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#1 BlueTrane2028

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Posted 20 November 2020 - 09:37 PM

Well, I own a refractor now. For how long remains to be seen.

 

Orion Skywatcher 90eq. Anodizing is sun faded, looks like it spent all its time in a living room in front of a window. Came with a 25mm Kellner and a finder.  Have to fix one of the legs of the tripod, the housing that holds the tension screw has cracked. Zip ties will work well enough.

Pic shows where I found it. I just can't pass up a deal. Guess the price.

Already looked at the Moon and Mars, immediately after exiting the store.  Moon was comfortable without a filter. Mars was dim. I'm definitely spoiled by the aperture on my Newtonians, even the 5" OneSky...

 

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Posted 20 November 2020 - 10:11 PM

I had the meade version if yours was made in Taiwan.

It was a nice scope.



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Posted 21 November 2020 - 03:16 AM

Guess the price.

 

$60?



#4 BlueTrane2028

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Posted 23 November 2020 - 01:47 PM

I had the meade version if yours was made in Taiwan.

It was a nice scope.

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Posted 23 November 2020 - 01:47 PM

$60?

Dang, I could get 3 of 'em for that...


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Posted 23 November 2020 - 08:24 PM

I have the Meade version of the same scope, minus the mount ( I use a cg-4 ). Bought the scope as new old stock for $50.00. I mainly use it as a white light/h-alpha solar scope, in which it does well. My h-alpha adapter masks it down to around 85mm and I made a 70mm mask for it also. Does well on moon and planets too. Cassini division on Saturn is no problem with it. You made a good buy.



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Posted 24 November 2020 - 09:03 AM

Should that dew shield be looser than the objective cap? How would one tighten it?

 

Spent the night with only the little Orion last night. Did better than I expected on Mars. Tolerated me barlowing a 6mm eyepiece and it didn’t seem like I was wasting time. The planet was noticeably red, where in my reflectors it’s so bright that it’s hard for my eyes to pick up the red. Admittedly I am color deficient. It’s also ok for the moon, I didn’t feel the need for a filter. 
 

That’s where the fun basically ended though. It’s clearly outclassed by everything else I own on deep sky (not a surprise). 
 

The “The ST80 is back” thread was getting me hopeful that some way, somehow I’d be pleased by the view of Andromeda through my 90mm, and it’s barely more than a smudge. Granted I was under bortle 4 skies. I’m hesitant to pull the trigger on the 80, because it doesn’t seem to have the aperture needed to see what I want at the wide field it can provide...

 

At $20, I’m unlikely to sell. I have an 8x40 illuminated finder that was without a home, it’s now with the 90eq, as the 30mm it came with (seems smaller than any 30mm I've had before though) is terrible. I finally started to actually enjoy using an EQ mount with it also. So, that’s a plus. I’ll use it for short planetary sessions going forward. Would be nice to see how it does on Jupiter and Saturn, hopefully I can get out tonight and sneak that in before they disappear. 


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Posted 29 November 2020 - 08:48 AM

Nice. I picked up an Orion Skywatcher 120mm in a similar way. Needed a little rebuilding, works fantastically now, but I still need to put a finder scope on it.

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Posted 29 November 2020 - 11:10 AM

 BlueTrane , you want the dewshield to be "loose" , tape it too the tube with a strip of electricians tape.  Orion sent some of their refractors out with too much felt that resulted in pinched lens cells . 


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Posted 29 November 2020 - 11:45 AM

Well, I own a refractor now. For how long remains to be seen.

 

Orion Skywatcher 90eq. Anodizing is sun faded, looks like it spent all its time in a living room in front of a window. Came with a 25mm Kellner and a finder.  Have to fix one of the legs of the tripod, the housing that holds the tension screw has cracked. Zip ties will work well enough.

Pic shows where I found it. I just can't pass up a deal. Guess the price.

Already looked at the Moon and Mars, immediately after exiting the store.  Moon was comfortable without a filter. Mars was dim. I'm definitely spoiled by the aperture on my Newtonians, even the 5" OneSky...

 

50627066871_0d6313abe9_k.jpg

I have a Orion also that is 90mm F/10 and it seems fine. The 45 degree diagonal is not good at high power as stars look like double stars.  Waiting on a new diagonal.



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Posted 29 November 2020 - 10:56 PM

I have a Orion also that is 90mm F/10 and it seems fine. The 45 degree diagonal is not good at high power as stars look like double stars.  Waiting on a new diagonal.

I am getting a little bit of a ghost to the image, kind of like a Newtonian out of collimation.  I suspect the diagonal there as well, will eventually get a nice one to confirm.



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Posted 01 December 2020 - 07:55 PM

Sold in favor of an ST-80. I’ve also worked out mounting concerns for three 60mm OTAs of various focal lengths that I’ve had lying about for no reason. They aren’t worth a dime but PETG and some nuts and bolts aren’t much more than that.


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