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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
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There are better products out there

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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awesome

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on December 6, 2007
i used this telescope to learn about the different constellations. Thanks to the computer and the red dot its been very easy to find every constellation i ever wondered about. great product, meade does it again. ...
Would recommend: Yes
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great computer telescope-- easy to use!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, ND Written on November 9, 2007
I had only worked with manual scopes before, and this telescope purchase was a big step up. I love it! The red dot and focusing were so much more easier and useful. I was a little nervous about being able to work teh technology since I am not very computer savvy, but it was a breeze. Great job!
Pros: price was great, can do so much more than on manual
Cons: 9 mm was little harder to use, but got the hang of it...
Would recommend: Yes
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can't beat it

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, ID Written on August 22, 2007
I am so happy to have bought this scope. I'm a beginner and the AutoStar star finder is really great. It takes some practice to use but I'm having great success in only 2 nights using it. Make sure it's very level and pointing to true North or you'll have trouble finding what you want.
Pros: AutoStar, easy to point, good overall quality
Cons: a little hard to level and point North but not too bad...
Would recommend: Yes
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great scope for the money

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on August 17, 2007
I can finally name more then one constellation (the infamous Ursa Major). The fact that this was a computerized telescope definetely played a part in the buying process. Overall i'm very glad for the quality and features that this Meade telescope provides for only $155...
Would recommend: Yes
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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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Meade 4.5" Telestar Newtonian Reflector Telescope w/ AutoStar GO TO Computer

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on August 1, 2007
This tellescope is computer controled which made my life so much easier. It's an excellent idea and an excellent tellescope and I would recommend it to baisicly anyone. Kids, maybe not yet, unless they are fully ready for the responsibilty. Otherwise, pretty good product. And the price is really good as well! Very good deal....
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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For the money you can't beat it

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on July 26, 2007
For the money this telescope is hard to beat. Once you have aligned the telescope "Goto" a star or planet that you are familiar with. Once there hold down the enter key, then press the enter key again to sink up the telescope. This will help the computer know where in the sky it is and will make the Autostar more accurate. As far as I can tell the owners manual did not mention this option but it will help the navigation. Also, like most, the barow eyepiece doesn't work well. The 9mm eyepiece can also be difficult to get into focus. But for $149.00 this is a nice telescope for the backyarder.
Pros: Good visibility, easy to use. And you can see things that are very hard to see with a conventional telescope
Cons: Goto system is not perfect, but generally you can find the desired object with a little panning....
Would recommend: Yes
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