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#1 carlm01

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 06:38 PM

Anyone have an opinion on this scope I'm looking for something for visual use only they're on sale right now .....Any opinions are appreciated..Thanks



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 06:40 PM

It's good, they discontinued the access series recently.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 06:50 PM

The Access series got a lot of attention here before SV unfortunately discontinued the line. A google search for "stellarvue access site:cloudynights.com" returns many, many threads. Check em out.

 

https://www.google.c...chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

The bottom line is that they get excellent reviews, by and large. SV doesn't spend as much time figuring the lenses as they do with their more premium lines, but they're considered to be very good scopes on the whole. I've been very happy with my William Optics variant (same optics, I believe), although I will be selling that scope shortly to fund the Edge8 I recently bought.

 

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 06:57 PM

What is the W/O variant ,If you don't mind me asking 



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 07:24 PM

The Access are imported and inspected by Stellarvue. I have an 80mm as a grab and go. I think the optics are quite good and compare to the WO Doublet. As Rusty said they are now discontinued.



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:08 PM

Whoa! I just discovered this:

https://www.stellarv...blowout-sale-1/

If you're serious about a 102 Access, you won't find a better deal ($695), while they last. I've been very happy with mine:

https://www.cloudyni...rt-8/?p=9550195

The 125 Access is also on sale for $500 off.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:13 PM

Thats why I was asking about it 



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:17 PM

If I was still in the market for a nice four inch ED doublet, I'd be on the phone to SV, first thing in the morning.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:32 PM

I love my 102! I bought it used for $700! Shoulda waited!! lol.gif



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:36 PM

Why are they being discontinued??



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:41 PM

So that SV can concentrate on scopes based on their own in-house optics.



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:45 PM

So are they a good scope ?



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:14 PM

Yes they are a good scope. Stellarvue decided to drop their mass produced scopes and focus on making high end scopes at much higher prices. At $695 it is hard to beat, although I heard a similar price for ED100 recently. Still, I think I would take an Access 102 over a Skywatcher 100ED. I think I would...

How good is the Access 102? Well they normally sold for $1,100 and seemed to be pretty good sellers. This is really a case of a substantial discount on a close out item. This isn’t the furniture store at the mall that has a going out of business sale every major holiday. It really is a good price on a good scope. Good enough that if you sell it used, you would likely get your money back.

That being said there are better ones out there if you want the best and don’t care how much it costs. Like with anything.

Scott

Edited by SeattleScott, 05 August 2019 - 09:19 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:39 PM

Like the man said; "It really is a good price on a good scope." I can't fault the one I have; excellent optically and mechanically. I'm seriously considering the SV125A if it's still available. If it's as good as the 102A, which is likely, I'll be delighted. I'll be taking my own advice and calling SV tomorrow.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:46 PM

What is the W/O variant ,If you don't mind me asking 

 

The Zenithstar 103 https://williamoptic.../zenithstar-103

 

$700 for the Access 102 is a total steal. You would almost definitely make your money back in full on the used market, if you decided to sell. The AT102 is a fantastic scope for $600, but I would pick the Access over the AT.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:52 PM

The original Access scopes came with a case. I think this one does not. Still an excellent price!

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:55 PM

The WO scope appears to have a different focuser.



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 09:59 PM

The original Access scopes came with a case. I think this one does not. Still an excellent price!

This is a good point. The SV case would make a good add-on though. The cases are versatile, well made and reasonably priced.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:48 PM

The WO scope appears to have a different focuser.

That's true - the WO has a little thermometer in one of the knobs. I always found that a little gimmicky, but maybe useful for imagers?

 

FWIW I've found the performance of the WO focuser to be on par with the Moonlite on my C80ED.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:24 PM

So that SV can concentrate on scopes based on their own in-house optics.


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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:47 PM

Nonsense

then what do you speculate is the real reason?



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:47 PM

Nonsense

https://www.cloudyni...nued/?p=9509722

 

 

 

Hello everyone. I rarely get a chance to post here but I want to assure you all it is not due to a lack of support for CN or its members. I know many of the moderators here and really honor the work they do in trying to keep posts fact-based and relevant. So cudos to them.

 

The reason we discontinued the Stellarvue Access series was really simple. I did a time study last weekend and determined that if we discontinued this workload we could spend more time figuring high end optics in house. So we immediately stopped working on Access refractors, placed them on a shelf and we are now spending 100% of our time on producing telescopes with lenses that we hand figure here.

 

Once we catch up with the backlog we have on the SVX telescopes, which we hope to do in a couple of months, we can decide what to do with our remaining inventory of Access telescopes.

 

Thank you all for your interest and support!

 

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 08:06 AM

So the general consensus is that this is a good scope ,



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Posted 06 August 2019 - 08:20 AM

If you want a grab and go refractor, you won’t find a better deal brand new. A $400 8” Dob will go deeper though, and come with a mount. So yes it is a good scope and virtually risk free at this price. It is just a question of if it is the right scope for you.

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 08:21 AM

So the general consensus is that this is a good scope ,

My SV80 Access (80mm f/7 ED doublet with fpl-53) was outstanding - I think it had better optics than my SW120ED.   I only sold it  because I picked up the AT102ED and felt that the SV80 would not get much use at that point.   

 

I think until these SV102's are cleared out of stock the AT102 sales may slow down. 




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