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REVIEWS AND COMPARISONS
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Ratings
Overall Rating
Optics
Stability & Tracking
Ease of Use
Help & Support
9.48
8.28
7.63
7.60
7.33
7.15
7.15
6.65
6.15
5.78
5.70
5.40
4.90
4.77
4.47
3.98
3.73
3.50
3.33
2.85
2.48
0.00
0.00
9.88
9.38
9.13
9.00
8.75
6.25
8.13
6.25
5.25
5.50
5.63
5.00
6.25
6.88
5.63
3.75
1.88
2.50
2.50
2.50
2.50
0.00
0.00
9.88
7.50
6.88
7.50
6.25
6.50
6.25
6.88
6.25
5.00
4.38
4.38
2.50
1.88
4.63
3.75
7.50
3.75
2.50
2.50
1.25
0.00
0.00
8.75
7.50
6.50
6.25
7.50
9.25
6.25
6.88
6.25
6.88
7.50
6.88
4.38
3.75
3.00
3.13
2.50
3.00
3.75
1.88
1.88
0.00
0.00
8.75
8.75
7.50
6.25
5.00
6.88
8.75
6.88
8.75
6.25
5.50
6.25
8.75
8.75
3.75
7.50
1.88
7.50
7.50
7.50
7.50
0.00
0.00
Optics
Aperture (milimeters)
130
102
130
130
90
90
152
90
90
114
114
80
114
150
90
90
80
70
76
90
50mm
60mm
90mm
Deep Sky Views
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deep Sky Detail
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Planetary Views
 
Terrestrial Views
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Focal Ratio
5
14
5
5
13.8
14
5
7.3
14
8.8
7.9
5
7.9
5
13.3
11
1.09
10
9.2
6.7
 
12
13.9
Highest Useful Magnification
307x
241x
260x
260x
180x
213x
300x
213x
213x
250x
180x
250x
228x
185x
177x
213x
360x
175x
95x
165x
 
142x
185x
Focal Length (milimeters)
650
1,325
650
650
1250
1,250
750
660
1,250
1,000
900
400
900
750
1,200
1,000
720
700
700
600
600
700
1,250
Eyepieces (milimeters)
25,9
25,9
25,10
25, 10
26, 9
25,9
25,10
25,9
25,9
25,9
20,4
25,10
25,10
25,10
17,10
20,10
20, 6
20,4
25,10
20, 6
20,6
25,9
25
Optical Design
Reflector
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Reflector
Reflector
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Reflector
Refractor
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Reflector
Reflector
Refractor
Reflector
Reflector
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Refractor
Refractor
Refractor
Reflector
Refractor
Refractor
Refractor
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Stability & Tracking
Computerized
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Motorized
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Internal Battery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Included Tripod
 
Mount
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Alta-Azimuth
Dobsonian
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Equatorial
Equatorial
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Equatorial
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Alt-Azimuth
Maksutov-Cassegrain
Ease of Use
No-tool Set-up
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lighted Buttons
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finderscope
Software
 
 
 
 
 
Auxiliary Port
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weight (pounds)
18
21
17
26.5
23.5
16
23.5
15
12
12
26
7.7
17.6
23.5
23
27
13.5
8
16.6
20.7
7.9
12
3.7
Objects Library
4,000
40,000
4,000
42,900
30,000
4,000
14,000
4,000
4,000
5,000
20,000
5,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4,000
 
Help & Support
Phone Support
 
Email Support
 
Online Manual
 
 
 
Instructional Videos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Money Back Guarantee
 
 
 
 
Warranty
2 years
2 years
2 year
Lifetime
2 year
2 years
2 years
2 years
2 years
1 year
2 years
1 year
2 years
2 years
1 year
2 years
Lifetime
2 years
2 years
Lifetime
Lifetime
2 years
2 years