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Jon Isaacs
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Lunt ED Refractors
      #5383937 - 08/24/12 03:49 AM

I was browsing Astromart and noticed that Lunt Engineering seems to be now importing three ED refractors, a 70mm F/6 ($399), an 80mm F/7 ($449) and the 102mm F/7 ($729.)

Nominally, these look like the typical Asian FPL-51/FK-61 ED doublets at very good prices. The 102 mm appears to be essentially the same scope as the AT-102ED, Orion "Premium" 102ED and the SV-102ED. The 102ED photo shows a thumbscrew to keep the dewshield from sliding down, a common problem with these scopes.

Lunt ED Refractors at AT&WB

These look like a ray of sunshine for those who have mourned the death of the affordable ED doublets.

Jon


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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5384007 - 08/24/12 05:51 AM

Especially since Lunt has proven themselves to be a quality company, it's good to have more choices out there!

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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5384045 - 08/24/12 07:07 AM

When other Lunt dealers update their websites I'm sure you'll be able to buy it elsewhere, hopefully.

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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5384132 - 08/24/12 09:04 AM

Quote:

I was browsing Astromart and noticed that Lunt Engineering seems to be now importing three ED refractors, a 70mm F/6 ($399), an 80mm F/7 ($449) and the 102mm F/7 ($729.)

Nominally, these look like the typical Asian FPL-51/FK-61 ED doublets at very good prices. The 102 mm appears to be essentially the same scope as the AT-102ED, Orion "Premium" 102ED and the SV-102ED. The 102ED photo shows a thumbscrew to keep the dewshield from sliding down, a common problem with these scopes.

Lunt ED Refractors at AT&WB

These look like a ray of sunshine for those who have mourned the death of the affordable ED doublets.

Jon




thanks jon

great news indeed. i was looking to replace my ES 80mm with a 102mm scope but was left with no alternative since ES has replaced their triplet by a carbon scope which will probably be more expensive needlessly.

this scope is in fact great news for many of us.


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Sean Puett
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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: coutleef]
      #5384213 - 08/24/12 10:00 AM

Too bad they stopped there. At those prices, a 5" ed doublet for $1000-1150 would be great. And/or a 6" for $1800-2000. But, a 4"ed doublet for $750 is a great deal.

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Sean Puett
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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: gillmj24]
      #5384222 - 08/24/12 10:05 AM

Quote:

When other Lunt dealers update their websites I'm sure you'll be able to buy it elsewhere, hopefully.



Why wouldn't you just buy from anacortes? The only reason i don't buy from them very often is that i am local.


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Starhawk
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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: Sean Puett]
      #5384267 - 08/24/12 10:27 AM

They are talking white light and CaK. I wonder if that means they have a tailored color correction for blue. The results could be interesting all around if they do.

-Rich


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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5385559 - 08/25/12 12:12 AM

I've been thinking about a 72mm for a while and Astronomics seems like the best deal around. So, why would I buy a Lunt 70mm for more money, a single focuser and no metal case? Is it something to do with solar viewing?

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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: carlcat]
      #5385591 - 08/25/12 12:43 AM

I wouldn't argue that the AT72 isn't a better deal. Free shipping plus a hard case,plus we get to purchase from our sponsor.

This Lunt 72mm does appear to have a 2 speed focuser,though.


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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: KWB]
      #5385783 - 08/25/12 04:19 AM

Last weekend we're able to use a 230mm F/7 Lunt Solar LS230T/PT refractor, it's by far the world’s largest production Solar telescope. Amazing views of our Sun

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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: carlcat]
      #5385842 - 08/25/12 06:00 AM

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I've been thinking about a 72mm for a while and Astronomics seems like the best deal around. So, why would I buy a Lunt 70mm for more money, a single focuser and no metal case? Is it something to do with solar viewing?




The Lunt 70mm doesn't look like the good deal the other two are, maybe it's a misprint because it's only $50 less than the 80mm. I don't know what scopes you currently own but I find 70mm is not enough, 80mm is enough. A couple other points:

- They all have two speed focusers.

- The 70mm has a soft case. I like soft cases more than hard cases... You might not.

I am not buying one, I've got a good 80mm and a good 101mm. But for someone looking for an affordable ED refractor, the 80mm and 102mm look like the best deals around.

Jon


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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5482721 - 10/21/12 09:37 PM

Anything more on these? I cannot find anything but the basic information...are they available now? Does anyone have one he or she can comment on? I would like a nice 80mm ed for my C=14 actually for a finder.

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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: charlesgeiger]
      #5483327 - 10/22/12 10:05 AM

i have a 102mm on order and habe seen one in a store. they seem well built and the focuser is pretty much like the es scopes.

once i have mine, i will write a short report but not on the 80 but the 102mm


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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: coutleef]
      #5483386 - 10/22/12 10:42 AM

Lunt is supposed to be at ASAE next month. I'll have to see what they have on display in this area.

-Rich


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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5491886 - 10/27/12 04:12 PM

I am receiving mine this week. Because of the Frankenstorm, there will be a delay for the evaluation, but i will give my impression on the 102 ED

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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: coutleef]
      #5492502 - 10/28/12 12:19 AM

If you're in a low lying area, put a hatchet in your attic.

-Rich


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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: coutleef]
      #5503096 - 11/03/12 10:16 PM

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I am receiving mine this week. Because of the Frankenstorm, there will be a delay for the evaluation, but i will give my impression on the 102 ED




Have you had a chance to use the 102 yet? Looks like a lot of scope for the money.


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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: KevH]
      #5504299 - 11/04/12 05:55 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I am receiving mine this week. Because of the Frankenstorm, there will be a delay for the evaluation, but i will give my impression on the 102 ED




Have you had a chance to use the 102 yet? Looks like a lot of scope for the money.




Not yet i am supposed to receive it this week


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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: coutleef]
      #5534341 - 11/22/12 07:14 PM

Hi Francois
Have you finally received your Lunt Doublet?
I am considering a similar purchase (either the 70mm or 80mm) for a trip in December.


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Re: Lunt ED Refractors new [Re: pdeschen]
      #5534522 - 11/22/12 09:48 PM

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Hi Francois
Have you finally received your Lunt Doublet?
I am considering a similar purchase (either the 70mm or 80mm) for a trip in December.




Just posted an evaluation of it.


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