Any interest in a 6" or 10" imagining Newt?
Posted 23 April 2009 - 08:16 AM
Posted 23 April 2009 - 08:47 AM
Posted 23 April 2009 - 08:49 AM
Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:26 AM
Feathertouch for focuser and curved spider? Push-pull collimation screws?
pick me to beta test it!!
EDIT: Oh wow, I just saw the price on the 8" imaging newtonian! That's fantastic! I need to resist!!
Posted 23 April 2009 - 10:18 AM
Is there any chance that the Voyager Pro mount can be equipped with provision to install encoders (built-in as opposed to after market i.e. JMI) for push to
capability with a Astro Master type computer? I currently use a Vixen porta mount for my Brandon 94 APO and would consider upgrading to the Voyager in the near future (once I return to work)
Posted 23 April 2009 - 11:04 AM
Posted 23 April 2009 - 07:07 PM
Posted 23 April 2009 - 09:03 PM
Just ordered the 8" f4...
Posted 24 April 2009 - 06:33 AM
A 6" F6 w/ CF tube and all the trimmings that the 8" F4 had at NEAF sounds very interesting.
How much does the CF cost extra BTW? The only reason I ask is that 1, it looks good and 2, her in MI, we can have some pretty severe temp swings, especially in fall and spring.
Posted 24 April 2009 - 07:56 AM
Posted 24 April 2009 - 07:58 AM
Posted 24 April 2009 - 08:01 AM
Posted 24 April 2009 - 10:11 AM
I would use the 10" scope for visual use only. Would f4 be too fast and would f5 be better for this? I see that owners of your 8" f4 refractor need extensions to use it for visual use. I also see that there are some 10" Dobs on the market that are closer to f5, but don't have all the options you show, like a duel speed crayford focuser.
Posted 24 April 2009 - 10:46 AM
Posted 24 April 2009 - 12:37 PM
Carbon tube or Aluminum tube depending on buyers choice.
GSO or 2.7" AT focuser buyers choice.
Stock rings OR a "REAL" set of rings like the ones for the AT and TMB scopes only upsized and buyers choice.
Make it sort of "Pick your options" type of deal and I think you'll find them flying out the door.
As far as the "Extended" front goes, it does add a lot more weight than a plastic dewshield does which is something to consider with the 10. It's a very rare occassion when my secondaries have dewed in my reflectors. I'd rather save weight and cost and pick up a flexible shield for that rare night when I may need it.
Just some ramblings
Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:49 PM
We could also go 6" f/5 if needed.
I would like this even better, though the F6 has me intrigued. I would think for it to be successful though, it would have to offer some advantages over the Orion Imaging OTA. I'll keep my eye out for details when you get the costs, etc all figured out....
Posted 24 April 2009 - 10:18 PM
The market could use a decent, lighter 10" f/4 (in fact, someone is inquiring about that on the Reflector forum right now).
But, a decent 10" f/4 mirror must be expensive, no?
And the likely customers are cheapskates, err, value-minded, no?
Many would dream, but how many would lay out the cash?
The 8" f/4 is probably the sweet spot.
A 6" would also be nice, but again, an f/4 would be more attractive to the photo crowd, and darn cute, too. Probably look good on a Voyager.
Posted 24 April 2009 - 10:55 PM
A 10 inch F/4 would be awesome. Make it in CF as noted and all the other add ons already noted and I would step into that scope quickly. The key is the weight. The CF would knock that down, and drop that extension beyond the focuser for dew reasons. I mount everything in an observatory and in over two years I have had no dew issues. Baffle that joker and start cranking them out. But get the Coma Corrector out first. The 8 F/4 is working out great BTW.
Oh yeah, decals, you know what I mean?
Posted 25 April 2009 - 08:58 AM
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 07:22 PM