Starwave Classic 102mm F11 Achromat Refractor Telescope with 2" Crayford Focuser
What's the ideal mount for this telescope? The optical tube is long but very light, therefore most equatorial mounts will accept the Vixen-format dovetail bar included on the refractor.If you don't want to take the time to set up an equatorial mount, consider the Altair Sabre AZ mount or Easy AZ400 Mount. Talk to your dealer about the best mount for your intended use.
Author: Mark Brickley
I have used several APO type refractors including a couple of Altair Astro APO refractors and a Televue np101 and 127is but I bought this relatively cheap Altair achromat long focal length refractor to explore ideas that a long focus achromat can actually do as a good or better a job on the planets and for double star observing than more complex apo scopes under real world conditions. If this scope is a benchmark then this is certainly true, the view has little false colour, entirely eliminated with a Baader semiapo filter, and the detail of the view is stunning. I have been observing for more than 25 years and have rarely enjoyed using a scope as much as this one. The quality of the mechanics are wonderful and the scope is light and easily manouverable, though in my opinion needs at least a HEQ5 class mount because of its length. The finish of the scope is fantastic and the candy red colour is really very nice. My 3 year old said ‘daddy I do like that telescope’ and I agree with her. For use on double stars the scope punches well above its weight and the view of Jupiter is outstanding for the aperture, and in fact in absolute terms as well. The focus is noticeably less critical than a short f ratio apo as you’d expect but knowing this does not in any way diminish the experience; how much nicer it is for visual use to have a non stressy experience getting and maintaining focus in turbulent seeing. I rarely write reviews but overall this is a truly great scope and a veritable bargain. Funnily enough although it is a relatively cheap scope, I do not believe it is mainly a beginner scope (buy Altair’s 80mm doublet) but rather a great tool for the more experienced astronomer to explore planets and especially double stars. 10/10
All the best
Author: D Woden
This "little" Star Wave achromat is now my favourite for observing the moon and Jupiter. The images are much sharper than my 127mm Maksutov which was always a little fuzzy, and I can see more fine detail on Jupiter in this telescope. It's much longer, so I've used the Skywatcher pillar extension with my EQ-5 Equatorial to gain a little height. My second telescope and probably all I need.
Author: Gordon Oldham
I have only observed Jupiter and the Moon so far, these objects being very prominent at the moment. This is my first telescope and I have now watched the movement of Jupiter's moons with the Altair number 9 eyepiece, over several nights which is really fascinating. I've seen the red spot and various cloud layers using the no. 6 eyepiece. I have the Sabre mount as recommended by Altair with a Berlebach tripod and works very nicely indeed. A most satisfying purchase, and worth every penny. G.Oldham
Author: Jeremy Band
I would class myself as an experienced observer only recently coming back to the hobby.
Bad weather up here in the Scottish Isles recently, but finally a break in the clouds and what an enjoyable little telescope this is. The images are very sharp indeed and what little colour aberration there is doesn't detract from the image at all, being only visible around bright objects and such a deep violet there there is no crossover into the colours one needs to see to determine small details.
Having read some previous comments I agree and would describe this is a wonderful little "lunar" telescope, providing very sharp enjoyable images at up to 200 power.
Recommended as a first telescope or a regular observing tool. Offered at a price so low, yet with no compromises I can find optically or mechanically. Jerry Band
Author: nick crossley
I bought this for my young son's 10th birthday and as part of our "get him off TV at least one night per week" strategy, and we've had a great time using it so far. Children like big impressive looking gadgets, and when this arrived he could barely contain his excitement. So far only the moon which has provided plenty of entertainment, but from the above comments, planets are next on the list. The accessories were well chosen with dot finder and eyepieces, plus the silver mount looks just great winning pride of place in the conservatory. Altair are a friendly and fun company to deal with, having children themselves, recommended this instantly when I explained it was for my son and I. They simply asked if I wanted an electronic gadget which we would eventually get bored with, or a device which would provide us with many years of enjoyment for not much more money. Well done! Nick C
Author: S Ellis
I have been using refractors for years, and needed a telescope I could set up quickly and take outside for my house in France.
You will not be disappointed whatever your experience level.
These optics are really so good and reasonably priced, but you need a tall tripod. Great looking telescope too.
Author: Anthony Meadows
On using the starwave 102mm f11, well engineered and durable scope well capable of lasting a lifetime,unlike some Chinese refactors with saggy focusers and resulting bad optics (I've had a couple), optically very good Jupiter's red spot stood out very clearly with detail around last night it's moons were proper sharp discs there is false colour but very much more tolerable than most non ed /apo's ,this scope is worth paying the extra for, Tony
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