Anyone familiar with this EQ Dob platform?
Posted 20 August 2013 - 04:53 PM
Is anyone familiar with this one from NorthStar Systems for $365(including shipping)? http://supernorthstars.tripod.com/
I know there are some kits out there, but I'm not the best "builder". I'd prefer a completed unit.
I saw another from OpticalEds for $450, but then shipping adds another $160.
If you know of others, please let me know.
Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:53 PM
If a goodun is out of your budget right now, my advice is "wait" or consider why you'd want one anyway. One isn't that effective for imaging, though you can do good video with one. Visually? I don't think one adds much to a well-designed Dobbie.
Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:13 PM
You never know...but the website and pictures don't inspire confidence given you have a fairly sizeable scope.
It does look pretty basic. The drive is just a variable speed Astroview/CG-2 drive, the front bearing looks like it came from an inexpensive piece of furniture. I wouldn't be spending $400 on it.
Posted 22 August 2013 - 10:12 PM
I actually find a platform very desirable for visual dob observing, enough that I removed the ground board from my 10" truss to use it exclusively with the platform. Particularly nice for planetary work, and public outreach.