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#26 zjc26138

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 09:50 AM

Maybe I should held off on buying the AR5, and saved up for one of these new Orion SCT's

#27 moynihan

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Posted 10 August 2005 - 02:06 PM

I think that Orion as a company got its start making after market drive correctors for the early Celestron CAT's. They were pretty good too.

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Posted 11 August 2005 - 11:44 AM

Does any one know if Orion will sell the Goto Atlas/11"SC combo? Or how about a Goto Atlas/9.25SC. Also does any one think Celestron and Orion might merge. I have a gut feeling that there's going to be some really big projects produced. For instance,dont be surprised if this time next year there is a 14-16 inch Celest/Orion DOB. Sean[Orlando,Fl]

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Posted 11 August 2005 - 11:46 AM

I don' think Orion is going to merge with Celestron. Orion was just bought this past year by another company...

#30 ForgottenMObject

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Posted 11 August 2005 - 12:53 PM

They won't merge, but with Synta as the main supplier of everything but SCT optics and a few other things, there will be huge incentive for them to work together to produce big, new products.

#31 John Kocijanski

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 03:47 PM

I just got the new catalog and they are in there. Nice prices too. They remind me of my SPC-8.

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 08:27 PM

Does any one know if Orion will sell the Goto Atlas/11"SC combo? Or how about a Goto Atlas/9.25SC. Sean[Orlando,Fl]


The new Orion catalog shows availability of both.

#33 conus

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 09:05 PM

Just got my catalog,too. The 8, 9.25 and 11 are all offered in gray with the Orion logo. Celestron is mentioned in the text as the manufacturer. According to the catalog, 70+ new products are being offered this month.

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 12:52 PM

Does it just always seem this way? or has this truly been an extraordinary year in new astro-equipment offerings? Refractors too!

#35 Bob Schmall

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 09:19 AM

Just got my catalog,too. The 8, 9.25 and 11 are all offered in gray with the Orion logo. Celestron is mentioned in the text as the manufacturer. According to the catalog, 70+ new products are being offered this month.


Celestron is mentioned as the manufacturer of the OPTICS. I'm guessing that the reason for the lower price is that the tube's mechanical components are from China.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. :smirk:
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Posted 17 August 2005 - 10:34 AM

Suppose the Orion brand Celestron scopes are made by Celestron but not to the usual standards. Suppose they cut a few corners to lower the cost for Orion. Is that at all likely?
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Posted 19 August 2005 - 08:31 PM

I wonder if they'll ever move up to a 14" SCT??

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Posted 20 August 2005 - 06:13 PM

Suppose the Orion brand Celestron scopes are made by Celestron but not to the usual standards. Suppose they cut a few corners to lower the cost for Orion. Is that at all likely?
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Since Orion is stating that these SCTs are Celestron telescopes, I wouldn't think that scenario is likely. Seems that it wouldn't help Celestron's reputation any if they did.

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Posted 20 August 2005 - 07:19 PM

I wonder if they'll ever move up to a 14" SCT??


See page 15 of latest Orion catalog. CGE 1400XLT (i.e. 14" SCT)

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Posted 24 October 2005 - 10:45 PM

Strange alliance as Synta bought Celestron and also makes Orion's and SkyWatcher's scopes.

Does anyone know if the OTA will come out of the Celestron StarSeeker mount very easily?!? I'd like to have that "goto" for "grab'n'go" but still be able to remove the OTA and put on some rings to use as a guidescope for a bigger scope I plan on getting...If so, I think I'll ditch the Orion ST80 (which was purchased for that purpose) as I'm kinda tired of dealing with some minor issues with it right now...

Thanks for any feedback...

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Posted 25 October 2005 - 04:07 PM

I think all the same standards are in place especially when you start swapping labels. If you look closely the secondary housing still says celestron.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 09:52 AM

I'm fairly new to the hobby so please forgive the basic question...

If I were to buy one of the smaller OTAs (8" or 9.25"), are they available on the same mount w/GoTo or can they be upgraded without buying the entire mount for $1,299?

Thanks,

Marco


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