The Celestron Omni XLT 102 Telescope, a superior refractor with Celestron's StarBright XLT coatings, is now priced within your reach. The Omni XLT 102's excellent and contrasty images are appealing for observation, and the scope's also ready for some imaging duty too. The Omni XLT 102's focuser is the larger 2" size, to allow you to take advantage of some delicious wide field star viewing should you ever upgrade to an optional 2" diagonal and longer 2" eyepiece.
Unlike altazimuth-mounted scopes, the Omni XLT's quite viable for astrophotography; it has a T-mount adapter, and when augmented with the optional dual axis motor and polar axis finder can achieve brilliantly sharp long-exposure images of the faint objects such as nebulae.
The XLT 102 features the CG-4 manual mount, which doesn't require batteries. Pound for pound, the choice of the CG-4 manual mount over motorized mounts will be advantageous to purists who are eager to learn the sky map. It can be a rewarding experience.
25mm (40x) 1.25" Eyepiece
Combination 1.25" & T-Thread Adapter
Dovetail Mounting Plate
Tripod with Accessory Tray
7 lbs (3.2kg) Counterweight
4 lbs (1.8kg) Counterweight
Celestron Omni XLT 102 4"/102mm Refractor Telescope Kit