Image of the day

Captured by

M 82 Cigar Galaxy

My Account

New to Astromart?

Register an account...

Need Help?

Celestron Omni XLT 150 Review

Started by Joe Bergeron, 07/09/2007 05:56PM
Posted 07/09/2007 05:56PM Opening Post

Joe Bergeron

Moderator, Astro-Physics Forum
Posted 07/10/2007 07:24AM #1
Joe Bergeron said:


A nice review. Thanks.

Clear skies, Alan
Posted 07/10/2007 07:37AM #2
Certainly one of the most entertaining reviews I've read in a long time! Very nice....
Posted 07/10/2007 09:25AM | Edited 07/10/2007 09:32AM #3
Joe Bergeron said:


A very nice review. Your experiences with the 6 inch F/5 Synta are very similar to mine with it's smaller brother, the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST. I bought it as a widefield scope because someone had put a 2 inch focuser on it but I soon found out that it performed surprisingly well at high magnfications. In an informal side by side seemed to be a better planetary scope than an ETX-125...

A couple of comments:

- It is good to know that the XLT series is using the 1.75 inch SS tripod. Celestron seems to be doing this right, the 2 inch legs under the CG-5 AS and now these for the CG-4. My experience with the earlier versions of both these mounts is/was that the tripods were/are the weakest link.

- I might have missed it but I didn't see any mention the time required for the 6 inch F/5 to cool down. My experience with the 130mm F/5 is that it takes about 30-45 minutes.

- I like to see reviews of this level of equipment, we know the expensive stuff is good, it is at this level where one has to be careful, the difference between this Celestron and it's Ebay "Look alikes" such as the Baytronix 150/1400 is huge.

(A review of the Baytronix... )

It's pretty amazing what scopes like the XLT-150 can do... And it's pretty gratifying when someone takes the time to do a careful, well written review of a simple scope like this...

Well done

Jon Isaacs