The 90mm StarMax has been an excellent telescope for starting out During the day I use it for terrestrial viewing on its tabletop mount with a corrected diagonal so the image isn't reversed. I prefer the compact size for this instead of a long refractor. For astronomy I detach it from its mount and put it on my sturdy camera tripod as our outdoor table shakes too easily. It's great for lunar and planetary viewing. My kids enjoy seeing how many of the big four moons are out from behind Jupiter and if they can see them all at once. They also like to see if the Great Red Spot is facing Earth, not to mention looking at all the features on the moon. It's been a great scope for starting out and getting the kids excited in astronomy. We're going for a bigger telescope now but being so easily portable I'm sure we'll be taking it on camping trips in the summer away from city lights.
We haven't had much chance to use the telescope but we do appreciate the help in deciding the best instrument for us to buy. Looking forward to clearer skies!
I looked at the moon and it was amazing! Unfortunately I went to look at mars and believe I will need more lenses! Otherwise awesome and I love it!
This is my first time buying a telescope, and I have to say it was worth the reasonable price. It is an excellent scope for beginners like myself, especially for nearby celestial objects and for terrestrial viewing. With it I have been able to look at the features of the moon in excellent detail, as well as the bands of Jupiter and its four big moons, and other objects invisible to the ***** eye. In addition to this, it is great for use on land during daytime, such as for bird-watching or landscape features. The components are simple to assemble and use, and the red dot sight makes aligning the scope with objects easy. Overall the Starmax is a good tool to familiarise with astronomy, before buying trickier and higher-quality scopes. Cheers.