BARSKA 40070 Starwatcher Compact Refractor Telescope with Table Top Tripod And Carrying Case

| January 17, 2012 | 2 Comments

BARSKA 40070 Starwatcher Compact Refractor Telescope with Table Top Tripod And Carrying Case

  • Entry-level telescope with 300x power and 400mm focal length
  • Coated glass optics for enhanced image brightness
  • Interchangeable eyepieces with 3x Barlow lenses for versatility
  • Includes beginner’s version of Deepsky Astronomy software
  • Adjustable tripod and soft carrying case; limited lifetime warranty

Max power: 300x, Focal Length (mm) 400, Finder scope: 5×24, Draw Tube (inch): 1.25, Eyepiece#1:SR4, Eyepiece #2: K20, Diagonal: 45°, .An ideal entry-level telescope for amateur astronomers, the Barska Starwatcher 300-power telescope brings you closer than ever to the stars and planets. The refractor telescope is equipped with such features as coated glass optics for enhanced image brightness, interchangeable eyepieces with 3x Barlow lenses for increased viewing power, and smooth-functioning m

List Price: $ 142.90

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  1. A. Wasen says:
    65 of 66 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t expect too much…, January 7, 2011
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    A. Wasen (Sweden) –
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    I am a pretty advance amateur-astronomer and have used a few different telescopes. I bought this as a “travel scope” and to use as a guide-scope for astro-photography.
    I suspected it would be plastic and rather “cheapo” looking, and I was right… it is!
    But, it is not wobbly or bad to handle, surprisingly sturdy and good optics considering the price.
    You do get what you pay for when it comes to telescopes and expecting to see “Hubble” images through this scope is bound to make you disappointed.
    I was actually pleasantly surprised by the crisp image this scope gave when looking at the moon.

    The supplied barlow (3x) and eyepieces are laughable to a “serious” amateur-astronomer but they do actually perform very well. Unfortunately a 4mm eyepiece is too powerful for a scope like this, it would have made more sense to ship it with a 8 or 12 mm instead. The barlow is plastic but the lens is actually of quite good quality and does not stretch or blur the image noticeably around the edges. If you already have a set of eyepieces you can throw the supplied once in the garbage without any regret, if not, the supplied ones will work pretty good but don’t expect any 300x magnifications to work, that’s utter bull and shouldn’t even be mentioned…
    Make sure to use the 45 degree diagonal as you will not get focus otherwise…

    You will get stunning views of the moon using this scope, you will also be able to see the bands on Jupiter and the rings on Saturn as well as track their moons.

    I would rate the image quality of the scope to 4 stars considering the price but the poor quality of the eyepieces and the finder-scope takes it down to a 3 star.

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  2. Larry Goodman says:
    51 of 55 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent value, January 24, 2008
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    Larry Goodman (St. Louis, MO USA) –
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    I purchased this scope based on positive reviews on a couple of web sites that cater to amateur astronomers. I wasn’t disappointed. A couple of things prevented me from rating it a 5. The 45-degree diagonal and the tabletop tripod are better suited to terrestrial viewing. If you plan on astronomical use you’ll want to use a full-sized tripod and add a 90-degree diagonal at some point if you don’t already have one. Also, a 2x barlow lens would have made much more sense than the 3x. On the plus side the scope is sturdily constructed and has good optics for the price. I live in the heart of St. Louis and haven’t been able to take it to a dark viewing area yet, but from my backyard the moon was excellent as was the Orion nebula, and Mars presented a nice sharp disk. The stock eyepieces are fine, but using a 9.7mm super plossl the results were great!

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