The journey to stars and planets begins with BARSKA. BARSKA's Starwatcher telescopes are ideal entry-level telescopes for the aspiring amateur astronomer. The refractor and reflector telescope models are easy to set up and include everything necessary to begin the adventure for a lifetime including telescope, finderscope, eyepieces, mount and tripod. Also includes our new Beginner's version of the highly popular Deep sky Astronomy Software. It's packed with many features that novice users as well as experienced users will appreciate and includes a searchable database of over 10,000+ objects including, nebulae, star clusters, double stars, variable stars, and other types. Simply load it on to your PC and begin your journey to the stars and planets! Features an equatorial mount with setting circles and dual slow motion adjustment cables.
|Finder Scope||Red Dot|
|Draw Tube||1.24 in|
|Eye Piece #2||H12|
|Eye Piece #3||H20|
|Product Weight (lbs)||4.4lb|
|Included Accessories||Deep Sky Astronomy Software|
|Warranty||1 Year Limited Warranty|
This was my first telescope that I've ever owned. So, let's begin there. I spent some time researching, and had decided that wanted something decent for my first telescope, but didn't want to have to put a large chunk of money into this, in case it proved more complicated than what I really had time to spare in learning. I saw this at my local Menards, on clearance, for $40. After seeing it was $70 here and even more on Amazon for the lower power 231 model, I figured, "Why not?!"
The instructions were pretty straight forward in putting everything together. So, that was a definite plus. Sighting the scope in was also VERY easy. I really appreciated how quickly I was able to get up and moving on this. I used the moon as my first target. After seeing several warnings about needing to be careful with daylight targets, I just decided to not even bother with the possible damage to my eyes from sun reflections, and just made it a go on an almost half moon last night. It took a little bit of figuring it out (about 30 minutes) of how to properly adjust everything, proper lens power, focusing in, etc., but once I got it, I was looking at the moon in glorious detail! So much so, I was able to use my iPhone 6's camera to take some pretty decent shots and post them to Facebook on my first night using it. And, I did it in my living room, looking out the window (as opposed to being out in the cold).
Considering I live in a city, I'm pretty impressed with what I can view, so far. Obviously, I'll be able to see more once I get above the city lights at a nearby park, or if we can get completely away from the city and view the night sky without the extra "noise" from nearby lighting. I'm looking forward to it!