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Stellarvue AT1010 (OTA)
I bought a 10" Dob to start out my long-anticipated hobby(obsession).I felt I should have a refractor in additon to the Dob,and after a long time researching,I went with the AT1010.I am very,very happy with it.I wanted ease of use,and good optics,and a quality scope.I got it.I had a couple of questions about assembly,and Vic emailed me back immediately.That is another factor that persuaded me to go with the scope:after-purchase support.
The first night I went out for first light,I set the scope on the mount,slipped in a 31mm EP,zeroed in on the moon,and the first two words out of my mouth are not allowed here,but it was fantastic .I slipped in a 9mm,and again,the clarity and detail were outstanding..Seriously.You will not believe the crispness of the optics on this little thing.A scope like this is perfect for grab and go..when the weather might be changing quickly,and you don't have the time to lug your Dob out and set it up,you just grab the mount,lock in the scope,and you're good to go.
The quality put into the making of the AT1010 is obvious from the minute you take it out of the box for the first time.Solid.Smooth controls.A good heft to it.Just wonderful.
And lastly..it looks so cool when it is all set up with the dual-axis controls on,and a good sized EP.I realize looks are probably immaterial to most backyard astronomers,but it's just a fact.The AT1010 is beautiful,wonderfully crafted,easy to use,and blessed with supreme optical quality.I couldn't be happier.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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Stellarvue AT1010 (OTA)
I purchased this little beauty a month or so ago.I have a 10" Dob already,and wanted a companion scope that was easier to set up and take down in this unpredictable MI weather.
I made the right choice.Not only was the price great,the communication with Mr.Maris after I received the scope was assuring to this newbie.I had never set up a refractor before,and,although it was pretty easy and straightforward, I had a couple of dufus-newbie questions that Mr.Maris answered right away via emails.
The scope arrived shortly after I placed the order.It was packed very sturdily,as were the rest of the "Deluxe package" components I purchased.

The little scope is sweet.Very solid,and obviously well-made..Everything moves smoothly and easily. I opted for the M4 German EQ package.It is very steady,and there isn't any vibration problem to speak of.The first night I set it up,after cool down,I was looking at the moon,and was amazed at what I was seeing.Really..My first light was a great experience.Another night loaded up my 31mm WA,and looked at the wonderful sights provided by Jupiter...incredible.I'm not very well-versed in astronomy/scope lingo,but I will say that the views were spectacular. Any EP I used didn't diminish the views at all.
Anyway...I couldn't be happier with my purchase.I did a lot of research before I plunked down the plastic,and I know I made the right choice.I just wish the *&^%@# clouds would go away so I can take my scopes out again!
I am very,very impressed with the quality of the scope,and I am impressed with the helpfulness of Mr. Maris, and goal of the SV company to continue to make top-quality products at a very reasonable price.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
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Stellarvue AT1010 (OTA)
The AT1010 is a very nice scope and built like a tank. Brighter objects do show some violet haze, but to be expected through an achromat. Wide filed views are wonderful through the scope, especially using nice EP's and quality 2" diagonal. The M4 mount holds this scope very well, but the tripod is a little flemsy. Once again, to be expected at the price.

Vic Maris is an excellent businessman, and does not shy away from calls or emails sent to him regarding business. Check out the Stellarview group on yahoo; they hold a wealth of knowledge and are a good group of people.

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Mount:9 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
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Stellarvue AT1010 (OTA)
A very nice, well made, affordable acromatic refractor. Does show some false color around bright objects, but handles high power (60X per inch of aperature) very nicely. Stellarve also has excellent service and support. My one complaint is with the older version 1-peice tube ring. It works well, and allows easy adjustment of the scope, but it cannot be removed by the user without voiding the warrenty. This is because removal of the ring requires removal of either the rack and pinion focuser or the lens cell. Wish I knew about that before I purchased the scope. I probably would have opted for a pair of tube rings instead. I believe the newer scopes have a redisigned 2-peice tube ring that allows the user to remove it without removing the lens cell or focuser. Other than that one somewhat minor issue, the scope is great. Highly reconmended!

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Ease of Use:9 Value:10
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Stellarvue AT1010 (OTA)
This was my first scope and I was expecting a lot from it - too much. On the SV website there were some pictures taken by an SV owner of the Horsehead neb. I'm not really naive, but I thought maybe I would be able to see at least a trace of the horsehead with naked eye. Well, of course my SV Blackhawk can't do extended nebulae very well. On the moon and jupiter I saw purple fringes and I despaired, telling myself I should have gotten an apo.

