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Gskyer Telescope, AZ80400 Space Astronomical Telescope, German Technoloy Refractor Telescope - Amazon Vine:Gamesbonusstar

Gskyer
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Gskyer Published in October 24, 2018, 1:24 am
 Gskyer Telescope, AZ80400 Space Astronomical Telescope, German Technoloy Refractor Telescope - Amazon Vine:Gamesbonusstar

Gskyer Telescope, AZ80400 Space Astronomical Telescope, German Technoloy Refractor Telescope - Amazon Vine:Gamesbonusstar

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barbara kelt
2#
barbara kelt Reply to on 3 November 2017
It was bought as a birthday present for my son and he loves it we live in the Lake district and he goes into the mountains to have better views. Thanks Amazon
Sue Bentley
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Sue Bentley Reply to on 23 August 2018
This telescope comes in a sturdy box in a few pieces and is easy to assemble. The instruction sheet was in Chinese, but has English on the reverse and all the assembly stages are illustrated with a photo. As we have never owned a telescope it was daunting but in fact it went together easily.

The telescope is a good size and made of reassuringly sturdy metal with a good tripod that doesn't wobble. It has three lenses (25mm) , medium (10mm) and high (5mm) with a "barlow lens" which is a lens you put on first that multiplies everything by three, then you add the actual lens into that. It sounds complicated but it all slots in fine.

You really do need a simple guide to looking at astral things to enjoy this telescope, we had no idea what we were looking at. Mars was a red blob but I (perhaps childishly) found it exciting that I could see it was a solid, round object and not a red twinkle! We live in a town flooded with light pollution including a very large chemical plant and with two massive motorways nearby so we are never going to see much sky. The scope is not really suitable to pack up and take into Wales to enjoy their clear skies, we need to buy a case for it. However I am giving it five stars as it is a solid, well made scope for such a comparatively small amount of money. It would be well worth the manufacturers charging an extra £30 and supplying a carry case and a star gazing book with it.
Dr. Paul Ell
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Dr. Paul Ell Reply to on 22 August 2018
This is a Chinese-made refractor telescope with an 80mm aperture and a 400mm focal length. As a refractor it is relatively compact and light weight. It comes packed in a robust box with basic assembly instructions with associated photos. You get three lenses with the product – a 25mm, 10mm and 5mm – and a Barlow lens which will increase the magnification by three times. The unit comes with a reasonably robust tripod and a simple Altazimuth mount which allows the telescope to be positioned fairly straightforwardly. There’s also a spotter scope to aid in pointing the telescope at areas of the sky of interest. The tube comes with a year’s guarantee.

This is not a high-quality telescope. The list price is largely fictional and should be subject to at least a 30 per cent discount. Nor, despite the ‘German Technology’ label in the product title, does it have any connection with Germany apart from the generic development of telescopes by astronomers in that country! Further, the instructions will show you how to assemble the telescope. They do not show you how to use it. If you’re new to astronomy you’ll need to get hold of a book both describing how to use the scope and what to point it at. For example, to find pretty much anything in the sky you’ll need to set the spotting scope up so that it assists you in pointing the scope to the correct bit of sky – without this you’ll struggle to find anything much beyond a full moon. In daylight you should chose a relatively distant object – a TV aerial perhaps on a house 500 metres away. View the aerial through the telescope using the 25mm lens only and then adjust the spotter scope so that you can also see the aerial through that. Both the telescope and the spotter scope should have the aerial, or part of it, in the centre of the field of view. You can use lenses of a higher magnification to fine tune the spotter scope and telescope field of view. When trying to view an object – let’s say Mars, Saturn or Jupiter which, at time of writing, are all is a similar sector of the sky fairly close to the moon – you should use the spotter scope to view Mars, for example, and then switch to the telescope where, hopefully, the planet will be in the centre of the telescope view.

This sort of telescope is limited by the aperture size, and the associated light it collects, to modest levels of magnification. I don’t find the 5mm lens of much use therefore whilst the 25mm and 10mm are better, and the former works well with the Barlow lens. For moon observation, or planets, it’s not bad. As I’ve noted now is a good time to be looking at planets and Mars appears as an orange disc with a hint of some features. Saturn is pretty fuzzy and if you’re very lucky, have a dark sky and good eyesight, you might just be able to see some of Jupiter’s moons. For deep space objects the unit is pretty useless.

