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#26 Jethro7

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Posted 11 September 2020 - 10:43 PM

 

I'm still looking at refractors for my first refractor, I have been thinking of getting the Orion 120 f/5 but I thought if I was to step up to alittle better quality in glass I seen this Astro-Tech 102ED for $600. What do you guys think of this scope would this be a good first refractor? A better or other option you suggest thats comparable? 

Hello sportsmed,

The Astrotech AT102ED scope is one of the best refractors in its price class.It exceeded  all my expectations for a scope that only cost $599,00  you can easily spend  more for a scope and not do any better than the AT102ED. From the quality of the manufacturing to it's beautifull  views. The AT102ED is not just a great first refractor it is a great lifetime scope.

It has been quite awhile  now that I have set up for a viewing session without the AT102ED,

It has been a near perfect complement to any other scope I pair it with.

 

HAPPY SKIES TO YOU AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro

 

 
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Posted 12 September 2020 - 10:20 AM



My first light tonight ! !

Looking forward to a shootout between my Astro-Tech 102ED f/7 vs my Altair Astro 102ED f/11.


Yes I would like to see your comparison between the F-7 ED and the F-11 ED. Lunar/ planetary resolution and star pinpoint sharpness. Maybe a star test ring comparison.

Two very interesting scopes.

Would be nice to throw a 102edl into the comparison if someone gets one in the future.

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Posted 13 September 2020 - 08:04 PM

Mine gets a lot of startime when mother nature allows.,I had it and a 10" dob out last night.,both were shining.,

 I mount it on Frank.,a bit overkill.,but most comfy viewing.,It also rides very well on the Meade lx70 mount.,Also.,.I haven't tried it under the stars,.but in the house it seemed ok on the Orion eq3.,but I usually put it on Frank.,and sit back an enjoy the show.,

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Posted 13 September 2020 - 10:41 PM

Over mounting this scope is much better than under mounting it. The LX70 or similar is just about perfect. 


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Posted 13 September 2020 - 11:08 PM

Thanks for all of your replies, Yea I think you guys have made up my mind on the scope, I guess I will have to wait like everyone else thats wanting on one though. It will make a nice Christmas present to myself though haha.


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Posted 14 September 2020 - 01:36 AM

Mine gets a lot of startime when mother nature allows.,I had it and a 10" dob out last night.,both were shining.,

 I mount it on Frank.,a bit overkill.,but most comfy viewing.,It also rides very well on the Meade lx70 mount.,Also.,.I haven't tried it under the stars,.but in the house it seemed ok on the Orion eq3.,but I usually put it on Frank.,and sit back an enjoy the show.,

Great set up Dave. I bet you get hours, and hours of enjoyment from it..

 

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 08:39 AM

Thanks for all of your replies, Yea I think you guys have made up my mind on the scope, I guess I will have to wait like everyone else thats wanting on one though. It will make a nice Christmas present to myself though haha.

Hello Sportsmed,

You wont be disappointed. 

 

HAPPY SKIES TO YOU AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro


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Posted 14 September 2020 - 08:53 AM

 

Looking forward to a shootout between my Astro-Tech 102ED f/7 vs my Altair Astro 102ED f/11.

Hello Vkhasrtro1,

I will be conducting that exact same comapairison.  As soon as my skies  will clear up after we get through this Tropical storm Sally,  I just recieved my Altair Starwvave 102ED F/1122 a couple of days ago.  I will bet that the AT102 ED F/7 compares quite well except that you will be able to run the power up on the Altair Starwave 102ED F/1122, That's my prediction.

 

HAPPY SKIES TO YOU AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro

 

First Light with the Altair Starwave 102ED F/1122 with my proven and trusty AT102 ED F/7. My sky conditions were too poor to do a side by side comparison, or a Startest. Everything was against me that night, Seeing was poor Transparency was good but everything being exasperated by Jupiter and Sarurn being  low on my Horizon when the clouds parted. I had to try.

 

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 09:51 AM

Is the AT 102 ed and this scope from the TS optics same ? Link below ⬇️
https://www.teleskop...-Objective.html

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:15 AM

Is the AT 102 ed and this scope from the TS optics same ? Link below
https://www.teleskop...-Objective.html

Yes and no. Sourced from the same manufacturer, but specced out with different parameters. Call Astronomics and ask what the differences are.

Several different vendors may sell a slightly different version of the same scope. Standard sizes often sorced from the same base manufacturer are 102mm,115mm, 125mm and 130mm. And others.

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:20 AM

Is the AT 102 ed and this scope from the TS optics same ? Link below ⬇️
https://www.teleskop...-Objective.html

The AT102ED is closer to this one https://www.teleskop...ularauszug.html


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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:35 AM

Would this be a good refractor for observing the moon and the planets? Now Mars is fantastic.
Somebody made it?
Cheers,
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Posted 15 September 2020 - 11:53 AM

Would this be a good refractor for observing the moon and the planets? Now Mars is fantastic.
Somebody made it?
Cheers,
Paul

My AT102ED performs well on every object type.  In 7 / 10 or better seeing, it is sharp at 75x per inch (300x) on Mars / Jupiter / Saturn.


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Posted 15 September 2020 - 12:28 PM

Purchased mine in June, 2019 and have 75 sessions with it and am just as excited about it as I was the first night.

 

I use Plossl eyepieces and find the views very crisp.  

 

The only issues are the Twilight 1 mount is a little wobbly at high powers (above 100x) and I still havent hooked up a finder scope.  I aim and find a bright star then star hop to desired target.

 

I am very satisfied.

 

Primarily used on double stars and open clusters.  Globulars show no detail (Bortle 4/5 sky) with occasional lunar and planet use (not my interest).

 

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Posted 15 September 2020 - 01:09 PM

Would this be a good refractor for observing the moon and the planets? Now Mars is fantastic.
Somebody made it?
Cheers,
Paul

Hello Paul,

The answer is yes. If I only could keep two scopes my AT102ED would be one of the two scopes I would hang on to.

 

HAPPY SKIES TO YOU AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 04:59 PM

I bought an AT102ED this spring and used it for several months under very dark skies.

 

I *love* it.

 

As others have said, it was sometimes hard to believe I was looking through a 4" refractor. It performed far better than I expected on DSOs, planetary views were great, it splits doubles like a champ -- no complaints at all, only praise. And the field of view is so wide even with 1.25" eyepieces that I have yet to invest in a finderscope.

 

I found it fairly shaky at high magnification on a Twilight 1, but with the help of others here I successfully modified the TW1 at minimal expense and it is now way more solid.

 

(In addition to the mod described in that thread, I recently upgraded the Vixen dovetail clamp, but have not yet had the chance to test it. To be honest, though,  I was already happy with the modified mount; I just couldn't resist going one step further, and I had an eBay coupon to burn...)

 

Clear skies!


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