Maksutov Cassegrain

Whats a better telescope for viewing, a 114mm 4.5 reflector or a 90mm 3.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain? both are 325x?

I know on light gathering of course, the refelctor wins.

but what benifits does a Maksutov-Cassegrain have over a basic reflector,other then price. is there that much of a diffrence between them in planet views and messier objects. and so on? If you had a choice between a 4.5 reflector with autostar 494. and or a Maksutov-Cassegrain 90mm 3.5 with a autostar 497. both have what is said 325x max power... on that what one would have the better VIEW?

The main benefit of the Maksutov-Cassegrain is that it puts a long focal length in a short package. Unless compact size is very important to you, go with the 4.5". The larger aperture will give you brighter, sharper views.

Pay no attention to the maximum magnification. You can get any magnification you want from any telescope with the appropriate eyepieces. 325x is unreasonably high for either telescope. Magnifications beyond about 2x/mm (50x/inch) won't show you any more detail, and most observing is done at lower powers anyhow.




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