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Celestron 52268 C90 Mak Spotting scope (Black)
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- 90 mm (3.5") Diameter Maksutov spotting scope
- Multi Coated Optics
- Comes with 32 mm Eyepiece, 45° Erect Image Diagonal and 8x21 Erect Image Finderscope
- Compact and Portable Design
- Built-in T-Adapter threads for Ease of Adapting SLR Cameras
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|Item Dimensions||10 x 7 x 16 inches|
|Item Weight||4.41 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||6.7 pounds|
The Maksutov-Cassegrain design of the C90 uses a combination of mirrors and lenses; this “folded” optical system has a focal length of 1250mm in a body only twelve inches long. The Maksutov design delivers high power views without a trace of the chromatic aberration, also called blue fringing, that can distort high power views in competing refractor style spotting scopes. At 40X magnification where some low cost spotting scopes start to seem fuzzy, the C90 is just getting started. The C90 uses the same 1.25 inch eyepieces used in astronomical telescopes. The standard equipment 32mm plossl eyepiece yields a magnification of 39X, but many other eyepieces can be used to vary the magnification.
The Celestron model 52268 seems very well built, with excellent multi-coatings visible on the front lens. The real beauty of this 90mm Maksutov spotting scope, however, is in the view it offers. When I use an optional 12.5mm eyepiece to look at Jupiter at 100X I can clearly see Jupiter’s major cloud bands as well as its four moons. When I look at the Moon and stars I can easily push the magnification to 200X with an optional 6mm eyepiece. When I look at birds in the backyard, I’m treated to delightful views full of vibrant color and crisp detail. With a close focus distance of only 15 feet, the detail and texture I see is simply amazing.
High magnification viewing requires a solid tripod, of course. Celestron’s Heavy Duty Altazimuth Tripod comes with slow motion controls to allow the scope to be pointed precisely, and I can clamp the dovetail base on my CG5 mount for astronomical use. The other drawback to high magnification viewing is a narrow field of view; high magnification makes it hard to follow moving targets like birds in flight. Overall the Celestron C90 Maksutov Spotting Scope does a fine job as a companion to good pair of binoculars. The C90 also doubles as a portable astronomy scope; it won’t show the flag on the Moon but it will show thousands of craters on the Moon as well as showing the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. --Jeff Phillips
- Compact and portable
- Excellent high power optics
- Upgradeable with 1.25” eyepieces
- Adaptable for astronomy and photography
- Not waterproof
Top Customer Reviews
As of the date I ordered it, this scope no longer comes with the tripod. The tripod kit & scope is still available at a slightly higher cost and the tripod can also be purchased separately from Celestron. Most of the reviews say the included tripod was barely adequate and they seemed inclined to replace it with a sturdier tripod. For accessories you get the nylon backpack carrying case, a 32mm plossl eyepiece (not bad for an included eyepiece & gives you a 39X view), a 45° erecting diagonal, and finally an 8X21 finderscope. The finderscope can be easily replaced as it uses a semi-standard guide mounted dovetail and can be replaced with Celestron, or Orion products such as the 50mm guide scope and other products as well.
With its long focal length of 1,250mm you WILL need a firm steady heavy tripod for any kind of viewing. A photo tripod, even with the legs unextended may still wobble enough where it will make focusing and using this telescope a serious chore. Making focusing a bigger chore, this telescope also has a narrow depth of field. That is, if you aim at a tree a few miles away, you may see the middle of the tree in focus while the further and closer parts may be blurry. I did mount this on my ...Read more ›
The build quality of the scope is very nice. I bought it for spotting at the shooting range and photography. I connect my Canon SLR to the scope via 2 required optional parts, the t-ring adapter and the camera adapter for a Canon Camera.
To convert the 52268 into an astronomy scope one needs to buy a 90-degree 1.25 inch star diagonal, and I suggest adding a red dot finder, a moon filter, and some astronomy books. Additional eyepieces are not required as the included Plossls are adequate and give you 39x and 100x--two very useful powers. What else? Adding a REAL ASTRONOMY TRIPOD AND MOUNT--something like the Vixen Porta-II or the Astro-Tech Voyager or the Celestron Omni CG-4--could turn this into a very good grab-and-go scope.
I originally rated this as four stars because of the tripod, but the scope shouldn't be penalized. Whoever set up this package could not possibly include a $250 astronomy or photo (see the Manfrotto 055XB and Bogen 410 geared head) tripod for the price.
After using this scope with the Manfrotto 055XB tripod and Bogen 410 geared head mostly for astronomy for about six months, my impressions: You get what you get, which is a 3 1/2 inch aperture (somewhat reduced by the center mirror) telescope. I still like two included eyepieces for astronomy. I could clearly see the single band now visible on Jupiter with the 100x eyepiece this past weekend. The focuser is smooth.Read more ›
This is the most fantastic bargain in telescopes I've ever seen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a superb instrument for the money. The Chinese came through here in spades. For $179 you get a great little lunar & planetary telescope as well as for terrestrial use. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Philip S. Taylor
Disappointed. After a lot of reading of other reviews I thought I had a winner in the price/perfomance category. No such luck. Read morePublished 21 days ago by JimN
An EXCELLENT choice for using as a spotting scope. .223 holes were no problem at 200 yards. I didn't try, but should be good to 400 yards.Published 1 month ago by RCPilot
I will use this scope primarily for viewing the target at the shooting range. The initial testing has yield great results. The image is clear and it's easy to focus. Read morePublished 1 month ago by gt507866
I use it as a travel scope for astronomy. And it works very well. I replaced the finderscope with a celestron red dot sight. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex
I'm using this at the rifle range for spotting. Super clear out to 200 yds so far. Can easily see .243 hits on Shoot n See target but can also see hits t to the white backing board... Read morePublished 2 months ago by NJ Reviewer
I would actually give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, but I knew about all the minor issues with this scope before I got it, so I'm willing to round up. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rian Grulke