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Average Ratings
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
Easy To Set Up 5.0 / 5
Usability 4.9 / 5
Features 4.9 / 5
Value for your money 4.9 / 5
Meets expectations 4.8 / 5

Wonderful 1st scope!!

Product Ratings
Overall rating
5 / 5
Easy To Set Up 5 / 5
Features 5 / 5
Meets expectations 5 / 5
Usability 5 / 5
Value for your money 5 / 5

Author: MrHappyClam {!} , beginner in Astronomy,amateur in lots of things, from North Carolina on Sep 12, 2011
Pros:  Ease of use,compact design,price,quality
Cons:  haven't found any yet.
Would recommend:  yes

MrHappyClam wrote:

I ordered the Ares 5 as my 1st "real" telescope.I chose this as it was rated well & the price was what I could afford at this time. Never owning a scope before & doing some reading while waiting for it to arrive,I made myself a collimating cap out of a 35mm film canister the morning of the day it arrived. I found it needed a Very slight adjustment of the primary out of the box.I used it & adjusted the primary in no time,was so easy "a caveman could do it". It got dark & I took her out to look around as the moon was rising behind some trees.Viewed around the sky just scanning with the 25mm lens provided & had a blast just looking with no particular object in mind. Moon came up above the trees giving a full view & WOW!! I was stunned! Not the 1st item on my list to view intentionally but, I enjoyed it so much I switched to the 10mm & regardless of how bright it was,I observed it for a good while using both EP's. Went back to scanning the sky to give my poor eye a break,& a satellite came into view.I followed it & was not difficult to track manually (I have never owned a scope before tonite!). Went out back to a darker spot,& just scanned around as before.I got to see/track another satellite! Got serious trying to observe Albireo as I have heard it is a beautiful double star. Took me a while(still trying to figure out RDF),but I found it by scanning! Viewed it with both EP"s & looked great with the 10mm.Even grabbed the wife to show her!She enjoyed the view as well! I plan on looking at Jupiter in the morning,& anything else I spot that's viewable. I love this scope as far as my 1st impressions go,& it seems very good for a beginners 1st forays into astronomy. I believe if given for christmas,the person receiving this would truly be happy as well.(I would!!) Overall the Ares 5 is a Great bargain for an introduction telescope!! Thank You Opticsplanet for this gift to myself & many nites of viewing pleasure!! What else to say!?! Enjoyable,maybe?

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