I have been looking for this scope for a while, but I had other commitments first and I searched the net to see any 'expert
amateur's ' view and found this interesting thread and I was pleased to be confirmed I was choosing correctly 'for the money' I had!
Well, I finally purchased it [I am in UK] and I have to say the optics are not bad at all, but I am not an 'expert', so do not take my observations as sure!
Anyway, talking in general the only good thing is the optics for the price as for the rest it is all plastic!
The whole finder and thumbscrews are plastic and I mean 'plastic' not nylon - in fact the screws do not even fit the finder rings
- even if I try to force them a bit.
Also the screws that are for the finder 'aluminium' [yes!] saddle do not fit too ... at all and I had to use some of mine that
actually are nylon - you see the difference as nylon is silicone white colour while plastic is almost Ivory! The nylon ones fit gracefully.
I have not use its finder and used the one that came with the E.S. AR152 I have, which is metal and not plastic.
I also tried to fit a standard Finder saddle - the most used one and I would call standard [at least in the UK] and I could not fit it,
even the one I have has wide adaptable holes as the tube holes are too far apart and on angular position - even after I filed one
saddle, I could not still fit it.
Therefore I am now using the AR152 finder, but ... I am now waiting for a 400mm x 4" x 1" boxed aluminium bar and will fit a couple
of finder saddles on the sides and a vice type of clamp for any telescopes using the standard vixen dovetail ~43mm [if I
I already did a timber version of it and works fine.
The reason I wanted to fit the standard finder saddle, is because all I have uses that and I also wanted to fit my TS60 to use it as
But this way [with the bar] is better because I will have up to 4 telescopes on it and I might actually also fit 2x vice clamps so I
could fit the AR102sx and my old ST80 [cheap scopes] together and the TS60 on one side or the other - as I will fit 2x standard
finder scope saddles on wither side depending on what I wish to do, also because where I am - not only is light polluted, but I
also have a narrow view and need to move the TS60 left or right ... ha ha ha hahaaaa
Anyway, just to show you what this little AR102SX can do here is The Moon.
Not bad at all - I am actually surprised in part - by using the 0.8x flattener I get down to F3.6 and that helped 'a lot' my Altair
178c camera - what a match.
What do you think?
Clear Skies [in Northern UK? I wish!]
I have replaced all the accessories that came with this telescope. The viewfinder with the bresser 50mm one, the star diagonal with a skywatcher dielectric and, of course, I don’t use the eyepiece included except as a door stop! If you buy that telescope, you must have in mind that you must spend another 150€ to buy some good quality accessories and then you have a descent quality fast and grab and go telescope.
Edited by DIMITRIS K., 01 April 2018 - 03:57 PM.