François C8 f/10, lunt 102 mm f/7 ED. SkyWatcher 12" f/5. pentax XW 40, 30,10 delos 14, 8, 6, 4.5. Vixen lvw 22 Brandon 12, 8 TV 2x barlow Closer and closer to the ideal eyepiece collection, but never reaching perfection
Indiana for two more weeks...
14.5" Teeter w/ Richard Fagin mirror, TT #66
EON 120ED on CG-5 ASGT
Lunt LS60THa/B1200 Sky Guy Porta II
Denk Super System with A45 OCS
Quote:François:Nice review.... sounds very much like the Astro-Tech 102ED... I suspect it is the same basic scope. My experience with the AT-102ED was very similar to yours. A good value in a compact package.Jon
Quote:Looking at the scope, I'm guessing it's pretty much the same as mine (with only a few minor differences). I think your impressions are similar as well. Mine is an Astro telescopes one. The same scope was packaged by other manufacturers (Stellavue, Orion, etc). It's manufactured by a Chinese company Kunming http://united-optics.com/ I think it's a great value telescope, but as you note, it's not perfect on the color correction. Still a wonderful scope and still grab and go!! Certainly it's a huge difference to the Celestron 102HD achromat I used to have. Not that the celestron was a bad scope, but even this lower color correcting ED glass makes a big difference.
WO Megrez 120 ED on GP Mount
WO ZenithStar 80 ED II on Porta II
10" Meade LightBridge/Paracorr
Orion ED 100 on Polaris Mount
Astro-Tech 8" f6 Dob
Bushnell Ares 5
Meade 226 2.4" f11.7
SpaceScope 2.4" f15
Quote:Sounds like a nice scope, but 17 lbs is heavy for a 102 doublet! My ED 120, with rings, 2" diagonal and 2" 27mm Pan is 17 lbs.
Quote:Nice report.Glad to hear you are enjoying your new scope. However if this is the same scope as the Orion Premium or the Astrotech, why is the Lunt so much cheaper?
Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
SteveCarpe NoctemBushnell 10x50 Seymour solarized binoculars.Bushnell 12x32 moon and terrestrial binoculars.Celestron: 102-GT Refractor OTA on a CG-4 GEMAstro-Tech Value Plössl 32mm, 20mmZhumell Z series 14.5mm, 9mm, 5mm+42° 18' 37.39", -122° 52' 3.76"Never argue with a fool. Onlookers often can't tell the difference.
Quote:I believe Jon Isaacs said it had the same level of chromatic aberration that a 102mm crown and flint F/21 instrument would possess, I love its small size, sliding dewshield, and relatively light weight
Quote:François,What what type of mounting adapter did you end up getting?Also where did you mount your RACI?
Weight of my Orion 102ED is 9.2lbs, with rings, dovetail and finder shoe, but no finder, diagonal, eyepiece, extension tube or caps. The form factor is not significantly different to 80mm EDs and it weighs only 2.0 lbs more than my C80ED which now sits idle.
This little 'scope by Kunming is a keeper.
Shane in black-zone New Mexico'Fracs, Maks, Newts and Schmidt-Newts, 3.1"-10", f/4-f/13. Alt-az and GEMs.