Looking for Orion XX16g Review
Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:24 AM
The new xx16g seems like a good product, at least from the Orion Youtube video, but I've not seen any independent review of it yet. Does anybody know of anybody who has received one and could give at least first impressions?
Of interest to me would be the weight of the heaviest piece when fully broken down (including the base; haven't been able to get this from Orion) and the quality of the tracking. Orion does say that it's probably not ideal for photography being an alt-az design, but how long will it keep an object in the eyepiece at high magnifications?
Anyway, I'd really like to hear what any new user(s) have to say.
Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:02 AM
Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:35 AM
Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:13 PM
I'd probably want that scope to live either in a permanent observatory or something I could wheel out of a garage or something.
Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:15 PM
For instance...right now there is a starmaster 14.5inch F4.3 with a finding and tracking capability on astromart for $4600 (might be able to get that down a little). It has a Zambuto mirror (best you can get in most people's opinion). My guess is that's about half price or more than it was new.
Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:18 PM
Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:01 AM
Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:58 AM
Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:47 AM
The weights published by my builder for his scopes come in at half of the weight of the Orion for the same size.
You will pay a premium, but it is quite competitive for what you are getting.
How much? hard to say because you are getting a much lighter scope and better optics than would come in an Orion scope.
I would estimate $600 to $800 over a same sized scope from Orion, including the GoTo installation.
(And, if your name refers to the Linux OS and your familiarity with it, I bet you could do an installation yourself with no trouble, one BOFH to another.)
More than happy to PM you my experiences with my builder.
Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:20 AM