into account both the cost and the features on offer, this is a wonderful bargain.

Ease of Use

As stated earlier, this telescope is very easy to use. It will only require a few minutes of your time to assemble it, and then you are ready to enjoy your observations. With the help of the erect diagonal position and eyepiece, you will be able to adjust the telescope exactly where you want to. This will help you admire the beauty of outer space, as well as any landscape or other object.

Bottom Line

Having completed our iOptron 6002 900X70 Refractor Telescope (Blue) review, we must admit that this is a steady and trustworthy telescope. Thanks to its affordable cost, it represents the ultimate value for money and covers the demands of astronomy enthusiasts and hobbyists in full. Without spending a large amount of money, you can get a reliable gadget that offers you superb access to even the slightest detail.

The Orion Space probe 130ST EQ Telescope.

By Brian March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

The Orion Space probe 130ST EQ Telescope Review

The Space probe 130ST telescope is an upgrade of the standard Space Probe 130 EQ. This aperture space probe reflector telescope has excellent features that provide excellent viewing of even the deep sky objects. Whether you are a new observer or an experienced observer who want excellent results on your work of finding celestial bodies, this is the best telescope to have. It is acknowledged to be the niftiest Newtonian reflector on an equatorial mount, no other telescope can reach its level competence. It is simple short and satisfactory to all users.

Features That Make the Telescope to Work Efficiently

Its aperture reflector has a length of 5.1″ which enables it to gather the maximum amount of light that aids in perfect viewing of celestial objects including the moon, planets, bright galaxies and star clusters. It has a short 24’’ tube that makes it highly portable. Its fast f/5 focal ratio enhances wide field viewing results thereby making the space probe telescope to be unique and satisfactory in functioning. You can manually track celestial objects in a slow-motion mode through using the EQ-2 equatorial telescope mount and adjustable tripod. Even after assembling everything, the whole telescope weighs only 27 lbs. This means you can carry it and position it the way you want to achieve fascinating results.

The Components of the Telescope

It comes with two 1.25″ Sirius Plossl eyepieces. The first eyepiece measures 25mm while the second one measures 10mm. It also has a 6×30 finder scope that enables you to view objects in the sky accurately. The finder has high level of accuracy which enables you to view only the objects that you want. The telescope also comes with 1.25″ rack and pinion focuser to enable you to zoom objects for perfect identification and naming. To add on to these components, the telescope also has a trip accessory tray and Starry Night astronomy software to make your work of viewing sky objects easy.

How to Use it

To explore your night excellently, begin by using the 25mm Sirius Plossl Eyepiece, this gives you a general view of the sky objects. Once you see something interesting, you can then switch to the 10mm Sirius Plossl Eyepiece so that you obtain finer images of the target objects. The finder will help you to aim the telescope to the target object accurately. Through the Starry Night Edition Software, you can perfectly plan your observations and understand what you see.

Besides these excellent performing features, its parts are very robust making it to not only serve you appropriately but also serve you longer than expected without reducing its competency. You will not need to change the parts regularly as it is the case with other telescopes and it will not degrade the objectsimage quality unless it is altered by a physical force.

The Bottom Line

The Orion Space probe 130ST EQ Telescope is one of the outstanding telescopes that are durable, portable and satisfactory in performance. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced observer, this Telescope will serve you to your expectations.

Gskyer Telescope 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope.

By Brian March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, German Technology Travel Scope Review.

In case you are interested about astronomy, but you have no idea the things that you should look for on a telescope, then you might want to check out the Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, German Technology Travel Scope. Having a telescope that you can use for stargazing should not be pricey especially if it is just your first time to watch the stars.

Features of Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, German Technology Travel Scope

Compared to Vivitar and Orion that is known for making expensive and high-powered eyepiece, the company of Gskyer specialized in manufacturing telescope that is convenient to use. But this does not necessarily mean that the telescopes made by Gskyer are of poor quality. For instance, the Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, German Technology Travel Scope has everything that you will need to start with your celestial viewing. By choosing this equipment, you will be able to have a clear view on the celestial bodies and object clearly. With its multi-layer and high-quality glass optics combined with the optical tube, it has the capacity to gather more light that will provide bright and clear images.

The Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, German Technology Travel Scope has a wide coverage which is all thanks to its 60mm aperture, focal length of 700mm and a focal ratio of f11.6. Getting a quality image is very easy since it is equipped with the standard Rack-And-Pinion framework which makes the images super clear.

The telescope is also super lightweight which makes it easy for you to carry it around and use it at the field. The powerful optics installed on the Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, German Technology Travel Scope also provides an enhanced light-gathering capacity. Unfortunately, it also has some drawbacks. The manual that comes with the telescope provides a very vague guideline. The eyepiece is also plastic, and the aluminum tripod is a bit unstable.

It comes with an AZ mount that features a slow-motion lever which makes it a lot easier to target the celestial objects. It also has an aluminum tripod that is adjustable and armed with vibration pad. Most customers who have tried the Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, German Technology Travel Scope attested to the decent performance of the telescope. It is also one of the more favored telescopes by the beginners due to its low price.

All in all, the Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, German Technology Travel Scope is a decent telescope that is capable of keeping a balance between quality and price. For individuals who have never experienced owning a telescope before, this Gskyer 60mm is ideal for them. We recommend you to stay away from the city when using it since the smoke can affect the level of visibility. Major components of the telescope are created from solid materials except for the plastic eyepiece. In case something went wrong with the eyepiece, it can be challenging to find a shop that offers a separate eyepiece.

Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope.

By Brian March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Review

Looking at the night sky can be very relaxing, but you can only really see so much with the naked eye. Telescopes are an excellent option for those who want to get a closer look at the stars and planets that light up the night sky. Celestron is one of the leading manufacturers of telescopes. The NexStar 8 SE is a lightweight, portable telescope.

What does the Celestron NexStar 8 SE come with?

The Celestron NexStar c8 SE comes with the following:

-8 inch F/10 SCT OTA with dovetail rail and Starbright XLT coating

-Adjustable Tripod with an eyepiece tray

-Computerized object tracking

-Red dot unit finder

-Single Fork Arm with a quick-release knob

-Bubble level on the tripod

-Celestron’s Night Sky software, which is a computer program that allows a computer to control the telescope.

-Serial cable to connect to a computer.

Setting up the Celestron NexStar 8 SE

One of the surprising things about the NexStar 8 SE is how quick and easy it is to set this telescope up. This is a little too large to be a grab-and-go telescope because of the cool-down that the SCT requires. It is recommended that you allow the SCT OTA an hour to achieve the correct thermal equilibrium. This ensures that there are not any air currents swirling inside of the tube. Air currents can degrade the image quality, which makes it hard to view the stars and planets.

If you pre-cool the OTA, you can set up, align, and use the NexStar in around 20 minutes, without having to rush. If you are planning to use the GoTo alignment option, you need to make sure that your tripod is level. This is easy to do since the telescope comes with a bubble level. You should also make sure your tripod is leveled, especially if you are going to use computerized tracking.

Once you have leveled the tripod, you will need to mount the fork arm. This is done using three thumbscrews, which are built into the tripod. After the fork arm is mounted, the OTA can be mounted using the dovetail rail. There is a quick-release knob that needs to be tightened, and then the telescope is ready to be used.

Tracking and GoTo Accuracy

With the NexStar, there is software that allows the telescope to be moved to look at a specific star, planet, or other object. Most of the time, this feature does work and will place the object in the field of view. You may need to make a few adjustments to have a clear view, but the object tracker can make the adjustments easier because it will lock on the object that it is looking at.

Summary

The Celestron NexStar is a great telescope. It comes with all the items that you need to stargaze, and you can easily connect the NexStar with your computer. The short amount of time it takes to set up and tear down allows you to easily place the telescope where you want to watch the stars. However, depending on what you want to use this telescope for, you may need to buy some extra accessories along with the base unit.

Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Telescope.

