Sky Watcher SW 80AR-AZ4A Telescope
Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:20 AM
Posted 17 February 2012 - 11:09 AM
I understand the scope was not very well treated, but what do you mean when you say it was not well received?
Only that it was abused when it was received and opened. The packing & boxes were destroyed. I think some of the small parts were lost when it got opened. They never did get it set up to look through. That was a shame because once I did, they loved it.
The lesson learned was mine. The guy in the home is an adult (albeit mentally challenged) and I assumed he would be able to assemble it. I assumed wrong. Mental illness is a dreadful disease.
The positive side of the story is that I now have a small flock of followers who are trying very hard to comprehend some of the wonders of the universe. It is a great therapy.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 02:40 PM
It's first light was with a group of cub scouts who were delighted with what it could show. It's a great little scope. As my stable has grown I've toyed with selling it, but can never bring myself around to letting it go!
Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:50 PM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 05:06 AM
Thanks for the review. That is a great scope. I was drooling over it for quite a while on OPT. I instead bought a 6" Dob, but maybe someday I will find one of these used as a second scope.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:05 AM
I use the mount with my much heavier, though shorter Orion 102 F/7 ED refractor. The mount handles it well except with wind speeds above 15 mph. Then it gets a bit jittery, but otherwise, even my much heavier ED refractor rides it well.
Thanks for reviewing this fantastic buy. Too bad it's not still offerred, but as my grandmother said, "If wishes were horses, we'd all ride"
Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:11 PM
It's a very versatile mount.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:00 AM
And this SkyWatcher 80mm introduces a person to this whole realm. Glad I could pass mine on to someone locally.