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Astronomy Spotting Scopes

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Spotting scopes are telescopes that are designed primarily for terrestrial viewing, where images are oriented correctly (not inverted). Shorter and lighter than astronomy-dedicated telescopes, quality spotting scopes have apertures between 80mm and 130mm (about 3 to 5 inches). Spotting scopes make excellent dual-purpose instruments for bird-watching, wildlife viewing, and other hobbies besides astronomy. The following are some major lines suitable for astronomical viewing:

Meade Spotting Scopes

Model Aper. Optics Type
ETX-90 3.5" (90mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain
ETX-125 5" (125mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain


Celestron Spotting Scopes

Model Aper. Optics Type
Ultima 80ED 3.1" (80 mm) ED refractor
Ultima 100ED 3.9" (100 mm) ED refractor
80ED Refractor 3.1" (80 mm) ED refractor
C5 Spotter 5" (127 mm) Schmidt-Cassegrain
C65 Mini Mak 2.5" (65 mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain
C90 Mak 3.5" (90 mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain
C130 Mak 5.1" (130 mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain


Weaver Spotting Scopes

Model Aper. Optics Type
ETX-90 3.5" (90mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain
ETX-125 5" (125mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain
(Weaver spotting scopes are made by Meade)


Orion Spotting Scopes

Series & Model Aper. Optics Type
Apex 102mm 4" (90mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain
Apex 127mm 5" (127mm) Maksutov-Cassegrain
ShortTube 80mm 3.1" (80mm) refractor



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