By Brian March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope

For those who seek to discover the mysteries of space and sky, Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope is a wonderful asset. Imagine being able to observe each celestial object in every detail and exploring the magical characteristics of stars and planets. No matter if you are a beginner or a more advanced telescope user; this telescope will definitely be a great addition to your home or office.

Special Features

Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope is a compact telescope, which makes it ideal for all spaces. You can move it around easily, without having to worry about enough room and other restrictions. In addition, you will be able to benefit from the tabletop base. This will allow you to enjoy superb stability and unobstructed motion. Of course, this is of utmost importance when it comes to watching celestial objects up in the sky.

There are two telescope eyepieces available for you to enjoy, covering different observation requirements. So you can admire a starlit night out in the open air or focus on a specific planet or star in pure daylight. There is no reason why you should settle for a single eyepiece that allows only limited adjustability to the various conditions.

Of course, it is worth noting that Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope comes with the proper software, which will enable you to enjoy its performance to the fullest. As it has already been assembled for you, you will not need to deal with long hours of trying to match the different parts of the telescope. Instead, you will be free to use it right away.

The telescope weighs 13 pounds, being lightweight and exceptionally portable. At the same time, its weight guarantees a sturdy outcome for carefree exploration of outer space.

Value for Money

Although Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope is not the cheapest telescope in the market, it is relatively affordable. It costs less than many of its competitors, and it provides great value for money. Given its compact size and its special features, this is a very helpful gadget to all space enthusiasts who want to start observing the sky in a fun, entertaining manner. On the bright side, you do not have to spend a small fortune to purchase this telescope.

Ease of Use

Last but not least, it is worth pointing out that this telescope is super easy to use and convenient. It is small and portable, with two different telescope eyepieces and special software that allows you to adjust your visibility according to the surroundings. Rather than using a complex telescope, this is ideal for those who are just starting out observing the sky!

Bottom Line

From everything that has been highlighted above, it goes without even saying that Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope is a reliable telescope that will cover the needs of all space enthusiasts. At a reasonable price, this will introduce you to a whole new world of exploration and adventure!

Celestron C6-S GT XLT Telescope.

By Brian March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

Celestron C6-S GT XLT Telescope – Heavy Duty Telescope for Star Watching

The Celestron C6-S XLT is a great telescope but on the heavy side. It is recommended for people who are looking for a stationary unit for their room. It is also the ideal telescope for beginners. It is also easy to set up and align.

The telescope kit comes with a 6 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope that has a StarBright XLT high transmission coatings, tripod, spreader tray, E-Lux 25mm Celestron, mount head, Nexstar Remote, instruction manuals, Finderscope, caps, and the weights.

Mount of the C6-S GT XLT Telescope

The telescope comes with a heavy-duty German equatorial mount that is fully computerized. It is designed to keep the telescope stable and precise. The legs of the mount are made out of stainless steel and can be collapsed. It is sturdy enough that it can also be used to hold a 6-inch refractor or an 8-inch reflector.

The tripod and weights alone with be around 42 pounds. The C-6 OTA is only around 10 pounds. You can detach the mount head and close the legs for easy transport and storage. If it is your first time to use an equatorial mount, be sure to read the manual first. That way you can easily align and position the telescope. The mount also comes with a latitude scale for simpler alignment.

Nexstar Remote

Out of the box, you might need to upgrade the firmware of the Nexstar remote. This can be done by connecting it using a RS 232 cable to your computer and download the latest firmware from the Celestron’s website. It is also recommended to upgrade the firmware of the Motor Control so that the two parts are in-synced with each other.

The Nexstar remote provide you access to a database of more than 40,000 objects to discover in the sky. And the RS 232 cable is not only used to upgrade the firmware, it can also be used to control the telescope with the computer.

Aligning the Celestron C6-S GT XLT

Alignment is done by inputting the longitude and latitude, as well as the date, time and zone. Then the two-star alignment processes begin. If you fail to find the star, you can fine tune it with the arrow keys. Then try to find the star with the eyepiece. You should not be afraid to mess up the alignment process.

