In March 1993
TeleVue introduced the 70mm "Pronto" ED doublet refractor
telescope. Since then, the "Pronto" has become highly
successful for birding (considered a "Reference Standard"
in it's class), and has been well accepted by the astronomy community
too. The Pronto has the field of view and versatility for many uses;
with a use able magnification of up to about 150X this will clearly
identify the major planets. The "Pronto" is very compact,
rugged, and simple to use. So much so that it gets used more often
than larger telescopes where quick set up or incidental
considerations are high priorities. In its furnished carrying case,
it is easily transported:
NOTE: I bowered the
picture and prior paragraph fro Company Seven’s web page.
wife and I were visiting Yellowstone national park when we came upon
a group of cars and people obviously watching an animal. I walked
over to one of the people and asked him what they were watching. He
replied that there was a wolf lying down in the shade of a pine tree
about ¾ of a mile down in a valley and offered to let me look
at the “wolf” through his spotting scope. I looked at
the “wolf” though his spotting scope and decided that I
needed a better look, so I setup my 70 mm Pronto and focused it on
the “wolf”. I then asked the gentleman who had been
watching the “wolf” for about two hours if he would like
a better look at his “wolf”. He took a peek through the
Pronto said wow that’s a lot clearer than with my spotting
scope. He then packed his chair and spotting scope up and left.
Guess what he had been watching so intently for two hours? A LOG.
This little story points out the difference between the average
inexpensive spotting scope and a well made telescope. You generally
get what you pay for.