Lomo Astele 95

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Brand and Model:Lomo Astele 95
Price ($USD):$359.95
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Aperture:95mm (3.7")
f Ratio:f/12.6
Focal Length:1200mm
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Description:Specs: Dia. 95mm, F.L. 1200mm, f-Ratio 12.6, all metal tube & cell
Comes with: Photo Adapter, Lens Shade, 1.25" Star Diagonal & 1.25" 25mm Plossl Eyepiece.

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Lomo Astele 95
This is an excellent, well built little telescope. There are no plastic parts to be found. There is no finderscope but peep sights of sort on the front and rear part of the tube that do fine for land objects or large/bring objects such as the moon and planets with a low powered eyepiece. I added a dot sight to mine. I purchased the model with the star map tube and it is quite attractive.
This is probably the most star image appealing telescope I've had. Stars are tiny dots surrounded by diffraction ring and excellent for double star observing. Collimation is a bit inconvenient as you have remove the focusing knob to loosen a rear plate ring to access the tiny screws. But once you do that, it holds very well.
I star collimated mine and it holds fine. Very impressive star views. M13 is partially resolved, the moon and solar views are quite sharp and Jupiters moons are tiny dots surrounded by diffraction ring.
Also, the scope comes with a metal screw on dew shield and thoughtfully the dust cap can screw onto the end of it. I usually just leave the dew shield on..the scope isn't long at all.
At the rear cell is a mounting block with a couple of 1/4" holes for mounting to tripods , ect. However, I purchased a couple of 116mm tube rings from Orion along with a dovetail bar for my Skyview Pro Mount. You will have to widen the tube rings by opening them and pressing slightly on somethign solid to widen them just a bit. Then you'll need to get longer bolts and drill holes thru them to reattach to the tube rings so the knurled knobs will hold the tube. You will also need to shorten the dovetail bar and re drillholes in the ends for the tube rings.
All in all, a well built, lightweight, and compact (even with the dew shield attached) telescope. I returned my Stellarvue AT1010 after seeing star images thru the LOMO. Yes, the LOMO has a more narrow field of view but my star images were just too nice and the LOMO is lighter and just as compact. Much better than a Meade ED102 and C5 image wise. recommended.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:9 Ease of Use:10 Value:9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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