The Celestron C6-S telescope is the best telescope for amateur astronomers and astrophotographers. Its price is very affordable and can serve you for a long time. Its mount is built solidly, and it comes with a top class optical tube. You will not feel any vibrations even with moderate wind.

The mount is so stable that you can lean to it without worrying that you might move it out of position. The only disadvantage to the C6-S GT XLT is its weight. You might not be able to carry it on your own. But if you can overlook this small detail, then this Celestron is what you are looking for.

Nexstar 114 SLT Telescope.

By Brian March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

The Features of the Nexstar 114 SLT Telescope

The NextStar As a parent who is planning to introduce their kids into the world of astronomy, NexStar 114 SLT is the telescope to get. It locates the targeted objects clearly and can easily be adjusted to fit preferences. It’s a telescope that everyone will love using, and the fact that it is light in weight makes it more portable. Its database is capable of locating more than 4,000 celestial objects.

Huge Database

It is very important to have a huge database in a telescope. You do not need to worry about the database when you get the NexStar 114 SLT as its database has a capacity of locating more than 4000 celestial objects. This is amazing, and it is exactly what any professional or astronomy enthusiast needs.

Various Control Modes: What makes the NexStar 114 SLT even more amazing is its various control softwares. Its hand control software is flashing upgradeable, and since you may need to control the NexStar 114 SLT via a computer, it comes with NSOL telescope control software for that purpose. It also comes with an RS-232 cable which is optional. The Internet and you need to download product updates, the motor control units of the telescope makes it possible. A user can enjoy advanced control of the NexStar 114 SLT via computer by using the NexRemote telescope control software which is optional. You have control software with this telescope which makes your experience amazing. 

Bright Images 

The telescope has a great light gathering power and produces images that are bright enough for the users. This is one of the many features that have made the NexStar 114 SLT a popular for many including the little ones. It has a mirror that guarantees users color-corrected views fully.

It’s Easy to Install

One of the advantages of using this telescope is how easy it is to install. It only takes the user a few minutes to set it up. Its stainless steel tripod is adjustable and pre-assembled which makes everything easy. It also comes with an accessory tray, an optical tube and a fork arm mount that is quick to release.

Portable 

A telescope should not feel like a burden when carrying it. The NexStar 114 SLT is not only light in weight which makes it quite portable, but it is also compact. 

Easy Alignment 

As a user, you will enjoy aligning your telescope. What makes this enjoyable is the Starpointer finder scope that comes with an LED red in color and the technology known as SkyAlign. You can align on 3 celestial objects with this alignment technology. 

A telescope will make astronomy enthusiasts happier and determined to go with their adventure. The NexStar is that telescope that makes this possible with its computer control technology. The process of aligning it is quite easy as it does not need technical knowhow. Due to the possibility of card wrap when in use, the telescope comes with an internal battery compartment to prevent this.

Celestron 21061 Astromaster Telescope.

By Brian March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

Celestron 21061 Astromaster Telescope Review

In case you have been looking for a quality telescope in the market for some time now, there is a possibility that you already encounter the name Celestron. They are a company that has been providing excellent telescopes since 1960s. Over the past few years, they managed to remain as the leading manufacturer of telescope all over the world. The Celestron 21061 Astromaster Telescope is a refractor type which is ideal for the beginners. This particular refractor is also ideal for celestial and terrestrial viewing.

Features of Celestron 21061 Astromaster Telescope

One of the best things about the Celestron 21061 Astromaster Telescope is that it is very simple to use. Compound and Newtonian type of telescope comes with various features, but the use and set-up process is more complex. With this telescope from Celestron, you will definitely enjoy assembling it with your kids. In addition, it is super lightweight that enables you to move and disassemble it easily.

Another feature that you will surely love about the Celestron 21061 Astromaster Telescope is the finder scope that is fixed permanently to the eyepiece. This minimizes the possibility of misplacing this piece. The Starfinder comes with a red point reticle, which you can use when lining the celestial bodies. This red-dot innovation can also be found in the more premium types of telescopes. But remember to turn off the Starfinder since it draws power from the battery.

