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#1 Mark N

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:46 PM

Does anyone have experience using or seeing one in action? How about some pics to help visualize the size? Any links to offer? Thanks, Mark

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 08:27 PM

Looks like the very first ones will ship in early May:
XX16g

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:07 PM

I looked at the 16g before opting for the 14g, primarily because of weight/transportability and eyepiece height. The 16 is going to require a step stool for objects near zenith and it is just over the bordeer into hernia territory for me, though if you were considering a stationary observatory location that would not be a major factor.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:27 PM

Mark as Mike said if you have a way to leave the 16 set up in an observatory or just wheel it out than by all means go for the 16. I also went with the 14g. I've only had it out twice in not so good conditions but really like the scope. I can transport it but it is a bit of work. The 16g would be quite the monster to tear down and set up. If you are in your 30's or so and fit again go for it. I'm 51 with lower back problems but can handle the 14 just fine,and I think for several years down the line. I plan on taking the 14 out to a blue zone March 14th and will let everyone know how that goes.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:11 PM

The 14 will please you in the blue zone for sure! I can tell you from experience, that's where these scopes excel!

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 04:49 PM

Thanks for the input, everyone. I didn't realize that they haven't been shipped to anyone, as yet. Mark

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:08 PM

they have been shipped. do a search for xx16g and you should see a couple pics of the beast. I too chose the xx14g, but alas, I am still waiting for my 14g.

I think Member kharrison has one.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:28 AM

I've had it since November and I'm really happy with it. I'm the Texas Astronomical Society's public observing coordinator so I use it a lot at star parties. For me, I only need a small step stool to see items near zenith, but I did get a taller ladder for kids. To give you an idea of the size in the attached picture that is an Orion XT12 tube sitting on the floor.

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#9 Pkgastro

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:10 PM

I have the 14 also ,I had a starfinder 16 for years! I love the 14!!!!!!!!!!1

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:43 PM

I also had a 16 inch starfinder with pretty good optics and my XX14i totally blows the starfinder away even though its 2 inches smaller! If the conical mirrors in the XX16 are as good as the 14 then your in for a real treat!






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