Celestron GPC-102ED
I just purchased this no longer available F/9 version ED scope with wood legs and the super polaris mount as "New Old Stock" from one of the major mail-order companies. It never fails, if you buy a scope, it will rain that first night. Anyway a few nights later, the sharpenss and fine detail on Jupiter, Mars and even Venus just blew away any view I have seen over the past 20 years with my 8" F/6 Reflector. Of course the image brightness and the "Image Scale" is not as good as the 8". The star test is perfect, and ABSOLUTELY NO FALSE COLOR!!!! I cant wait to test this scope again other "larger scopes" side by side at the next star party. What made me purchase a refractor?, I went to a star party 2 years ago with about 300 scopes, after looking a Jupiter in all types and sizes, it amazingly was a 60MM scope that had the best picture. Maybe not the most detail, but the most pleasing. I cant imagine why anywone would buy a SCT, since Refractors blow them away and they are not suited to deep sky observing. SVANH@TIR.COM

Overall Rating: 9
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.139.89)
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>I just purchased this no longer available F/9 version ED scope with wood legs and the super polaris mount as "New Old Stock" from one of the major mail-order companies. It never fails, if you buy a scope, it will rain that first night. Anyway a few nights later, the sharpenss and fine detail on Jupiter, Mars and even Venus just blew away any view I have seen over the past 20 years with my 8" F/6 Reflector. Of course the image brightness and the "Image Scale" is not as good as the 8". The star test is perfect, and ABSOLUTELY NO FALSE COLOR!!!! I cant wait to test this scope again other "larger scopes" side by side at the next star party. What made me purchase a refractor?, I went to a star party 2 years ago with about 300 scopes, after looking a Jupiter in all types and sizes, it amazingly was a 60MM scope that had the best picture. Maybe not the most detail, but the most pleasing. I cant imagine why anywone would buy a SCT, since Refractors blow them away and they are not suited to deep sky observing. SVANH@TIR.COM 

I've owned over 50 scopes and have never had a smaller scope beat a larger one on any object. I just did a side by side with 3 scopes. A MacCass, an SCT and a Tak 102. The SCT showed MUCH more detail on Saturn than the others.

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