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Celestron 102mm Wide View Spotting Scope 4" / 102 mm Refractor Telescope 52270
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I am more than pleased with the price/performance of this scope. This lightwieight tube (approx 5lbs.) does not have an APO lens so you will see fals...
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Celestron Wide View 102 Refractor #52270

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, WI Written on November 22, 2008
Great value for the money. The eyepices aren't the best for sky viewing, and the finderscope is a little small. The focuser is a little stiff, too. But since I am useing it for land viewing and casual star gazing, the price says it all. A violet filter and better eyepieces, and a good star diagonal are a god idea for night sky viewing, and the view is probably not up to ED standards, but if you demand that, it's gonna cost you.
I'm very pleased, much better than you would think for the money, and it's easy to take along with you.
Pros: Price and Quality
Cons: Eyepieces and finderscope...
Would recommend: No
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Celestron Wide View 102mm Spotting Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on April 18, 2008
This is an inexpensive "grab-n-go" scope with good (not great) optics. I will use it primarily for astronomy. Given the amount of time I will use it, it is the right investment for me.

My first night, with a totally inadequate camera mini mount, I found Saturn and could view it's rings easily with the supplied 10mm eyepice. I am looking forward to upgrading with a more substantial alti-azimuth mount, wide-view eyepieces, and a dot finder.

Optics Planet was easy to reach by phone and had the best price with free shipping.
Pros: wide field of veiw, smooth focuser
Cons: finder scope too close to tube, could use rings ...
Would recommend: Yes
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Celestron 102mm Spotting Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NC Written on March 6, 2008
This is my favorite scope of the 7 others I own. I use it for great moon photos and nebular shots. Excellent optics for the money. You cannot go wrong buying this great scope.
Pros: Excellent views, easy to take and go, very well made.
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, GA Written on July 28, 2007
I am more than pleased with the price/performance of this scope. This lightwieight tube (approx 5lbs.) does not have an APO lens so you will see false color at higher powers, but you will also see bright sharp views during the day and the false color is not an issue to me at 40x or less. At night, I've taken it up to 140x on Jupiter with very good results. The image erecting prism it comes with is useful for terrestrial views, but buy a 1.25" mirror diagonal for astronomy. The mounting block on the optical tube will attach to standard photo/video tripods, but you'll want to use a sturdy one. I bought a pair of 100mm mounting rings and placed it on an alt-az mount for astronomy. Lastly, this scope is not waterproof like some of the other dedicated or high-end spotting scopes -- so don't take it out in the rain.
Pros: Good optics, very light
Cons: Not waterproof...
Would recommend: Yes
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