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Astroscan® Plus Telescope

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Have enjoyed it for 8 years now Review by DaveMill
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We have the basic Astroscan package, plus two additional eyepieces. It gives us spectacular lunar views, plus Saturn, Jupiter and Venus. When the sky is really dark, use the lowest magnification to scan rich star fields in the Milky Way. Amazing numbers of stars out there!

This was a gift for our seven year old daughter. Now 14, she still loves looking through it. We are unlikely to move up to any other scope, this is a casual hobby for us. Neighbors love it too!

(Posted on 5/30/12)

Great little scope for the price Review by Randy
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I have been involved in astronomy off and on for over 40 years and have own several scopes from 2" refractors to 14" behemoths. You can not beat this scope for ease of set up and use. It is like a "mini-dobsonian" in this respect. On the very first night I use it in earnest (night of 25th; morning of 26th December 2012), I found and looked at four of the five planets visible with the naked eye, and 16 deep space objects (14 of which were Messier). I can not remember in all my years in astronomy of finding (for myself) any where close to this number. Only at the local astronomy club's "Star Parties" looking through various telescopes the the members set up have I viewed any where close to this number of objects.
As great as it is, it does have a few problems. The biggest one this that when using the base, the scope is very top heavy when using the dew cap. The base does not have enough friction to hold the scope in place past about 30 degree from the zenith. I have corrected this problem by bolting 3 rubber washer with outside diameters of 2" to 2 1/2" (inside diameter of the top one is 1/4" the bottom two have slightly larger inside diameters). The thickness of the top washer is 1/16" and the bottom two washers are 1/8". The screw is a 1/4-20 flat head counter sinking machine screw. If you do this be careful to tighten the screw down far enough not to scratch the telescope tube (ball). I semi-permanently attached the base to a Celestron tripod that has slow motion control cables. I use the base to position the scope's altitude and the tripod head to position the azimuth. It works great. By the way the dew cap works great. the Christmas night that I used the scope the tube was covered with a thick frost while the front (corrector) plate did not frost over until about an hour or so before sunrise.
For finding and viewing deep sky objects, this scope is great given the limitations of the small aperture. For viewing the planet not so good (but then again it was designed more for deep sky). If you want a good view of the planets you will need shorter focal length eyepieces and/ or a barlow lens. The review above that complained not having much more magnification than binoculars, obviously did not have much experience with telescopes. This scope is a "richest field" instrument, meaning that it was not designed for higher magnifications, but brighter views of dimmer, but larger deep sky objects. I plan to get another one in the near future for my budding scientist grandson.
It takes less than five minutes from getting out of the garage to seeing my first object. A bit more than five minutes to put it away again.
I hope this review helps the reader to make an informed decision when selecting a telescope.

(Posted on 3/9/12)

go astroscan Review by demi
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I didn't think that I was going to look at the stars as often as I do. Ever since I looked at the moon & stars through the telescope I realized what I was missing out on all those years. I enjoy looking at the moon most of all. Every year we go to block island and I never miss a chance to look at the moon with it.

(Posted on 12/11/11)

New way to point the thing Review by StarDad
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The best way to use a finder on these scopes is by placing a green light laser pen alongside the focuser. This shines a light into the sky that you can easily line up on. No more trying to cram your head in between the finder and the ball on the end. You just point it to the right spot. It works better than any finder. You can "attach" the pen with a rubber band. Simple.

(Posted on 8/5/11)

fZmJWflfnoHbnWmNxg Review by Fannie
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Very true! Makes a chngae to see someone spell it out like that. :)

(Posted on 5/23/11)

bqHELjNiWPEjYBwMjhr Review by Starr
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Kewl you should come up with that. Excellent!

(Posted on 5/23/11)

The best scope for the money on the market! Review by Akabu
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I have had an Astroscan since it first was introduced. It provided a lot of fun for myself and chidren, and now my grandchild. I intend to purchase one for another grandchild for her birthday.

I highly reccomend this telescope for anyone purchasing a "First time" telescope or for someone that occasionally uses it to look at the moon and planets. The Barlow lens is a plus.

(Posted on 5/11/11)

Cool Review by lcruz
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I saw my dad look at this telescope and i thought it was pretty cool! I think this was like a year ago. I like it so you should really buy it!!!
IT IS SO COOL! AHHHHH!

(Posted on 12/13/10)

Great little scope Review by Marty
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This is my favorite scope for public outreach events. It gives good views of the Moon and bright planets (Jupiter and Saturn especially), is tough, and is not SO expensive. It also sets up quickly and has such a wide field of view that it's easy to find things.

(Posted on 11/11/10)

A near perfect scope Review by James
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Excellent design, execution, and optics. I had always wanted a richest-field telescope after cutting my teeth on a 3.5-inch Sky Scope (f/10 Newtonian) years ago. Apparently the dew cap and finder were added after this scope was originally designed, because their combined weight causes the unit to slip in its cradle when viewing objects in the lower half of the sky. To compensate, I just remove the dew cap. I'm very satisfied, If you use a camera tripod, make sure that it is very sturdy. The cradle that comes with the scope attaches to any standard tripod, but the weight of the scope requires that the tripod be substantial.

(Posted on 10/2/10)

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