Quote:Hi All.I am about to purchase one of two scopes that I have been looking at and I have a question I need help with please.I am looking between the Orion AstroView 120ST Equatorial Refractor Telescope and the Orion AstroView 100ST Equatorial Refractor Telescope.The 100ST is $399.99 and the 120ST is $499.99.What my question is, is the extra seven-tenths of a inch worth the extra $100.00 bucks? Also what do you all think of these scopes?Thanks for your time. 73 mekaone
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Quote: I was hoping that the 120ST or 100ST may be a good basic setup for someone who was starting to take photos and also be good for looking at other stuff as long as they were not to bright.
Quote:Thanks all.That is why I ask first :-)I'll start looking for something else.This setup was attractive because of the price and that it was a all in one setup. I guess I'll have to pay a lot more to get what I want. I was just looking for a cheep way there :-)I'll have a look at the ED-80 and look through the used equipment to see what is out there. 73mekaone
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Quote: These short refractors aren't optimized for lunar and planetary use, but they do work pretty darn well at low to moderate powers. Clear skies to you.
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Quote:Thanks for all the very good advice everyone but I may just get the Orion AstroView 100mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope after all. I just found a complete package used for $250.00 shipped to my location and it also has the travel bag with it too. For $250.00 in my opinion I think it may just be worth it. At the very least it would give me something good to experiment on and it is at about half the price I was willing to spend. If anything, If I don't like it I could always resell it and get my money back. I think when I get it the first thing I'll do is check the focuser and mount to see if it is clean and working OK. As others have stated, sometimes the focuser needs to be reworked. As for the CA I guess I can try some filters if I don't like what I see. Any tips about this scope and mount would be welcome. 73
You know I have not pulled the trigger just yet on the 100ST.
I started to look at some of the online pics from both the 120ST and the ED80 to compair. It does seem that the CA in most of the pics on the 120 has a effect of making the pic look almost out of focus.
It would also seem that most of the pics from the ED80 look very sharp. Is this generally true? This is kind of swaying my mind a bit on spending a bit extra.
Does anyone know what a "2nd" from Orion is and would you trust it?
Quote: My mind is made up on the ED80. I always thought aperture was king but it would seem clarity in my eyes wins out. I wish I had more money to spend to get a even better APO scope with more aperture but the ED80 seems to have a very good following and I am happy to get it with all of your help :-)