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Should I consider the Astromaster 90EQ telescope?

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#1 Theodore Beaty

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 06:30 PM

I have been using a Meade LS8 for nearly four years now and I have been very satisfied. Having said that, it can be cumbersome to drag the beast out when there isn't much to see except the moon and maybe planets, or when I want to spend just half an hour out before bed. I originally started considering the power seeker eq60, but for some reason I kept increasing the aperture I wanted ;) I know the "veteran astronomers" will likely cringe at the thought of a cheap, small refractor, but I would like to hear from people who have used or are using this telescope. Is it easy to use? Is it made with tolerable quality? Basically, is it worth the $300? I don't plan to spend more than that much on whatever setup I get. Also, I do not want a reflecting telescope as that is more specialized for deep sky while I am looking for a solar system scope. The other option I would consider is finding the OTA and mount on the CN Classifieds and putting them  together myself. In the meantime, I am asking for the more informed to enlighten me about the quality and value of this specific apparatus. 



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 08:12 PM

Nope.
First, the focuser is plastic, along with the diagonal.

EQ mounts IMHO are best for planets or the Moon and you already have a tracking scope.

So what do I recommend?

Get a ST80 on an alt az mount, this will give you nice wide field veiws :)

Meade is offering this one https://www.bhphotov..._refractor.html

Edited by PXR-5, 28 June 2020 - 08:13 PM.

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#3 Echolight

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 08:29 PM

The StarTravel 102 looks pretty cool.


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 08:33 PM

The StarTravel 102 looks pretty cool.


Yes, that does look nice :)

#5 Theodore Beaty

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Posted 29 June 2020 - 04:04 PM

Nope.
First, the focuser is plastic, along with the diagonal.

EQ mounts IMHO are best for planets or the Moon and you already have a tracking scope.

So what do I recommend?

Get a ST80 on an alt az mount, this will give you nice wide field veiws smile.gif

Meade is offering this one https://www.bhphotov..._refractor.html

Thanks! Although, wouldn't a narrower, more magnified image be ideal for solar system? I have eyepieces ranging from 6mm-40mm as well as a 2X Barlow, so I could probably meet most of the narrower and wider fields that I would want with either a low or high f-ratio. I was also hoping that I could find something to increase my exposure times with an eq mount and later a tracker, but I strongly suspect the cheap EQs would be more frustrating than valuable. 


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Posted 29 June 2020 - 04:13 PM

I believe your current scope is f10 2000mm focal length?

So I would suggest something to complement it.
Hence a wide field scope.

An 8O or 100mm achromat refractor is not going to best your 8"

A wide field short tube will let you soak up the Milky Way better than your current scope, and will be fun on these summer nights :)
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#7 Eigen

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Posted 29 June 2020 - 04:33 PM

The tripod of the Astromaster mounts also leaves a lot to be desired. I believe that the Astromaster series is one of the greatest disservices done to amateur astronomy by any company. Terrible tripod, horrific!!! red-dot sights, plastic focusers, the newtons have spherical primaries...if one of these had been my first scope there is a good chance I would have abandoned astronomy at the get-go.

 

I think that if you shop around on the classifieds you can find a much better use of your money.

 

Also, if you are looking for a grab and go quick setup rig, I would go with an Alt-Az mount and pair it with a 80-100 short achro as PXR-5 said, especially since you have the LS8 for planetary. You might find yourself setting both rigs up at the same time on good nights, they really are complementary!


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