Orion SkyView Deluxe 90mm
came by my Orion SkyView Deluxe 90 refractor while waiting for delivery of the
Discovery PDHQ 12.5" Dobsonian I ordered in November. It was
understood that delivery of that scope would take more than 90 days and my wife
wanted to know what I wanted from Santa for Christmas.
made a list. Next to Crutchfield, Orion's Catalogue is my absolute
favorite. It was easy to find several astronomical items in that catalogue
to list. The SkyView 90 Deluxe was high on the list, and that is what Santa
90 Deluxe is desirable for several reasons. Foremost, it is a complete
equatorial system with a substantial mount, polar scope and what not. Part
of the motivation of getting an EQ mount is the learning experience of using it.
One will never learn right ascension and declination, or the proper use of
setting circles from the efforts necessitated by a Dobsonian or other Alt-Az
mount. The 90 Deluxe is a complete scientific instrument.
mount is denominated, curiously, the SkyView Deluxe EQ. It is ample to
support the 90mm scope, and I understand from investigation (i.e. bothering
informed individuals at the other end of 800 numbers) that this mount is every
bit the equal of the Celestron CG-5 that comes with their 102 HD. The SkyView
Deluxe mount will hold a larger scope than the 90, which is good for the future,
and it works smoothly, solidly and is attractive. I'm very pleased.
90 mm size is a good choice for a refractor. It's at the limit of easy
portability and is affordable. The f/11 is just right. A 102 does
not have substantially more aperture, in my opinion. I'd get a reflector for
that. But with the 90 I get a real refractor system and planetary scope for
big plus is that by getting this scope, one gets to deal with Orion Telescopes
& Binoculars, rather than with Meade or Celestron. A BIG plus. Orion
has been right there for me ever since. Technical assistance? Ask for Jack.
with all introductory or intermediate scopes I've run into, the finder scope is
de minimus. This is primarily because they are not available as right
angle or 45 degree angle scopes. I sent Orion a letter suggesting they
market such a creature and they promptly replied that they were going to
consider the idea. It made me feel important. I also sent Orion my focuser
tube assembly which I had damaged. They promised to make it better than
new. They will. I replaced my finder scope with the 8 X 50 right angle
erect image that Apogee sells. In order to mount it, I had to drill and
tap two holes. I did.
eyepieces supplied were Plossls but were not so hot. I replaced my 6.3mm
Plossl, which could not split Alpha Geminorum, with University Optic's 6mm Abbe
Orthoscopic which does.
Submitted by Jay Mack - Zedoc@techheadnet.com - Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
purchased this telescope about 14 months ago, and returned to shop.
Submitted by marcus - email@example.com - Florida