Astrotech 72 vs Megrez 72 vs Stellarvue 70ed
Posted 25 February 2010 - 06:36 AM
I'm looking to purhase either an astrotech 72, wo megrez 72, or stellarvue 70ed to use as a travel scope/widefield scope, finder for my 12" dob, and occasional astrophotography. Any suggestions, recommendations, or personal experiences with these scopes you could share with me?
Posted 25 February 2010 - 06:43 AM
Posted 25 February 2010 - 08:49 AM
Optically, they will all be on par with each other.
Posted 25 February 2010 - 09:23 AM
Posted 25 February 2010 - 09:29 AM
Posted 25 February 2010 - 10:42 AM
Posted 25 February 2010 - 11:18 AM
Thanks for the replies so far. My main question is performance differences between the scopes. I know that all stellarvues are hand figured and personally tested prior to shipping. I don't know that the same is true for astrotech as there is nothing specifically stating that on their website. I don't really care about the price difference b/w the scopes, if there is a slight edge for one.
SV might star test every one but and they may be hand figured but they are hand figured at the factory - not at SV. It's the same factory that puts out all the similar one's you mentioned.
Posted 25 February 2010 - 12:30 PM
Posted 25 February 2010 - 01:45 PM
Posted 27 February 2010 - 10:36 PM
Nice optics...nice focusers...great customer service.
Posted 27 February 2010 - 11:14 PM
From Vic Maris himself I know the SV70 has the best focuser of them all.
I have no knowledge of the WO, but assume it is comparable to the others optically.
Posted 28 February 2010 - 08:38 AM
As a finder on your dob you're gonna need at least 10 pounds of counterweight. That's if you're mounting it on the upper cage. I've done this with many small refractors including a TV 60 and the extra weight makes a fairly big difference in the dobs motions.
Posted 28 February 2010 - 12:33 PM