Jump to content


Photo

Still Like Your AT6RC?

  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 Ranger Tim

Ranger Tim

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 845
  • Joined: 25 Mar 2008
  • Loc: SE Idaho, USA

Posted 04 October 2013 - 04:29 PM

It's been a year at least since the massive AT6RC sale. Are there those that feel strongly about the scope? Have you been able to keep it collimated? Still feel like it was a stunner bargain?

Just wondering about the general impressions now that we've had time to use them and form experienced opinions. Not looking to bash or brag, simply honest opinions and possibly some new viewpoints.

#2 wavecloud

wavecloud

    Mariner 2

  • -----
  • Posts: 278
  • Joined: 22 Sep 2013

Posted 04 October 2013 - 06:50 PM

Have you checked out what Warren (rigel123) here on CN has posted on Astrobin under the same username with that scope? It's pretty incredible.
:ooo:

#3 zerro1

zerro1

    Fly Me to the Moon

  • *****
  • Posts: 5862
  • Joined: 02 Aug 2009
  • Loc: Smokey Point , 48.12°N 122.25°W Elevation:512 ft

Posted 04 October 2013 - 07:32 PM

Hi Tim;
For the price its a great scope! My only complaint is the focuser. it can't handle much weight and my favored camera is very heavy. I've been slowly getting moonlites for my scopes as money comes available, so when possible, the AT6RC will get one.

It holds Colimation really well, I've only needed to make small adjustments to the secondary, and that is saying a lot since I like to do most of my imaging a couple hundred miles from home.

#4 rigel123

rigel123

    Voyager 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 10892
  • Joined: 29 Jun 2009
  • Loc: SW Ohio

Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:19 PM

Yep, still like mine a lot and for the price it's amazing. I have not had to re-collimate since my first time when I received it, but of course it is in a Pelican case that cost more than the scope did so it doesn't get jostled around much!

Thanks Wavecloud, glad you have enjoyed my pics!

I'm like Robert, the focuser works fine for me since my camera is light, but that might be one thing I would change on it, and besides, those moonlight focusers look so cool on that scope!

#5 pfile

pfile

    Gemini

  • -----
  • Posts: 3164
  • Joined: 14 Jun 2009

Posted 05 October 2013 - 01:50 AM

i have not used mine in a while, took a detour thru the AT10RC, and then a 200mm lens, and now a 400mm instrument. however, since i figured out how to attach my 0.8x reducer to my STT i think i'll be back to the AT6RC. with the 0.8x + STT i think it's got the perfect FOV for M33.

#6 JoseBorrero

JoseBorrero

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3145
  • Joined: 04 Sep 2009
  • Loc: Puerto Rico Island

Posted 06 October 2013 - 07:09 AM

Im more than 1,500 miles away from my AT6RC :(, but I love it! :waytogo:

#7 guyroch

guyroch

    Vendor (BackyardEOS)

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 2934
  • Joined: 22 Jan 2008
  • Loc: Under the clouds!

Posted 06 October 2013 - 04:34 PM

I like it better than my AT8RC.

Guylain

#8 Derryk

Derryk

    Explorer 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 52
  • Joined: 05 Jul 2012
  • Loc: California, US

Posted 06 October 2013 - 10:55 PM

Yes, the AT6RC is a fantastic scope and the price makes it even more appealing. I have had mine now for almost two years and don't see myself outgrowing it soon.

The scope holds its collimation very well. I travel with the scope often and have yet to see a shift. I even did a complete tear down to clean the primary and secondary fully expecting to have to re-collimate after re-assembly. I might have gotten lucky, but to my surprise, I didn't have to adjust it afterwards.






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics