Orion Explorer 90mm Altazimuth Refractor

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Brand and Model:Orion Explorer 90mm Altazimuth Refractor
Price ($USD):$299.00
Type:Achromatic Refractor
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Aperture:90mm (3.5 in)
f Ratio:10.1
Focal Length:910mm
Electric Power:not applicable
Weight (lbs):15.9
Dimensions (w/h/d):

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Orion Explorer 90mm Altazimuth Refractor
I owned this telescope for approximately one year. It was my first "serious" instrument. I did not think to perform the "star test" on it, BUT I was amazed at what this fine telescope revealed when pointed up. I have a beautiful view of a Pennsylvania valley so I purchased this telescope primarily for terrestrial viewing, which it did a fine job for me, but after taking it outside after dark I was hooked on astronomy. I was have seen 4 or more cloud bands on Jupiter, and using a 2x barlow and 20mm Plossl eyepiece I have very comfortably seen a very dark Cassini division at Saturn. I sold this telescope to upgrade to a Celestron C102HD, primarily for the equatorial mount. Due to very few clear nights since obtaining the C102HD, I have looked at very few familiar targets. But from what I have seen so far, I now realize what a fine instrument the Orion 90mm actually was. I would recommend this telescope for anyone looking for a primarily terrestrial instrument, BUT be careful or you may get the bug to stay outside in the cold all night too.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Mount:9 Ease of Use:10 Value:9
Weight: 4 (Unreliable Vote)
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