The Zhumell 76mm AZ Reflector is one of the most affordable reflectors on the market. It comes in well under a hundred dollars, but the quality is up there with other higher-end telescopes. This is not a terrible drug store quality telescope, this is a scope built by people who know how to make some of the best telescopes on the market.
With a 76mm primary aperture, this telescope is not even a slouch in terms of light-gathering ability. While it is not the biggest or best telescope on the market, it has a great dollar-to-power ratio.
The high end of this telescope’s magnification capability is 200x all the way to a potential ceiling of 224x magnification. That is a lot of power for this little scope. This scope is not bulky or heavy, or very large. It only weighs an extremely light 7lbs but can still offer potential views of 200x zoom.
Zhumell 76mm AZ Reflector – Advantages and Disadvantages
- Great power for the price
- A basic reflector from a reputable manufacturer
- Includes basic accessories to get you started
- Setting it up is an easy process
- Can observe the finest objects in the night sky
- Poor manual and instructions can hamper true beginners
- Occasionally comes with defects out of the box
Technical specifications of the Zhumell 76mm AZ Telescope
- The optics follow the Reflector optical designs.
- The focal length is 700mm, with a focal ratio of f/5 and an aperture of 76mm.
- It has a limiting stellar magnitude of 11.8
- It has the highest theoretical magnification of 224x
- Its lowest useful magnification is 16x
Mount and Tripod
- Aluminium tripod
- It has an assembled weight of 7.5 pounds.
What comes in the box with the Zhumell 76mm Reflector
- Zhumell 76mm AZ telescope
- 76mm Optical Tube
- Aluminium tripod with accessory tray
- 25mm Kellner eyepiece
- 10mm Kellner eyepiece
- 2x Barlow lens
- Red Dot Finder
- Lens cap
What can you see with the Zhumell 76mm
- The Orion Nebula
- The Pleiades star cluster
- Craters on the moon
- Passing comets
- Total eclipse of the moon
Recommended accessories for Zhumell AZ Reflector
- A UHC or ultra-high contrast filter – It greatly enhances the view of emission nebulae with the 76mm AZ, though it does not replace truly dark skies. In fact, a UHC is useful even with dark skies, as the natural sky background is not truly dark anyway.
- Better low- and medium-power eyepieces- These will enhance your experience with the 76mm AZ, but they become costly very quickly.
- Agena 25mm Starguider- A well-corrected, wide-field eyepiece like the Agena 25mm Starguider (18x) is great for starry vistas and easy low-power sweeping with the 76mm AZ.
My personal experience with the Zhumell 76mm AZ
I used the scope, and it was impressive. This telescope will do the job if you are looking for a basic scope to get views of the moon, nearby planets, or choice constellations. This is a perfect telescope for someone looking to start stargazing on a budget. It can see all the sights you would expect from your first telescope.
However, the lack of proper instructions or a good manual led to some confusion and frustration. This is not a good way for first-time telescope buyers to feel; if you are in this boat, you might also find the lack of good documentation frustrating.
Other Reflector telescopes by Zhumell
- Zhumell Z12 Dobsonian telescope- Its mirror design is parabolic and not spherical, meaning the images you see won’t suffer from spherical aberration. The Zhumell Z12 features a primary mirror cooling fan that quickly establishes thermal equilibrium to allow long viewing sessions without waiting.
- Zhumell Z114 Portable Altazimuth Reflector Telescope – It has a great build quality and is extremely portable. The Zhumell Z114’s wide field of view makes it a great instrument for low-power sweeping and finding your way around the sky.
- Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian telescope – Has a focal length of 1250mm, with a focal ratio of f/5 and an aperture of 254 mm. Under optimal conditions, with the Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian telescope, you can see when Mars is at its closest to the earth.
- Zhumell Z130- It features a 130mm parabolic primary mirror, a high-end feature not usually found in telescopes of this size. The Zhumell Z130 Portable Reflector has greater than 90% light transmission for brighter views.
- Zhumell Z8 Dobsonian telescope – It has enhanced reflectivity coatings with 94-96% reflectivity compared to the standard 89–93% reflectivity on most coatings. The Zhumell Z8’s aperture provides a great balance between magnification and field of view.
- Zhumell Z100 Portable Reflector Telescope- It is conveniently compact and lightweight, thus easily packs away so you can take it with you to remote places. The Zhumell Z100 has good accessories and is thus a great value for money.