Reviews and Problems with Orion AstroView 120ST EQ
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Michael McWilliams, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
10 June 2010
Summary: Bought the Orion 120ST last year as my first venture into viewing the universe around us. The instruction booklet that comes with this tele made set up a breeze. Balanced up on the tripod I went outside on the patio and pointed my scope at the moon. Took a little while to get the scope and the telescope ligned up but the view brouht a WOW to my eyes. Even with city glow I was able to check out craters, the sea of tranquility and places on the moon I have not seen before.
Summary: I have owned this scope since Feb 2010. The optics on my sample are excellent though this is not a planetary scope it gives great views. Better then my 4"F/10 long tube refractor.Could see the polar cap and surface detail on mars this year.Saturn is razor sharp and bright.False color on mine is very low.Will handle 190x power with no image break down.The stars and deep sky are just as impressive.The Orion nebula is beautiful and the wide field views can't be beat.
Summary: This telescope has to be the "Paragon of Values" in astronomical equipment! It has been a pleasure from the time we removed it from it's well packaged box, to first light. Well done Orion. The first night, we went for the Moon, and the view was as sharp as my Maksutov- Cassegrain, and actually had more contrast. We next went to Mars, and were just able to make out the polar cap, on the now receeding planet.
Richard D. Schroeder, Orion Telescopes & Binoculars
24 August 2009
Summary: We are very pleased with the 120ST. It is our first scope. We are learning the night skies while learning the scope. We consider the purchase price money well spent. Also, the support we've gotten from Orion has been great.
Summary: It appears to be a very good scope but the setting circles are hard to read at night with that red flashlight that we use. One of your earlier models that I bought 7 years ago from Orion had the setting circles in white numerals and markings that was easy to see at night. We need setting circles that are easier to see at night. Tom C.
Summary: I have had my 120ST for about six weeks now, and my impression of it is still 5 stars. In the last dozen years I have had 5 other telescopes, but either the optics did not satisfy me, they were inconvenient to use, or the aperture was not sufficient for my interests (DSO). None of that applies to the the 120 ST. The optics are excellent and the aperture is sufficient to resolve the brighter globulars.
Summary: I bought this one as a companion to my 150mm f/8 refractor. As Orion states, the ST120mm is not designed for high- magnification study of planets, etc. This gem excels for wide-field views, ESPECIALLY if you upgrade to 2" EPs...with my 36mm EP, this 120mm f/5 yields a whopping 4.2 degree FOV. With that large a field, I find it redundant to even put a finder scope on this instrument!
Summary: This little scope is probably one of the most under-rated telescopes on the market. For a fast acromat refractor, the optics are excellent and very bright for a 5" aperture. I use this scope for portability, fast setup and observation. I have used this scope for imaging with excellent results, but I prefer reflectors for this purpose. This scope is very portable. I can pick up the entire unit and carry it around over my shoulder.
Summary: I purchased this scope a few years ago and still think it's terrific. I use this for a lot of DSO work, where it truly shines. If you're into clusters, you won't find a better scope. For planets, the short focal length (and the color stuff), it ain't so good. The best EP is the 18mm. Gives you enough magnification and field. Typically I put the 18 in there and don't play musical eye pieces like I do with other scopes.
Summary: I bought this scope used, and when I got it home I was a bit skeptical of the results. But after spending some time with this sweet baby under clear skies, my doubts were put to rest! This scope is ideal for those looking to downsize from larger scopes, as well as budding amateur astronomers. As advertised, this scope is ideal for wide-field, deep-sky viewing, and in that regard, it does not disappoint!