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Thinking about a Stelarvue Refractor. Looking at a SVA130EDT. I like the idea of figuring in the US. Prices seems comparable. Anyone with experience using this line.
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I have been a very happy Stellarvue user/ owner since 2004.
The 130 mm will be a great size and keep you happy for decades.
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Same here. Love my SV102ED. You will not be disappointed with Stellarvue.
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Mounts: SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; iOptron: AZMP; ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; UA: MicroStar.
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EPs: Pentax: XWs & XFs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic & Plossls; ES: 68, 62; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric; AltairAstro: 2" prism.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S, 6-color set; Astronomik: UHC.

Observing: DSOs: 3106 (Completed: Messier, Herschel 1, 2, 3. In progress: H2,500: 2180, S110: 77). Doubles: 2407, Comets: 34, Asteroids: 255
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I have owned both SV110ED and SVX127D. Both great scopes. Excellent optics and build quality. Really great customer service!

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SV RACI finders get excellent reviews as well. Obviously not the same, but it speaks well of their products in general.
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I actually have a StellarVue SVA130EDT that I'm looking to sell for a friend. I haven't listed it anywhere yet but let me know if you are interested in mine. It belonged to a friend that passed away a few years ago and his widow is now finally ready to part with some of his telescopes. It's in excellent condition as my friend passed away only about 6 months after purchasing the scope. He upgraded the focuser to a Moonlight focuser. We couldn't find a reducer/flattener that matched this scope nor find the cable and hand controller for the focuser but those are both things that can be purchased separately.
Here's a few pics including a snap of the Star Test report that shows the scope has a Strehl rating of .967.
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Optics are clean, don't let the dust scare you. No fungus here in the desert.
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Asking $3000 and willing to maybe meet you halfway between Henderson, NV and Nathrop, CO.
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Scopes: Celestron EdgeHD14", Explore Scientific ED152CF & ED127 APO's, StellarVue SV70T, Classic Orange-Tube C-8, Lunt 80mm Ha double-stack solar scope.
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Wow, ordered one earlier this afternoon without seeing this. Damn.
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Enjoy the telescope when it arrives, I am sure you will find the optics and build are top tier.
Gabrielle
See Far Sticks: Elita 103/1575, AOM FLT 105/1000, Bresser 127/1200 BV, Nočný stopár 152/1200, Vyrobené doma 70/700, Stellarvue NHNG DX 80/552, TAL RS 100/1000, Vixen SD115s/885
EQ: TAL MT-1, Vixen SXP, SXP2, AXJ, AXD
Az/Alt: AYO Digi II, Stellarvue M2C, Argo Navis encoders on both
Tripods: Berlebach Planet (2), Uni 28 Astro, Report 372, TAL factory maple, Vixen ASG-CB90, Vixen AXD-TR102
Diagonals: Astro-Physics, Baader Amici, Baader Herschel, iStar Blue, Stellarvue DX, Tak prism, TAL, Vixen
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss (1011110)
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JeffBevan wrote: Mon Nov 27, 2023 10:44 pm Wow, ordered one earlier this afternoon without seeing this. Damn.
I did not even realize that StellarVue was still making/selling SVA's. I thought they only had SVX's now.
I probably need to adjust my price down a bit since they are selling SVA130's for $2500 now.
$2400 with the Moonlight focuser seems in line if anyone else is interested. I'm not really interested in shipping it though, it weighs a chunk! But I'm happy to travel a reasonable distance from Las Vegas, say 3hrs driving in any direction.
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Scopes: Celestron EdgeHD14", Explore Scientific ED152CF & ED127 APO's, StellarVue SV70T, Classic Orange-Tube C-8, Lunt 80mm Ha double-stack solar scope.
Mounts: Astro-Physics Mach One, iOptron CEM70EC Mount, iOptron ZEQ25 Mount.
Cameras: ZWO ASI2600mm Pro, ZWO 2600MC Pro, ZWO ASI1600mm
Filters: 36mm Chroma LRGB & 3nm Ha, OIII, SII, L-Pro, L-eXtreme
Eyepieces: 27mm TeleVue Panoptic, 4mm TeleVue Radian, Explore Scientific 82° 30mm, 6.7mm , Baader 13mm Hyperion, Explore Scientific 70° 10mm, 15mm, 20mm, Meade 8.8mm UWA
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Congrats Jeff, I am sure you will love it!
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102ED; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD, 8" SCT, 150ST, Onyx 80ED; iOptron: Hankmeister 6" Mak; SW: 7" Mak; Meade: 80ST.
Mounts: SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; iOptron: AZMP; ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; UA: MicroStar.
Binos: APM: 100-90 APO; Canon: IS 15x50; Orion: Binoviewer, LG II 15x70, WV 10x50, Nikon: AE 16x50, 10x50, 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs & XFs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic & Plossls; ES: 68, 62; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric; AltairAstro: 2" prism.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S, 6-color set; Astronomik: UHC.

