TeleVue 102, #1445, new in Aug 03; a buyer has left me at the altar. 102mm aperture, 880 mm FL, f/8.6. This very fine 'scope was chosen over another new TV-102 and a new 101 as the best of the 3 & is in immaculate condition. I am selling the standard set: OTA with clamshell, 2" Everbright diag, black compression-ring 2"/1.25" adapter, and 20 mm TeleVue Plossl EP that comes with the telescope. The 102 is particularly friendly for Northern observers like me, as the design minimizes cooldown time; recently, when it was 14 degrees F in my back yard, the scope came from inside my home and was functional in 10 minutes (it was neat watching the stars become pinpoints as the optics equilibrated); my Dob took an hour to cool. I am selling only because I have a new 5" refractor (also an hour to cool), so I use my TV85 as a grab n' go. Current discounted price for the 102 is $2635 + shipping. I'll ship it with a TV QuickVue finder for $2300 in CONUS; or pitch me an offer.
A prominent reviewer wrote of the 102: "This is TeleVue's newest refractor, and one of its best designs ever. I was immediately won over by its sharp images, the simplicity of its design, its well-constructed mechanics, and the attractive price. ...the doublets in the TeleVue 85 and this TV102 are consistently sharper, clearer, and more contrasty than the more complex four-element-in-two-groups systems in the TV101/Renaissance duo...Like all great telescopes, the TV102 soaks up high power with poise and composure. The slight chromatic aberration came into view only at stupid-high powers...this high power false color test was the only measure in which the expensive AP could be said to have readily beaten the TV102. In virtually all other side by side tests, I could not tell the difference.
"The TV102 rewards any upgrades you care to throw at it...The point
is, the TV102 is good enough that the scope is not the limiting factor in performance. You could build a whole observing system around one."