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Most Helpful Positive Review Overall, Very Fine Telescope for the Money
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Konusmotor 130

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on July 10, 2013
For the price this is a quality instrument and it just looks sharp. I looked at dozens of scopes with this aperture size and none met my needs like this one. This is my second telescope (my first a Meade 70 go-to refractor)so I was not ready to go big cash-wise, so price was a major factor, picked this one up for just under $200.00 U.S.(on sale & coupon code)so I'm very pleased with that.
Now as for the mount it is good quality, has a nice weight to it,(with out counter weight)all fittings are tight, except at the point where it mounts to tripod, its just a tiny bit loose, it has bolt on the under side I may try to tighten, this in no way effects observing, I maybe nit-picking.
The tripod though sturdy dose not fold-up with accsy. tray attached and would have preferred quick release tabs than thumb screws on the legs.
The instructions were a little vague, but the pictures and a good mechanical inclination, setup was easy.
The optics are clear and sharp due likely to the 1000mm focal length and the plossl eyepieces.
The R.A. tracking motor, electric focuser and red dot finder plus the soft cases and moon filter, make this a definite best bang for the buck.

Pros: quality,features,& price
Cons: instructions,mount,tripod...
Would recommend: Yes
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Superb Tracking Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on July 8, 2013
This telescope has got to be one of the best buys under 200. It is very easy to set up but the real bonus is the extensive kit list! A tracking equatorial mount and an electric focuser for this sort of cash is unheard of. The eyepieces are also plossls rather than the usual Kellner or (worse still) Huygens ones. It also comes with a set of useful carry cases. Optical quality of the 130mm mirror is very good at this price point.
Pros: Electric Focuser, Solid Tracking from Motor Drive
Cons: Not much wrong at this kind of money. Instructions could be better....
Would recommend: Yes
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Overall, Very Fine Telescope for the Money

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on October 7, 2011
Seriously, for the Price Range, this is a great telescope for amateur astronomers.

The size of the aperture is the key to this telescope, as the larger diameter allows for more light-gathering power for better optical quality, and the 1000mm focal length allows for more magnification than you will find in many telescope with this price range. The compact size of the tube also allows for relative ease of transport, and the overall unit is about less than 40 lbs to carry. I have a lot of fun taking this out to the park at night with the kids, to observe the moon and other celestial objects in the sky.
Pros: Optical Quality, Magnification, Ease of Transport...
Would recommend: Yes
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konusmotor-130 telescope 1786

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on July 12, 2011
i looked at a lot of scopes before i made this selection. the 1786 offered the largest aperture and focal length for the money.an all around very good telescope!
Pros: very good scope for the money
Cons: should make a solar filter to fit this scope...
Would recommend: Yes
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Not great, not bad

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on October 29, 2010
I was recommended the konusmotor 130 by the retail staff at my local telescope store. I did not realize at the time he was just interested in making a sale and actually was not informed on this telescope.

I find the lense holder to be very loose making colimating next to impossible. Not only that but the primary mirror does not have a center marker.

This scope is also not a true 1000 focal length. It uses a lens place in front of the secondary mirror to work like a barlow lens. This too makes laser colimating very difficult.

The eq2 mount is decent, but mine came broken in its box.

The stand is cheap but it works fine.

The RA motor is standard and does its job fine, and the electric focus works well.

With a 6mm lense I can see jupiter and saturn good and close, but with the colimation issues the images are hardly ever in good focus.

The 10mm and 17mm included lens's are great for viewing the moon, you can hardly notice the focus issue.

If you want a decent telescope I would not recommend this one, but if you would like a telescope for astralphotography of the moon I would say this is good for beginners.
Pros: cheap
Cons: cheap...
Would recommend: No
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Not much money, so.........

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on December 30, 2009
I still have questions about assembly and usage, not good for a novice. e.g.I don't know how to use the tracking motor. Decent overall quality except one axis is loose and will not tighten. The optic quality is what is expected for the money, I guess.

This unit is not for a serious amateur.

I should have spent more money.
Pros: Inexpensive
Cons: Inadequate printed info....
Would recommend: Yes
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