Removable White-Light Solar Filter
76mm Newtonian Reflector OTA
700mm Focal Length, f/9.2 Focal Ratio
Manual Alt-Az Mount with Control Rod
1.25″ Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
9mm and 26mm Eyepieces
Nighttime and Solar Finderscopes
Adjustable-Height Aluminum Tripod
There are 3 types of telescopes: reflecting telescopes, refracting telescopes, and cassegrains. What’s the difference?
Refracting telescopes are the probably the most common telescope around. They use lenses instead of mirrors and the eyepiece is located at the bottom of the telescope. It should be noted that images from refractors are mirror images and can be corrected using an erecting prism, but doesn’t have a large effect on your viewing experience. Refractors are easy to use due to the simplicity of design.
Reflecting telescopes use a mirror, instead of a lens, and the eyepiece is located at the top side of the main tube. Reflectors usually have larger apertures which mean excellent viewing of faint deep sky objects, but generally, they are not suited for terrestrial use.
Catadioptric telescopes or Cassegrain Telescopes, use a combination of mirrors and lenses. These telescopes usually have a nice modern design and have 3″ and larger apertures. Two of the popular cassegrain designs are the Schmidt-Cassegrain and Maksutov-Cassegrain. These are some of the most versatile type of telescope with excellent lunar, planetary and deep space observing plus terrestrial viewing and photography, but tend to be more expensive than reflectors of equal aperture.
One of the more important features of a telescope is the Aperture. Aperture refers to the diameter of the telescope’s main optical component. The size of your telescope’s aperture determines how much light it can capture. The more light that is captured the more objects you can see in the night sky. More light also means greater clarity in the images you see. When selecting the aperture of your telescope, be sure to ask yourself where you want to use your telescope. If you are thinking about your backyard then having a large telescope will be great. If you have plans to take the telescope to darker skies, you will need something smaller and more portable, but still powerful.
If you love astronomy and love looking up at the moon and stars like I do and always wanted a telescope, but thought they were very expensive and thought you couldn’t afford one. Here is an awesome telescope for a reasonable price (109.95) is what I paid. The Meade Instruments sight is more expensive, but I will still give a link for that site so everyone can check out the other telescopes on there. You can look at the sun in the daytime and the moon, planets and stars at night with this telescope. It’s very easy to use and setup. All Moon shots were taken on my Samsung Note 8.
The reasons why I bought this was for viewing the Solar Eclipse this year and it allowed me as a photographer to get night shots of the one thing I really love photographing and find intriguing is the moon. I have never seen the moon or stars through a telescope and when I first looked at it I was blown away with what I was seeing, the details of the moon were amazing!
If I rated this telescope from 1-10 I would give it a 10. Make sure and do some research before buying one and what you want to use it for, because if I would of done a bit more research I would of got a different one. Still happy with this one, but there are a lot of different ones out there. I am no expert when it comes to these and new to it all, but wanted to give a review on it, so everyone that loves astronomy can see that there are ones out there that are affordable for beginner astronomers. It’s also great for families with kids, to teach and show our younger generation the beautiful night sky.