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.
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...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.