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Old Thursday 17th December 2015, 23:46   #1
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Orion express

After bad luck with scopes (mouse killed my 80ed, and I killed my dob) and things like school getting in the way, I am back on the hunt for a scope. I found this Does anyone have any insight/experience/knowledge on the express series?
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Old Friday 18th December 2015, 18:27   #2
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On various forums they say it's supposed to be a copy of the William optics Zenithstar 80 although the Zenithsar had a nicer twin speed focuser. I used to have a Zenithstar and it showed a fair bit of blue CA in dark objects against bright backgrounds. It probably falls somewhere between an 80ED and a basic 80mm achromat as far as colour correction goes. It's a heavy scope for the focal length, about the same weight as a 600mm scope for example. OK but not ED quality.

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Old Saturday 19th December 2015, 06:17   #3
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I would say you are better off with an 80/600ED doublet, as Paul mentions above. A lot of bang for the buck! Just make sure it has Ohara FPL-53 glass.
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Keep on shopping Richard ! Here is an example of what can be found: a genuine Skywatcher with dual focuser for 579$US.

At B&H, a reputable highly recommended camera dealer:

I'm not suggesting you get this one but beware of unknown or no name products. I bought one a few years back and it was poor quality. Ok for bird watching but unfit for photography.
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