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Celestron Omni XLT 150mm Telescope Newtonian Reflector 31057
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This is the best telescope for the money bar none. The Omni 150 makes other...
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Celestron Omni XLT 150mm Telescope Newtonian Reflector 31057

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on May 27, 2011
The mount vibrates with the slightest touch. You can see deep space objects but very blurry and small. I bought a bunch of eyepieces and barlows to try and get closer but to no avail.The worm gears have too much play in them. You can easily move the scope without using the knobs. Tried to adjust the gears but no help. The motor drive you buy separate does not work wellat all. It takes a bit to get it going and you have to adjust the worm gears on the mount to get it to work but this makes even more play in the mount. The small focal length should have been my first clue not to buy this. It's great for viewing close object like the moon but so are a cheap pair of binoculars. This is over priced for what it is. Not Optic Planets fault, this scope retails the same everywhere. Spend extra get a better scope. I'm out of luck with this scope, don't be disappointed like me.
Pros: It's pretty
Cons: Great for viewing the moon...viewing Saturn is like looking a clip art....
Would recommend: No
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Great scope, great value, fast shipping

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, MT Written on April 14, 2011
I ordered this scope on Sunday evening and it shipped Monday morning. It was delivered by Friday.

So far it's been pretty cloudy around here, but I have managed some great views of the moon and Saturn, despite iffy conditions.
Pros: a great value, high quality optics, impressive looking-scope,
Cons: expect to need accessories pretty quickly: some form of collimator, shorter focal legth eyepice...
Would recommend: Yes
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Excellent Value Newtonian Scope

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on November 5, 2010
Strengths:Solid mount; lightweight portable scope; comes to thermal equilibrium quickly; OTA has extra features including mirror adjustment screws and a nice finderscope; OTA performs very well at higher mag (85 to 112x)
Weaknesses: Suffers from severe coma at mag below 37x, a disapointment for wide field scope;supplied 25mm lens is useless
Comments:This is my sixth telescope, and I have side by side compared this scope to others including refractor, SC, and Dob newtonians. It compares favorably, and is an excellent scope at higher power mag, but falls down at low power mag,reducing its utility.As shipped the scope was out of alignment, and I worked hard to max alignment. To use this scope you must have an alignment tool, and preferably experience aligning mirrors.To get the most from this scope a variety of lenses are required, so plan on spending the money you saved on the scope, on a set of lenses. No polar alignment scope is provided, which is the only missing piece in an otherwise excellent value package.
Pros: Solid mount, many nice features on OTA
Cons: Severe coma below 37x; requires many lenses...
Would recommend: Yes
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Omni 150 Reflector

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, WV Written on January 22, 2009
This is the best telescope for the money bar none. The Omni 150 makes other 130 to 150 class telescopes look like toys.
Pros: Great looking scope that had top notch optics
Cons: none...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great Optics

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on November 30, 2008
For this being my first real telescope I couldn't be more happy! I can see things I didn't even know were there and when coupled with the motorized clock drive I can track objects from rise to set. ...
Would recommend: No
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