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    Sky Watcher Virtuoso Mak 90 or Orion StarBlast 4.5. Avoid lectures please.Thanks.

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    A pleasant hello to you as well.
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    Default Re: Asking for suggestions

    Yes
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    just no no no no no, pair of nice binos with a stand sound better ?. do you have a secondhand market or an online sell/trade nearby ?
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    Gabby:

    That really is funny

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    Jerrydobe:

    Do not get the StarBlast 4.5 that comes with an eq mount. The eq mount is terrible, and will have you doing all kinds of gymnastics for a view. The Mak has a f13 focal ratio, best for moon and planets. The Meade 102 refractor needs no collimation, and will collect more light. Very recommended for beginners.

    https://www.meade.com/infinity-102mm...refractor.html

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    Default Re: Asking for suggestions

    EQ-1 and EQ-2 are not very good (the StarBlast II comes with a EQ-2) but normally any above that are at least useable and if set up properly viewing will not involve gymnastics.
    The Meade 102mm and Celestron 102mm f/6.5 or f/9 are other good ones.
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    Actually, the Orion "StarBlast II" 114mm f/4 Newtonian kit comes with an EQ-1, which is the smallest equatorial mount on the planet.

    Said telescope is doable on an EQ-1, but it is at the very limit of what the mount can handle. I have an EQ-1, and I upgraded it with wooden tripod-legs...

    https://i.imgur.com/DIUcZYY.jpg

    That's a Celestron C90 Maksutov mounted upon it, and virtually identical to that of the Sky-Watcher "Virtuoso" 90mm Maksutov kit. The current, Chinese EQ-1 and EQ-2 mounts are inferior clones of those which were made in Japan decades ago. Of the current manifestations, I own both, and feel that the EQ-1 is of better construction and design over the EQ-2. Still, an EQ-1 is best suited for cameras and very small telescopes.

    The AZ-3 alt-azimuth mount of Meade's "Infinity" series is old hat, and should've been retired long ago. Meade has recently launched their "StarPro" series, and a refreshing uptick over the "Infinity" line; this 90mm f/7 achromat for example...

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...mm_f_6_67.html

    A review of the 102mm "StarPro"... Cassiopeia Observatory - Review - Meade StarProâ„¢ AZ 102mm Refractor

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...2mm_f_6_5.html

    Of the two kits originally inquired about, one is the antithesis of the other...

    The 90mm Maksutov is for medium-to-high powered observations, and with a narrow field-of-view; a "celestial" microscope.
    The 114mm f/4 Newtonian is actually best for imaging with a camera; if it had a suitable focusser and a much larger, go-to, equatorial mount. Visual observations take a back seat with that one, yet low-to-medium powered observations with a rather wide field-of-view are possible. Binocular-like that telescope would be, and again, the opposite of a 90mm Maksutov.

    Incidentally, be it known that the Sky-Watcher "Virtuoso" mount is not a go-to. It tracks only once an object is located manually.
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    Gabby:

    I have an Orion Skyviewpro eq. For my refractor it is ok, but I would not use an eq mount with a Newtonian telescope. The eyepiece is in odd position. Not gymnastic but difficult/unconfortable.

    Skyrover:

    Reviews are better for the Infinity 102mm.

    Jerrydobe:

    If you don't mind diffraction spikes on bright objects, the Orion dob is great at f/8 focal ratio.

    https://www.telescope.com/Telescopes...CategoryId=398

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    Quote Originally Posted by refractordude View Post

    Skyrover:

    Reviews are better for the Infinity 102mm.
    Certainly not for the AZ-3 mount, and the reviews are simply more plentiful for the "Infinity".
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