Orion Mak 102
Posted 06 May 2005 - 11:42 AM
Favorite Quote: You can't see the world from your backyard, but you can see the universe from there!
Posted 06 May 2005 - 05:32 PM
Glad to hear you like the scope. A 4" Mak makes a great companion. Ring mounting is a good idea too.
Once you get tired of high mag images drifting out of the field, I'd suggest you check out the RA drive that Orion sells for that mount.
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Posted 07 May 2005 - 10:31 AM
I'd have to agree with you. I had the Sky-Watcher version of the same scope and it was fantastic! Very sharp views. It gave me my best views of Saturn and Jupiter so far. Combined with a good barlow and clear night, you shouldn't have any problems seeing Saturn's C-ring. The FOV is very narrow, but when you could get something within that field, you won't be dissappointed. I had it mounted on an EQ-2 mount myself without any drive motors, so I can feel your pain. I recently sold my scope to upgrade to a 80ED (which I haven't used yet), but there are times when I really regret selling it.
Posted 07 May 2005 - 11:40 PM
Welcome to Cloudy Nights!
I owned the Starmax 127 and it was an excellent scope.
You will never tire of the Lunar views - it just won't happen.
Congrats on a fine scope.
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Posted 27 May 2005 - 08:26 PM
I ordered the 127 and it should be in tomorrow. I will let you know how it is. I have heard good things about the 90,102 and 127. I wanted the bigger aperture so that’s why I went with the 127 over the 102.
Posted 28 May 2005 - 04:43 PM
But, for the planets, most smaller planetary nebula and the moon at higher powers, both of these Maks deliver FANTASTIC images. The only real problem is FOV, cause they're remarkably portable. To this end, however, the 4" is MUCH better. It is a real grab 'n go, and the 5" is not (more like a 100mm refractor vs an 80mm short tube model) Also, the cool down time is phenomenally different. The 4" cools down a LOT faster.
But both produce great images.
Posted 09 June 2005 - 01:49 PM
So how do you like your new 127? I bet views of Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon will knock your socks off! The only thing I had trouble with initially, was getting used to the narrow field of view this scope has. I bought a 90 degree finder. I find it to be alot less awkward.
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Posted 14 June 2005 - 01:44 PM
Hi Ken!!,I'm glad you like your Orion StarMax 104.I own a StarMax 127mm and absolutely love it!!I do have the single axis drive motor and find it absolutely necessary!!It's amazing how much more you can see on planets and other objects when all you need to concentrate on is your observing,rather than having to center your object all the time!! Enjoy!!...and clear skies!!
I did order the single axis motor drive this week. I wasn't sure if I wanted one at first, but after reading your message, I decided to order one as soon as the budget allowed.
Posted 15 June 2005 - 03:05 PM
I only have the 26mm EP that came with it. I'm trying to decide whether to get a 2x barlow, or a ~17mm EP for a little more magnification.
Also I want to get a 32mm or 40mm EP to make finding DSOs a little easier.
The scope I had before was a 60mm JC Penny special that I had for about 10 years, so this is much, much better!
Posted 15 June 2005 - 04:58 PM
I tried a shorty barlow, but I didnt like it. If you do get a barlow, I would recommend the shorty Plus. Instead I prefer a 10mm eyepiece for high Magnifications.