On the bright side, right away I noticed the pinpoint nature of star images with the SV. As I learned more I began to appreciate this little scope. Part of the learning came when I purchased a Meade 8" SCT. As my observing skills improved, I was surprised at how little advantage the larger scope had on many objects - especially on double stars and open clusters where many times my view thru the SV is actually prettier than thru the Meade. For example, recently in good skies I had a view of epsilon Bootes at 177X that was just amazing - better than my Meade can do even after I've just collimated it.

When I look at the moon I no longer even notice the purple fringe, and recently in quiet air I was able to detect the largest craterlet in Plato. No mean feat for a 3" scope! Of course the larger scope is better for faint objects, but during the day I have to hide it away while the SV stays in the living room focused on the birdfeeder - looking sleek and black on the nutwood Berlebach tripod that my wife agreed to. That means it's always right there to grab and go - a big advantage especially in climates where good seeing comes and goes quickly ( I live in MD).

I would recommend this scope as a good portable mid-power stellar and terrestrial scope. You may want to upgrade the diagonals for both purposes, and I highly recommend the upgraded focusser. I also recommend a lightweight alt-az mount ( I have a Unistar light whose plate I have modified so it will swap onto the SV M4 eq mount).

For the Horsehead nebula I am still looking for an answer -probably a CCD camera plus a super stable mount for my SCT would be nice, but while I'm waiting for my bank account to allow that, in the meantime, there's plenty to see thru my SV.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:8 Mount:8 Ease of Use:10 Value:9
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
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Stellarvue AT1010 (OTA)
What a fine little scope. Looking at a nearly full moon last night, I saw only the tiniest fringe of pale yellow. This thing is really sharp too. I have a Zeiss 63/840mm that might be a tad sharper, but I cannot be sure. I would classify this scope as being a "near apo", and equal to a Pentax ED in color correction. I have digiscoped through this scope and have been very impressed with the results. Some have said it is built like a tank, and I must concur. If there is a better scope for the money I would like to hear about it.

Ron Streetenberger

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
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Stellarvue AT1010 (OTA)
Mechanics: 9/10. This telescope looks and feels great. The tube and dew shield are made of thick aluminum, giving it a solid feel. The screw on cap is a wonderful cospetic touch and a joy to remove (I'm a geek!). The only thing I don't like is the focuser: it may be the best one in this price range, but it's still not as smooth (nor as expensive) as a Takahashi. This solid construction makes the AT1010 a little heavy - meaning it needs a heavier mount (M4 / CG4 works well).

Optics: 9/10. Crips and pinpoint, but some false color. Works well as a day-time spotting scope with minimal false color as well as a night time telescope. Surprisingly, M42 looks about the same in this telescope as it does in a much larger reflector from my light polluted back yard.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Ease of Use:9 Value:9
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Stellarvue AT1010 (OTA)
This is scope # 5 for me, and I am pretty impressed. It does what I bought it for. That is, it serves as a grab and go alternative for my 14" dob. It arrived within a few days of my order. I am still getting used to it. So far nothing has challenged the optics, but I honestly have not cranked up the magnification that far. The weather has been rotten. The Seibert 34mm is a great match for it. I have never had a reason to use the red dot finder than came with it.

My polaris mount is too much for it...in that it defeats the reason why I bought it. I have been using it on a heavy duty camera tripod. I am on the road 30 nights a year, and I keep the tripod and scope in my trunk at all times. In two minutes I can have it put together and ready for use.

It also works great along side the 14" dob. I sweep the area in the Nighhawk to find the object and establish markers and then zero in with with dob much easier than I other wise would have been able to.

Like just about everyone else, I am impressed with the quality. The 2 speed focuser is extremely smooth. I bought mine as a "second" on clearence, and I still can't figure out what the blemish was. The first quality stuff must be really impressive!!

If my first scope had been the Nighthawk instead of that 60mm Tasco, I might never have bought another one.

Overall Rating: 10
Ease of Use:10 Value:10
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Stellarvue AT1010 (OTA)
Great Acromatic Telescope.

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Ease of Use:9 Value:9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
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