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125mm f/8.3 RR Achromat Objective
[User Review]  | 12/12/03 | by Guido Santacana
In a previous article entitled “The Orion 120mm SVP” I described my first impressions of the 125mm f/8.3 RR Achromat objective lens that was used as a repl. . .

5" F/15 D&G Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/01/00 | by Phil Barker
The scope is a 5-inch f-15 air spaced achromat. The OTA is 2 metres long with dewcap 1.75 metres without. The tube weighs 12 kilograms. It has 4 knife edge. . .

6" D&G F/12 Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/30/00 | by Phil Barker
I recently built an OTA around a 6 inch f-12 D&G lens for my twin brother Kevin's Zeiss IB mount. I've had 2 occasions to use the scope and felt a commenta. . .

Antares 127mm Semi ED vs Meade AR 5
[User Review]  | 12/31/05 | by Gerry Smerchanski
A Tale of Two Achromats. . .

APO MAX 130 f/12 refractor
[User Review]  | 08/25/00 | by Allister St. Claire
The topic of what is an APO MAX refractor and how it perform has been asked recently on the newsgroup sci.astro.amateur. I have also received some personal. . .

Apogee Widestar 127
[User Review]  | 02/14/03 | by Blair Slayton
I do not like straight though finders but the Apogee finder bracket mount is not the same as Orion’s. So, I removed the 8X50 right angle correct view Orion. . .

ASTRO-PHYSICS 130MM F6 APO REFRACTOR
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by David A. Novoselsky
I purchased an Astro-Physics 130mm f/6 refractor this weekend. I was searching for a high-end refractor with the maximum aperture combined with minimum siz. . .

Astro-Physics 5.1" (130mm) f/8.35 EDT (EDF) Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Eric Jamison
For a number of years Astro-Physics (AP) offered a 5.1" f/8 refractor that utilized the EDT glass. With the introduction of shorter focal ratio refractors . . .

Astroview 120ST
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Mark Mittlesteadt
The Astroview 120ST is a 600mm, f/5 short tube refractor, with a 4.7", multi-coated objective lens that is meant for wide field viewing, not planetary or m. . .

Battle of the 5 inch f-15 Achromats
[Shootout | 04/17/03 | by Phil Barker
In respect to this telescope the concave front crown surface has a shorter radius than the rear surface. It is approximately 2:3. The concave front surface. . .

Borg "125 ED F/6.4 VI" APO Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/17/00 | by David A. Novoselsky
In the review that follows Dave uses the term "Apochromat" or APO to describe the Borg 125 ED. Dave does this as Borg uses this term to describe their doub. . .

Burgess Optical Achro 1278 127mm 5” Refractor Telescope
[User Review]  | 09/18/11 | by George Stonebreaker
Bottom line pros and cons, it is near perfect, for a person that cannot afford or justify spending thousands of dollars on a 5” APO, by one of the big name. . .

Explore Scientific 127mm APO Triplet
[User Review]  | 01/05/10 | by Tom Wade
The OTA and accessories all came in a large well built foot locker style case. The case is great for storing the scope when not in use but I've found it to. . .

GPU 127/1200 Triplet APO
[User Review]  | 01/02/06 | by Andrea Langermann
The other day I was browsing the ads on the web page of the Hungarian Astronomy Club. . .

GPU 127mm Apochromatic Refractor
[User Review]  | 05/30/07 | by Per Percherstorfer
A user review of the GPU 127/ 890mm aspherical apochromatic refractor telescope. . .

Konus 120mm Achromatic Refractor
[User Review]  | 07/09/02 | by Geoff Gaherty
The first surprise was the tripod: it has telescoping tubular steel legs, rather than the stamped aluminum legs found on most Synta scopes. Unfortunately t. . .

Meade 127ED vs. Celestron C-11 XLT
[User Review]  | 05/28/06 | by Jerry Wise
For a long time I've wanted to compare a larger refractor with a large SCT. . .

Meade 127mm ED doublet vs Tak FS128 vs AP 130 EDT f/8 (The Good, the bad and the ugly)
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Jay Reynolds Freeman
Rich Neuschaefer struck a disdainful pose, poncho tossedcarelessly over his shoulder, MaxBright diagonal stuffed into a low-cut holster at his waist, and l. . .

