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    Default How's this as an alternative to the Orion ED80T CF Triplet?



    Howdy,

    As I documented in my About the pull the trigger on AP rig, thread, my Orion ED80T arrived BUSTED!.

    That scope was apparently the last one optcorp.com had in stock and they, along with Orion, now have this scope on back-order until mid-August. Doh!

    optcorp.com has graciously agreed to refund my $$$ but now I am sitting with a brand new Atlas mount, Auto-guiding package and Canon T2i DSLR but no scope.

    What do you guys think of the Meade 80mm Series 6000 ED Triplet APO Refractor OTA as an alternative to the ED80T?

    It costs $200 more but includes scope rings.

    One possible cause for concern is that I don't see any way to attach a finder/guide scope to this OTA.

    Thoughts?

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    Default Re: How's this as an alternative to the Orion ED80T CF Triplet?

    The Meade 6000 80EDT is an excellent scope. I think the build quality is much better than the Orion and yes, there are many ways to attach a finder with no problems. I don't think the CF tube makes that big a difference either.

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    Default Re: How's this as an alternative to the Orion ED80T CF Triplet?

    Have a look at the E/S 80APO Explore Scientific 80mm ED APO Triplet Refractor - TED0806-00 - OPT Telescopes I have the E/S 127 APO and really enjoy it. . I comes with all the accessories you would have to buy with the other scope and a very nice hard case to store / transport it in.

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    Default Re: How's this as an alternative to the Orion ED80T CF Triplet?

    The Meade is a nice scope, but keep in mind that it is three inches longer and almost two pounds heavier, not to mention the CF would keep focus better as the night went on because it has very little thermal expansion unlike the aluminum in the Meade. I guess Meade is charging by the pound :-)

    Personally, I would hold out for the Orion, but that is just me. For $200 less you get a lighter CF scope? No brainer.

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    Default Re: How's this as an alternative to the Orion ED80T CF Triplet?

    Thanks guys. I am definitely leaning towards waiting for the Orion ED80T CF.

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