Celestron 52268 C90 Mak Spotting scope (Black) Reviews

| January 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

Celestron 52268 C90 Mak Spotting scope (Black)

  • 90 mm (3.5″) Diameter Maksutov spotting scope
  • Multi Coated Optics
  • Comes with 32 mm Eyepiece, 45° Erect Image Diagonal and 8×21 Erect Image Finderscope
  • Compact and Portable Design
  • Built-in T-Adapter threads for Ease of Adapting SLR Cameras

Perfect for all Types of Viewing Situations! Celestron’s C90 Mak is ideal for outdoor and wildlife observing, as well as hunting and celestial viewing. The Maksutov optical design is recognized for being a portable design that is easy to use and has a variety of applications, making it an excellent choice for both terrestrial and astronomical usage. This C90 Mak has excellent optics with razor sharp images over a wide field. Celestron’s 52268 90mm Maksutov Spotting Scope delivers excellent hig

List Price: $ 303.95

Price: $ 169.95

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  1. Bobby G. Bristoe says:
    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic Camera Lense, March 30, 2010
    Bobby G. Bristoe (Ellettsville Indiana) –

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    First of all, this is a great little telescope. I unpackaged it and didn’t even bother with the eyepiece. I attached my Canon Rebal to it right off the bat and took pictures of first light of the moon. I recieved it on March 29 2010 and it just happened to be a full moon. The pictures I got where stunning, and clear. both of my boys loved it too. Just bare on the camera, it is a 1250mm lense. To give you an idea, with a 50mm lense, the moon is little more than a dot, at 300mm, the moon takes up maybe 1/10th of the picture frame. With the 90mm Mac, the moon fills the frame. I did also try the 32mm eyepiece out tonight, and it is also a stunning view. I looked at the Orion Nebula, but I do need a stouter tripod, and the moon. As a starter scope, this is a fantastic buy. I have only used it at night, but I can tell you that with the stars as bright as they are in this scope, day time views have to be awsome. I also baught the Celestron Lense kit, but I will have to wait on my tripod to use the higher powered eyepieces. You might want to consider a star tracking tripod. I will be doing some time exposier photography when I get mine in. Orion will probably be first. I hope Celestron keeps making this scope. By the way, this is a metal scope, not plastic. It comes with a no fault life time warranty, and is constructed very well.

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  2. Divot says:
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Astronomy scope?, October 7, 2010
    Divot (Virginia, USA) –

    The 52268 has a Vixen-style dovetail mounting plate with 1/4-20 threaded holes which allow it to be mounted on many astronomy and photography tripods. However, for some reason known only to Celestron and OpticsPlanet, as of January 2010 this all-metal scope is being sold as a “spotting scope.” It comes with: a 45-degree image-erecting prism; two eyepieces; a 1.25 inch / T-adapter (for a camera); a thing made almost totally of plastic one may, with foolish optimism, call a “tripod”; a tiny 8×21 finder scope; a backpack for the scope and eyepieces; and a very tight bag for the tripod.

    To convert the 52268 into an astronomy scope one needs to buy a 90-degree 1.25 inch star diagonal, and I suggest adding a red dot finder, a moon filter, and some astronomy books. Additional eyepieces are not required as the included Plossls are adequate and give you 39x and 100x–two very useful powers. What else? Adding a REAL ASTRONOMY TRIPOD AND MOUNT–something like the Vixen Porta-II or the Astro-Tech Voyager or the Celestron Omni CG-4–could turn this into a very good grab-and-go scope.

    I originally rated this as four stars because of the tripod, but the scope shouldn’t be penalized. Whoever set up this package could not possibly include a $250 astronomy or photo (see the Manfrotto 055XB and Bogen 410 geared head) tripod for the price.

    UPDATE 10/7/10

    After using this scope with the Manfrotto 055XB tripod and Bogen 410 geared head mostly for astronomy for about six months, my impressions: You get what you get, which is a 3 1/2 inch aperture (somewhat reduced by the center mirror) telescope. I still like two included eyepieces for astronomy. I could clearly see the single band now visible on Jupiter with the 100x eyepiece this past weekend. The focuser is smooth. Very nice.

    But with only 3 1/2 inches-worth of light, you don’t get bright views of dim objects. Yes, you can see the ring and dumbbell nebulas in a field of black, but an 8-inch scope breathtakingly fills the black field with stars. This scope works best for the bright stuff: lunar and planetary observing. With that limitation, for its size and price, it is excellent.

    As for tripods, the Manfrotto 055XB tripod and Bogen 410 geared head are functional, sturdy, rugged and compact, however the Vixen and Astro-Tech mentioned above are designed for astronomy, and are probably easier to use.

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