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#1 TheQuestar7

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:52 AM

Super portable Questar Seven in it's table top leg configuration allows me to use the Seven as quick as the 3 1/2 but with a little more muscle to lift it...other than that it is the best way to be Polar aligned and observing in no time.

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#2 Erik Bakker

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:24 AM

Couldn't agree more.

Here's the Q7 I used to have :)

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#3 TheQuestar7

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

Used to have? What year was the one in the photo? When did you sell it? Miss having it? I just sent mine back to Q for a Full Service....should come back as new like they did on my 3 1/2. I couldn't believe it was the same Questar that I sent them...looked brand new! They do an amazing job there.

#4 Erik Bakker

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:02 AM

Had I lived in the US, I would have sent mine to Q as well for a full service. But insured shipping one-way for just the OTA in it's case was roughly US$ 1000 IIRC. In the end I decided to move a big step up in aperture. Got the 16" f/5 and sold the 1985 Q7. The Q7 still has a special place in my heart, as have all the wonderful Questar people. There may be another Q in my future someday.
The picture of my Q7 was taken in my backyard in 2010.

#5 Steve C.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

I'd love to have a Q7, but whenever I see the tabletop legs set up, it looks like they're bending under the weight.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:17 PM

Hi Steve,

No worries about bending. The Q7 tabletop legs are exceedingly solid and rigid. They would easily carry much more weight.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:12 PM

Steve,

Mine do not bend or flex. Eric is correct. Questar always over designs their products.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:03 AM

Steve,

Mine do not bend or flex. Eric is correct. Questar always over designs their products.

Bill


The Q7 is much more over-dimensioned than the Q 3 1/2. The Q7 feels and performs like a professional high-end instrument. If anyone likes a Q 3 1/2, I am sure they will love the Q7. As a consequence of it's size and construction, the Q7 is also MUCH heavier and bulkier than the Q 3 1/2. It takes quite a bit of muscle to move around in it's tabletop configuration. Kind of like a 4" APO on a solid German Equatorial, but in a much smaller package!

If anyone wants a Q7, buy one. They will not be made forever.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

I couldn't agree more! Yes it is MUCH heavier and bulkier than the 3 1/2 but once you set it up in it's table top configuration it is just amazing!!! This is becoming my quick Grab n Go Questar. Amazing the way way it was designed! Obviously learned from the worlds best telescope in the world...The Questar 3 1/2.






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