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Konus Konusmotor Electronic 500 Newton 114mm (4.5") Telescope 1781
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Good for someone who is just learning--but know what you're buying

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on April 4, 2011
I have owned an older model of this telescope for over 5 years (since winter 2005). It has been a good beginner scope given the price and quality; however with that said, there are a few points to consider before purchasing this telescope. First, the tripod is acceptable, but the equatorial mount leaves a great deal of room for improvement. The OTA (optical tube assembly) is not properly balanced with the included counterweight. This makes the system top-heavy and wears on the gear system. In particular, I find the RA axis loose, which means the OTA feels less stable and requires rather hard tightening (and additional wear) of the clutch screws. Second, the motor is a variable drive, meaning that a knob must be adjusted manually each time the motor drive is used. This is not an accurate way to track. With patience, the user can adapt, but it will take time if youre not used to making these types of adjustments. Regarding the scope, for a 4.5 Newtonian, I find its very adequate. Images are clear and contrast is fair. Deep sky is almost impossible to see for any 4.5, so thats no fault of the scope. The OTA is exceptional, IMHO, given the price. It just needs a better mount. If you want to get into astronomy and learn about equatorial mounts, this is a great place to start without allot of money. If youre a beginner, be sure to look at all your options--learn all you can before investing anything into a scope.
Pros: Good optics for 4.5" reflector; lightweight and ...
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Works great where it counts

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, KS Written on April 16, 2010
It really works great for what it is and what it costs. Some of the features, such as the motor drive, aren't really perfect, but they work, and so it's still a positive over similar options in the price range. with a little DIY work, most of the minor issues are fixable. and: the core scope is really good. for what I paid, I'd be happy just getting the scope itself, so all the extras are just that, free extras.

The main annoyance for me was that the tripod was not really designed to be portable. from the factory it was a major chore to fold it up to put in the trunk because the leg bracing was attached by lots of tiny wing nuts. I fixed this by replacing the bracing with some cable and wood blocks.
Pros: optically great, many features, affordable
Cons: makes me want a more expensive setup ...
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