Gskyer 600x90mm Telescope Review

When you’re looking at getting a new telescope, it’s worth looking at the Gskyer brand. Whilst you might not be as familiar with them as other brands like Celestron, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider them.

In fact, opting for a less popular brand can actually be a good idea sometimes. It means you can get a telescope with better specs for cheaper than you would paying for a brand name. One good example of this is the 600x90mm Gskyer, which is surprisingly powerful for it’s price. Let’s take a look at some of the best features of this telescope.

Gskyer 600x90mm Telescope Review

If you’re new to telescopes, then you’re probably wondering what the 600x90mm even means (and you should go check out my list of the top telescopes to get some more information). Well, it’s actually just a reference to the aperture and the focal length of the telescope (this gives the telescope a focal ratio of f/6.7). This aperture is more than enough with a refractor telescope,

Another good thing about this telescope is that it’s very easy to set up. Some more expensive telescopes are quite difficult to put up, and will take a bit of time. However with this Gskyer, you can easily get set up within 10 minutes and be looking at the night sky. It’s also quite portable, so if you live in the city, then you can easily venture out to the sticks with this one to get a clearer view.

The tripod that comes with the telescope is very sturdy, and easily adjustable if you’re looking for something that can be used by both kids and adults easily. In terms of the scope itself, the small finder scope that comes with it is actually really impressive – you can attach the finder to the main telescope very easily, and this will allow you to find whatever planet or object you want to before looking at it in closer detail through the main telescope.

From a performance perspective, this 600x90mm telescope actually offers quite a lot. You’ll easily be able to see all the major planets & much more without much abberation. It’s a really good telescope for establishing wide angle views with fast optics ideal for some night time astrophotography.  

From a negative perspective, I don’t think that Gskyer even exist as a company anymore. This could be a major issue for those that are looking to buy additional bits and pieces for the telescope, as you might be a bit limited in where you can find attachments. That’s one of the good things about opting to go with a brand like Celestron – at least you can always find attachments really easily.

Accessories

This telescope comes with a few accessories, most importantly the lenses. The 25mm, 10mm and 5mm lenses will give you some nice variety to increase or decrease then power of this telescope. As well as this, you’ll get a below lens which can further magnify your view. It also actually comes with a mount to attach your phone to the telescope too, so if you’re interested in trying your hand at astrophotography then you easily can.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Okay for beginners: Even if you're completely new to astronomy, you'll be fine using this refractor.
  • Good Value: For it's price, it's actually a really impressive telescope and could hold it's own with telescopes twice as expensive as this model.
  • Well made: This telescope is made to a really high standard, especially considering the cost.

Cons

  • Cheap accessories: Some of the accessories that come with this model are pretty cheap, and over time you'll want to replace them with better quality product (e.g. the barlow lens).
  • Poor manual:Although it's pretty easy to set up, the manual it comes with is pretty useless. You can find more details online to help you set it up if you need it.

Conclusion

All in all, this Gskyer telescope actually offers pretty great value for it’s price. Considering that for a few hundred dollars you can get a easy to set up refractor that will give you clear views of all the major planets, it definitely is worth it’s price. It’s a really good option for complete beginners, but for more experienced astronomers, you might want to look at increasing the budget a little and opting for something else.

But, if you’re looking for a refractor telescope that you can take with you anywhere & has a relatively high aperture, then you’ll be happy with this Gskyer scope.

About Derek

Hey! I'm Derek, I've been interested in astronomy since.. well, forever! I'm an engineer by trade, but I've been playing around with telescopes for many years. I hope to impart some of the knowledge I've learned over the years onto you!

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