The mount highlights a large handle and a clutch that provides you a higher precision when lining up the celestial bodies. It was an AZ mount that requires a more stable hand compared to the AQ Mount. It will take time to get used to the AS mount of the Celestron 21061 Astromaster Telescope but once you get used to it, using the telescope is pretty simple. The clutch also helps you to use the equipment smoothly.

The lens of the Celestron 21061 Astromaster Telescope which measures at approximately 2.6 inches seems pretty small when you compared it to the Newtonian telescope. However, you will realize that it can capture an adequate light that will give you a better view of the celestial bodies. When it comes to the eyepiece, you will be given 2 Plossl with a magnification of 90x and 45x. Both of the lenses are coated that allows them to provide clear and bright images. It also eliminates any issues that you can possibly encounter in chromatic aberration.

The Celestron 21061 Astromaster Telescope is available in a stunning grey and gunmetal blue finish. This gives them a unique look in a sea of black telescopes in the market. The Celestron 21061 has an aperture of 70mm, focal length that measures 900 mm and the eyepiece with 10-20mm. Maximum magnification is around 165x, and the whole equipment weighs at roughly 18lbs which is considerably lighter when you compared it with the other telescopes in the market.

The Celestron 21061 Astromaster Telescope also comes with “The Sky” video that may serves as a guide for the beginners when looking at the celestial objects. You will also receive a printable star-map that you may conveniently take with you when you are observing the solar system in the field.

CelestronNexStar 130 SLT Telescope.

By Brian March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

CelestronNexStar 130 SLT Telescope Review

CelestronNexStar 130 SLT Telescope is one of the latest super-efficient telescopes that come with computerized hand control system. Through the Sky Align technology that was used in manufacturing it, setting up and using the telescope is faster and easier than using the other types of telescopes. You no longer need to struggle in knowing the celestial objectsnames; just point the object-finder to three objects in the sky, and the telescope will name the objects for you. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or an experienced person, you can use this telescope without any problem.

Optical Tube Alignment

It comes with a steel van spider that has for arms to support the secondary mirror. The thin steel van is tensioned by screws around the optical tube. This excellent fixation allows for proper viewing without degrading the image quality of the objects even after using the telescope for long. The focuser is enriched with adapters for both 1.25-inch eyepieces and 2-inch eyepieces which allows for competent viewing of even wide-field views.

Accuracy in Finding the Objects

This telescope comes with a red dot finder which accurately points the target objects in the sky thereby eliminating the probability of you naming the wrong objects. Its finder is also known to have a high release amount meaning you can view even the furthest planets and small stars clearly. It has highquality 25mm and 9 mm eyepieces. The 25mm eyepieces give a magnification of x26 (650/25) and has a field view capability of only 2 degrees. Within the barrel close to the field lens, there is a plastic retainer that is very shinny. The retainer, therefore, happens to reduce the contrast when viewing the moon and to rectify this problem; you need to put a mat with black paint to reduce the shininess. The 9mm eyepieces, on the other hand, gives x72 (650/9) magnification and has a field view of 0.6 degrees. 

Nextar 130 SLT telescope has an apparent field of view of 1.7 degrees and a linear field of view of 1000 yards. The computerized system database has space for over 4,000 objects. It has a focal length of 650mm which is far much better compared to the other old telescopes. The telescope also comes with a Motorized Altazimuth mount which ensures that adjust your position appropriately and conveniently to view the celestial objects that you want.

The Bottom Line

It is an excellent functioning telescope that has the best features to make your space objects finding work easier than before. Besides having a top-notch functioning system, it is made from high-quality parts that last for long without reducing in quality and efficiency. Point to any to any three celestial bodies of your choice and they will be named and presented to you clearly. Your work is just pointing the object-finder of the telescope to the target objects, the naming will be done by the telescope. You can use it even in bad weather environments like snow, rain, and dust; you will still get the best results.