Overall this telescope is probably worth thinking of buying although I’d be tempted to go with one of the more established telescope manufacturers – Celestron for example. The advantage of paying a little more for one of their telescopes is that it can be added to in many instances – so seeing objects in the sky can be found by computer automatically. Gskyer‘s website appears not to function, and I have seen reports that the manufacturer is no longer trading. If this is the case you’ll get no support in using this telescope, although you may get it very cheaply. If so it’s OK as an introductory telescope for viewing planets. Three stars.
Squeebles
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Squeebles Reply to on 18 August 2018
Firstly, apologies for the weather, it always seems to turn cloudy or wet when I even so much as look at a telescope.

Gskyer is a German company that sells a range of inexpensive refractor and reflector telescopes (and binoculars), all at low prices and ideal for someone with a new interest in astronomy.

This came delivered in a large, sturdy cardboard box, with the brand details on the side. As I wasn't home, the courier had helpfully left the parcel by my garage and it got soaked. Luckily the box is made of such thick cardboard that none of the inside was wet or even damp when I opened it up.

Inside the main box are five smaller boxes containing the refractor telescope itself, the tripod (and , a box of eye pieces and the tripod arm. The final box was empty and was just there to stop everything moving around. There's also a resealable plastic bag containing simple illustrations of how to assemble the scope and a lens cloth. There's text in English on one side of the instructions and Chinese on the other.

While every thing fits together nicely, it's obvious that there's some rough edges on metal parts and the paint doesn't cover everything neatly and there's few chips and scratches here and there, but this is merely cosmetic. On the alt-azimuth mount (a simple two-axis mount) there are no slow-motion knobs for getting precisely zeroed in on a star, cluster or planet, or to keep tracking motion smooth if you want to take long exposure photograph of an object. It's more just point the spotting scope and line it up as best you can. For most of the time, that's enough.

As for other bits in the box, you get a 25mm, 10mm and 5mm eyepieces as well as a 3x Barlow (that goes between the scope and the eyepiece and it triples the magnification of any eyepiece). Note, this scope will use any 1.25" eyepiece you could want to buy. Thay was you can upgrade the supplied eyepieces or even pick ones for specific tasks, ie for planet hunting or deep sky / nebulae. It would be interesting to see if better eyepieces improve the quality of skywatching.

So everything's assembled in about 10 minutes and it's obvious this is light enough to move easily about without putting your back out. Also, it doesn't need a counterweight to keep the main scope balanced so that's a help. Gskyer say this can also be used for daytime viewing, like for birdwatching and wildlife (but never the neighbours). The fact the telescope slides onto the tripod and then is locked in place, makes it a simple job to get up and running quickly, that's a good thing. The tripod triangular tray locks neatly into place and provides more stability but you'll probably need to unclip it to fold the tripod up to get it through a door. It does look pretty cool all assembled. They tray's good for keeping your eyepieces safely in one place while you're out in the dark.

The tripod is rather on the short side and the 48° BAK7 prism zenith mirror could do with being more like 90° as if the scope is pointed any where near vertically you need to bend over (or get a chair) to see through the eyepiece and using the 5mm or 10mm eyepiece is difficult.

Again, pretty much total sky cover this evening, even the moon was too hazy to look at. I will update this review with more information, but at the moment I'm hard pressed to consider another telescope that gives this much for your money.

Only thing to add to this telescope is this book:

Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope - and How to Find Them

though you'll probably find that Sky Map app for Android or Star Walk 2 - Night Sky Map for iOS to be more useful out in the field on a starry night.

UPDATE:

First night with some breaks in the clouds. The spottting scope was the hardest to get aligned with the main telescope, took me about 15 minutes of moving and affixing to get the cross hairs aligned with the centre of the main lens..

Was able to find and focus on the half moon easily enough, though the moon was so bright it was difficult to see much detail apart from at the terminator (the "dividing line" between the lit and dark parts of the moon) I've borrowed a Vixen eyepiece filter set containing six coloured filter. There's a black filter that should cut down on the light from the moon and make contrast better. I was impressed the filters fitted to the Gskyer eyepieces (screwed onto the rear thread). Mars was also visible low in the sky (towards the south), but at best couldn't see much more than a reddish blob. More soon.

Update 2:
Partially cloudy night again. The focussing mechanism is stepped, so I found critical focussing difficult, as was using the 10mm & 5mm eyepieces (the 10mm eyepiece rattled and needed tightening up).

