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iOptron SmartStar A MC90 GoTo GPS Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount

Item # HN-IOPT012

Dimensions & Specifications

Aperture
90mm
Battery
8 x AA
Battery Included
No
Brand
iOptron
Color
Astro Blue
Component
11.7 Limiting Magnitude, 1.3 Resolution, 20mm Eyepiece 2
Eyepiece 1
10mm
Features
GoTo
Finderscope
Red Dot
Focal Length
1200mm
Focal Ratio
f/13.3
GPS
Yes
GoTo
Yes
Good for Astrophotography
Yes
Highest Useful Magnification
250x
Mount Design
Single Fork Arm
Optical Design
Maksutov Cassegrain
Recommended Usage
Viewing the Planets, Viewing the Moon
Telescopes Series
iOptron SmartStar Maksutov Cassegrain Telescopes
User Level
For the Beginner

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  • 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope
  • 1200mm Focal Length
  • Red Dot finderscope for locating objects
  • Heavy duty stainless steel tripod
  • The Cube™ Dual Mount
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iOptron SmartStar A MC90 GoTo GPS Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount
 
3.2

(based on 5 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate (3)
  • Quality lenses (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual/ recreational (4)

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Disappointment for the entire family

      By Robotics professor

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Doesn't work

        Best Uses

          Comments about iOptron SmartStar A MC90 GoTo GPS Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount:

          I bought this telescope to enjoy the night sky with my 8 year old son, an avid astronomy book reader. The day the telescope arrived he was jumping up and down in excitement. We assembled the telescope, plugged it on the wall, and the charger literally exploded inside. I can't understand why iOptron pairs a seemingly good quality optics telescope with a 25 cents [*] charger. My kid's obvious question was, "is it broken?" Imagine his disappointment! We powered the unit with 8 AA batteries, turned on the handheld controller, and tried to set up the time and location. What would happen was that after 10 seconds or so pressing the keys on the controller, it would start beeping and fading out, until it turned off on its own. At this point all I had was a crying kid. This is not why I invested [$] of my hard-earned money for. To end on a positive note, telescopes.com promised to refund me fully upon returning the telescope.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Having a blast! Fun scope easy to learn

          By Stephen

          from CORNERSVILLE,TN

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Unstable

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy

          Comments about iOptron SmartStar A MC90 GoTo GPS Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount:

          I'm having a blast. This scope is a build up for my next rather larger scope. I purchased this one to tune up and to play with, and I'm having a blast. First, for the money, not a bad way to fly, It goes where it's supposed to, and it's generally accurate. I think it'd be more accurate if I had a compass that didn't fly around in circles everytime I get near it. I must have a magnetic personality...

          Scope is nicely constructed. Optics are very good, I used it with my Variscope 5 Megapixel CCD Camera on the first night and captured images of the moon, Jupiter and Saturn with little to no effort.

          The focus knob is a bit stiff, and there is some bounce, but once you do get a nice focus on the instrument, it tracks well, and I had no issue making a 25 minute exposure on Jupiter and then on Saturn with no corrections needed once I figured out the tracking set up for the scope.

          I connected this to my computer, and was able to take full control of the scope and pretty much just had a blast zipping from one object to the next. Very close on each object, and as I slewed through the objects the scope became more accurate as I was able to tweak the locations each time an object was in my FOV.

          Regarding Hayneedle. They saved Christmas for me, in particular, a CSR named Amanda who stepped in when another vendor dropped the ball and made it her business to help me overcome the issues the other vendor created.

          My next purchase is going to be a Meade LX90 10 inch scope in February, I bet you can't guess who'll be getting my business!

          Indeed, Hayneedle. I am very pleased overall with their attitude, their customer service, and their product delivery. I'm a fan!

          You could do much worse, but to be fair, given my experience, I am not sure you can do much better, Hayneedle is tops!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Little Mount worked for Both Way

          By Joan

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Great GOTO
          • Quality Lenses

          Cons

          • Poor Manual

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Travel

          Comments about iOptron SmartStar A MC90 GoTo GPS Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount:

          Bery nice mount and telescope. Easy to use as long as you figured it out initially. Like the EQ capability.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not worth the hassle...or money,,,,

          By Anon from SF, CA

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • none

          Cons

          • Difficult to align setup
          • Difficult to Use
          • Poor Lens Quality
          • Sticky Zoom
          • Uncomfortable

          Best Uses

          • none

          Comments about iOptron SmartStar A MC90 GoTo GPS Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount:

          I was quite disappointed with this purchase. I returned it after several days of hassle & frustration. Firstly, the tracking was inaccurate. Secondly, the alignment procedure was very difficult, which can be directly attributed to the poorly written and 'hardly there' "manual". Perhaps if the manual was more helpful and informative I may have eventually got it working. Also, contacting the company got me no further than the inadequate manual. [...]overall I would rate this as a very bad experience/product/company.[...] My advice, steer clear of Ioptron, and go for the more well known brands such as Celestron, Orion, and Meade.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good combination

          By StarKing

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Bird Watching
            • Travel

            Comments about iOptron SmartStar A MC90 GoTo GPS Maksutov Cassegrain Telescope - EQ Wedge Mount:

            Good combination of sharp optical tube and powerful goto mount. Equ mode is a good addition for small tube.

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