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#1 grif 678

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Posted 07 November 2019 - 01:45 PM

I have been messaging with a few other owners of the Japan made C102 refractor, and we thought it would be nice to start a thread about these achros. In my opinion, I do not think you can find a better optical performing 4 inch for the money. These are outstanding, and you can get the OTA for around $300. Reading the reviews on excelsis telescope ratings ( they rate about every scope ever made)

these scopes have about the highest ratings from owners that any other scope they list, nearly all 10's. I know there may be better performing refractors out there, but you have to pay dearly for them. I have mine on the astro tech voyager mount, with the long vixen wooden legs, and the astro tech mount extension. This removes the painful task of bending over, which makes it so easy to use.

I can go to 275X when we have a pretty descent night, and still have sharp views. If taken care of , these scopes will last a lifetime.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 02:25 PM

In the day Vixen made some excellent telescopes for Celestron including the C102's.  The best of these was the C012F fluorite doublet of which I still dream of to this day!!!  Back in 1990 or so I couldn't afford the cost of a $1200 optical tube but I wanted one sooooooo much.  Even to this day when I see one come up for resale I am tempted but the original cost of these OPTs pretty much remain the same...


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 02:50 PM

I have had a couple of these. You could usually find them for around $250 or so. My current Carton F13 is better but bulkier due to the longer tube.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 03:29 PM

The 80mm smaller brother was / is no slouch either ! They look exactly the same save for size.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 03:34 PM

The 80mm smaller brother was / is no slouch either ! They look exactly the same save for size.

I also have one of these great OTA's, little easier to use. I have one of the large Orion telescope cases, and these two beautiful telescope OTA's are in there next to each other, the case does have a padded divider, so no chance of scratches t each other. Two of the great achro's of all time together in one case, a true classic scope lover's dream.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 04:56 PM

I also have one of these great OTA's, little easier to use. I have one of the large Orion telescope cases, and these two beautiful telescope OTA's are in there next to each other, the case does have a padded divider, so no chance of scratches t each other. Two of the great achro's of all time together in one case, a true classic scope lover's dream.

The perfect match, you are one of the lucky ones ! I am just waiting for a 102 to come along but up here in Canada that isn’t very often. As I have mentioned before, I put a 2” GSO focuser on my 80mm and it really extended its capabilities and sometimes put it on either an AZ4 or Twilight I mount.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 05:38 PM

Good topic...... I have a 1988 Vixen C-102  I got it for quite a discount because  the ota shows its age     a few scratches here and there    but the glass is really good. I thought it would be a great everyday 4 inch refractor. I also have the Vixen made C-102 fluorite with upgraded  moonlite 2 inch focuser...f8.8

 

the two  black beauties shown here  pics  one and 2

C-102   pics   3 and 4

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Posted 07 November 2019 - 05:50 PM

I had a C-100 Vixen 4 inch, F/13 refractor  that was wonderful. It was the orange-tube alt-az model and I would pay a king's ransom if I could find one for sale.

 

My currently owned Tinsley 4 inch is also a remarkable performer, not that far off from my Tak FS-102NSV.

 

An apo has its advantages, but a fine 4 inch medium to long focal length achro still has a lot to offer!


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 06:27 PM

Orange tube  Vixen f/13     wow    love to see that...........


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:10 AM

Orange tube  Vixen f/13     wow    love to see that...........

I have one of the big Celestron  color catalogs from that era, and it has the 4 inch orange tube F-13 in it. It has every spotting scope, refractor, reflector, binoculars etc that they had on the market, love looking at that catalog, and the celestron girl is nice too. Back then about every scope that celestron offered was orange. They had an orange tube 70mm fluorite back then, and the C14 looked awesome. A great catalog.


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 12:34 PM

Orange tube  Vixen f/13     wow    love to see that...........

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 01:32 PM

Just think how much Galileo would have known or found out with a scope like that.


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:38 PM

https://www.ebay.com...CsAAOSwEeVdvhL-

Ok it’s just the 80mm but looks nice.

Scott
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