I don't know how long this post will last, but I was considering an Orion 'scope until I received the Summer catolog and compared it to my dogeared Spring issue.<br />$100 to $170 price increases for the size and capabilty scope I was considering. Meade makes a better quality product anyway and I dare say, so does Celestron.<br />Sour grapes, a wealthy person would say. A common person like myself will always shop around and compare specs with price. Orion does not deserve the 'props of Meade or Celestron and should not outprice them to boot!!! Too bad Orion.<br />I'll let you all know about the quality of my new Meade 10 incher when I receive it. I can't wait!<br />Good observing and no hard feelings, Imaginova.