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Celestron C90 Mak Spotting Scope w/ Tripod 93606
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C90 and tripod review

by Mark Balcom, from United States, CA Written on January 27, 2015
The scope is impressive. I've heard lots of negative comments about the finder scope, but I find it pretty useful. One should align it during the daytime and pick a distant object and center that object in the view of the spotting scope. Then adjust screws on finder scope until crosshairs are centered on object. Take some care in doing this and you will be rewarded with finding objects much more quickly. Good views when looking at birds and wildlife and also at moon, planets and star clusters.

The tripod is pretty bad. I suspect plastic parts will break pretty soon, but it's not very pleasant to use. Worst is when trying to adjust the scope at an upward angle. There is too much play in the attachment. One gets scope aimed, tightens the set screw and the scope slides out of position. For terrestrial use in fairly horizontal position, particularly at low power, it can be used but I suspect you'll be a lot happier with a different tripod. I finally settled on a Vortex Pro GT, but the perfect tripod for combo terrestrial and astro use doesn't exist. Getting good overhead views is the tricky part.

Overall, seems like good entry level scope that can be used for terrestrial and astronomy use....
Would recommend: Yes
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Great small scope

by Bob, from United States, MA Written on January 24, 2015
A very good deal since mine came with two eye pieces and a tripod. The optics on the telescope are excellent. I was able to see structure on Jupiter! The tripod is probably only useful in use as a spotting scope so you should get a better one for astronomical observations. A great value for the money. Optics Planet delivered on time....
Pros:
  • None
Cons:
  • get better tripod
Would recommend: Yes
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spotting scope

by mark, from United States, SC Written on January 19, 2015
This is a Great product. I shippedthe price and this was easily the best price with nice tripod. Great price. This spotting scope wasbackordered and they called and offered an alternate scope. I opted tokeep this product. Great customer service....
Would recommend: Yes
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Celestron C90 spotting scope with tripod

by Steve, from United States, FL Written on January 18, 2015
Bear in mind this is my first spotting scope. I think the Markov C90 is a good value. It's too large and heavy to take in the field, but for range work it's very suitable. It works well for 400 yd plus shots. The finder scope helps a lot for initial acquisition. The focusing is a bit sloppy but the clarity is good once focused. Other reviews had issues with the tripod, however I found it very adequate. The other plus is it works well for star gazing and the photographic attachment makes it useful for bird watching....
Would recommend: Yes
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When you have to see small objects at a great distance...

by GDarkly, from United States, IL Written on January 13, 2015
As other reviews have stated, the inlcuded tripod should be discarded upon unwrapping. Luckily, I had an old Manfrotto 3205 tripod to which I attached a 391RC2 head before I set out to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for some bird watching. The only optical equipment I'd used before was a pair of Nikon 10x50 binoculars, and even though they are good quality, the resolution at long distances leaves much to be desired. However, with the Celestron C90 Mak I was able to clearly identify avocets at 600 yards, pintails at 1000 yards, and the delicately nuanced feather colors of roseate spoonbills at 800 yards - all with using the "low power" 32mm eyepiece! I am absolutely amazed at the optical quality and ease of use for such a value-priced spotting scope. I can't wait to take this to another spot closer to home where the trumpeter swans hang out, but at a distance of almost 800-1000 yards from the viewing location. With my binocs I could identify the birds, but with this spotting scope, I'll be able to read their neck bands!...
Would recommend: Yes
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Super spotting scope

by Ralph the Cat, from United States, FL Written on December 26, 2014
Terrific product for it's price. The clarity and magnification are excellent. It is light weight and easy to operate once the sight scope is adjusted as per the instructions. If you want to view stars and planets a solid tripod costing as much, or more, than the scope would be great for stability! Not made for inclement weather or rough handling. The scope and tripod are light weight and easy to transport into the field....
Would recommend: Yes
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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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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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