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jag767
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap new [Re: smallscopefanLeo]
      #5960160 - 07/08/13 08:36 AM

This is probably one of my favorite scopes, especially for the value. I threw a set of rings on it, 2" dual speed focuser, vixen red dot, and 2" dielectric diagonal and it certainly does not disappoint. views with my meade 5k 82 degree are extremely pleasing.

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Laz
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap new [Re: CollinofAlabama]
      #5961601 - 07/09/13 02:10 AM Attachment (131 downloads)

I got mine for $59 !!, made an alt az pipe mount and put it all on a n8i tripod for a grab and go. Optics are very good.

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labmand
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap new [Re: Laz]
      #5963074 - 07/09/13 10:06 PM

Nice job Laz, I like it, did you do something to the Lens/dew shield, does not look stock? Also looks like AZ circles?

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Laz
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap new [Re: labmand]
      #5963413 - 07/10/13 01:42 AM

I roll a dew shield with black art paper and tape it together. It retracts backwards onto the tube so I can still use the lens cap. Yes I added an az circle plus an alt scale and bubble level,-- works well for finding dso's with Sky Safari app.

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pdxmoon
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: Laz]
      #5963534 - 07/10/13 05:28 AM

Newb question:

Can I mount this onto the mount below ill need to purchase rings?


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Laz
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: pdxmoon]
      #5963559 - 07/10/13 06:14 AM

Orion sells 100mm rings which fit this scope

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labmand
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: Laz]
      #5963870 - 07/10/13 11:07 AM


Thanks Laz, I have used a digital level for the Alt with a
Az circle, this coupled with a Orion 8x50 raci finder, very
easy and fast to find objects, just didn't like doing the look ups for current alt/az readings but have not tried
the app you mentioned, will have to check it out.

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I roll a dew shield with black art paper and tape it together. It retracts backwards onto the tube so I can still use the lens cap. Yes I added an az circle plus an alt scale and bubble level,-- works well for finding dso's with Sky Safari app.




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Binojunky
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: labmand]
      #5963887 - 07/10/13 11:16 AM

Thought about getting one, however by the time I pay for shipping to Canada and customs have their share it becomes a $200 OTA, not worth it, for me anyway , what annoys me is that you see all sorts of great deals in the USA but in Canada its the old take it or leave it with the prices,DA.

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Laz
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap new [Re: Binojunky]
      #5965048 - 07/11/13 12:25 AM

blame your distant relatives for being loyalists

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labmand
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: Binojunky]
      #5965670 - 07/11/13 01:08 PM

Think I paid about $30 for a digital level at Sears
most hardware type stores sell them I believe.

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Thought about getting one, however by the time I pay for shipping to Canada and customs have their share it becomes a $200 OTA, not worth it, for me anyway , what annoys me is that you see all sorts of great deals in the USA but in Canada its the old take it or leave it with the prices,DA.




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JimK
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: gunfighter48]
      #5966406 - 07/11/13 09:43 PM

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Does anyone know how much the OTA weighs? I tried to find out on the net but none of the specs list the weight of the OTA. ...


Per the Celestron manual (at this link) on pg 15, the OTA weighs 8 lb. Be sure to add the weight of accessories (finder, diagonal, eyepiece, rings/dovetail, dewshield, etc.) to get the full weight for your situation.

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gunfighter48
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: JimK]
      #5966434 - 07/11/13 10:04 PM

UPS just delivered my 102 GT OTA yesterday. Nice scope!! This is my first refractor. I've had newts and SCTs in the past and present.

I didn't care for the OEM focuser so I ordered a GSO dual speed Crayford and it will be here early next week. I looked at several mounts and wanted a goto that I could afford. So I ordered a iOptron Cube Pro. The tube out of the box weights 6.5lbs. The new focuser adds about 5oz to that weight. I'll be using 1.25 eyepieces most of the time. So the Cube Pro should handle the weight ok. The advertised payload for the Cube Pro runs from 6 to 12 pounds. iOptron started out saying 12lbs and now says 8lbs. I've read a few reviews with the owners running 10 to 16lbs and they weren't having any problems with the mount. I'll see how it handles the tube length and balance.

I also ordered a longer vixen style dovetail and 2 100mm rings for it. I can then mount the tube in the rings and be able to balance it on the mount better. If this all works out it will be a great grab and go scope.

Edited by gunfighter48 (07/11/13 10:12 PM)


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Laz
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: gunfighter48]
      #5966599 - 07/11/13 11:49 PM

Sounds great, post a picture when done and let us know how stable it is on the mount. Howard

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lynntx
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: jag767]
      #5967242 - 07/12/13 11:35 AM

I rec'd my scope on Wed. It was packaged very professionally in double box and everything looked good when I unpacked it. Still have not mounted it yet. We had couple nights of clouds since rec'd. It is a nice looking refractor for such a cheap scope. I have a 2" diagonal and pretty nice mix of eyepieces so I am looking forwarding to testing it out maybe this weekend. Light pollution over DFW is pretty bad, but I will check out some of the brighter targets.

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mdowns
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: lynntx]
      #5968580 - 07/13/13 06:59 AM

The one I ordered arrived the other day. I had just a moment to put it under the stars. As several had said earlier the included dovetail is woefully inadequate. Have ordered a longer dovetail and rings. The scope itself was actually surprising in its performance. With a 8mm Brandon and a 2x tele extender saturn remained sharp and detailed,very pleasing really.Between rolling thunderheads I also used a 20mm ES WA and got some teriffic starfields with pinpoint stars and excellent contrast.At the lower power color was very well managed though I did'nt get to try any higher powered views of bright stars. The stars btw, remained sharp to the edge of the 68* afov.This ota was bought to use as a loaner and when I replace the dovetail and add the rings I believe it will serve very very well in that capcity.

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jag767
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: mdowns]
      #5968939 - 07/13/13 12:41 PM



Got mine ready for tonight!


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CollinofAlabama
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: jag767]
      #5968999 - 07/13/13 01:17 PM

Jag767,

Is that an Astrozap mount? A nice setup for a weekend night out!

Thanks


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jag767
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: CollinofAlabama]
      #5969026 - 07/13/13 01:36 PM

Quote:

Jag767,

Is that an Astrozap mount? A nice setup for a weekend night out!

Thanks




Nope, cg5 mount. Yeah I really enjoy it as a portable setup. Still trying to figure out a nice fairly local place to go with it but I think it will serve me well!


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DaveG
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: jag767]
      #5969050 - 07/13/13 01:51 PM

Nice! Did you paint the OTA? I really like the white around the dew shield.

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jag767
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Re: 102mm achro for cheap [Re: DaveG]
      #5969058 - 07/13/13 02:02 PM

Thanks! I was going to paint it but i had a bunch of rolls of colored electrical tape and the white caught my eye. Impossible to tell its tape even right next to it. Just pop the ring off, wrap it and tuck the excess under it. Put it back on and there ya go!

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