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#1 Lighthound

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:04 AM

What's the difference?

 

Would like to get one of these, but which one.  Why?

 

 



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:25 AM

How about Meade Adventure Scope 80?

 

Good price, and more comparable to the 80ST than is the CT80, build-wise.



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:33 AM

Let me reiterate.

 

What's the difference?

 

Would like to get one of these, but which one.  Why?



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:53 AM

https://www.cloudyni...ctor-telescope/

 

look at this link for discussion on both.



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 11:14 AM

The newer CT has a plastic focuser instead of a metal one like the old ST.



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 01:24 PM

Look at the Meade Adventurer 80 or the Meade Infinity 80 scopes. Closest to the old Orion, Celestron, Konus, etc. versions.

 

Good viewing,

 

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 01:37 PM

In my signature:::::::

 

Celestron First Scope  (Toy)
Meade 80mm Adventure Scope
SW Evostar 72mmED (awaiting delivery)
Celestron Astromaster 130 Newt
AWB OneSky 130 DOB
SW 8" F5.9 OTA
Celestron CGEMII C11 SC


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#8 Don W

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 01:37 PM

Orion's new ST is from a different maker. The Meade Adventurer is the same as the older Orion. The new Orion has a plastic focuser, very cheap.



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 04:58 PM

Orion's new ST is from a different maker. The Meade Adventurer is the same as the older Orion. The new Orion has a plastic focuser, very cheap.

+1

 

The other option is the Meade infinity 80mm.  Same scope as the Meade adventure,  different color,  better tripod,  and somewhat better eyepieces 


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Posted Today, 07:34 AM

I need a finder and looking at something like this. I got a ad out for ST80, but the Meade looks to be a good buy.  The scope would be to help add back weigh to a top heavy 6" ED and only used as a finder at low power. So color and razor sharp planets views are not what i am looking for in short tube 80mm.



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Posted Today, 09:24 AM

I don't know why Orion would stop making the ST80.

Was it money, trying something new, or something else.

If something works don't fix it.

I think they know, or hope they would know the popularity of the scope. So why?



#12 Don W

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Posted Today, 03:01 PM

Orion does not now nor have they every made anything. They buy stuff and have their name put on.



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Posted Today, 03:30 PM

I meant having them made for them



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Posted Today, 03:59 PM

From a cursory look (with no direct experience with either) it seems that the main difference in OTA's with the CT80 and 80ST is one is black and the other is white.

 

The mount on the CT80 looks to be nicer and the tripod, certainly so.

 

If you're looking at this as a gift (which I would assume since you already have an 80 f/5 and a 72ED), the CT80 will likely be a better experience if the tripod and mount are in fact nicer.

 

Whatever your reason for looking at these two, good luck.

 

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Posted Today, 04:25 PM

Stay away from the Orion CT80 it is not the same as the older ST80.  The CT80 is made mostly out of plastic, the focuser is plastic 


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