Observing: DSOs: 3106 (Completed: Messier, Herschel 1, 2, 3. In progress: H2,500: 2180, S110: 77). Doubles: 2407, Comets: 34, Asteroids: 255
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I have used my SVA130 a handful of times now for visual and WOW. Absolutely gorgeous thru the lens views. Will be setting it up for Astrophoto very soon.
Home built dome, 12" Meade LX 200 OTA, cem 60 ec, sbig stf 8300c, Starshoot AutoGuider Pro, Orion Off-axis
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I grew up having nothing but SCT's and newts besides my very first cheap Sears department store refractor that hooked me on the hobby.
A good friend talked me into buying a refractor about 10 years ago. I'm now officially a refractor snob.
Greg M.~ "Ad Astra per Aspera"
Scopes: Celestron EdgeHD14", Explore Scientific ED152CF & ED127 APO's, StellarVue SV70T, Classic Orange-Tube C-8, Lunt 80mm Ha double-stack solar scope.
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Cameras: ZWO ASI2600mm Pro, ZWO 2600MC Pro, ZWO ASI1600mm
Filters: 36mm Chroma LRGB & 3nm Ha, OIII, SII, L-Pro, L-eXtreme
Eyepieces: 27mm TeleVue Panoptic, 4mm TeleVue Radian, Explore Scientific 82° 30mm, 6.7mm , Baader 13mm Hyperion, Explore Scientific 70° 10mm, 15mm, 20mm, Meade 8.8mm UWA
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Congratulations Jeff.
I am strictly visual and absolutely love the views with the various Stellarvue refractors I have had.
Even now my travel scope is a Stellarvue 80 mm

Enjoy the new refractor!
Gabrielle
See Far Sticks: Elita 103/1575, AOM FLT 105/1000, Bresser 127/1200 BV, Nočný stopár 152/1200, Vyrobené doma 70/700, Stellarvue NHNG DX 80/552, TAL RS 100/1000, Vixen SD115s/885
EQ: TAL MT-1, Vixen SXP, SXP2, AXJ, AXD
Az/Alt: AYO Digi II, Stellarvue M2C, Argo Navis encoders on both
Tripods: Berlebach Planet (2), Uni 28 Astro, Report 372, TAL factory maple, Vixen ASG-CB90, Vixen AXD-TR102
Diagonals: Astro-Physics, Baader Amici, Baader Herschel, iStar Blue, Stellarvue DX, Tak prism, TAL, Vixen
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss (1011110)
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I have a Stellarvue 13x80 finder on my 16 inch, I can't complain about it
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JeffBevan wrote: Mon Nov 27, 2023 10:44 pm Wow, ordered one earlier this afternoon without seeing this. Damn.
Hi Jeff,

Be sure to give us a review of the scope once you receive it!
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Scopes: Explore Scientific ED80CF, Skywatcher 200 Quattro Imaging Newt, SeeStar S50 for EAA.
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