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#26 Codbear

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 05:46 PM

As entertaining as the specifications are, the ratings are even more hilarious.

 

It's like playing Concentration - try and find the two comments that are exactly the same from two supposedly different people but from the same country (at least the same flag)!

 

Except for the fact they were so lazy they put the same comments side-by-side.


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#27 Pat Rochford

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 06:00 PM

Finally ... some real competition for those 675x department store refractors.   


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 06:13 PM

Let us know how you you go. Quality looks about middle-of-the-road going by the first pic, but man - that Saturn-like expolanet they've discovered during the making of their promo shots looks most impressive. And even in our own solar system - that view of Mercury just below the lady, just wow. My metre-class yard cannon can only dream of capturing views like that.


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 06:15 PM

I was really tempted on this also. The hook was in my mouth. But I reminded myself I was burned once before on a "Facebook" telescope deal, and decided to keep my policy of not buying "Too good to be true" deals from that site. I hope everyone is wrong, and it performs as advertised, and/or you at least get the item pictured, - look forward to your report when you get it. 

I will throw it upon a daylit tree branch and focus it at high power, and watch it start to crawl with purple caterpillars.  And then I will say, you remember when I said I was conned?  Well, I was!


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 06:16 PM

As entertaining as the specifications are, the ratings are even more hilarious.

 

It's like playing Concentration - try and find the two comments that are exactly the same from two supposedly different people but from the same country (at least the same flag)!

 

Except for the fact they were so lazy they put the same comments side-by-side.

Maybe they won't send it to me and I can ask paypal for a refund


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#31 Michael Covington

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 06:20 PM

Somebody needs to inform the technology commercialization office of Johns Hopkins University, which is mentioned in the ad.  In all probability, nothing invented there is actually used in this telescope.  If something is, a thousand to one it's not properly licensed.  Either way Johns Hopkins might well want to sue them.

 

Most universities nowadays use the full power of trademark law to defend their names.


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 06:32 PM

I will note, for all of you jesters, that there is clearly a "portable rope" included with this...in addition to the dust cover. So, the portability of the rope itself makes this thing a real value. See? Right here: https://skortu.com/products/zoom


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 07:04 PM

I will note, for all of you jesters, that there is clearly a "portable rope" included with this...in addition to the dust cover. So, the portability of the rope itself makes this thing a real value. See? Right here: https://skortu.com/products/zoom

 

So you can 'hang' on to every word of their completely honest assessment of this revolutionary instrument.  

 

Seriously though, heaven help us if some evil dictator gets his hands on this super advanced technology and puts it in orbit.  I won't be able to go out to my mailbox anymore in my underwear.


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 07:06 PM

300x mag, with a 40mm achromat lens, through a cheap roof prism...

 

 

 

"Would you like some credulity with that, sir?"


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 08:00 PM

I will note, for all of you jesters, that there is clearly a "portable rope" included with this...in addition to the dust cover. So, the portability of the rope itself makes this thing a real value. See? Right here: https://skortu.com/products/zoom

 

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Bob F. grin.gif wink.gif


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Posted 26 July 2020 - 08:29 PM

That keeps showing up on my Facebook feed. I keep writing derogatory comments.

 

I'll be looking forward to your report. If you decide you can keep it and part with your current inventory, please let me know. wink.gif

 

Clear skies, Alan

 

(It does have a snappy, Swarovski type logo.)

They deleted my comments then blocked me after I commented that the exit pupil was 1/3 the diameter of a pencil lead. 


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 12:29 AM

Not sure I understand this binary star report from France:

≥≥≥≥≥≥≥≥

Marcel Briand
Very bad twin quality long view we see trouble even after settings. Very very disappointed damage.

https://skortu.com/products/zoom

>>>>>>>>>>>

 

Observe carefully.


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 01:44 AM

Money Back Guarantee at least.....


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 02:42 AM

I mean I wouldn't argue, it is as powerful as Apollo's 16 camera.

 

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 02:43 AM

That keeps showing up on my Facebook feed. I keep writing derogatory comments.

 

I'll be looking forward to your report. If you decide you can keep it and part with your current inventory, please let me know. wink.gif

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Clear skies, Alan

 

(It does have a snappy, Swarovski type logo.)

Just first glance I thought Swarovski, but then it would be green...



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Posted 27 July 2020 - 02:57 AM

I'm seriously looking at selling all of my equipment & getting one of these amazing optical innovations- I mean if it does all it says who really needs a Celestron C14?- I might ask the supplier if they are willing to do a swap- I'm that enthralled by the possibility of Hubble in my back gardenlol.gif


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 06:37 AM

I fell for this.  

 

I had to see how they get 47x the resolution out of a normal 40mm.  And 7.5x magnification per mm.

 

https://skortu.com/products/zoom  

 

I'll let y'all know how it works out.   Or not.

 

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There there, shucks... my deepest sympathy...  bawling.gif

Please, please do not feel too bad about such spur of the moment decision making, you're only human...

Look on the positives, it's only money and you will have learnt valuable lessons about honesty, good faith, and gullibility...

As a caring astronomical community, we do indeed look forward to first light...wink.gif


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 06:57 AM

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 09:14 AM

I hope you at least get the item pictured, 

I was already chuckling at the replies, and then read this, I LOL’d so hard at this part, I love this place! lol.gif 
 

Best and CS, Karl



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Posted 27 July 2020 - 09:44 AM

Somebody needs to inform the technology commercialization office of Johns Hopkins University, which is mentioned in the ad.  In all probability, nothing invented there is actually used in this telescope.  If something is, a thousand to one it's not properly licensed.  Either way Johns Hopkins might well want to sue them.

 

Most universities nowadays use the full power of trademark law to defend their names.

The university I went to got hundreds of millions of dollars in a settlement after Pfizer used something that this university had come up with. Got a nice new life science building and funded lots of undergraduate research for some years with that money, for which I am grateful. Doubt that whoever is selling this has much money to go after, but you never know, and it is valuable just to defend your name. 


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 09:59 AM

See, you guys have it all wrong, this isn't some new technology, like the aforementioned luminous flux capacitor, this is MAGIC.  They found some down on his luck enchanter willing to work for mundane dollars and bind demons and give the infernal site to normal mortals.  Of course you may imperil your soul by using it. smile.gif


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Posted 27 July 2020 - 10:01 AM

I was on their facebook ad for the kickstarter trying to explain why this was a scam. Few people wanted to listen.

 

A good rule of thumb is, "If a kickstarter is advertised on social media, it is safe to assume it is a scam."

 

There are exceptions to this rule, but they are rare.



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Posted 27 July 2020 - 10:35 AM

Hah I owned one of those x675 types with a plastic x3 Barlows and 4mm Hyugens.

 

Pity this mob can't even work out in the pics if it is 10-30 or 10-300 though.

 

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 10:44 AM

Given all of the amazing technology that went into this telescope, why didn't they also make it constantly morph colors while in use?:

https://www.youtube....h?v=f8BS9i6lop8



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Posted 27 July 2020 - 10:57 AM

Johns Hopkins, titanium alloy, what could go wrong? :)


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