Excerpt: I like it. It's my first "real" telescope and the first telescope of any kind in many years, so I'm using it to learn. It was easy to assemble and I had it up and running after an hour or so. I needed to research how to use an equatorial mount, and there are still a few things that are mysterious to me. The setting circles are pretty small; probably too small to be accurate but all small scopes seem to share this issue.
Excerpt: I purchased this mount and scope to be my grab and go unit and it sure has lived up to my expectations. It is a very stable, lightweight, portable mount that packs and sets up quickly. The optics in the 102mm refractor are excellent for the price you are paying for it. I had it out on a night I would say was a 6 out of 10 for air quality and I was seeing the Cassini Division on Saturn. Later I put my 5" refractor (17 lbs.) on the mount and it handled that beautifully.
Pros: Accurate, Compact, Easy to Use, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Summary: I finally had a chance to use this under fair/good skies. It gave an incredible view with an 8.8mm eyepiece which gave about 115x I only looked at Venus and Saturn. Phase of Venus could be seen and Saturn was great looking with rings visible and four pinpoint moons. Rings A and B had a clear division and I could see banding across the surface of the planet! so awesome.
Summary: This is an excellent value in an astronomical telescope of the refracting type. The optics and German equatorial mount are very good and provide excellent stable viewing. Many accessories, such as eye piece kits are available for this telescope at reasonable prices. It is a traditional astronomical telescope, with German equatorial mount and is not for the viewer who relies on automatic pointing by computer to find objects in the sky, but rather for the amateur willing...
Pros: Good optics and solid mount work together to provide excellent viewing. Easy to set up with clear instructions. Excellent value for the money.
Cons: None for a knowledgeable buyer. Aperture is smaller than available with other telescope types. Not for the user who relies on electronics to find objects in the sky.
Summary: Wanted to supplement my goto Mead Reflector, w/Equtorial; Refractor while stayin' under $500. Didn't Did a lot of "Window Shopping,"and I picked this one. Images are small but one has to remember;..THIS ISN'T HUBBLE,or, A TEN METER OBSERVATORY, w/unlimited/infinite Enhancement capabilities 'n'resources at your disposal. Opticsplanet, had the BEST PRICE, for this Make/Model.
Excerpt: In my astronomy group we were used to reflectors, and we had a great surprise when this Omni XLT 102 joined in. As it has no secondary in the way, Jupiter looks much sharper. The equatorial mount is sturdy and precise if you know how to point it to the celestial pole. Don't think it will be easy to settle the mount, but it is possible and fun.
Summary: We are happy with this product. It seems to be of good quality and comes with good quality optics at a reasonable price. The downside is, it is bloody heavy. We are talking about 3 stone in weight! If you are looking for a static telescope to watch the moon/stars and your neighbours (ha, ha, just joking), this will be a good choice. Because of its weight, it is not really made to be carried around, unless you are Hercules.