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Celestron 80eq refractor

by augie, from United States, OH Written on August 27, 2014
The equatorial mount is not worth it. You cant torque the adjustments down tight enough or easily. As for the optics, they are very good for the price. However the stand and Eq mount are very poorly designed and built. Larger adjustment screws would make all the difference. The stands weakness could be adapted to. To bad the scope is not available by itself. It would be a great value at that price point....
Pros:
  • None
Cons:
  • Eq mount and weak stand
Would recommend: No
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Celestron 80 First Use

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, VA Written on July 7, 2014
After sitting in the living room for two or more months, out it goes for a moon hunt. This is my first telescope and first time outside. Moon is about 75% full and it 83-deg out. No wind and clear. Had to put the legs out full and placed the 32mm objective in. Lined up the moon at 37-deg latitude with the spotter and finally got the Moon. Amazing and very bright and very detailed with 32mm Obj. Wanted to get a picture with the iPhone but "not". Will have to use the Canon connectors. I am concerned about the ability of the locking levers to hold the weight of the pieces still and in place as I set them. But I will make it work. I like the scope. Will be using a moon filter to cut the light and lower objectives from my Celestron kit of filters and objectives.
Pros: Moon watching - good lens
Cons: Locking the scope to a latitude...
Would recommend: Yes
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Watch the Planets!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on June 5, 2014
This is a great telescope and it's easy to use! Want to see the stripes on Jupiter, the rings of Saturn? You can with this inexpensive scope! I've observed the changing planets and even their moons. Watch our Moon in exquisite detail. The 3x Barlow with 20mm eyepiece is a bit more magnification than the 4mm but the Barlow with 4mm will only get you blurry objects. I'm on the quest for a set of good eyepieces in the range between 4mm and 20mm to use with the barlow. I've yet to use the motor drive because I'm constantly changing what I'm looking at. As it stands, it's a great price for a well made telescope! GOOD LUCK and HAPPY VIEWING!
Pros: Easy to use
Cons: Came in about 20 pieces...
Would recommend: Yes
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Excellent choice for any astronomer

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on January 5, 2014
This is an excellent little scope. I own several larger reflector and catadioptric scopes, but they're a pain to take outside sometimes, especially in the cold. This one is dead simple to use, and although the mount is pretty shaky the price and low weight make up for the drawbacks. I bought this to share with my 7 year old daughter, and she loves it. Beginners care most about things they've seen without a scope or binoculars, and she's no different - Jupiter is awesome, the moon is great, and several deep sky objects (NGC 865, for example) are plain as anything. Not a lot of false color, which is the benefit of having a high F-ratio in a refractor scope. The finder isn't much use, but it will work for the big stuff. For a budding astronomer a good pair of 10x70 binoculars is always best, but this is the next best thing, and a good first step into scopes. The 9V drive is a good thing to have for later, but you won't want to use it at first. For this price this is the best telescope value I've seen. This thing weighs about 20 pounds, and it will take up some space once assembled (please remember to cover it from dust when you're not using it). But this is perfect for taking it outside on a winter's night and looking at the sights.
Pros: simple, big diameter, great price, sturdy scope
Cons: cheap mount, tripod, finder...
Would recommend: Yes
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Good Beginner Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on November 2, 2013
Refractor are always good choice for beginner. Simple to use, great optics, the celestron 80mm powerseeker is an average medium sized telescope. 80mm optic is not much. but it will still allow you to see better than what galileo can see 350 years back. In fact you can see surface of jupiter's detail, mar's surface detail and also saturn's ring and it track well with the motor drive, if you set it up correctly. If you are on bugdet, this is always a 1st recommendation!...
Would recommend: Yes
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Refractor Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on June 29, 2013
My grandson absolutely loves his new telescope.
Pros: Excellent value!...
Would recommend: Yes
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Good scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AZ Written on June 10, 2013
Mount difficult to set up. Not the sturdiest tripod. Very good optics
Pros: Good optics
Cons: EQ mount not the best...
Would recommend: Yes
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Good First Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, MS Written on March 24, 2013
Vast improvement over my previous 70AZ telescope. Bands on Jupiter and Galilean moons are distinct, waiting on Saturn to get high enough to try out on the rings. Little disappointed in the eyepiece selection, 20 and 4 mm EPs have limited magnification options with 3x Barlow lense, would be nice to have a midpoint EP. ...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great First Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, AR Written on March 23, 2013
This is my first telescope as I have recently located to an area where the sky is clear enough to make one practical. I have had an interest in astrology for several years and now as a retiree I have the opportunity to pursue this hobby. The Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ seemed a good value to me and I am not disappointed. The set up was not difficult even though I had no previous experience. I am just now learning the operation but so far am very satisfied. I would recommend it for the beginner.
Pros: Value, quality, ease of set up.
Cons: Somewhat large....
Would recommend: Yes
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RT from Medway, MA

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on February 16, 2013
Purchased for 7 year old grandson. Telescope is not complex to use but a 7 year old will need supervision. This is a fine instrument for a beginner and intermediate user.
Pros: clear instructions, easy to use, portable
Cons: finder scope and barlow lens could be better...
Would recommend: Yes
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