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StarMax 90mm Telescope on EQ-1 Mount

by Orion

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  • Brand Name: Orion
  • Device Type: Telescope

Product Details

Product Manual [640kb PDF]
  • ASIN: B0000XMSP2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 4, 2009

Product Description

The Orion StarMax 90mm f/13.9 optics offers sharp, bright images of the planets, the moon, and objects in deep-space.This Maksutov-Cassegrain is made for travel, and is equipped with a lightweight equatorial mount and aluminum tripod.Add optional motor drive to the Orion StarMax 90 for automatic tracking.The big 6X20 correct-image finder scope helps center objects fast.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2004
The Orion StarMax 90mm EQ Compact Mak is truly an outstanding telescope for its size. It offers some razor-sharp views of planetary and lunar objects with a minimum of fussing about.
My purchase was for my wife (an astronomy teacher) as a Christmas gift. In retrospect, I should have purchased it last year when I was attempting to provide her with a "quick and dirty" portable scope to use along with the school telescope for her frequent night labs (the school telescope is an 8" Celestron). Although we are quite pleased with the Orion SkyView 8 Deluxe EQ purchased last Christmas, it's no less cumbersome than the old Celestron in terms of portability. That's my fault since I was also looking for something we could use at home for deep-sky objects as well.
This time, I focused on getting something that was very light-weight and portable but still capable of providing a decent view of lunar and planetary objects. I looked hard at the various refractors but all of them were F/10 or less and offered nothing more in terms of weight and portability.
I purchased the basic StarMax 90mm EQ Compact Mak, which includes a decent equatorial tripod mount, Sirius Plossl 25mm eyepiece and a nice padded carrying case for the tube assembly. Given this is a high focal length scope (F/14), I also purchased a set of the HighLight Plossl eyepieces in 7.5mm, 12.5mm and 20mm.. Even though they were about half the price of the scope itself, I justified the purchase in light of the fact we could use these eyepieces with any of the telescopes.
On New Year's Eve, we took the scope out for a spin in our front yard (not a great spot given the light interference and high humidity that night). We had a good look at Mars, the Great Nebula in Orion, Saturn and the half-moon.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Eaton on March 21, 2004
Last evening, we were outside about 10:00pm, with about 25 neighbors, who were oohing and ahhing over the views of Saturn and Jupiter through our StarMax 90mm telescope. Even though we were viewing the planets from a suburban location with light pollution and unsteady air, we were able to make out the Cassini Division in Saturn's rings and also clearly see the Trapezium and the inner core of the Orion Nebula as they were sinking in the western sky. For the price, this telescope is an excellent bargain. We also purchased an optional motor drive for the mount, which really can make observing a lot less tedious. Since the telescope can be detached from the mount, that means the you could use the mount for sky photography with a camera or mounting another small telescope. Also, the StarMax can be mounted on a regular photo tripod for regular daytime viewing. However, you will have to buy an optional imager erector in that case. I have two caveats concerning the mount. First, the control stalks can sometimes get in the way when pointing the scope in certain directions. You can remove that the stalks, but that makes fine tracking control impossible. Second, the optional motor can ALSO get in the way at very inopportune times. I have taken some very pretty videos/photos of the Moon with the Orion color electronic eyepiece. I take the composite output of the eyepiece and record it onto our DV camcorder. From there, I can edit and enhance the recordings on our home computer. The optical quality of the StarMax 90mm appears to be excellent. In fact, it has often given us better views of the Moon and planets than my large Celestron C-8 scope. I also recommend a full aperture solar filter so that you can continue your stargazing during the daytime.Read more ›
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2004
I purchased this scope to have something that is easy to carry around and set up, and while using it, if I see something interesting, or notice the night has really good seeing, I would get the more cumbersome scope. So much for the more cumbersome scope. This scope does everything I want it to do. It really has crisp views. It does really well on the planets, clusters, and it is ok on nebulas and certain galaxies. It doesn't have a big field of view, and it doesn't have the aperture you will need if your primary focus is on galaxies, nebulas, but it is such a great scope. The mount is a basic equatorial mount, but because the scope is light, and also important, the scope is fairly short/stubby and not long/lengthy, it is extremely stable. Long scopes cause more shakes, especially when windy. Not a problem with the Starmax 90. Although it is fairly short, it has a long focal length of 1250mm. This is especially great for more detailed views of planets. Orion has a great scope here. I now only use my bigger scope(dob) when I go to a dark site which is not often. I also like using an equatorial mount as it makes for easier tracking. Great scope and super price.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matachen on August 12, 2006
The Orion StarMax 90mm EQ Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope is a truly impressive telescope for the money. The optics are very good, it is rugged (for a telescope), compact and travels well. Although I've yet to get a truly impressive view of Mars, the Cassini Division appears quickly and easily, Jupiter's bands are clear and colorful (no Red Spot yet though), and the trapezium resolves crisply. The focal length is a bit long -- and the aperture too small -- for hunting deep space fuzzies, but at this size that is to be expected. The mount is adequate for a telescope of this size, and the tripod is pretty stable even in a stiff breeze. The StarMax is light, perfect for travel, and is a handsome telescope too, it looks just fine in the corner of a room and doesn't take up much space.

Two complaints: First, I don't like the finder, its cheaply made, clumsy to adjust, and equally clumsy to use; however, the finder does do the job well enough that you won't have to buy a telerad or other replacement (you will just want to.) Second, the adjustment cables are a pain: they keep getting in the way and you have to keep tightening them onto the mount constantly. They do the job though, so again you don't need to buy anything to replace them (mine is still stock out of the box after a year of heavy use.) Not many complaints for a telescope that costs so little.

The idea behind this purchase was a telescope that would go where I go and weather the bumps along the way, and the StarMax has performed this task beautifully. I've travelled nearly 100,000 miles with this little scope and aside from a few cosmetic scratches, it remains unaffected. For the price you pay, the overall package -- especially the quality optics -- is a remarkable value.
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