Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm
Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:14 AM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:42 PM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:02 PM
Someone my club bought an SMII 90DS and while it is a fine scope, there are a few things that bug me about it.
- I hate the helical focuser. It's stiff and difficult to get a precise focus with.
- The extension tubes are sloppy.
-Terrible "sweet-spotting". Unless proms are almost directly in the center of the FOV, they're either very dim or gone completely, and this is through the BF15.
I just received an LS80 single stack, but haven't had a chance to use it, yet. I'm curious to see the comparison.
I'll be curious to hear your comparison. My pre-SMII SM90 is a very satisfactory instrument: Yes, a sweet spot, but not as bad as you describe by far, and the image is certainly not dim. (Mine is not DS, tho', so I guess that's the difference). The helical focuser is not so bad. My biggest objection to the scope itself is its humungus size and weight (beautiful to look at, however). The Lunt appeals to me because of the smaller size and because people seem so much happier with the way Lunt treats customers.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:47 PM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:11 PM
I agree with you about the weight of the SMII. It is pretty to look at, but man is it a beast compared to the LS80.
I can't say much about Lunt's CS as I haven't had to deal with it. I did send them a request asking what the lead time on the LS80 was and never received a response. I just happened to get lucky an caught when OPT had one in stock.
I'll give the guy at OPT a tip 'o the hat. Since I ordered on the web, he saw that I had placed mt order before a local had called wanting to buy it. He called me so that we could complete the sale before it got jerked out from under me.
Guess I should also apologize to whomever in California wanted to buy the scope and didn't get it. Sorry.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:35 PM
But, if you're a focuser guy, you need to learn that you are and scratch the itch. Basically, know what is important to you and what isn't. Spend accordingly.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:27 PM
That doesn't mean that any of the stock focusers is not good enough. But a heavy payload is where you would think about it.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:44 AM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:25 AM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:45 PM
The Helical focuser isn't bad at all, takes a bit to get use to, works fine in practice.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:25 PM
The scope had no quality issues out of the box and I was pleased with it. With the DS on, there is definitely a sweet spot. I didn't find that to be the case without the DS.
Interestingly enough, the views through my Meade Series 5000 HD 60 eyepieces are better than the "Contrast Enhanced" Coronado eyepieces.
The views through the 12mm were especially pleasing to my eye.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:59 PM