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Meade 4.5" Telestar Newtonian Reflector Telescope w/ AutoStar GO TO Computer 70121 DS2114AT-TC
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Most Helpful Positive Review Great Value, Great Beginner Telescope
I got this telescope for my daughter and I promised her we'd be able to see the craters on the moon. Unfortunately for me, I did opposite what the ma...
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by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, FL Written on January 4, 2008
Took out of box easy to put together, yet problems where riddled with controller screen and drive motors. It never was able to properly align. Returning for Celestron 5se
Pros: Accessories, Auto tracking
Cons: hard to align...
Would recommend: No
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Great Value, Great Beginner Telescope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CT Written on August 11, 2007
I got this telescope for my daughter and I promised her we'd be able to see the craters on the moon. Unfortunately for me, I did opposite what the manual suggests and I tried to use it for the first time at night...and I knew not much at all about the stars. Needless to say, the first night was not good.
The next day, I aligned the red dot and played with the eyepieces until I figured out how to actually focus the scope. I agree with another reviewer - the 9mm is difficult to use, but the 25mm eyepiece is great.
My second night out, we saw the craters on the moon with the 25mm eyepiece. Focusing and red dot were easy to use since we figured it out during the day.
On the third night, we found Arcturus and Altira and got the GoTo AutoStar working great. We knew it was working when it centered on the brightly lit Jupiter. By the end of the week, we felt like pros and have found many more stars in the sky.
I bought a Zhumel erecting eyepiece ($20) for day use (so things aren't inverted) and bought a Celestron 12.4mm eyepiece ($60). The Celestron is definitely a nicer eyepiece than the ones that come with it, but I see now why people told me it would over-drive the scope. The scope is great, but can't support the more expensive eyepieces as well as a more expensive scope probably could.
Personally, I love this scope and think it's great. My daughter and I are beginners, and this has been a really great project for us. We read astronomy books together and am having a...
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Would recommend: Yes
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What stars?

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on July 28, 2007
Besides getting the wrong scope shipped out and not being able to open her christmas gift, My daughter finally got her scope after christams. Unfortunately, it never worked out of the box. What stars? We have a better view with the naked eye. It is now an eye sore/eye pleaser to visitors in our game room.
Pros: Looks good
Cons: Doesn't work...
Would recommend: No
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Frustrated

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NY Written on July 27, 2007
The telescope was ordered as a Chistmas gift. Although it arrived on time, the battery pak was defective. After several attempts, by February I received a new one. Unfortunately, it powers up(moves/rotates, etc), but there is still a problem (nothing is visible in the sky). Would it be possible to bring it somewhere to have it looked at? I'm hoping it could easily be rectified.
Thanks
Pros: Could be great
Cons: not working...
Would recommend: No
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