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#1 Larry Carlino

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Posted 01 November 2021 - 05:10 AM

The Sharpstar 94EDPH turns out to be a competent instrument and a good value for its $1495 asking price. It's a very good deep-sky telescope, is airline portable, and is, in all probability, a good choice for imagers, the 0.8 focal reducer yielding a fast optical system. As to the consistency of the optics and quality control, a sample of one has little statistical validity. My particular scope might be better than average (or worse), and the QC checklist from Sharpstar failed to catch the balky focuser and sagging dew cap.

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Posted 02 November 2021 - 11:50 AM

Thanks for the review Larry! I actually recently purchased one of these along with the focal reducer in order to try my hand at imaging as well as to have a [far] more portable scope than an 8" dob haha. I'm very much looking forward to the views .. if only the skies would cooperate.

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Posted 03 November 2021 - 02:06 PM

Nice review. Id like to hear more about the focuser. I hsve a 76edph and the focuser is amazing, way better than my old moonlite. Maybe the 94 uses a different design.

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Posted 12 November 2021 - 01:47 PM

It is good for imaging too! I took this photo with 94EDPH
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Posted 10 May 2022 - 04:09 PM

         If I did not own four telescopes already I think this scope and its size and features would be the way to go. My senior age 75 years makes my large 13"Dobsen less used and hard to transport around, my Original Edmund 3" reflector is just too small , I find my 4" refractor is a (Edmund) with rebuilt drive  a convenient size , to use and transport around and I think the reviewed scope would be likewise. No I'm not selling my big Dobson, and yes this is a nice review. Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake , Utah. 

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Posted 26 May 2022 - 09:11 PM

Thanks for the well written review! Sounds promising :)

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Posted 30 December 2022 - 10:29 AM

Thank you for the comparison of two refractors, one with a f/5.5 and the other with a f/7.5 focal ratio. It appears that subtle chromatic aberration does rob a little contrast from the visual views and the focus plane is more forgiving in the longer focal ratio telescope. 

I appreciate your reviews very much.

Laurence Behney 

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