telescope was advertised as high power performance...nothing could be further from the
It is quite simply a toy.
||Left: A sure
sign of a dealer who knows not what they do.
They have set up this display model telescope with the finder scope mounted back to front!
telescope may be ok for the absolute novice but the weedy looking mount is way under rated
to cope with the load. The scope will be very shaky in a light breeze and when focussing.
Such a small mount is only suitable for smaller
telescopes like a light-weight 114mm reflector of small refractor up to 80mm.
Be very wary of these cameras. The USB model at far left should be avoided at all costs.
The video model at right produces ok pictures but the one we tested had defects on the CCD
window which appeared like a big black crack on the T.V monitor.
||Refractors from hell
Advertised as a 750x power telescope and only used
once out of the box! - Hmmm little wonder, this scope is not practically capable of
anything more than 125x power and with its shocking eyepieces the views are terrible.
Sounds like a
great idea however the lenses in a good ocular are designed to perform best at a specific
magnification. Many cheaper zoom-eyepiece designs do not maintain focus when zooming and
out and have poor optical correction.
Only the top line brands like Vixen®,
Baader, ProStar® and William Optics for example perform very well in the Zoom eyepiece stakes.
Unsupported Cheap Telescopes on the net
Along with the poor scopes shown above, unfortunately there are still so
many innocent consumers who'll go for a low priced 2nd hand scope that they can't
physically inspect from places like E-bay and others. We still hear horror reports of these
telescopes coming with highly illegal sun filters that screw in to the eyepiece. Never
use these!!! They get hot and can crack causing permanent eye damage. Only use
appropriate full-aperture safety solar filters. Some telescopes have been dropped
causing damage to the optics and tube being way out of collimation (see our collimation
guide) and don't have the original manual to help sort out the problems. It's far better to
purchase new where possible unless you know the individual selling the scope is reputable
and will help you after the purchase.
Know doubt about it, everyone loves a bargain and one of the oldest tricks in the
salesman book is the Red Tag
special or claims of super discounts sometimes up to 90% off RRP. In
what is RRP (recommended retail price) in today's economy anyway?
If a company offers 50 or more percent off RRP then a wise shopper
will know it must already be too
expensively priced. We've seen this same telescope
supplier offer up to 75% off RRP, so don't get sucked in to this type of
hype advertising and do your home work by shopping around a little first.
You'll find that most reputable dealers are already very
competitively prices and may even be able to match or beat prices
from red tag charmers.
Another sad yet well
meaning (we think) offender is Australia Post and their ever-growing
range of products that hook buyers in while waiting in the queue to
send a letter. We have met many people who have purchased a cheap
binocular or packaged telescope (telescope in a case...we call them "junkatrons") only to
be greatly disappointed later by the poor optics and greatly
misleading claims of power performance. Plastic lenses, wobbly
mounts are what you get for under $100.00 so don't waste your money!