Reviewing small fast inexpensive refractors
Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:07 PM
Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:47 PM
Unfortunately, the cheapest astro mount is probably going to run you close to double the cost of the scope. Though I'm sure something small and lost cost like my little Manfrotto ball mount can handle it (~$50), finding the right hardware to adapt it may be a challenge.
Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:28 PM
Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:52 PM
A retailer here used to sell a nice 80mm f/7 (I think) scope for around £100 = $150, bit less I seem to recall. It was however just the OTA and that was the retail price.
I assume that they were Chinese in origin.
Problem is they stopped them about a year back and I have not seen any since. They had a good name as the CA control was pretty good.
Best I could suggest if it were an appropriate source was to look round the various Chinese manufacturers and see what they have on offer.
Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:54 PM
Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:57 PM
Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:32 PM
I have one of those table top Antares mounts you've mentioned, like it quite a bit. I pack it along camping and kayaking, simple, sturdy and sits on the ground very well when a table isn't handy.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:59 PM
I have not looked through it, but iOptron 90mm f/5.6 Achro is $189 and comes with 2 eyepieces, 45 degree diagonal, clambshell and vixen plate all for $189. LINK
Bill: I have not seen one in person either but the focuser looks suspiciously like the plastic focuser that is standard on the iOptron 80mm F/5. I just happen to own an iOptron 80mm F/5. While there are plastic focusers that I find acceptable, particular when a scope is very inexpensive, the focuser on my 80mm F/5 is of the poorest quality, well below that of the "$40 at Walmart" Celestron Powerseeker 70.
In my view, the focuser is unacceptable, a deal killer, particularly on a $200 scope.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:22 AM
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:13 PM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:52 PM
Good point, and I had forgotten about this one. Will add it to the list to check.
Astroscans need to go back to the factory for collimation... Small refractors are more rugged...
Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:55 PM