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Takahashi FS - 102 Fluorite Doublet Apochromat

Mar 21 2005 11:13 AM | Guest in 100mm - 110mm Refractors

While my nine year old son and I were out in our rural backyard one clear evening this past Fall, my son gazed up into the sky and remarked on the endless number of stars visible to him. He was especially drawn to a couple of extraordinarily bright objects. " Hey dad, there's the North Star ", he exclaimed. As I looked up at the bright object that he was referencing, I advised him that he had found the planet Jupiter. "Wow", Jupiter, he said! I then proceeded to point out Saturn, Polaris, the alignment of the pointer stars in the Big Dipper to find Polaris, etc. I then ran into the house and dug out my old Minolta 10x50's and gave him a glimpse of M-42, of course, after outlining the asterism of Orion the Warrior.

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TMB Optical 180 F/9 EDstar APO Refractor

Mar 21 2005 12:05 PM | Guest in 140mm + Refractors

The 180 mm f/9 EDstar differs from the other Fluorostar telescopes offered by TMB Optical (U.S.) & APM (germany). Designed with less expensive glass and an f/9 focal ratio, the scope delivers outstanding visual performance, without the extended color correction which can be obtained in the violet portion of the spectrum using more exotic and expensive optical glass. It is a physically larger scope than many might choose and requires a large mount to support it. Nevertheless, it is still one person manageable, and with five feet of space in a van or SUV, it is not difficult to transport. Since the scope excels at sharp views of low contrast planetary and lunar detail, it does not have to be transported to a dark sky site to perform on

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Orion Ultrascan

Mar 21 2005 12:34 PM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

NOTE: This scope is quite similar to the Apogee 80mm scope previously reviewed here at Cloudy Nights. There are enough differences, however, that I felt it might be worthwhile to some readers.

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Celestron Ultima 80

Dec 16 2014 03:18 PM | Gianluca67 in Other Telescopes

I had the opportunity to observe the sky with this spotting scope during my holidays last Summer. My Father in law happened to own the Celestron Ultima 80 for nature watching and shooting sport and had left the scope at his holiday house near the seaside where I spent my holidays with my family. The sky there is pretty good so you can see 5.0-5.5 magnitude stars with the unaided eye at the zenith.

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The Meade Infinity 102 AZ

Nov 22 2014 12:42 PM | Bill Steen in 100mm - 110mm Refractors

The Meade Infinity 102 AZ Altazimuth Refractor A Review by Bill Steen September, 2014 This review is in response to feedback I requested and received on an article submitted to Cloudy Nights on my thoughts on the two new lines of Meade entry level scopes, the Infinity Altazimuth and Polaris Equatorial series. After a few weeks, I received a cryptic email from Meade telling me that an Infinity 102 AZ Refractor and a Polaris 130 Equatorial Reflector were being sent to me for my review, with no other words.

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SkyWatcher ED Esprit 120mm Apochromatic Triplet

Aug 17 2014 10:36 AM | DarrenT in 120mm - 130mm Refractors

I have always said that if I had to go from having a couple of scopes to one in weighing aperture versus portability, contrast and almost crystalline view, then that one scope would be a decent aperture refractor. This 120 might just be the ticket.

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1966 Sears 76mm f/16 Equatorial Refractor - "A Telescope made for Astronomers"

May 18 2010 07:20 AM | Guido Santacana in 60mm - 78mm Refractors

The year was 1966 and the day was the 25th of December. Early that morning I woke up and joined my brother, sister and first cousin in the quest to see what Santa had delivered under the Christmas tree. There was a corrugated cardboard box wit

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Meade 60mm Refractor : Paperweight or Powerhouse?

Apr 20 2010 06:38 AM | phxbird in 60mm - 78mm Refractors

Never go on Ebay if you don't want to spend money! One night I was rooting around to see what great deals I could find. There was a time when I missed out on a $5,000 sports car that I could have bought for $450 had I just looked in the next barn! Do not want to make that mistake again especially when it comes to telescopes. I Saw a Meade 60mm refractor advertised for

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Orion Star Seeker 80 Goto Refractor

Mar 23 2010 06:51 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

The reasons I chose to purchase this scope are manifold. Firstly, was the price, I was looking for a wide field goto refractor that wouldn’t break the bank as the poor economy has hit us all. I paid $269.95 for this scope delivered and it regularly sells for $329.95 plus shipping, so

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Celestron EdgeHD 8" SCT

Mar 19 2010 06:42 AM | Eddgie in Schmidt-Cassegrains (SCTs)

