Celestron 102mm Refractor.... Jan 26, 2013 18:31:54 GMT -6
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jan 26, 2013 18:31:54 GMT -6
Celestron 102mm Nexstar GT Refractor
A Celestron retailer made an announcement a couple of weeks ago about a close-out clearance sale on these 102mm GT Nexstar Refractors.
It intrigued me as I researched the specs of this OTA - 4" of coated glass is a respectable amount of aperture with enough light gathering ability to seek out some DSOs and the promise of decent imaging capabilities.
I searched for reviews, but they were for the more recent shorty tube 102mm refractors, usually attached to a one-arm assembly. I did find some old Cloudy Night reviews and they were all positive. But still....I didn't bite.
Time went by and I kept checking to see if any changes, kinda hoping that they did not sell out....'cause it was still on my radar.
Some one bought one and posted a review....
Review Date: 1/19/2013
Fantastic for the price
"Went out for first light with the moon in the 1st qtr. It looked razor sharp at 65x. Was easily able to split castor, and made out the main 4 stars in the trapezium in M42. Going up to 105x was a bit too much, but I didn't expect a "$ " scope to be able to. Got a fantastic shot of he moon with my DSLR."
Now, my 90mm Meade refractor is doing a good job as not only a finder scope for the C11, but as a stand alone scope on a CGE motorized mount. 12 more millimeters is always good, and it would be a good test between Meade and Celestron optics. (Some say the Celestron glass beats Meade)
So....I ordered one.
Got the package deal with a right diagonal...
It also has a dovetail rail attached to the tube, decent metal focuser and the 2" to 1.25" adapter.
I have been using the 90mm as a quick grab & go scope with pleasing performance....as it's just too cold now to take the time and set-up the C11 beast. It'll certainly perform well for lunar & solar work..but let's see how it'll do with Comets ISON & PANSTARRS.
Updates soon after it arrives...