Hello parents and grandparents! Welcome to my Gskyer 80mm Aperture Refractor Telescope review, one of my easy to assemble and use portable telescope that I feature on my list of the top rated telescopes.
If you have never visited my site, then you should know that I have a son; and for all of you parents and grandparents out there who are continuously challenged as I am, we do what we can to accommodate for our sons and grandsons development and enjoyment. You should also know that I never review a product that I would not purchase myself on behalf of my son. I have read the reviews from customers who have used this product so that I may better help you to make the right decision.
Let’s take a closer look at what we have…
Some of the features:
- In addition to getting some really nice views of our moon, your son or grandson will be able to take photographs of it as well because this telescope comes equipped with a remote control that pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth; which can be used to take either video or group photographs at up to 30 feet away, or even selfies if you so desire.
- The adjustable tripod’s flexibility allows the user to set a variety of viewing positions for convenience and comfort.
The Good: Nice beginner telescope
The Bad: Missing items
My overall take:
This portable telescope is a nice instrument for beginners to use and familiarize themselves with as they explore the universe. The fact they will also be able to grab it and go makes it even better because they can take it with them and quickly set it up.
Let’s see what else comes in the box:
- Telescope Optical Tube
- Stainless steel adjustable Tripod
- Eyepiece (25mm: 16X, 10mm: 40X, 5mm: 80X)
- 6 x 30 Finderscope
- Zenith Mirrors: : 48°Erecting BAK4 prism
- Barlow lens 3X
- Smartphone Adapter
- Bluetooth Camera Remote
Dimensions on tripod (L x W x H): 34.7 x 34.7 x 56.7 inches
Aperture: 80mm (3.15”)
Focal Length: 400mm (15.75”)
Mount: AZ Altazimuth Mount
- This instrument also provides optimal magnification through its design that uses a 400mm focal length combined with an 80mm aperture to collect more light; and has three interchangeable eyepieces (16X, 40X, 80X) that combine with a 3X Barlow lens to increase your viewing power. Finally, the 6 x 30 finderscope allows you to find objects much easier with its mounting bracket, erect-image diagonal.
- This potable telescopes relatively small size makes it ideal to just pick up and go; and easily set up upon arrival.
What your son or grandson can expect to see:
Your son or grandson will be able to get nice images of our moon, constellations, closer planets, some open clusters such as the Pleiades, and the Orion nebula.
If your son or grandson is just getting started, this telescope is a very good instrument for beginners as it is easy to assemble and easy to use. Also, its relatively small size and lightweight makes it very mobile giving them the ability to take it anywhere. Many customers seem to agree that this telescopes performance, price and quality make it an ideal choice.
After receiving their telescopes, some customer’s packages were missing some items such as the instruction manual, smart phone adapter, and Bluetooth remote. One customer also reported that they had received the telescope with damaged legs on the tripod. Another customer stated that the telescope did not hold up after routinely using it for a month whereby some of the connection points became stripped which created some slippage where stability was needed; and that one of the pieces had cracked.
Things to know / Tips:
- Once paired, the iPhone works via Bluetooth with the camera shutter controller and requires no app. However an app is available for Android phones.
- The tripod cannot be raised which provides better stability but because this setup is lightweight you may want to weigh it down a bit if you have smaller children around to avoid any mishaps or damage to the instrument.
- The finderscope works nicely once adjusted, but you may want to help your younger or inexperienced son or grandson adjust it properly before use.
- Chromatic aberration can be expected when using an achromatic refractor telescope
- To reduce the effect of surrounding lights you might consider spray painting the inside of the dew shield.
- If you are intending on checking out the heavens for the first time and are unfamiliar with using a telescope - do not expect to see them through a home telescope as they are seen on TV or through Hubble images; seeing the heavens directly from a personal telescope is a “live” viewing experience which if quite different from seeing the images in a publication. There is definitely something about a live viewing that makes it an exciting experience.
- Because this is a reflecting scope, keep in mind that everything you see is actually upside down.
- Subscribing to Sky & Telescope or even Astronomy Magazine will keep you informed with things regarding news, night sky events, astronomy equipment, and various eyepiece topics.
- WARNING - Never point this instrument directly into the sun or even close to it!
- Easy to assemble, and use
- Good for beginners
- Missing items
- Tripod arrived damaged
- Stripped connections
My Overall Take:
When looking at both the good and the bad; the vast majority of customers were impressed with the performance, price and the overall quality of this portable telescope, therefore I must reiterate that this instrument would be ideal for beginners to use anywhere as they explore our universe. To be able to connect your smartphone and take some really nice photos or video is an added plus!
To do your own research – go to Amazon and view all the reviews for yourself and see what customers are saying about this product.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my Gskyer 80mm Aperture Refractor Telescope review, and I look forward to helping you out again and again in the future.