The EdgeHD marks a milestone in commercial SCT development. In the standard SCT design, the primary and secondary mirrors are both spherical. As designed, the standard SCT has inherent off axis coma and a

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Takahashi Sky-90 SV

Feb 19 2010 08:14 AM | Guest in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

When I received the scope, it was just as many said it was going to be. Packed extremely well and very well built. However, I didn’t deem it any more well built than my Vixen 80ss. In fact, the Vixen is more attractive, and the focuser

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Borg 77ED SWII Ultra Light Refractor

Jan 27 2010 07:22 AM | JayKSC in 60mm - 78mm Refractors

In operation, the focuser movements are smooth provided that heavy diagonals and eyepieces are avoided. With my orthoscopics or plossls combined with a 1.25-inch diagonal, I found the helical focuser provided

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TeleVue 76 Doublet Apochromat Refractor

Jan 15 2010 07:30 AM | astroneil in 60mm - 78mm Refractors

Tele Vue has enjoyed great success throughout the United States as producers of high quality optical products for the discriminating visual observer and more recently for the advanced astro-imager. Even after 30 years, Tele Vue eyepieces are made to a standard by which all other designs are compared and are

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Takahashi TSA-120

Jan 12 2010 10:12 AM | Bill Vance in 120mm - 130mm Refractors

One of the improvements of the new TSA design is better color correction. Even though the Takahashi fluorite doublets provide excellent images, some have complained about

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Bushnell Northstar 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain

Jan 06 2010 06:45 AM | earthbot1 in Maksutov-Cassegrains (MCTs)

Once you do a STAR ALIGN, the go/to feature works very well. I was able to get most objects

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Meade ETX-80AT

Jan 06 2010 06:59 AM | lemonsensation in 80mm - 90mm Refractors

If you plan to not use the AutoStar feature and want to just manually point to objects in the sky, then you will have to purchase a

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Meade DS-2102AT-TC Refractor with Autostar

Jan 06 2010 07:16 AM | aa5te in 100mm - 110mm Refractors

The Autostar controller motor and controller function as they should and as they did on two other Meade scopes that I’ve had (a DS2130-AT and a DS-2090AT-TC). It seems as if the drive sometime skips gear teeth or can’t

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Celestron ExploraScope

Jan 06 2010 07:30 AM | Gmurray618 in EQ Mounted Newtonians

It came with no focuser, just the OTA and the small base the OTA sits on. I put the lens from my Coronado PST into the hole where a focuser should be and tightened a

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Popular Beginner Scopes - Zhumell 8" Dob vs. Meade ETX-125PE UHTC

Jan 06 2010 07:51 AM | Guest in Dobsonians (4" - 8")

The premise of this review, especially for beginners, is that it seems like we are always looking for that perfect scope, especially if we are on a limited budget, and want to buy one scope that will do

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Celestron C90 Maksutov-Cassegrain

Jan 06 2010 08:36 AM | Jeff Lee in Maksutov-Cassegrains (MCTs)

One of the unusual design features of the C90 is its helical focusing. You have to learn how to critically focus it and it does

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Orion Skyquest XXS12 Dobsonian

Jan 06 2010 10:45 AM | Bnmdev in Dobsonians (10" - 40")

I purchased my Orion Skyquest XXS12 Dobsonian this summer as a major upgrade to my viewing capabilities. I grew up sky observing using an Edmund Scientific 3 inch reflector. I would spend hours looking at the moon, Jupiter, but

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Orion Spaceprobe 130ST

Jan 05 2010 07:29 AM | Parker Fly in EQ Mounted Newtonians

The 130ST has a wide field of view for low power observing. At first I was concerned that the maximum magnification of this scope was

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Explore Scientific 127mm APO Triplet

Jan 05 2010 07:41 AM | Tom Wade in 120mm - 130mm Refractors

The OTA and accessories all came in a large well built foot locker style case. The case is great for storing the scope when not in use but I've found it too large and heavy to be used in transporting

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Celestron FirstScope 76mm

Jan 05 2010 07:49 AM | koehlc in Dobsonians (4" - 8")

Not wanting to invest a lot in a better scope, as I didn't know how much use it would get, I jumped at the chance to acquire a

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Outreach-Oriented Celestron C-8, StellarVue Nighthawk, Vixen PortaMount

Jan 05 2010 08:40 AM | Jay_Bird in Schmidt-Cassegrains (SCTs)

Over 30 years I’ve used several scopes, learned and traded up second-hand scopes starting with a 30mm Balscope spotter on to 3-inch Gilbert reflector, using an equatorial 60mm long focus Tasco and 8-inch "classic" GEM reflector through college. I became a

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