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We just bought an Orion 120 mm EQ refractor telescope (white tube) at a garage sale. I know, buyer beware, but when we got it home we found a cracked lens on the edge of the objective lens. Can this be replaced and where and who does it? I called Orion tech support and they were no help. Thanks

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They can be replaced. Call a local camera repair shop and ask. Find a local Orion dealer and ask what they would charge (not all of them can service telescopes). Get in touch with a local star gazing club, often members will know of places or do it themselves.

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