Rokinon 767AZ1 700 x 76 mm Reflector Telescope with Tripod (Black)

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  • Focal length - 700mm, Objective lens - 76mm
  • Highest practical power - 152x faintest stellar magnitude - 12
  • Includes: 1.25" Super 25 & 10, 2x Barlow Lens, 6x24 Finder scope, Starry Night CD Software, Aluminum Tripod with Accessory Tray
  • Resolving power 1.5x; f/ ration - f/9.2

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Rokinon

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B00KATGERY

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The Rokinon 767AZ1 Newtonian reflector telescope incorporates coated mirror optics and a 20mm secondary mirror to enhance light gathering capabilities and contrast. Coated glass interchangeable 10mm/70x and 25mm/28x eyepieces allow for a range of magnification, and the 2x Barlow also doubles magnifications to 140x and 56x. The 76mm front objective diameter provides superb astronomical views, and terrestrial images are also sharp and clear with minimal distortion and aberration. Other features include a 6x24 finder scope, precision control alt-azimuth mount, and heavy-duty aluminum tripod with accessory tray.


Product information Product Dimensions 38 x 10 x 12 inches Item Weight 13 pounds ASIN B00KATGERY Item model number 767AZ1

I received the Rokinon 76mm reflector telescope as a Christmas gift from my wife and I have been very pleased with it. I asked for a telescope because I thought it would be fun to have one so my 5 year old son and I could use it to look at the moon now and then but I didn't know anything about telescopes at the time so I told her to surprise me. Fortunately, she made a good choice, and since then I've come to really get into amateur astronomy and have learned a lot more about telescopes (I've purchased three others now).

It's very easy to set up and use. It didn't come with much in the way of instructions but it's really not that complicated and took less than 10 minutes to assemble.The Alt-Az mount is user friendly for beginners. The optics on the scope are good and it comes with decent beginner eyepieces. Many other scopes in this size/price range come with pretty crummy Huygens (H or MH) or Ramsden (R or SR) eyepieces with small fields of view, but the Super 25 and Super 10 eyepieces this comes with appear to be either Kelner (K) or Modified Achromat (MA) designs that have sharp, wide views. With the included 2x barlow lens they cover the full range of useful magnifications (28x, 56x, 70x, and 140x) for the telescope. Many others in this size/price range come with useless SR 4 eyepieces that provide too much magnification and result in dim, grainy images.

The supplied 5x24 finderscope is also serviceable and is easy to use. I upgraded to a better finderscope mount with more holder screws to keep the finder aligned better, but that's a cheap, easy upgrade. It's also easy to pick up better eyepieces, which aren't a bad investment since you can use them with future telescopes if you choose to upgrade down the road as well. I now mostly use a 26mm Erfle, a 17mm Ploessl, and a 10mm Ploessl with a 3x barlow for the 17mm and the 2x barlow with the 10mm.

The tripod and mount are pretty solid, relatively speaking. They're better than many other similarly priced and sized telescopes. While there is some vibration when you bump the scope or adjust the focuser it's pretty mild compared to most entry-level scopes and you get used to it pretty quickly. Once you get the bolts that hold the tube to the mount with just the right amount of tension the scope moves easily and stays where you put it without needing the fine vertical adjustment knob/lock to hold it in place. The presence of the adjuster seems to help dampen vibrations so I wouldn't recommend removing it even if you aren't using it. The nice thing about the reflector scope compared with a similar refractor is that the eyepiece stays at pretty close to the same height no matter where the scope is pointed, which makes observing while sitting in a folding camping chair easy since you don't have to adjust the tripod to be taller or shorter.

One thing the scope needs but didn't come with is some sort of collimation device. My scope came with decently collimated mirrors but they do need adjustment now and then. I bought an inexpensive, short Cheshire eyepiece and that works well. It took quite a while to get the scope collimated the first few times but once I got the hang of it I got much faster. It's intimidating at first but really not a big deal in the end. The mirror isn't center marked, but that wasn't hard to do. There are plenty of helpful videos on the internet for center-marking and collimation.

I've been very pleased with what all I've been able to see with the scope. It's got enough light gathering power that it's clearly not a toy, but it's still lightweight and easy to carry around and use. With my copy of "Turn Left at Orion" I've been able to find dozens of open clusters, globular clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and multiple star systems to split . My biggest problem is that with the amount of light pollution in my area many of the dimmer objects are just out of the telescope's reach, so to see a lot of things I need to either go somewhere with darker skies or else I need a bigger scope with more aperture. Thus, the only drawback to this telescope is that if you really get into astronomy you'll outgrow it in a few months.

On the other hand, many other beginner telescopes come with lousy eyepieces that are too powerful for the scope and with such wobbly tripods that they are an ordeal to use and stifle the interest of all but the most determined new stargazers. This one doesn't do that. As long as it's used within its limitations (you aren't going to see Pluto or the Horsehead Nebula for instance) it's a pretty frustration-free telescope and an affordable way to find out whether you're going to have lasting interest in the hobby (I say affordable... the price seems to fluctuate a bit on Amazon). Even after upgrading you'll still want to hang onto this one as a grab 'n' go scope for when you don't want to take the time to set up a bigger, heavier telescope. I'm never getting rid of mine.