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65mm 30-90 zoom Mak-Cas scope

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65mm 30-90 zoom Mak-Cas scope

Postby AstroBoy on Sun Dec 19, 2004 10:05 pm

Does anybody have any experience with this scope that appears to be sold as the Celestron C65 MiniMak, the Konus Konuspot Mak90 and the National Geographic 3-in-1?

Are these all really the same scope?

What is the performance like (brightness, clarity, contrast) for astronomical viewing?

Are they worth $60-$90 for a beginner?


Postby on Tue Dec 21, 2004 7:43 pm


All of these are of Chinese manufacture and all are the same optically. They are best considered as dual purpose telescopes - mostly spotting scopes for use by day, but also of some use at night.

For astronomy, if that is the main use, you would be happier a LOMO 60 or LOMO 70 - Russian made, all metal construction, better optics, and able to use different eyepieces.
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