Celestron NexStar 102 f/9.8--Celestron 80mmED f/7.5--AT72ED f/6--Vixen A 70 lf f/12.9 (Soooo Pretty..) c. 60s Tasco 15te (My $20 Vintage Scope) Vixen Polaris Mount, Vixen Porta II
Quote:A very excellent review. This corresponds to my experience with this scope. It is a wonderful value.
Quote:I am pretty much a fan of the NG series. I purchase NG 70's for my grandchildren, but put 32, 20, 15, and 12.4 mm plossles along with a 2X barlow with them. The series seems to be cleaverly made for the level of scope. I have had no complaints with the recent ones at all. I have personally used an NG 70 to find and split the Astronomy League's Double Star List, but have wondered how well the original eyepieces and the 60mm version would hold up beyond the Moon and other bright objects. This was a very well done review with more extensive viewing on rather demanding objects for this level of scope than I have done. This is good information on what I can try to see when I visit my grandchildren as part of their learning experience.Bill Steen
Quote:These little scopes do well with double stars, at least ones within reason for their diameters. Something that also helps is to sand rings around the inside of the lens hood and the lens keeper ring, then pain the inside with the flattest, blackest paint you can find. A lot of glare from reflections go away. I also blacken the edges of the objective lenses with a cone tipped sharpie, using the flat edge and not the point...about two good coats. It makes a big difference in contrast.
A Dob, several refractors, a few mounts, and assorted eyepieces. I build things like well reasoned arguments...
Quote:I had no idea that collimation of such an inexpensive refractor was possible.
Quote:Just a note:Your well composed and comprehensive review is the reason I now have one of these excellent little refractors in my collection and I find I am using quite often due to its portability. Thank you once again for an excellent review.Clear skies and of course, Keep looking up!Bill
Quote:These little scopes do well with double stars, at least ones within reason for their diameters.