Encalife SVBONY 501P 70 telescope review

The Encalife SVBONY 501P 70 telescope ($199.97/£169) may appear, at first glance, to be just what you’ve been looking at. Simple, lightweight and affordable, it’s got everything any beginner might want.

Encalife SVBONY 501P 70: Key specs

Optical design: refractor

Aperture: 2.75-inch/70 mm

Focal length: 15.74-inch/400 mm

Focal ratio: f/5.7

Eyepiece focal length: 0.78-inch/20 mm (20x)

Total kit weight: 6.5 lbs/2.95 kg

mount type: Altazimuth

It even ships with a simple photographic tripod, which will be far more familiar to most people than the alt-azimuth and confusing equatorial mounts that telescopes typically use. However, despite its apparent simplicity and comprehensive package, there are some serious downsides to the SV501P that you need to know about before you make a purchase.

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