Celestron 22150 Omni XLT AZ 102mm Refractor (Blue)
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Celestron 22150 Omni XLT AZ 102mm Refractor (Blue)
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    3.8 out of 5 stars
     Review 1:

    This is a very good lightweight four inch refractor plus tripod & mount combination. I was looking to get as much quality aperture as I could under 20 pounds for the combination, with 15 as the goal, and this one came in under 14.... Read More

    This is a very good lightweight four inch refractor plus tripod & mount combination. I was looking to get as much quality aperture as I could under 20 pounds for the combination, with 15 as the goal, and this one came in under 14. With the woods around my neighborhood it is important to be able to move easily into a clear position, or else the telescope would not get used much, plus I did not want to worry about temperature stabilization and collimation such as a reflecting telescope can need -I just want to get up and go, it should be easy to use, and get good quality images. A 4 inch refractor with an alt-azimuth mount such as this one does the trick well. Frankly there were few choices in the four inch or more range that fit my criteria, so I was very l pleased to get a good quality 'scope at a good price from Amazon. The manual tracking on the mount is reasonably smooth and the easy to us as well. It did not get five stars because the spotting scope, while fairly accurate, is only useful with bright objects due to the lack of a lens. This 'scope is big enough to look for dim objects, which can be hard to find without navigating help through dim star fields. Celestron should offer a lensed spotting scope instead on this unit. I purchased an Orion 6x30 right angle finder from Amazon which was a direct fit to the mount on the body of this 'scope, problem solved! Also be aware that this scope only came with one low power eyepiece (in my case) as was clearly advertised, and while this is also a very useful lens which I very much like, if you are new to astronomy be aware that more need to be purchased for the higher magnifications that this is capable of. But overall I am very pleased with this purchase. Read Less

     Review 2:

    I purchased this as my first telescope. I wanted something low hassle and portable and it definitely fits that description. Personally I find it only slightly more difficult than using binoculars. Also like binoculars, it has a la... Read More

    I purchased this as my first telescope. I wanted something low hassle and portable and it definitely fits that description. Personally I find it only slightly more difficult than using binoculars. Also like binoculars, it has a large FOV. In fact I only know of 2-3 objects it cannot fit in its huge FOV. If you use an expensive 2" EP it could probably fit those too. Unlike binoculars it is capable of using high powers for things like planets and double stars.However without tracking, it is a bit of a pain to use at high power. The slow motion controls make it bearable. The short focal length is also a minus for high power. I have gotten good views of planets and the Moon with this telescope, but it has left me wanting more. Galaxies don't show much detail due to the small aperture, they are just faint gray patches. This telescope does well with open clusters, nebulae, double stars, and the Milky Way.It's hard to beat this package for price and ease of use. But if you want high powers, high detail, and high price, look elsewhere. Read Less