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Thread: Celestron NexStar 102 SLT vrs Meade StarNav NG 102 refractors?

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    Default Celestron NexStar 102 SLT vrs Meade StarNav NG 102 refractors?



    There are 2 refractors with almost identical specs. Of these two refractors which would you say has one over the other? Does one have better glass than the other if so what do you think is the difference? Both Meade and Celestron make good products and have a wide line of scopes to choose. Does any one have experience with these to scopes and make a call on what they think on these scopes
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 102 SLT vrs Meade StarNav NG 102 refractors?

    Hi Bill,

    I suspect they are from the same factory in China and would give you identical performance. I doubt that they would be different in any way other than the branding.
    I think it would come down to which one you prefer in terms of cost, accessories, availability etc.
    If I was to choose, and they were the same price, I think I would lean to the Celestron because it has a stainless steel tripod that looks more sturdy than the Meade's aluminium one.

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 102 SLT vrs Meade StarNav NG 102 refractors?

    Dean; Thanks for the feed back. I think the difference in tripods can make a difference down the road. Stainless is a lot stronger than aluminum.

    Thanks again

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 102 SLT vrs Meade StarNav NG 102 refractors?

    I prefer the SLT mount over the Meade mount. In addition to the stainless steel legs that Dean pointed out, the SLT uses thumb screws to tighten the leg extensions whereas the Meade uses plastic clamps that are not as durable. The SLT mount isn't known for being a solid/rigid vibration free mount - the Meade is even less so. I've used the SLT mount with 10lb loads at times. The Meade mount can't come close to that. I prefer the alignment process on the SLT to that of the Meade. The Meade mount is noisy even when tracking.

    Although I am strongly in favor of the SLT mount, the Meade mount does have its supporters.
    I agree with Dean that optically the scopes should be the same.
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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 102 SLT vrs Meade StarNav NG 102 refractors?

    The SLT tripod can be stabilized a bit better from stock but I would keep an eye open for a aluminium tripod from a EQ-2 or EQ-3 mount for better stability and increased height.
    You can usually find the tripod quite cheap on various buy & sell papers/ sites

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 102 SLT vrs Meade StarNav NG 102 refractors?

    Wow! That is one beefed up SLT mount, Gabby! I love the extension post and white paint as well.
    I wish I would do productive things like that when I'm bored.
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    I have the Celestron myself and I did a lot of research between these two before buying. I'll echo these other guys on the tripod and mount questions as well but I'm also of the understanding that the Celestron has the edge when it comes to the software and functionality of the handheld.

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