Update 3:
Clear skies! What a difference that makes. Found Jupiter, wasn't able to resolve enough to see the Great Spot, but did see three moons shining (two upper right and one bottom left). Swivelling around to Saturn, you could *just about* make out the rings, again the limitations of the stepped focuser made it difficult to acquire perfect focus. The moon, moving towards full, was gloriously bright, so the Vixen filters helped cut the brightness down so you could marvel at the craters (Copernicus and Tycho were easy to recognise).

Update 4:
Anoither clear night, though low horizon cloud hid Jupiter. Borrowed an old Canon EOS 30D and a telescope adaptor and shot the moon. It's a 12 year old DSLR, so no live view and resolution isn't that great, but I like the photo. Saturn was just sadly a small pixelly blob.
DAN
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DAN Reply to on 5 January 2018
No assesmbly instructions but it's easy enough to figure out. It seems ok so far but I've not had much luck with lens supplied to get a sharp image. I'll keep trying as others say it's good. Seems well made.
S Bruce
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S Bruce Reply to on 26 August 2018
For somebody who’d always fancied a bit of stargazing but didn’t want to shell out excessive hundreds on something premium (as I wasn’t sure if I’d be any good at it!), this seemed ideal. Relatively inexpensive for what it is, it’s an “entry level” telescope to try out some easy first steps of sky-watching. If it becomes a life-long passion then you’ll definitely end up investing in something better before long.

But being on the cheap side, it comes with some frustrations. For me the biggest of these was the positioning of the tripod. The margins between looking at your intended star and blank sky are very fine and no matter how firmly you try to set things, it has a tendency to wander. There’s no micro-adjustment for finessed movement, and I really wish there was.

For junior users- I was hoping to introduce my kids to stars with this- it can be a bit tricky too. Both the eyepiece and the finderscope have very narrow viewable areas and it’s instinctive for kids to grab the eyepiece as they look at it, but this can move the sight completely.

The visual quality is decent rather than superb. I’m not qualified to make pro comparisons- other reviewers will do that better- but while it was nice to see the detail of the moon’s craters in a manner that resembled the famous photographs rather than just the regular white blob, it doesn’t blow you away. I’ll keep trying to find that ‘wow’ moment but you’re not going to get anything revolutionary out of this.

Although it arrives packaged well, with plenty of stages of recyclable cardboard to protect all the pieces, there’s a slight shortage of attention-to-detail. Here are some examples, that may come across as a very whingey list:
The zenith mirror part I got was covered in an odd gluey residue that I had to clean before I could fit it.
The finderscope’s third screw wouldn’t go all the way in, meaning that in order to align the finderscope in the right direction I had to improve a tiny bit of padding to compensate for the lateral pressure of the screw on the other side.
The three eyepieces come in individual plastic pots, but there’s no indication the outside which pot is which so you have to open each one to find the 25mm.
The cardboard section that held the lenses had a screw, a spring and a cap banging about loose in the box. Spares? Mistakes? I still have no idea.
The instructions are a little bit primitive and the photographs are unclear. It’s a Chinglish instruction leaflet that refers to “optional charging accessories” that have nothing to do with charging, that kind of thing.
Those kind of details are niggling rather than truly problematic, but they can take the edge off the initial joy of your shiny new toy.

On a similar note- but not actually a criticism- although there is an accessory tray that sits in the middle of the tripod, if you’re buying this it’s worth getting yourself a little accessory bag to keep the various lens pots and cleaning cloth in, just for the sake of tidiness.

If you’re strictly on a budget but you really really want a beginner’s telescope, this is a very nice introduction. But if you want to, and can afford to, spend a bit extra to get something with a more satisfying quality to it, then maybe you should.
A customer
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A customer Reply to on 17 August 2018
Thank you for reading my review of the Gskyer Az80400 telescope. Is a refractor telescope with a metal Altazimuth tripod mount. This is a level entry telescope with basic resolution. I have used several telescopes before and until now I was using a very low power German scope. This scope is made in China and the manufacturing is of a lower quality of those scopes made in Japan in Europe. I don't the details of the type of glass used, but for the resolution int he quality of the image I feel that is not the most pure glass found in other telescopes that provide much better resolution and clarity.

BEFORE YOU START

It takes 10 minutes to unpack and put together. I had previously watched a video on you tube on how to put it together and that helped a lot. Sadly I missed a little part for the finderscope, I had to go back to the card board boxes and found it. It is very important that you align the finderscope ( the little spyglass at the top ) with the main tube otherwise it will be challenging to use at night. The instruction "manual" is very basic and it is just a laminated A4 page with some pictures.

