Super 102mm NexStar refractor sale
Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:10 PM
OPT Telescopes just sent me flyer for their sale.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:04 PM
Interestingly, I happened to be poking around the new site earlier this morning and noticed they supposedly had Omni XLT 102ED's in stock. I know, discontinued, etc.
I tossed one in the cart and ordered it just to see. When I checked back an hour later, the scope's page showed wait list instead of in stock and my order was processing. I figured it was just an error and that they didn't really have any, but my order shipped this evening.
I may have gotten pretty lucky with that. Considering they mentioned factory closeout or something like that regarding the 102 GT's, I'm wondering if Celestron located a few remaining 102ED's at the same time. Who knows.
No idea if any more will pop up, but it might be worth keeping any eye on the 102ED page just in case if anyone is interested.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:35 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:54 AM
I like OPT a lot...but beware the shipping prices though. Seems to me, whenever OPT has a sale, their shipping prices go up. When the sale is over, shipping prices come back down to earth.
Quite the allegation.. Do you have documentation of this?
OPT in my experience has never been sneaky or deceptive about the shipping costs.
Also, I wholeheartedly recommend the 102GT Celestron F/10 Achromat. It is currently my most massive scope, and the largest refractor that I am likely to be owning for some time.
I have had fabulous views of Saturn in mine over the past few nights, (hindered by a murky light fog layer tonight though unfortunately) which I would say rival the best views of Saturn that I have obtained so far in my Skywatcher (also Synta made) 130mm F/5 reflector (which I really truly love btw, and which seem to for the most part come with very nice mirrors from the factory, from everything I have read and have personally seen.. so that's somewhat saying something I suppose, that they give each other a run for the money!)
(edit: just recalled, that Skywatcher Newt OTA was from one of OPT's clearance sales for about 70$ if I am remembering right. If I did not already have my 102GT that came w/ NexStar GT goto mount for about 175$ out the door from the Christmas Costco sale, then I would totally pounce on this sale.)
Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:33 AM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:58 AM
BTW, I do order a lot from OPT. I do like them and they are really good to me, just thought their shipping was high - especially on items that most other vendors do not charge shipping on.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:33 AM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:41 AM
Of worthy note...I do own a Celestron GT102 and absolutely love it. I use it with my Lunt B1200 CAK module for solar imaging but it is also a great scope for just about anything else as well.
I recently inspected a GT102. It appeared be a real bargain, a great value but as a scope, it seemed to suffer the same issues as most Synta achromats. For example, the focuser seemed to suffer the typical sloppy and stiff symptoms that ail every Synta rack and pinion focus I have seen. It seems like it has the makings of a good scope.
That said, the version with the 2 inch diagonal is tempting, $80 for a 4 inch F/10 with a basic 2 inch diagonal with a 1.25 inch- 2 inch adapter.. I could just drive up there and save myself the shipping.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:25 AM
The GT102 version I have included the 2" diagonal. CA isn't bad at all (F/10 seems to help this out). The focuser on mine is a bit stiff but not excessively so. I use it mainly for solar imaging and it excels at that. The images in CAK are even better than my ES102mm APO provided (again, F/10 seems to be the sweet spot for solar calcium imaging).
Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:46 AM
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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:56 PM
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:55 AM
I really can't justify buying the scope, since I just bought a 90 mm F7 apochromat ($$) about a month ago.
However, I was interested in getting a 45° erect-image diagonal for terrestrial viewing. They go for $50 new.
So, for $75, I got a 102 mm F10 achromat with a 45° correct image diagonal. Who could resist this scope at $25?
I have my 90mm on my SLT mount. The 102mm will ride on my Porta II and wood tripod for quick peeks and terrestrial viewing. I figure I can also put my 2" SV diagonal on it for fairly wide views.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:04 AM
I remember when I ordered my Hutech IDAS (about 2 ounces) from them (2011) when it was on sale...conducted the order on the phone but still had to pay $15.00 shipping. I thought this was kind of excessive, so sometime later, out of curiosity I went to their website and added the filter to my shopping cart and had the web site calculate shipping, and it was about $7.00. Another experience is when I ordered an Orion OAG that was on sale (about 12 ounces - total) and paid $18 shipping (this order was on the web - Orion charges $9 shipping for the same item). I guess we all have different experiences with the vendors. I have complained openly to OPT salespeople when I call to order something to try and get the shipping down. I am a regular customer with them. However; I am starting to think I should not say anything about this - obviously my experiences are different from many of yours.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:34 AM
I told my wife I bought a diagonal for terrestrial viewing. She asked how much. I told her $75. She said, "OK".
So then I said, by the way, it comes with a telescope.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:07 PM
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:04 PM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:56 PM
What it is made of? Specifically, tube and the focuser?
What is the weight of it?
Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:47 PM