Celestron 22150 Omni XLT AZ 102mm Refractor (Blue)
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Celestron 22150 Omni XLT AZ 102mm Refractor (Blue)
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    3.9 out of 5 stars
     Review 1:

    This is a fantastic telescope and quickly becoming the favorite of my small roster. My first scope was a smaller Celestron Astromaster 70, and have since put in a lot of time with a much larger Zhumell Z10 (and some Celestron 15x... Read More

    This is a fantastic telescope and quickly becoming the favorite of my small roster. My first scope was a smaller Celestron Astromaster 70, and have since put in a lot of time with a much larger Zhumell Z10 (and some Celestron 15x70 binoculars), but still wanted a good "in-between" scope. I was initially led towards the ever popular AWB Onesky, however the XLT 130 ended up the better choice.To start with the mount (which came fully assembled in the box!) I was really quite pleased with the quality. It's a very durable and sturdy mount that moves the telescope smoothly across the sky making star-hopping and tracking objects incredibly easy!! Most alt-az mounts suffer from the inability to point the telescope directly up and although that is still an issue here, the adjustable arm allows you to work around this. My only gripe with the mount is that the adjustable arm takes some work to adjust, and is not really something you want to do in the middle of a viewing session. The supplied finderscope, although a bit flimsy, is easy to align and very good at helping to find any of the objects I planned to observe. The double-circle reticle pattern with adjustable brightness makes this finderscope an absolute breeze to use.As for the telescope itself, I couldn't be happier. It came well collimated which is a bonus too! I live in a heavily light polluted area 5-10 minutes away from the heart of a major city, and even on moonlit nights with nothing but the supplied 25mm eyepiece I was still able to make out many of the brighter DSOs including Andromeda, the Orion Nebula, the Double Cluster and others. Get a higher-mag eyepiece and you'll be looking at stunning views of Saturn's rings, craters on the Moon, and the storm bands of Jupiter!Now here is my favorite part of the whole scope, it comes with a 2" focuser! This is something I've rarely found on smaller telescopes and it is what really makes this one shine. Getting a 2" wide angle eyepiece for this telescope is an absolute must!! Point this scope in the direction of the milky way band and the crystal clear views of thousands of stars in your eyepiece will blow you away. I will admit that I'm likely going to end up swapping the focuser for a dual-speed because the single speed is just a little bit of a hassle when you're trying to get that perfect focus.Have a DSLR? This telescope works for astrophotography! With the "Orion zero-profile prime focus adapter" and a 2x barlow I was able to achieve perfect focus with my camera and take great shots of the moon and planets, but it gets even better, this scope is light enough to fit on my motor driven EQ-mount which means you can also use it for long exposure shots of nebulae, galaxies and more!In closing, this is easily among best telescopes I can recommend for someone just entering the hobby, or just anyone that wants a great "jack-of-all-trades" telescope! It's big enough to view hundreds of deep space objects as well as offering high magnifications for viewing our closer celestial neighbors, it's lightweight and sturdy, it has the capability to be used for beginner astrophotography, and comes with a 2" focuser all for under $300!! Read Less

     Review 2:

    This is a very good lightweight four inch refractor plus tripod & mount combination. I was looking to get as much quality aperture as I could under 20 pounds for the combination, with 15 as the goal, and this one came in under 14.... Read More

    This is a very good lightweight four inch refractor plus tripod & mount combination. I was looking to get as much quality aperture as I could under 20 pounds for the combination, with 15 as the goal, and this one came in under 14. With the woods around my neighborhood it is important to be able to move easily into a clear position, or else the telescope would not get used much, plus I did not want to worry about temperature stabilization and collimation such as a reflecting telescope can need -I just want to get up and go, it should be easy to use, and get good quality images. A 4 inch refractor with an alt-azimuth mount such as this one does the trick well. Frankly there were few choices in the four inch or more range that fit my criteria, so I was very l pleased to get a good quality 'scope at a good price from Amazon. The manual tracking on the mount is reasonably smooth and the easy to us as well. It did not get five stars because the spotting scope, while fairly accurate, is only useful with bright objects due to the lack of a lens. This 'scope is big enough to look for dim objects, which can be hard to find without navigating help through dim star fields. Celestron should offer a lensed spotting scope instead on this unit. I purchased an Orion 6x30 right angle finder from Amazon which was a direct fit to the mount on the body of this 'scope, problem solved! Also be aware that this scope only came with one low power eyepiece (in my case) as was clearly advertised, and while this is also a very useful lens which I very much like, if you are new to astronomy be aware that more need to be purchased for the higher magnifications that this is capable of. But overall I am very pleased with this purchase. Read Less