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Celestron Celestron C90 Mak Spotting Scope


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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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    Product Description

    The Maksutov optical design is recognized for being a portable design that is easy to use and has a variety of applications, making it an excellent choice for both terrestrial and astronomical usage. This C90 Mak has excellent optics with razor sharp images over a wide field. Features Multi Coated Optics Maksutov-Cassegrain Optical Design Compact and Portable Design Erect Image System for Terrestrial and Astronomical Use Built-in T-Adapter threads for Ease of Adapting SLR Cameras Comes with 32 mm Eyepiece, 45° Erect Image Diagonal and 8x21 Erect Image Finderscope Backpack Made of Nylon No Fault Limited Lifetime Warranty Maksutov-Cassegrain Optical Design. Compact and Portable. Erect Image System for Terrestrial and Astronomy use. Built-in T-Adapter threads for camera connection.

    Product Details

    Size: Full Size
    • Product Dimensions: 16 x 7 x 10 inches ; 2 pounds
    • Shipping Weight: 8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
    • Origin: China
    • ASIN: B0038QYRDO
    • Item model number: C90 Mak
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)


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    Customer Reviews

    I use my Ravelli photography tripod and it works great.
    50BMG Shooter
    I would highly recommend this scope as a starter scope for astronomy -- it's a great value and easy to use.
    Caelib
    Comes with 45 degree image erector, Plossl type eyepiece, lens covers, a sighting scope, lens cloth, etc.
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By M. West on November 24, 2012
    Size Name: Full Size
    I bought this for the shooting range, spotting past 300 yards. I have a hard time justifying $2000 for a spotting scope so I thought I'd try the C90. I purchased an addition eyepiece to bring things even closer, but really at 300 yards its fine as is. I `ve been using a Bushnell 20x60x60 and it's fine at 100 yards and a little farther on a sunny day, but that's it. With this I have no problem at 300 Plus yards. Wish I would have known about the C90 before, could have save me $300 on the Bushnell. I'm happy with the C90, bang for the buck it's good. I can easily read the small word or number on a target at 300 yards.
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    48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By e whitestone on April 4, 2013
    Size Name: Full Size
    Get it at Optics Planet, but go to their website for free shipping and no tax. If you buy it from Optics Planet, through Amazon, you have to pay for shipping and the price through Amazon is higher then at Optics Planet direct. Also, at Amazon you only get one eyepiece, no case, no tripod, and no tripod case. At Optics Planet the price is $154.95 with tripod, case, and 2 eyepieces. That makes it only $5.00 more than Amazon, but the additional eyepiece alone is worth at least $25.00, not to mention the rest of the things you get purchasing the scope from Optics Planet.
    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.
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    37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Divot on October 7, 2010
    Size Name: Full Size
    The 52268 has a Vixen-style dovetail mounting plate with 1/4-20 threaded holes which allow it to be mounted on many astronomy and photography tripods. However, for some reason known only to Celestron and OpticsPlanet, as of January 2010 this all-metal scope is being sold as a "spotting scope." It comes with: a 45-degree image-erecting prism; two eyepieces; a 1.25 inch / T-adapter (for a camera); a thing made almost totally of plastic one may, with foolish optimism, call a "tripod"; a tiny 8x21 finder scope; a backpack for the scope and eyepieces; and a very tight bag for the tripod.

    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.

    UPDATE 10/7/10

    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.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Laferriere on June 2, 2013
    Size Name: Full Size Verified Purchase
    For what this scope does, it weighs practically nothing. Celestron is marketing this as a spotting scope which gives you a limited lifetime warranty. I would avoid any of the used ones as Celestron has said this is only for the initial owner. At $150 the $20 you will save on a used one may not be worth it, especially if you need support down the road.

    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
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2012
    Size Name: Full Size Verified Purchase
    Thanks to the weather so far I have only tried the scope for terrestrial use and I am astonished by the image quality. Its sharpness and clarity are well beyond what I expected for such a small and inexpensive telescope. The build quality is very solid and the included eyepiece is very good with no distortion or chromatic aberration. I also used the telescope as a lens for my EOS 20D and the resulting images were very good as well (it requires an inexpensive T ring adapter to hook the camera body to te rear of the telescope).

    The included backpack is quite simple but gets the job done and it is the perfect size to carry the telescope tube, the viewfinder (unmounted), the 45 degree prism (unmounted) and several eyepieces.

    The only minor complaint is that the included eyepiece included no covers so that when it is not mounted both ends are exposed and if it is mounted still one end is unprotected.

    The viewfinder alignment is very simple and it takes just a few minutes to get it done and from then it does not move.

    Complement this with a Celestron 8-24 mm 1.25" zoom eyepiece and you get a wide range of power to suit your needs.

    UPDATE
    There was a short break on the clouds some nights ago and I could watch Jupiter. Of course the image is nowhere near like illustrations from astronomy books but is quite a distinctive feeling to know that you are gazing at the real thing. I am sure that the atmospheric conditions were not great and because of that Jupiter came out as a small whitish circle but I could still see some color bands and 3 moons nearby. No luck with the moon yet.

    Please get a decent solid tripod. I tried with a standard photography and video one and the result is quite bad.
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