Meade 127mm ED Refractor
[User Review]  | 09/28/03 | by George Mavromates
The first telescope I owned back in the late 60s was a cheap department store 50mm refractor with a tiny metal tripod. I used to put it on the roof on my f. . .

Meade 6” LXD 55 EMC Achromatic Refractor OTA
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Tom Pico, Jr.
As will be apparent throughout this review, the Meade had the benefit of some very nice eyepieces. But so did the comparison scopes so I believe that the c. . .

Meade AR-5 5” Refractor OTA (LXD55 version)
[User Review]  | 09/22/04 | by Eric Esworthy
The GOTO has its uses for viewing multiple objects in a short amount of time as in Star Parties & such, but usually, I don’t usually like to use it. I’m no. . .

Meade Instruments LXD55 AR-5 Refractor
[User Review]  | 03/16/02 | by Otto Zawojski
The 2" /50.1mm rack and pinion focuser is cast aluminum with plastic support shims like a Celestron/Synta focuser. Focus travel is 4.9"/124.6mm and there i. . .

Meade LXD75 AR-5
[User Review]  | 12/17/05 | by Steve Myatt
Back when I was growing up, a 5 inch refractor would have cost thousands of dollars . . .

Meade LXD75 AR-5 Refractor
[User Review]  | 12/11/05 | by Thomas Jones
I've always liked refractors, even though the several I've owned have been on the smallish side.. . .

Meade LXD75 AR-5 Refractor
[User Review]  | 12/11/05 | by Thomas Jones
I've always liked refractors, even though the several I've owned have been on the smallish side.. . .

Nikon D60 & Orion Starmax 127
[User Review]  | 12/22/09 | by Mark Schilling
The Starmax, although having only an inch less aperture than the achromat, weighs several times less, takes up one quarter the space and requires significa. . .

Orion "Short-Tube" 120mm f/5 Refractor
[User Review]  | 12/17/09 | by Robert Piekiel
One can spend a whole lot of money on modern refractors in the 3-5 inch range. This easily gets into 4 figures if you have decided on something exotic like. . .

Orion 120mm f/8.3 Refractor
[User Review]  | 11/08/05 | by Brent Oliver
At first glance I was kind of in awe for I have never seen in person a refractor of this size, the only other refractor I have ever owned is William optics. . .

Orion 120mm ST Refractor Telescope
[User Review]  | 12/24/09 | by Tom Polkabla
The scope was well packed and seemed to be in fine shape. Once mounted on my ASGT mount via a dovetail and pair of tube rings I bought along with the sc. . .

Orion 120ST EQ Refractor
[User Review]  | 06/25/05 | by Joseph Rome
The Orion 120ST-EQ is a surprise. I expected the wide field aspect of this scope, but failed in realizing how much this scope would show of deep s. . .

Orion 120ST EQ review
[User Review]  | 09/20/11 | by Ed Wawrzaszek
There is not a perfect word that does the view justice but for now, wow will do. Dampening is maybe one second if at all. So far I cannot find any chromati. . .

Orion 120ST Refractor
[User Review]  | 08/20/07 | by Blair Slayton
Over the past few years I have used many scopes and setups trying to find the scope for me.. . .

Orion 120ST Short Tube Refractor
[User Review]  | 11/22/05 | by John Zimmerman
The Orion 120ST (Short Tube)is a 120mm achromatic, f/5 refractor. As the Orion ads state, this is designed for wide field observation of nebulae, star clus. . .

Orion SkyviewPro 120mm Refractor, F/8.3 EQ (A Beginners Perspective)
[User Review]  | 06/04/03 | by Jason B.
What in the world are they shipping this scope with, glue!?? It was so tight, that I only got frustration at high power. So I removed the focuser plate (4 . . .

Orion Skywatcher 120mm
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by Curt Irwin
About five months ago I ordered the Orion Skywatcher 120mm from Orion's web page. It arrived promptly within five business days and neatly packed and undam. . .

Orion SVP 120mm Refractor
[User Review]  | 09/28/03 | by Guido Santacana
After balancing, the whole assembly moved quite smoothly even by hand with the RA/Dec clamps disengaged. The RA motor drive that came with the mount was th. . .

Orion’s 120mm f/8 on an AZ-3 Alta-azimuth Mount
[User Review]  | 07/26/03 | by Blair Slayton
From time to time, after moving the scope up and down a number of times, I do have to retighten the coarse altitude nut. I keep a box wrench in the mount’s. . .