OPERATING IT

It is fairly simple to operate and move, just use the main handle to tilt pan and lock. You must use the finderscope first to look for an object and then observe it with the desired magnification. You can use the Barlow lens for greater magnification.

OBSERVING

You can see Mars clearly as a red planet, you can see the rings of Saturn and the Moons of Jupiter, you can see in detail the craters in the moon. However having only a 80 mm lens the resolution is very poor . in other words the image lack detail. You can't see any features in Mars or Jupiter.

In summary this is a level entry scope that will allow you to explore the moon and a few planets, in the winter you will enjoy good view of the Orion nebula and Andromeda but don't expect high quality images or high resolution. To compensate this is inexpensive and easy to set up and operate
Dr Bintes Menthols
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Dr Bintes Menthols Reply to on 20 August 2018
I am a very lucky Vine Voice. All my life I wanted a Telescope and never bought one, then two came up to test on Vine. This is the second telescope I have tested this week. I had absolutely no experience setting one up or what to expect from one, so getting two to test was rather exciting.

I have to say this was relatively easy to set up. There were no instructions with this product, but having set the other scope up, it was a relatively intuitive process for the setup. I did some research and at £191 (price at the time of review) it appears that you get a lot of telescope for your money. It looks to be well made and most of it is made from either steel or aluminum. Its sturdy and is quite lightweight without it being too light avoiding any type of shaking or rocking.

It has a long focal length and a good aperture. I am impressed by the quality of what I see through it in both the daytime and at night. The lens seems to be coated in something, which reduces glare.

OK so I am not an expert on Telescopes, but I like this item. It appears to be well made and the price appears to be very fair for the specs. I am delighted by the images it produces and I have had some great fun using it. It is not immensely powerful, but it does the job I want. I guess this is aimed at the starter market and as such, I am happy to recommend it. It comes with a protective bag and comes in a very sturdy packing box, where you could keep the product when not in use.

As an absolute novice, I am happy to Recommend this item.
Tim 😊
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Tim 😊 Reply to on 21 August 2018
My children and I are enjoying using this telescope to explore both the night sky and the feathered visitors to our back garden. We're also looking forward to taking it to the seaside to spot ships.

Personally, after having looked at the moon at various different zoom levels (in significantly greater clarity than the accompanying photo, taken on my smartphone, might suggest), and some planets and stars, I am finding planet Earth a better long-term subject than the night sky. There are two reasons for this: first, I am perhaps not cut out to be an astronomer; and secondly, using this telescope to look upwards is killing my back and knees! The tripod, while stable, is just not high enough to be comfortable when looking above about 45 degrees elevation.

The telescope comes with three different eye-pieces, at different magnifications, and 3x multiplier tube. On maximum magnification, the quality of the optics begins to struggle, as does the quality of my eyes! Trying to get my bespecatacled eye aligned accurately with the high-magnification eye-pieces is not simple. For wildlife, I prefer the lower magnifiation 25mm eye-piece, which gives a bigger, brighter image, and is better for fast-moving subjects.

Overall, this makes a good introductory telescope. However, if you really want to make a hobby of studying the night-sky, you might end up upgrading in due course. For observing land-based objects, though, it's perfect.
Mr. B. Trotter
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Mr. B. Trotter Reply to on 6 September 2018
As an entry level telescope, this is a very good starting point. Like a lot of things nowadays, made in China, but even with that the simplistic instructions still were ok to interpret to allow it to be put together without much hassle.

The tripod stand is fine, and light-weight, verging on a little too light for me. You have that concern that the focus on mobility has over-ridden, so I'd be concerned about it getting knocked over, I'd want slightly sturdier legs and feet. I also wish it extended a little higher, but a minor point.

Visually is looks nice and clean, and from a viewing perspective the image quality is decent. Clearly you're going to have to go much bigger on budget if you want exceptional viewing, but to see detail on the moon's craters and Mars as something more than a speck in the sky, you're going to get that.

Comes with 3 interchangeable lenses for different viewing. Other minor gripes are look of carry case, and no star gazing book. Mostly leaving it to yourself to search the internet, albeit we hardly lack resources in this day and age!

I think a nice piece to help get kids in to star-gazing at a decent price.
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