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Older Celestron Omni XLT102?

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#1 IdSky

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 08:31 AM

I have come across an 8 or 9 year old version of the Celestron Omni 102 on a CG4 mount that is for sale for less than half the cost of the new one.

Interested in any input as to quality back then or something I might be aware of before looking at it. How were the optics then and also the mount? The pictures on the guy's ad look just like the new ones I see advertised.

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 08:42 AM

Jump if the price is right.



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:32 AM

 New one is 436 $  ,   but overall the Celestron  102 s  whether  C102 HD , C4 R's  , very decent optics   . The weak point was the tripod  and that's been changed too  1 1/2 tubular legs  .   A very decent  general purpose scope  at  F 10  .  Stick an inexpensive 40 mm 2 in. in it and you got  over 2 degrees  , 4 mm exit pupil and your cruising the MW at 25 x   A very decent scope to have  to start off  in refractors or  to even finish off   in the hobby ,   JMO    had a bunch of them ,  out reach  , IF you didn't want a  8in dob , I had these  to use ,  smile.gif


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:59 AM

Less than half the price of a new one would indicate around $250.00 or less. At that price you are essentially buying the CG-4 mount and getting the scope for free. I'd do it.

The CG-4 is a solid mount under that scope. It also can easily be motorized for tracking for around a hundred bucks or so IIRC. With a polar alignment scope installed (about $35.00) it's a great scope to learn on.

The scope does suffer from chromatic aberrations, as does pretty much any other refractor of this design, but it has Celestron's  StarBright XLT optical coating on every optical element which results in much less light loss.


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 10:12 AM

If it is in good shape, you have nothing to lose! This is one of the best, maybe the best IMO, scope-mount combo’s available. It was my first choice for a first scope but too heavy and long for where I live (tree, sprinkler, and light dodging on a condo complex). I did own a C102 GT (that is the predecessor to this one and same optically) for a while and the optics were very sharp.


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 11:21 AM

These are wonderful first telescopes.

 

Heck, even after 40-years and having owned over 20 telescopes, along with the 4 other scopes I have now, I also have a 102mm, F9.8, Celestron achromatic refractor OTA.

 

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 07:34 PM

Thanks folks for the input. Will go look and possibly buy the scope on Tuesday. Will post a few pics once I have it safe in my arms. I do have a couple other scopes and have built a few, but have all been Newtonian. Still have an 8" DOB sold by Hardin Optics, and a Meade 102mm/600mm refractor that I just picked up down in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Haven't used it much cause of travelling and weather. The CG4 mount should be a good match for the Meade.

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 07:42 PM

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Can’t wait to hear how it goes and see the pics!



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Posted 26 May 2019 - 08:24 PM

I'm jealous... I'm broke right now but am looking for this model or the newer one used for my Ha solar project with a quark. Seems like the ideal scope for that without needing a full aperture D-ERF. Be great to hear how it goes...

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 09:03 PM

The 102mm F10 XLT for $200ish would be a great deal. Excellent scope.

 

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 05:27 PM

Hello all. Thanks for all the input. I got the new to me scope about a week ago. All seems to be good with it. Also got a couple of eye pieces. One is a 25mm with no name just a label on the side and the top is soft rather than a fold down eye shade. The other is a Meade QX 15mm wide angle. Not sure of either's quality, but they look new.

The mount also makes for a good match for my Meade Infinity 102. 

Here is a shot of the new scope and one of the eye pieces. Maybe some might now something about it.

Russ

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 05:38 PM

The 25mm looks to be the SW/ Synta 25mm. I've seen it coupled with the 127 or 150 Mak.



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Posted 12 June 2019 - 05:50 PM

Very nice looking set up.,that should keep you busy for a while.,Enjoy.,



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Posted 12 June 2019 - 05:52 PM

Beautiful scope! I love that metallic blue. Glad it worked out.

 

Enjoy smile.gif




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