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    Default Celestron omni xlt 120 refractor



    Any recomendations on this scope? Im looking for something that i can get good images of solar objects, planets, moon etc and ocassional Dso.not looking for astrophotography. Ive read a few reviews and the specs look ok to me,i would also buy the celestron eye piece and filter kit to give me more viewing options,any thoughts? Cheers.

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    The scope is about the best you can get for the price, it will offer you great views of the planets and moons, and you will be able to see some DSO's good if you live in a darker area, if your area is light polluted don't expect to see many DSO's.
    I wouldn't go for the celestron eyepiece kit. Most of those eyepieces are to highpower to be useful in your scope.
    My $$$ is on the hyperion zoom lens, it is about 215 dollars, but is a lot better than those eye piece kits and you will have much more enjoyment out of it.
    A lot of the filters in that kit arn't good anyway, as most of the colored ones people don't use to often and for a moon filter most people go the way for a variable polarizing one as they are much more useful.

    Anyway theres some food for thought.

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    I 2nd the Hyperion zoom recomendation. It will fulfill almost all your EP needs. Possibly later you may want a 40mm for realy wide views.
    Have fun; Don T.

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    The Celestron omni xlt telescopes are intermediate level telescopes and are scopes you can keep and use throughout your astronomy life, even after going to larger scopes. The omni xlt 120 is not a light weight at 21 kg (46 pounds). As I understand, no goto kits are available for its CG4 mount but Celestron does have a dual motor tracking kit for it. The December 2009 issue of Astronomy Magazine has a review of the omni xlt 127, a 5 inch SCT. The comments made about the CG4 mount ought to apply to the omni 120 as well.

    The omni xlt 150R looks nice too.
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    Cheers for advice, i kinda thought the same about the scope just reading reviews and specs but just wanted to gear it from a second source, i think i may be looking to buy for xmas or just after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post

    The omni xlt 150R looks nice too.
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    I have the omni XLT 150 so I can't comment on the 120 OTA but the cg4 itself definetly is not bad for the price. I do basic astrophotography and I can consistently get 30 second subs out of it if I set it up right. If the focuser is anything like the focuser on my 150, replace it. The rack and pinion they use is extremely sloppy.

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    any ideas if this scope would fit in a 6x4 shed?

 

 

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