ASSEMBLY BUILD & DESIGN EASE OF USE FEATURES OPTICS
The Moon taken using a Canon EOS 50D DSLR, a stack of 20 images of 1/500th of a second at ISO 100
its core and its two companions, M32 and M110, into the view. We even caught a glimpse of the northern dark lane during the moments when the seeing conditions were good.
Globular cluster M13 was small in the supplied 25mm eyepiece but with our own 9mm eyepiece we got a strong hint of several stars being resolved. Upping the magnification further with our 2x Barlow lens really pushed the limit of the scope’s usability. We also used the scope to catch the planetary gathering of Jupiter, Venus and Mars in the morning sky. With the supplied eyepiece, Jupiter was quite small, but the Galilean moons were evident. Our 9mm eyepiece allowed us to spot the two bands and polar hoods, and revealed a lovely phase on Venus. The Moon also proved lovely and detailed through our 9mm eyepiece.
Overall this scope can deliver some good views for its size but as it can’t track stars, its potential for astrophotography is limited to quick shots of the Moon, which we managed to do using both a DSLR and smartphone.If you want a nice simple to use yet optically good system, the Omni XLT 102 delivers on what it promises.
Our afocal shot through the 25mm eyepiece with an iPhone 5S delivered a useable shot of the Moon