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Teleport Product Comments & Reviews

"That’s the sweetest moving telescope I’ve ever used."
- Bill Helms, Director, Instrumentation Laboratory, Kennedy Space Center

Customer Comments
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Mike Harvey , 10" Teleport, Central Florida
Daniel Mounsey, 10" Teleport, California
Jon Bent Kristoffersen, 10" Teleport, Crete (Jon's Website)

Product Reviews
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Jeff Lipsman, 7" Teleport, on Cloudy Nights
Todd Gross, 7" Teleport, on
Andre Hassid, 7" Teleport on
Ray Lesch, 10" Teleport, on Astromart 
Todd Gross, 10" Teleport, on

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Mike Harvey , 10" Teleport, Central Florida

Took the scope/platform to Chiefland last night (took a night off from radio). With the ability to track, combined with the amazing contrast of that mirror, the scope performs more like a 12-14" on deepsky stuff and just electrifyingly well on Jupiter and Saturn.

Several nearby observers were near fainting when they took a peek at Saturn with the binocular viewer and about 500X. Each and every one said that they had NEVER before seen the natural color shadings on the planet's disc or the tonal gradations in the rings. The ball of the planet was a lite-buttery yellow, with a light brownish gray eq belt and numerous 'blushes' of varying shades of brown...while the rings were at least a dozen shades of gray to white. The crepe ring was easily and steadily observed, Cassini's divison showed irregularities that I'm not used to seeing in scopes under 14" and there were hints of Encke's division at times when the seeing steadied. All this, by the way, was observed in less than ideal seeing conditions! Wonderful!

Daniel Mounsey, 10" Teleport, California


I don't mean to be one to brag, but I just did some observing from my yard and this is by far the most incredible telescope I have ever seen or used and I'm not saying that because it's new. I was astonished at the simplicity of the Sky Commander computer as well. You literally only have to turn the power on and it asks you to align two stars and nothing else, it's that simple. Not even my GM8's computer can do that. No balancing or pointing your scope 90 deg. before the two star alignment etc. etc. The "Dob" mode makes it simple. The entire tube is baffled like a Takahashi and the craftsmanship is absolutely superb. Todd Gross's must have been a prototype since it did not look as nice. When I look at this scope, I can not believe that everything I will be using has been compressed into a box that is 24" by 14" and weighs only 32 pounds including my Palm Planetarium computer, Sky Commander, Rigel Finder, eyepieces, laser collimator, counter weights, flash light and even a bag of sun flower seeds. it sits in my front seat. Even the alan wrench to adjust the secondary is clipped to the upper cage assembly, not to mention that it's lined in black felt. Nothing ever separates from the scope either, meaning nothing can be misplaced. Even the mylar cover stays attached to the scope with velcro, including it's removable wood lid. In fact I was looking for the wood lid, not realizing that is was velcro'd to the side of the scope. That's how self contained the scope is. It has a built in fan, a secondary heater including and eyepiece heater. It's literally a 10" portable observatory.


Jon Bent Kristoffersen, 10" Teleport, Island of Crete

Tom says:

Jon is a new 10" Teleport owner who sent me the following images from the Island of Crete. He took them with a Phillips Webcam attached to the focuser via a Kodak film cannister. He says they are early efforts and that he expects to do better with more experience and better seeing. Personally I find them amazing.

The manual fails to mention that the Teleport is a visual only scope, without tracking, and not suitable for astrophotography. I was going to add that in the next version, but realized folks like Jon would just ignore it. Doing what you "can't" makes for interesting astronomy.

Jupiter and Europa with shadow transit

Saturn, Feb 26, 2002

Copernicus, June, 2002

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