Gskyer Telescope is a telescope for beginners. It features an AZ mount, and the aperture telescope lens is made of glass. This telescope comes with an aluminum case which will protect the vital components from damage and also keep your handheld device safe from bumps and scrapes when you move it around.
These telescope has been designed for both kids who want to find some new wonders in the starry sky or adults who need a portable, easy-to-use optical instrument for astrophotography without going out of pocket on a new scope.
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Gskyer Telescope 70mm
- 70mm Aperture 400mm AZ Mount Astronomical Refracting Telescope for Kids Beginners
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Gskyer Telescope 80mm
- 80mm AZ Space Astronomical Refractor Telescope
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Gskyer Telescope 90mm
- Telescopes for Adults, 600x90mm AZ Astronomical Refractor Telescope
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Gskyer Telescope EQ130
- Gskyer 130EQ Professional Astronomical Reflector Telescope
I didn’t expect to enjoy this so much but every time I use it I say, “Wow…” It’s been perfect for supermoon season. Not really good for other planetary bodies, but definitely was useful when I was trying to figure out what was happening a few miles away under a plume of smoke. If you like to check out the details of the moon, this is a great purchase.
I bought this knowing nothing about telescopes and not knowing what I could expect to see through this thing.Now I know more, I think this is a decent value, but it comes with A LOT of cons.In telescopes, the aperture size matters much more than magnification. The bigger the aperture, the better the image will be. This is a 70mm aperture (2.75 inches), which is about as small as you can get. It’s typical for an “entry-level” telescope, and a decent value for the money if you want to get into stargazing without dropping 500 bucks or more on a bigger scope.However, if I could do it over again, I would’ve spent more and gone with a better one.First, as with all beginner telescopes, it is actually much harder to use than a more intermediate level one. This is something well-known in the amateur astronomy group I’ve joined, and they never, EVER recommend buying a beginner telescope, ESPECIALLY for kids.Because most kids like looking AT stuff more than looking FOR it. And with this telescope, far more time is spent hunting for objects than actually looking at them.My kid doesn’t have the patience or attention span for that, but I rather enjoy the challenge, so I do it. Which brings me to the next problem.This is made for kids. As such, the stand is very short. Which means that all the time you spend hunting for things, you’ll having to be hunched over, crouched down, or kneeling on the ground.And if you live in a place with a lot of light pollution, you won’t be able to see much more than stars, the Moon, or the brightest planets. Even Mars is difficult to see through this telescope, and you can’t make out any detail whatsoever on the surface.You can make out SOME faint detail on Jupiter, especially if you go away from light pollution on a clear, moonless night. And you can just make out Saturn’s rings.Venus, on the other hand, is very easy to see. Especially now, near the end of April 2020, it is the brightest it’ll be all year, so we’ve been looking at it every night. It’s too bright, even at its dimmest, to make out any detail, but you can see what phase it’s in.Galaxies, most nebulas, and many star clusters are beyond the ability of this telescope, but that being said, I was able to see a planetary nebula called The Ghost of Jupiter last night.For perspective, I’ve had a few weeks of use and practice, and feel comfortable with the telescope, and have a number of apps, charts, and star maps to help me find things, and it STILL took over an hour for me to finally find it, put it close enough to the center of my field of view to use with max magnification, and put it in focus.And even then, it looked like a hazy, bluish star. We couldn’t make out any detail or the distinctive eye-shape that can be seen with even slightly larger scopes.Still, it was cool and the kid loved it. I consider it worth the effort, but my back is killing me today.Don’t get me wrong, for an entry-level telescope, this is good. It’ll serve our needs while we save up for an upgrade. But, like all entry-level telescopes, this is harder to use and not powerful enough to see much.All the time required to hunt for things, for what many may consider a disappointing result, could potentially end up killing a kid’s enthusiasm.If you absolutely MUST get an entry-level telescope, this is a good choice. But if at all possible, save up and get a larger aperture.
Josh Morvant –
I got this for my girlfriend for her birthday. She is really into astronomy and constellations, stars, etc. I wanted a ‘starter’ telescope, but most of the models seemed like they were for little kids. This one, however, completely matched all of my expectations. It has different lenses, an easy tripod mount, and a digital display!! Great for starry nights.
I purchased for the lunar eclipse and was not Disappointed. It was easy to carry on to the mountain. Easy to set up and take down. Put in the camera attachment on was a bit tough but finally got these pictures. It’s definitely harder to see stars with this cause it’s not as powerful and it doesn’t have the timer to follow the Earth’s movement, but just for checking out The moon and planets it works really good
We bought this for our 7 year old son, he is all about the solar system rughtnow. It was easy to set up and put away! My son loved it!
merideth cooney –
Great beginner telescope for my family. Love the portability and would recommend it!
I bought this for my 11 year old son for his birthday last year and he absolutely loves it! I read the reviews that it would be a great beginner telescope but it’s turned out to be great for the whole family! It brings us together in the evenings to look out at the sky. It was extremely easy to assemble and easy to move around outside as well.
Amazon Customer –
Used for looking at the stars. Excellent
Enjoyed working working with it,It came so fast,Easy to work specially by using the guide bookHighly recommended
William B –
It is a great first time telescope for kids. It comes with a case, it is easy to assemble and can see clearly.