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1966 Sears 76mm f/16 Equatorial Refractor - "A...

May 18 2010 07:20 AM | Guido Santacana in 60mm - 78mm Refractors

The year was 1966 and the day was the 25th of December. Early that morning I woke up and joined my brother, sister and first cousin in the quest to see what Santa had delivered under the Christmas tree. There was a corrugated cardboard box wit

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Meade 60mm Refractor : Paperweight or Powerhouse?

Apr 20 2010 06:38 AM | phxbird in 60mm - 78mm Refractors

Never go on Ebay if you don't want to spend money! One night I was rooting around to see what great deals I could find. There was a time when I missed out on a $5,000 sports car that I could have bought for $450 had I just looked in the next barn! Do not want to make that mistake again especially when it comes to telescopes. I Saw a Meade 60mm refractor advertised for

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Orion Star Seeker 80 Goto Refractor

Mar 23 2010 06:51 AM | admin in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

The reasons I chose to purchase this scope are manifold. Firstly, was the price, I was looking for a wide field goto refractor that wouldn’t break the bank as the poor economy has hit us all. I paid $269.95 for this scope delivered and it regularly sells for $329.95 plus shipping, so

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Celestron EdgeHD 8" SCT

Mar 19 2010 06:42 AM | Eddgie in Schmidt-Cassegrains (SCTs)

The EdgeHD marks a milestone in commercial SCT development. In the standard SCT design, the primary and secondary mirrors are both spherical. As designed, the standard SCT has inherent off axis coma and a

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Takahashi Sky-90 SV

Feb 19 2010 08:14 AM | admin in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

When I received the scope, it was just as many said it was going to be. Packed extremely well and very well built. However, I didn’t deem it any more well built than my Vixen 80ss. In fact, the Vixen is more attractive, and the focuser

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Borg 77ED SWII Ultra Light Refractor

Jan 27 2010 07:22 AM | JayKSC in 60mm - 78mm Refractors

In operation, the focuser movements are smooth provided that heavy diagonals and eyepieces are avoided. With my orthoscopics or plossls combined with a 1.25-inch diagonal, I found the helical focuser provided

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TeleVue 76 Doublet Apochromat Refractor

Jan 15 2010 07:30 AM | Neil English in 60mm - 78mm Refractors

Tele Vue has enjoyed great success throughout the United States as producers of high quality optical products for the discriminating visual observer and more recently for the advanced astro-imager. Even after 30 years, Tele Vue eyepieces are made to a standard by which all other designs are compared and are

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Takahashi TSA-120

Jan 12 2010 10:12 AM | Bill Vance in 120mm - 130mm Refractors

One of the improvements of the new TSA design is better color correction. Even though the Takahashi fluorite doublets provide excellent images, some have complained about

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Orion Skyquest XXS12 Dobsonian

Jan 06 2010 10:45 AM | Bnmdev in Dobsonians (10" - 40")

I purchased my Orion Skyquest XXS12 Dobsonian this summer as a major upgrade to my viewing capabilities. I grew up sky observing using an Edmund Scientific 3 inch reflector. I would spend hours looking at the moon, Jupiter, but

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Celestron C90 Maksutov-Cassegrain

Jan 06 2010 08:36 AM | Jeff Lee in Maksutov-Cassegrains (MCTs)

One of the unusual design features of the C90 is its helical focusing. You have to learn how to critically focus it and it does

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