Nothing would be done at all if one waited until they could do it so well that nobody could find fault with it.
Quote:I'm torn between two entry level reflector telescopes.I currently have the chance to get a N.I.B. Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ for $170 no tax, locally.Before I stumbled across this deal, I was fairly set on the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST, which would be $299 with tax direct from Orion.My primary question is this - is the quality of the Orion $130 better than the Celestron?To this newb, they spec out about the same. Thanks!
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Quote:here's my $0.2, both scopes are jumk. Save your money for a better scope or spend your money on a pair of binoculars. The scopes have horrible optics, focusing, and cheeply made for the masses.
Quote:My primary question is this - is the quality of the Orion $130 better than the Celestron?
Orion XT12G Telrad Orion Q70 32mm ES 82* 8.8mm ES 82* 6.7mm ES 82* 4.7mm Baader Hyperion Mark-2 Zoom Orion Skyline GLP + finder bracket Astro-Tech 2x Barlow for 2" and 1.25" Orion Variable Polarizing Eyepiece Moon Filter Orion UltraBlock Narrowband Filter GPS An awesome wife that bought me the telescope! Apertura AD8 with tweakers package Celestron 15x70 Starmaster Binoculars with tripod Celestron Neximage 5 Member CFAS http://www.astrobin.com/users/billytk/
Quote:Different dealers, and Aptura's dealer has better service. That's what I was told here.
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Quote:Thanks everyone for their feedback.I decided to take some of the initial advice offered in this thread and get some Orion 20x80 binocs and a decent tripod, and will crawl before I walk. For now one of the more important things was to get something that was highly portable since I need to be able to travel a bit to escape the light pollution.I'll start saving for a 10" or 12" dob.
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[August 21st, 2017]
Quote:20x80s are really strong and very hard to use by hand. 10x50s would be better.
Quote:...but my Orion Spaceprobe 130 is not bad for a beginner scope. It does NOT have a parabolic mirror in it, just a flat mirror. That said, I get some pretty good DSO's with it. Definately a light bucket. ... I had to take the EQ mount apart and relube with some lithium grease an it works pretty well now. ... Enjoy.
Quote:I don't know about the Celestron, but my Orion Spaceprobe 130 is not bad for a beginner scope. It does NOT have a parabolic mirror in it, just a flat mirror.
Quote:Quote:I don't know about the Celestron, but my Orion Spaceprobe 130 is not bad for a beginner scope. It does NOT have a parabolic mirror in it, just a flat mirror.Eh what? You can't make a telescope using just flat mirrors. Your secondary mirror is flat, but your main mirror is most definitely curved.In reflectors, the alternative to a paraboloid mirror is a spherical mirror. But by all reports, the SpaceProbe 130 does indeed have a paraboloid mirror -- and quite a good one, too.