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#1 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:49 AM

I was browsing Astromart and noticed that Lunt Engineering seems to be now importing three ED refractors, a 70mm F/6 ($399), an 80mm F/7 ($449) and the 102mm F/7 ($729.)

Nominally, these look like the typical Asian FPL-51/FK-61 ED doublets at very good prices. The 102 mm appears to be essentially the same scope as the AT-102ED, Orion "Premium" 102ED and the SV-102ED. The 102ED photo shows a thumbscrew to keep the dewshield from sliding down, a common problem with these scopes.

Lunt ED Refractors at AT&WB

These look like a ray of sunshine for those who have mourned the death of the affordable ED doublets.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 04:51 AM

Especially since Lunt has proven themselves to be a quality company, it's good to have more choices out there! :waytogo:

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:07 AM

When other Lunt dealers update their websites I'm sure you'll be able to buy it elsewhere, hopefully.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 08:04 AM

I was browsing Astromart and noticed that Lunt Engineering seems to be now importing three ED refractors, a 70mm F/6 ($399), an 80mm F/7 ($449) and the 102mm F/7 ($729.)

Nominally, these look like the typical Asian FPL-51/FK-61 ED doublets at very good prices. The 102 mm appears to be essentially the same scope as the AT-102ED, Orion "Premium" 102ED and the SV-102ED. The 102ED photo shows a thumbscrew to keep the dewshield from sliding down, a common problem with these scopes.

Lunt ED Refractors at AT&WB

These look like a ray of sunshine for those who have mourned the death of the affordable ED doublets.

Jon


thanks jon

great news indeed. i was looking to replace my ES 80mm with a 102mm scope but was left with no alternative since ES has replaced their triplet by a carbon scope which will probably be more expensive needlessly.

this scope is in fact great news for many of us.

#5 Sean Puett

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:00 AM

Too bad they stopped there. At those prices, a 5" ed doublet for $1000-1150 would be great. And/or a 6" for $1800-2000. But, a 4"ed doublet for $750 is a great deal.

#6 Sean Puett

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:05 AM

When other Lunt dealers update their websites I'm sure you'll be able to buy it elsewhere, hopefully.

Why wouldn't you just buy from anacortes? The only reason i don't buy from them very often is that i am local.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 09:27 AM

They are talking white light and CaK. I wonder if that means they have a tailored color correction for blue. The results could be interesting all around if they do.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:12 PM

I've been thinking about a 72mm for a while and Astronomics seems like the best deal around. So, why would I buy a Lunt 70mm for more money, a single focuser and no metal case? Is it something to do with solar viewing?

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:43 PM

I wouldn't argue that the AT72 isn't a better deal. Free shipping plus a hard case,plus we get to purchase from our sponsor.

This Lunt 72mm does appear to have a 2 speed focuser,though.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:19 AM

Last weekend we're able to use a 230mm F/7 Lunt Solar LS230T/PT refractor, it's by far the world’s largest production Solar telescope. Amazing views of our Sun :thewave:

#11 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 05:00 AM

I've been thinking about a 72mm for a while and Astronomics seems like the best deal around. So, why would I buy a Lunt 70mm for more money, a single focuser and no metal case? Is it something to do with solar viewing?


The Lunt 70mm doesn't look like the good deal the other two are, maybe it's a misprint because it's only $50 less than the 80mm. I don't know what scopes you currently own but I find 70mm is not enough, 80mm is enough. A couple other points:

- They all have two speed focusers.

- The 70mm has a soft case. I like soft cases more than hard cases... You might not.

I am not buying one, I've got a good 80mm and a good 101mm. But for someone looking for an affordable ED refractor, the 80mm and 102mm look like the best deals around.

Jon

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:37 PM

Anything more on these? I cannot find anything but the basic information...are they available now? Does anyone have one he or she can comment on? I would like a nice 80mm ed for my C=14 actually for a finder.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 09:05 AM

i have a 102mm on order and habe seen one in a store. they seem well built and the focuser is pretty much like the es scopes.

once i have mine, i will write a short report but not on the 80 but the 102mm

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 09:42 AM

Lunt is supposed to be at ASAE next month. I'll have to see what they have on display in this area.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 03:12 PM

I am receiving mine this week. Because of the Frankenstorm, there will be a delay for the evaluation, but i will give my impression on the 102 ED

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 11:19 PM

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:16 PM

I am receiving mine this week. Because of the Frankenstorm, there will be a delay for the evaluation, but i will give my impression on the 102 ED


Have you had a chance to use the 102 yet? Looks like a lot of scope for the money.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:55 PM

I am receiving mine this week. Because of the Frankenstorm, there will be a delay for the evaluation, but i will give my impression on the 102 ED


Have you had a chance to use the 102 yet? Looks like a lot of scope for the money.


Not yet i am supposed to receive it this week

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:14 PM

Hi Francois
Have you finally received your Lunt Doublet?
I am considering a similar purchase (either the 70mm or 80mm) for a trip in December.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:48 PM

Hi Francois
Have you finally received your Lunt Doublet?
I am considering a similar purchase (either the 70mm or 80mm) for a trip in December.


Just posted an evaluation of it.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:48 AM

Hi Francois
Have you finally received your Lunt Doublet?
I am considering a similar purchase (either the 70mm or 80mm) for a trip in December.


i saw a 70mm at my dealer. it is in a nice soft case that ca contain accessories. it is so small and ligth. really nice for travel. i did not see the 80.

good luck

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:05 PM

Hi Francois,
Read your review. Great work!
BTW - who is your dealer? I would love to see a 70 or 80 mm and weight them.
Thanks

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 11:13 AM

Hi Francois,
Read your review. Great work!
BTW - who is your dealer? I would love to see a 70 or 80 mm and weight them.
Thanks


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Posted 24 November 2012 - 04:02 PM

Was your telescope available off the shelf? Or did you have to wait for it? Did you have to pay shipping?
Thank you,
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:49 PM

i had to wait for it. it was shipped to my dealer so shipping was included in the price






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