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Customer Review

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable, entry-level scope, June 9, 2010
This review is from: Celestron 21064 AstroMaster 90 EQ Refractor Telescope (Electronics)
This is not our first scope, but it's intended for first-time buyers. We purchased it to compliment our main scope, a Celestron XLT 150.

As entry-level scopes go, the Astromaster 90 EQ's a reasonable value. The construction and optical quality is high enough to yield a solidly performing scope, as long as your expectations are not too high. If you're willing to tinker with the mount a little, you can improve it's performance measurably at little additional cost.

At 90mm, this scope has enough light-gathering power to support magnifications up to 150x or so before the view gets too dim (more power means less brightness in the image) - more than enough to view details in Saturn's rings and on the moon.

The focuser and accessories work well enough, but the mount tripod is a bit wobbly. You can easily upgrade it with a clamp here and there if you're willing. As entry-level scopes go, this mount is certainly competitive, and offers more options for improvement than others in its class because of its steel legs.
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Initial post: Jul 6, 2014 11:45:10 PM PDT
Steve says:
Why the 3 stars if it appears to be a decent scope for the price?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2015 7:46:26 AM PST
According to Amazon, three stars means "it's okay."
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