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Celestron C130mm Mak Spotting Scope 52275 (C130 mm Maksutov scope) With Free Luxury Case
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First let me say I paid $349 with the tripod. If I had bought the scope for...
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I have tried two set of this spotting scopes. BUT I can not focus them. I a...
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130 MM MAK

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on March 14, 2009
I LIKE THIS SCOPE VERY MUCH IT HAS A LARGE F RATIO,I BELIEVE YOU COULD USE A RICH-FIELD LENS TO DROP THE F-RATIO TO ABOUT F-7 FOR DEEP SKY,I WILL TRY THIS NEXT TIME IT IS CLEAR,THE FRONT LENS IS WELL COATED AND THE VIEWS ARE CRISP AND BRIGHT.I ORDERED A RED DOT FINDER.I HAVE BEEN USING TELESCOPES SINCE 1980 AND THIS ONE IS ONE OF THE NICER MODELS I OWN,THANKS FOR A GOOD PRODUCT.
Pros: WELL MADE GREAT ON PLANETS CLEAR
Cons: FINDER SCOPE NOT ADJUSTABLE...
Would recommend: Yes
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Celestron C130

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, WA Written on February 12, 2009
A very fine powerfull scope for the price.
Pros: Nice light gathering design
Cons: Aligning finder scope was a bit of a chore...
Would recommend: Yes
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Celestron C130 Mak spotting scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on February 8, 2009
This is my first spotting/telescope purchase and my viewing of the moon, planets, wildlife, and landscapes have been delightful. Portability is a plus for backyard astronomy, but a minus for backbacking. Focusing is very touchy and I think a better tripod than the (co-called) heavy-duty alt-azimuth tripod would help this because the slightest touch vibrates the image. The multi-coated 32mm eyepiece included is marginal compared to a fully multi-coated one. I also purchased a 8mm-24mm zoom eyepiece and love it. A lower powered eyepiece would also be desirable. Excellent scope for the money.
Pros: dual use- excellent scope for land, moon, and planets. Portable
Cons: very touchy to focus, especially at high magnifications. eyepiece that comes with it is of marginal quality...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great scope and tripod for $299

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, MO Written on December 18, 2008
I like this scope very much for the price. I seen many bad reviews for the tripod, but it works ok for me. Planets look good with this scope..
Pros: Good price, nice quality, good optics
Cons: none...
Would recommend: Yes
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A Great Scope for the Money

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AL Written on July 24, 2008
Just purchased, so haven't used a lot, but what I see so far is impressive. Sets up quickly, easy to use, clear images. When purchased, I depended heavily on staff and user reviews, so thanks.
Pros: Price, Case, Large Focus Knob, Solid
Cons: Somewhat large, but manageable...
Would recommend: Yes
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WORST QUALITY

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on March 24, 2008
I have tried two set of this spotting scopes. BUT I can not focus them. I am asking for the third one. Do not waste your time and money. Celestron's quality control is worst.
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Can not focus...
Would recommend: No
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Spotting Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on March 10, 2008
Very nice scope , haven't used to view night objects yet , but I'm sure I'll be impressed
Pros: very clear , easy to use
Cons: kind of on the heavy side , get a good tripod and a better finder scope...
Would recommend: Yes
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excellent spotting scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OR Written on March 5, 2008
I am an astronomer and purchased this scope as a gift. The 2000mm focal length is huge and makes it easy to get close-up views of the moon and planets, as well as terrestrial objects. Optical quality is good, except for a couple of clear lenses apparently intended to seal the tube. All they do is blur the image and introduce secondary reflections; remove them and you will be very pleased with the results. 5-inch aperture is plenty for the planets and daytime viewing, about as big as a scope can be and still be portable.
Pros: good overall optical quality, maintains collimation well, smooth focuser motion with zero image shift
Cons: flip mirror assembly a little loose and needed repositioning to avoid vignetting, finder scope is inverting...
Would recommend: Yes
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Celestron C130mm scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, MN Written on March 4, 2008
For the money, this is a very versatile scope. It is a little large for a spotting scope, and the eyepiece that comes with it gives a 63X magnification, which is also a little high for most terrestrial use. Lunar and planetery views are crisp and sharp, although the focus adjustment is a little coarse. Deep space viewing is marginal, but that is not what this was designed for. If it is to be used mostly as a spotting scope, a lower power eyepiece would be needed. All around a great value at $300.00
Pros: Low cost, large objective size
Cons: none...
Would recommend: Yes
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Metropolitan Insurance Group LLC.

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on December 3, 2007
Great Camera for our website http://www.metroins.biz
Pros: Best Camera Ever
Cons: None!...
Would recommend: Yes
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