Readers Choice: Gear of the Year 2008
Posted 19 January 2009 - 03:39 PM
DeepSky Products made the list. Have any people actually received these scopes yet? Are we voting for the concept of an inexpensive R-C? Shouldn't the voting be for the performance of an actual product?
Posted 19 January 2009 - 05:03 PM
I don't think they have been shipping for very long however, truth be told I was a bit surprised too - but hey - forum members did the nominations and forum members did the voting.
I think part of the excitement is the 6" and it's $800 price tag. Heck, I'm excited by that, and I'm not an imager. (At least not yet.)
Posted 19 January 2009 - 06:11 PM
One thing I'm puzzled about. I keep hearing that these new AT RC scopes are "optimized for imaging". Are they really? How can an f9 focal ratio be said to be optimized for imaging? Planetary maybe. but it's tough to capture DSOs at f9! What am I missing? Thanks.
Posted 19 January 2009 - 06:24 PM
As per optimization, it's the RC design that's optimized. It provides a very well corrected field (way better than an SCT) and small spot size, without the worry of color error. In addition they only have two surfaces for light loss, lower scatter than a refractor, and a flat field. The principal drawback has been the high cost and for visual observers anyway, the large secondary size. Many professional observatories use this design, and they are popular among advanced amateurs who have the bucks. And on that note, I'd say until now they were almost prohibitively expensive - consider a 12.5" RCOS (the smallest one they offer) runs around $21,000.
This is an entry into a sport where most folks couldn't afford the price of the ticket before.
Posted 19 January 2009 - 07:47 PM
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 05:01 AM
You might ask this in the regular forums to find out why people voted as they did, this is the readeers choice afterall.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 12:41 PM
Posted 22 January 2009 - 11:16 PM
If you're in the market for a great alt-az mount, pick up a Half-Hitch. The mount is very well built, and the service from Charles has been excellent. Well worth the price.
A friend of mine has the Ethos 8mm, and its pretty sweet (he also has a 15" Obsession, but not the UC), and I'd love to pick up a Lunt solar scope. I'm trying to resist the urge to buy astro toys this year though, since I need to put more dollars into the "dark sky land" fund.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:30 PM
Thanks for all the work you put into this. It's helpful and also a lot of fun to see what CN'ers think about all the new equipment.
I bought a CGEM a few weeks ago, and I think my long search for a moderately priced, sturdy GEM with a mature GOTO system may finally be over. I think Celestron has a real winner with the CGEM.
Do you have a CGEM for review? If so, I'm anxious to see what you think about it.
Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:20 PM