What was your previous scope before Questar?
Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:02 PM
Great Questar forum here! I enjoyed reading the threads in the last few weeks.
I am wondering what was your previous scope before getting the Questar 3.5(if it replaced your last scope)? Did you come close to Questar experience? If so, what was that set up?
My most used scopes are small refractors and I never thought of acquiring Questar until now. It's just a thought, most probably I will look for a used Questar in one or two years time. I am still not convinced Questar is the right scope for me as I like to observe the sky with low power and wide FOV.
In my experience, anything above 3" refractor (with tripod/mount) is not a lighter setup due to demanding (at least in my case)Tripod/Mount requirements.
I could not replicate the complete Questar system with a small refractor. There are no mounts with huge(comfortable) Setting Circles. No small mounts with setting circles as the accuracy will be poor with small diameter mounts unlike Questar fork mount.
Curious to know your thoughts and experiences!
Posted 28 March 2013 - 07:52 PM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:51 PM
Welcome to Cloudynights!
Posted 08 April 2013 - 11:37 AM
Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:33 AM
I have also used my old Meade ETX90 Astro to photograph the transit of Venus last May. Compared optically, the images in the Meade are right there with the Questar. Of course the ratchet-like motions of the clock drive in the ETX are nothing compared to the smoothness of the Questar. I sometimes take the ETX out of its mount and install it on a short Vixen dovetail and use it on my Skywatcher (Synta) EQ5G mount. That is a near perfect combination and I have made a lot of great observations with that little OTA on that mount. Some good photos too!
It just goes to show, no one scope will do it all. However, the Questar is a very nice, instantly available package that I can set up anywhere at a moments notice. That portability is very important, especially when you live in Oregon where it is cloudy more than clear. An accessible, portable unit like the Questar will get you quick access to the sky and yield some nice views on nights where a larger OTA would have problems dealing with the atmospheric turbulence.
My absolute favorite? It would have to be a big refracter given the place to keep it set up for use or the time for setup and transport. The images in even a big achromat are simply awesome and if you are fortunate enough to own an APO then the views are near perfect in color, contrast and brightness.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:24 AM
I gave the Newtonian away to someone else (who is not using it much). The Questar gets used (ready again tonight), and only a fraction of the size and weight. I have a ten inch mirror in the attic, and was planning on building another scope. Since I got the Questar, a larger scope no longer appeals to me. We recently had a 90% total eclipse of the sun in Northern New Zealand, and saw this though a Baader filter in the Questar in sharp detail.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:57 PM
I had to learn some router skills. I modified the design a bit, and used better materials than was suggested in the book. If I were to do this again I would save weight by using 12 mm plywood, make my own telescope tube, make the latitude adjustment less complex, modify the counter weight. The design could accommodate a larger mirror.
I rather like building things as a hobby. This telescope was more of a construction project for me, and I lost interest in it when I completed it. I may still use the 10 inch mirror in the attic. The reason I got the Questar is that I had something that I would actually use. Even after building the larger telescope I never acquired observing skills. I have seen more through the Questar simply because I have used it more. It is an observing tool rather than a building project. Storage is a non issue with the Questar despite me using a surveyors tripod that weighs 6.5 kg (same as the tristand but more solid and practical).
Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:09 AM
Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:00 PM
But ultimately the views were just a bit too mushy for me. I like that longer focal length sharpness. Field of view sacrificed but the view is crisper.
The Q gives crisper views.
Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:30 PM
Posted 12 May 2013 - 02:26 PM
When I retired and got back into observing, I bought an Intes-Micro 5" Mak. It was my first "New" scope, and the one which filled the gap in the two year wait while our Questar was being built. Here's a photo of it.
Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:12 PM
Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:25 PM
Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:04 PM
As you seem to understand, the Questar is a different experience from other telescopes, and for me, I have no doubt it will also be the last scope I ever look through.