Review & Comparison of Astro-Physics 130 GT & TEC 140
[User Review]  | 04/19/12 | by William Rison
Everything about these scopes are of the best quality I have seen. There were no winner and loser in my testing.. . .

Review & Comparison of Takahashi FS-128 & TEC 140
[User Review]  | 07/11/10 | by William Rison
Side-by-side comparison of the Takahashi FS-128 & TEC 140 apochromats, including observing solar system and deep sky targets.. . .

Review: Sky-Watche​r Pro 120ED
[User Review]  | 03/26/12 | by Joe Renzetti
Overall the Sky-Watcher Pro 120ED delivered performance and views above and beyond my expectations. As a doublet it is not 100% color free and maximum perf. . .

Skywatcher 120/600 Short Tube Achromatic Refractor
[User Review]  | 10/19/09 | by Bob Keats
I'm an amateur astronomer in Austria, having reignited my interest in the hobby some seven years ago, by purchasing a Synta 50mm, single lens objective sco. . .

Skywatcher 120mm f/5 Refractor
[User Review]  | 01/11/07 | by Anthony Pullano
Being an F5, 600mm scope, the 120st is known primarily as a rich field scope. . .

Stellarvue 102T Triplet
[User Review]  | 06/22/07 | by Robert Wolf
I have been observing since 2002. I previously owned a 10 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain, an 85 mm doublet apo refractor, a 101 mm four-element apo refractor, an. . .

Synta (Skywatcher) 120mm F/5 Achromatic Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by David A. Novoselsky
A month or so ago I received an e-mail from a very nice man who offered to allow me to test and review his about-to-be delivered Skywatcher 120 f/5. He ask. . .

Synta 120mm Achromat
[User Review]  | 04/17/03 | by PJ Violin
The views are sharp and very contrasty and a light yellow filter will help allot on false color. False color is there but only on bright objects. I was vie. . .

Takahashi FS128
[User Review]  | 01/03/06 | by Roger Vine
I have been around this hobby since childhood and from the start my primary interest has been in the moon and planets. . .

Takahashi TOA-130 APO
[User Review]  | 12/12/05 | by Don Yacco
I have been involved with astronomy practically all my life. I enjoy observing, planetary, lunar and deep sky imaging. . .

Takahashi TSA-120
[User Review]  | 01/12/10 | by Bill Vance
One of the improvements of the new TSA design is better color correction. Even though the Takahashi fluorite doublets provide excellent images, some have c. . .

Tele Vue NP127
[User Review]  | 06/24/06 | by Nick Tsakoyias
I've been stargazing now for about 6 years , and have gone thru several scopes mainly newtonians and a few Tak refractors.. . .

The Magnificent Meade 127ED
[User Review]  | 12/06/11 | by Neil English
I came across an advert for a used Meade 127ED refractor. Not the current triplet, but the older doublet; the units advertised in the major astro-magazines. . .

The TMB 130 f/6 Objective (and building a tube assembly around it)
[Article | 04/17/03 | by Jim Buchanan
The calculation of tube length is very easy and can be accomplished several ways. This lens objective has a focal length of 780mm or almost 31 inches from . . .

TMB 130 f/9.25 with Custom Tube
[User Review]  | 12/10/05 | by Harvey Gryttenholm
I spent a great many years, perhaps about 35, with a 4.5-inch reflector on a less than stable mount that could just barely get the job done for visual use. . .

TMB 130 with CNC Tube
[User Review]  | 11/23/05 | by Nick Witte-Vermeulen
After doing a side-by-side comparison with a friend's 6" TMB APO and my Intes Micro 7" F15, I caught the refractor bug. . .

TOA 130 vs STF Mirage 180mm Deluxe
[Shootout | 07/05/04 | by Richard Best
Before using the STF, I made sure I was meticulous with collimation. Incredulous as it seems, the STF arrived from Germany in perfect collimation! This is . . .

Upgrading the Meade LXD75-AR5
[Article | 04/04/08 | by Steve Myatt
Out of the box, the AR5 met most of my needs, but, something was still lacking. . .

Zeiss APQ 130/1000 Refractor
[User Review]  | 04/17/02 | by Kevin Barker
The newer M68 quick-change adapters are an improvement over the M52 design. They are considerably stronger and made from solid stainless steel. They allow . . .

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