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The Premium 190mm f/5.3 Mak-Newt Astrograph stands as our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winner in astrophotography beginner telescopes for its ability to mimic the performance of expensive apochromatic refractors at a lower price point.

Standout Features

  • Light-gathering capability
  • Economical
  • Flat field of view
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Features
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9.4/10
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A great collection of features will help you get stunning views and photos of celestial objects with this telescope. The primary mirror is crafted of low-expansion optical glass with enhanced reflectivity coatings. Paired with the multi-coated meniscus lens, the mirror will offer up sharp images of stars, even the ones toward the edge of the field of view. The included Crayford focuser can handle the weight of your camera of choice with little adjustment. It will also offer gradual and smooth motion at two different speeds. Count on five knife-edge baffles to cut down on internal reflections and give exceptional contrast.

The latest version of this instrument features a larger secondary mirror than its predecessor. It’s now 64mm in diameter, which increases the field of illumination to take advantage of larger CCD chips found in DSLR cameras. The focuser comes complete with 2 and 1.25-inch compression ring adapters. The compression ring can securely hold the 2 and 1.25-inch accessories in place without marring the metal barrel. Designers worked to minimize diffraction. The secondary mirror is held by the corrector glass so there is no need for spider vanes. All optical elements are secured to lessen the risk of image shift.

Viewing Experience
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9.1/10
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9.1
9
8.8
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8.3
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This telescope is known for delivering a flapjack flat field of view of deep-sky phenomena. Use it with small webcams, DSLRs and CCDs. In every case, its Maksutov-Newtonian optical design will work to reduce coma and field curves, lessening the need to crop astrophotos. Forget about those smeared blobs that used to represent stars toward the edges of your photos. The Premium 190mm f/5.3 Mak-Newt can also offer wonderful viewing experiences, apart from photography considerations. The included focuser extension adapter offers sharp and high-contrast views for all astronomers.

Portability
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9.6/10
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9.9
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9.8
8.8
8
8.8
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The Premium 190mm f/5.3 Mak-Newt Astrograph is not likely to win a portability prize among our lineup of astrophotography beginner telescopes. There is no included carry case and it weighs twice as much as some of the others but we think you will forget about the weight when you see the images. Most people will only want to carry it to and from their vehicle so it’s really not a big deal, but this may not be the best telescope for airline travel.

Help/Support
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9.9/10
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6.9
7.5
9.9
9.8
9.9
8.1
8.8
8.8
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Orion’s customer support system is so great. Their people are always available and always helpful. The information provided on their website is extensive and includes easy-to-find and easy-to-understand instruction manuals for all products. This product comes with a one-year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee. You shouldn’t need it with this great piece of equipment but it is always comforting to know a company stands by their products.

Orion 190mm Mak-Newt Astrograph Summary:
9.4/10

Your interest in astrophotography is destined to soar with the Premium 190mm f/5.3 Mak-Newt Astrograph from Orion. It is a field-flattening phenomenon with great aperture at a beginner-friendly price.

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Orion 190mm Mak-Newt Astrograph f/5.3 Premium

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