I received my new SVR 90 T a month and a half ago and experienced the
cloudiest april in illinois history. One brief moment of clear skies. finally,
last night got out and my wife and I caught our first ever view of saturn
through a telescope. I almost couldn't sleep. we used a TV 3-6 zoom and the view
was unreal. I had to stop and wonder if I was really seeing that. We were on our
back deck in chicago!!!! with a lampost in front of us. can't wait to getin the
Well, my new SVR90T arrived last week and I was like a kid on Christmas morning,
only I was a little more careful opening the package. The scope is impressive
to look at and it was packed very well. Thanks Vic for your help with the
order. My wife still can't beleive that any joe schmo can call Stellarvue and
talk to the boss himself.
We finally got a couple of clear nights here just north of Philly and as luck
would have it, my little brother got home from Afghanistan in time to experience
first light through this wonderful scope with me. The first thing I noticed was
how clear everything looked. It was as if there was no glass in the optical
path at all. We took in M42 of course which looked amazing as one would expect.
The real test comes with the planets and I put a 5mm Nagler in to the 2 inch
diagonal and turned my focus to Mars. Seeing was pretty good for Philly and a
burnt orange ball burned brightly in the eyepiece. I upped the magnification to
180x with a 3mm Nagler and could just make out the bright north polar cap. Next
we took a peek at Saturn and my brother was like "Whoa, that's cool. You can
see the rings". Of course I had to inform him that Saturn was the planet that
got me hooked too.
All in all it was a great couple of hours I got to spend sharing the wonders of
the night sky with my little brother. He's planning on taking a skymap with him
on his next trip to the other side of the world and using one of his units
spotting scopes to check things out. Has he been bitten by the Astronomy bug? I
think so. Will he jump into the Stellarvue pool with the rest of us? Most
likely in 4 years when he retires or earlier if I can convince him that it would
be easy to store a SV70 or SV80 in with his medical gear.
Utterly amazing! My new SV90T gave me a beautiful view of the sky. I was a little unsure of the price, but it was worthwhile. I was particularly please to view some of my favorite Messier objects at the best I've ever seen them. The contrast on the Double Cluster was great, could pratically count each star.
Its a VERY good scope for the money. Yes,
you can ALWAYS spend more in this hobby but the best scope for someone
is one that gives them the most amount of pleasure for the amount of
money that they're willing to spend. For the price, I
can't think of too many other scopes that will provide such quality
views, good build, and Stellarvue support.
On the rare nights when it is
> clear (such as last night) the views are stunning - WOW every time!
> For me, Lyra and Cygnus are currently good targets and last night
> was a treat splitting the Double Double in my Vixen 8mm and cruising
> the Milky Way with my Baader Hyperion 17mm. Highlight of the night
> at 2330 Local (2030UTC) was witnessing a pin sharp Gannymede shadow
> transit of Jupiter with the remaining moons strung out like the
> proverbial ducks in a row. Earlier views of the Moon truly revealed
> no unwanted colour even at high power.
I first have to point out that the conditions were far from
ideal. We had a lot of light pollution from nearby businesses and
the light from nearby cities. There was also clouds and
haze that persisted thru most of the observing session. The moon
quickly moved lower and got behind some trees so we really didn't
spend much time on that. We viewed Saturn, the double-double,
M13, M92, M3, M4, M57 and M27. For the conditions, the viewing was excellent. M13 looked clear and bright. The haze barely affected the images, because of the good optics, I think. Overall, the night was not wasted,it was far from a waste of optics and time.