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Celestron C90 Mak Spotting Scope w/ Tripod 93606
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Good Value

by Bobo, from United States, TX Written on December 4, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised. The tripod alone is worth over $100 and the carry case is a very high quality backpack. When you consider the price and these nice accessories, the scope is almost free.

Optics are very good quality and sharp. Focus is smooth.

Easily doubles as a high quality astronomical instrument.

Only downside is the eyepiece attachment. The hole is much larger than the eyepiece, so the eyepiece will always be slightly off center. But it seems to work OK.

Overall, very solidly built and a very good value....
Would recommend: Yes
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A bargain scope at a fair price.

by JJ, from Canada, ON Written on November 21, 2014
I've just purchased one of these scopes today. Although I haven't quiet set it up yet my anticipation to see how well this performs will be worthwhile. As of my first impressions which led me to buying this scope was the fact that is very compact and that it comes with it's own "backpack". When one is looking for something that isn't going to put a big hole in their pocket and is looking for something at a reasonable price this is something that I would consider recommending to others. It's multi-coated optics which increases it's ability to provide clear and precise images helps out a great deal and the fact that it's able to be used for a variety of different uses makes this something of a bargain. I will consider writing another review once I have been able to use this spotting scope in the field of astrophotography/star-gazing....
Pros:
  • compact, easy to use for beginers as well as advanced users. It's main use is for terrestrial objects but what makes it stand out is it's an all purpose scope.
Cons:
  • haven't found any yet.
Would recommend: Yes
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great scope.

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OH Written on June 6, 2014
The moon looks pretty awesome but getting a steady image on a planet is highly difficult. This may not be the telescope to get if one wants to see saturns rings. I haven't had any luck anyhow.
Pros: pretty powerful
Cons: The tripod is a stept above worthless. very hard to dial in and extremely flimsy/cheap...
Would recommend: Yes
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Ray T

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on February 5, 2014
Ordered on Friday ad it arrived this morning (Wednesday) Went right to the range and set it up. Could see .308 rounds in target at 500 yards. Our club is set to extend to 600 this spring and I hope it does as well at that range. Love doing business with Optics Planet
Pros: Power Clarity
Cons: Tripod...
Would recommend: Yes
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Just what I needed

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, OR Written on November 19, 2013
Just what I wanted. I'm using it as a spotting scope for shooting at 300 yards without spending a fortune. Now I can clearly see .223 cal. holes. Don't need expensive splatter targets, just paper. The tripod works good enough for me - others think it is useless. Only problem I have is with the finder scope. It's going to take a lot of fiddling around to get it aligned. I am looking forward to using this at 600 yards.
Pros: Great Value
Cons: Finder Scope alignment...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great Compact Mak for under $200

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NY Written on September 24, 2013
This Celestron mini-Mak is my second scope and it performs very admirably. I use it solely for star gazing when I'm traveling and I don't feel like packing up my other scope. The viewing for the OTA is really quite good considering its price. I have no problems viewing planets and even star clusters.
The only few downsides comes from the accessories. The tripod is mostly plastic with the legs being the only metal parts (aluminum). If you're serious you will require a more stable viewing platform. This package also comes with a nylon backpack for the tube and another for the tripod. The backpacks are not padded, which is not ideal. That may be another investment you'd want to make further down the line.
Pros: Compact optical tube, easy set up
Cons: Flimsy plastic tripod...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on September 5, 2013
This scope is compact and has a nice picture. The only issue I had was that the sweet spot is quite small. I suppose this is normal due to the small exit pupil.
Pros: Clear Picture, Good Brightness
Cons: Small Sweet Spot...
Would recommend: Yes
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Celestron 39-100x90mm

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on August 23, 2013
I started using a telescope for a long range spotting scope way before Celestron started marketing it as such except 'telescope' had a 90 degree eye piece. This package from Optics Planet.com is perfect for 223 up to and including 1000 yards. The tri pod is weak but for the bucks the scope is great.
Pros: Cleestron 39-100x90mm
Cons: tri pod...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great multi-use optic

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, GA Written on July 27, 2013
Great on range, viewing stars, watching wildlife...
Would recommend: Yes
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You can't beat the performance for the money!

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on July 20, 2013
Great value for land spotting and moon viewing. Super simple to use. Lots of light from the 90mm lens really makes things crisp. Tripod is low end, but it's a throw in, so no big deal. Nice and compact travel with the included backpack.
For the moon and land stuff, you can't beat the bang for the buck!
Pros: clear image, brightness, ease of use, portability
Cons: Tripod is blah! One lens cap for 2 eye pieces?...
Would recommend: Yes
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