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Spotting Scopes For Astronomy?

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Posted by Fernando Avila on August 26, 2003 20:55:27 UTC

I was considering getting the Orion Apex 127mm Mak spotting scope for astronomical use. Are there any draw backs to using a spotting scope thusly? The only difference I know of is that the diagonal erects the image rightside up. Does this pose an optical problem? Is there anything I'm overlooking?

I had originally planned on getting the astronomical version of the 127 mm Mak, but I decided that I didn't want to fool with the hassle of the equatorial mounting. Hence, I thought of getting what appears to be the same telescope, with a simpler mount at a cheaper price.

Any thoughts/ponderings are greatly appreciated!

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