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    Default Meade Adv 80mm vs. Orion GS3 70mm vs. Celestron TS 70mm



    Eclipse is now 3 weeks away. I'm in the middle of getting my kit together. I already have glasses, and was going to order a sheet of Thousand Oaks solar film to turn a Bushnell spotting scope I have into a solar telescope. But I'm thinking as I look around it might be a good excuse to get myself a short tube refractor. I've been wanting one anyway. So I'm looking at the following:

    Meade AdventureScope 80mm
    Orion GoScope III 70mm
    Celestron TravelScope 70mm

    Quite frankly I like the idea of a telescope I can just throw in a bag and go. I figure the Meade has the advantage in aperture, and seems akin to the legendary ST80 that there's so many threads about that might be worth upgrading down the line. Is that so? How about the others? Is there one I should stay away from?
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    Default Re: Meade Adv 80mm vs. Orion GS3 70mm vs. Celestron TS 70mm

    Meade Infinity 80mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope # 209004

    This is the ST80 on a good useable mount, vastly superior to what you are considering and the scope you want for solar viewing. This is the one the upgrades work so well on and the only one I would consider concerning your list.
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    Default Re: Meade Adv 80mm vs. Orion GS3 70mm vs. Celestron TS 70mm

    I agree with Ozman13!

    I ordered and received the Meade Adventure Scope 80mm 3 days ago. I have never owned the Orion ST80, and was considering the Meade Infinity model, but the Adventure Scope 80 OTA I believe, is just like the other OTA's except for the paint which is a tannish color.

    I am planning on posting some photos here and a review of what I received soon, but just let me tell you that the plastic tripod that comes with the scope is IMO worthless! The scope is way too heavy for it and after attaching the scope to the tripod and tightening and adjusting everything I could, I thought the scope was in danger of just falling off!

    Since the sky was completely clouded over, I took it in my backyard and aimed it at the streetlamp across the cul-de-sac behind me. Every time I tried to tighten the scope in position, the position dropped so that the streetlamp wasn't even in the eyepiece. The scope is just too much for the little tripod!

    And wouldn't you know it, I have not had a clear sky since I got the scope! So now I need to buy a more steady mount for it because I didn't buy the Infinity! Also, I ordered the Thousand Oaks solar sheet as well, got a notice that it was delivered to the parcel locker today, so I look in my mailbox for the key to the parcel locker and no key!
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    Default Re: Meade Adv 80mm vs. Orion GS3 70mm vs. Celestron TS 70mm

    Actually, starlogborg has an excellent review on the Meade Adventure Scope 80. I just read it, and I can't add anything to it so no review from me! I don't know how to insert the link on here, sorry!

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    Default Re: Meade Adv 80mm vs. Orion GS3 70mm vs. Celestron TS 70mm

    I love my Adventurer scope, but keep in mind the included mount is almost useless. So, if you need a mount go with the Infinity, it's the same scope, just blue
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    Default Re: Meade Adv 80mm vs. Orion GS3 70mm vs. Celestron TS 70mm

    What about the nano mounts from ES? Anybody know how these work?

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    Default Re: Meade Adv 80mm vs. Orion GS3 70mm vs. Celestron TS 70mm

    Very light weight (flimsy) with no slow motion controls, I don't think I would be interested in the mount. The scope on the other hand looks very interesting to me. It wouldn't have the wide field of the ST80 and I wouldn't choose it over the ST80, but it might be nice to ALSO have with the ST80. I would stick with the Meade because of the mount and the wide field of the f/5 scope.

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    Default Re: Meade Adv 80mm vs. Orion GS3 70mm vs. Celestron TS 70mm

    https://explorescientificusa.com/col.../fl-ar80900eq3

    If they would match the shorter f/8 scope to this mount instead of this longer 80mm, I would be very interested. This longer 900mm scope is too long for me, especially for a solar scope, but the mount is better than the nano mount.

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    Default Re: Meade Adv 80mm vs. Orion GS3 70mm vs. Celestron TS 70mm

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Meade Infinity 80mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope # 209004

    This is the ST80 on a good useable mount, vastly superior to what you are considering and the scope you want for solar viewing. This is the one the upgrades work so well on and the only one I would consider concerning your list.
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    Default Re: Meade Adv 80mm vs. Orion GS3 70mm vs. Celestron TS 70mm

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Alvarez View Post
    You will probably never guess where I've found the best price for this so far.
    Just found it at High Point for $174.95 with free shipping. Where are you looking?

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