The Unsung Hero
Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:33 AM
I have a 4 1/2 inch Towa dating to sometime in the 70's that I paid $25 for plus the so-so mount. It has a very nicely ground parabolic mirror and throws up great images of the moon and planets. I plan on remounting its clamshell on my MIZAR mount from a vintage Meade 6600. Combined it should be a great combo.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 10:43 AM
I have a Meade 114NT that they sold on their
outlet website for like $50. One day it will
be a mini-dob.
Posted 23 September 2012 - 06:48 AM
I have mine on a alt/az pipe mount (on top of a portable wood "pier") with a tiny digital level & an azimuth circle. Love it.
Posted 23 September 2012 - 06:29 PM
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 05:28 AM
The Bushnell is still up in the loft...I'll set it up again someday.
The eyepieces were truly awful. ...when trying to find M51, it simply wasn't visible with the supplied eyepieces...I then inserted a borrowed Meade 26mm super Plossl, and the galaxy became visible.
I ditched the eyepieces and never looked back.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:45 AM
Wow, I can't wait to see them side by side myself.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 04:34 PM
I still have and use this good little telescope - thanks for writing such a constructive article.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 11:26 AM
Quite often they are almost unuseable. You could get bargain bucket plossls to make the views decent but how many people are going to do that at this price point.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:31 PM
Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:05 PM
this was fun - he enjoys the scope and the sky much more now.
You said it all well in your article. Thanks!
Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:43 PM
Posted 03 October 2012 - 10:30 PM
My imagination ran on overtime with curiosity of what could be seen through a telescope that big.
Of course once I had one, and I realized that trying to look through the pea shooter finder when it was pointed at the zenith was a neck breaker,
and trying to see anything but the brightest stars and the Moon through it was an exercise in frustration.
The mount would wobble at the slightest breeze, and the Huygens and Ramsden .965 eyepieces did not show Saturn at 600X quite like it was pictured on the box.
But I loved it anyway, as it was my first "serious" telescope
Nicely written article.
Posted 06 October 2012 - 01:26 PM
You haven't seen anything until you've looked through one of these that have been refurbished!
Of course, getting some good 1.25" Plossls and a Barlow adds icing to the cake.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:14 PM
Based on the comments above (focuser, EPs quality), can the focuser be replaced with a crayford (?), and is that a simple 'bolt-on' job? Would the total cost be worthwile as opposed to buying a new scope in the $250 range?
Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:15 PM
gotta run now, hope there will be more responses for you, soon. I'll check again later, offer more comments and suggestions, if it seems appropriate.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:39 PM
Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:27 PM
if I may, I have the same feeling about eyepieces. There are eyepieces that cost as much as an entire telescope, and I don't doubt they're worth every penny. There are also considerably more affordable eyepieces that deliver marvelous performance per dollar. A little blurry at the edge of the field, maybe? Don't look there then, as you enjoy the surprisingly fine performance you bought for, say, 70 bucks instead of several hundred bucks. Puts me in mind of a couple of 50-year-old Criterion "acromatic Ramdsens" I have. Rather narrow field? Yup. But startlingly crisp images and no sign of mold, etc. I am grateful to them for what they've brought into my life, and so it is with these low-price scopes you discuss. You've done a fine service with this article.