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BARSKA Anchormaster Brass Refractor Telescope Review

Last Updated: 06.12.21


Main technical features


Collectors will love its vintage design that is surprisingly sturdy and durable so you can enjoy this telescope for years.

Thanks to its high quality glass optics objects appear crisp and bright on land or in the sky.

Beginners and collectors will appreciate how easy this telescope is to operate.

With its affordable price, and backed by a manufacturer’s warranty you can rest assured that this telescope is a good value for your money.


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In-depth information


The Anchormaster by BARSKA is an elaborately detailed brass telescope that anyone would be proud to own. Collectors will appreciate its elegant style and vintage design, and beginners will love how easy it is to operate. The brass optic tube is polished to a high shine, along with the matching accents on the sturdy tripod. This gives the Anchormaster a sophisticated appearance that belies its affordable price. The mahogany tripod not only looks great, it also provides you with a well balanced and stable base. This makes it just a little bit easier to accurately focus and track objects on the ground and in the sky.

No matter how attractive a telescope is, it won’t be worth its price if you can’t clearly see objects you are targeting. Thanks to its high quality glass optics, this isn’t a problem for the Anchormaster. This refractor telescope comes with a 28 power lens so distant and near objects are bright and clear. The rack and pinion focuser makes it easy to zero in on an object, and this is always an advantage. It also comes with a Plossl eyepiece so you can magnify distant targets. Since it is interchangeable you can easily add others as needed. Thanks to the 45 degree erecting diagonal you can view objects on the ground just as easily as those in the night sky.

Even experienced users will appreciate how easy this telescope is to operate. Since it comes with an erecting diagonal you can easily view objects on the ground and in the sky, and the attached focuser makes it a breeze to locate targets. Since the mahogany and brass tripod provides you with a stable and well balanced base it is easy to track objects as they are moving since you don’t have to worry about the telescope shaking or wobbling. Best of all it also comes with a brass cradle style mount so you can smoothly move the telescope in every direction. When this is combined with the easily interchangeable eyepiece, it is hard to find a telescope that is as simple and fun to operate.


Known issues

The only issue with this telescope is more of an inconvenience and does not affect its overall performance. The sturdy tripod cannot be adjusted for height, and this may not be comfortable for all consumers. It has also been noted that the tripod can make the telescope awkward to carry, and it must be disassembled in order to fit through narrower doorways. The best advice is to assemble the telescope where it is going to be used, and this issue can be easily avoided.


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Ioana Moldovan

Ioana’s professional experience in the optics field has helped her understand the value of passing her knowledge forward. Her curious personality helps her gather useful information for her readers and her goal is to make technical information fun and accessible to everyone.

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