Meade 90AZ-ADR or Orion Astro View 90MM ??
Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:38 AM
Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:06 PM
Returning to sky watching after many years of just looking up and recently decided to purchase a new scope. I like the traditional refractor type and have been looking at the two scopes listed in the "subject" line. Are these good starter scopes, if so, is either better than the other? Or, are there other better choices? I know size counts but the budget is $300. Thanks for any advice!
Walmart seems to be seeling the 90AZ-ADR for $150. I have not seen it but my experience with recent model Meade refractors like this is that they are a lot of plastic. The Orion would be a typical Orion refractor, no plastic, solid but no frills, the EQ-2 mount is marginal for a scope this large.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:43 PM
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:59 AM
Contact Bill Vorce at telescope warehouse
Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:22 PM
Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:30 PM
Or you could look for an older Meade model 390 or 395.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:36 PM
There is a Meade 390 (90mm az-el) for $100 in Stanford,Kentucky.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:52 PM
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:41 AM
The Omni 102mm XLT refractor is a very decent scope for general purpose viewing of many celestial objects. At approx. f/10 it doesn't show as much CA as shorter focal length achro refractors do. To me it's strengths are in viewing the Moon, planets, open clusters and double stars. I have it mounted on the CG-4 mount which does a good job. It complements my 12 inch dob nicely.
Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:39 PM
Looking for a grab 'n go 90mm to take into my back yard for planet views, I read a number of reviews on this scope. I bought one from Telescope Warehouse recently.
Bottom line: excellent optics, very well collimated in the plastic cell; focuser actually better than a standard plastic one, because the tension is adjustable with 4 screws that press on ball bearings.
Worth MUCH more than the advertised price. Very nice 200x views of Saturn.
Frankfort, KY USA