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#1 De Lorme

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:38 PM

I'm in need of a new focuser for my CR6".
So been looking at the William Optics 2" DDG Synta Refractor focuser. Is the New William focuser the same design as the GSO? Is the $135 more for the Moon Light
worth it? I'm visual only. Thanks for the advice.
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#2 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:00 AM

I'm in need of a new focuser for my CR6".
So been looking at the William Optics 2" DDG Synta Refractor focuser. Is the New William focuser the same design as the GSO? Is the $135 more for the Moon Light
worth it? I'm visual only. Thanks for the advice.
De Lorme


I don't think that Focusers are a strong point with William Optics...

Jon

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:06 PM

I have a WO steel track DDG on one of my scopes that is just as nice as my Moonlite. But as Jon states, there have been many unhappy owners regarding WO focusers. You never hear anything but praise regarding Moonlite, and I agree they're excellent. To save money, with a 6" f8 scope I would get the single-speed Moonlite with the large knobs.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:51 PM

I've read the reviews about slippage when using CCD cameras
and other accessories. I like the dual rate with WO. I'm worried that the Moon Light single speed will be problematic at high powers. Since I'm visual only I'm going with the WO. I think the new track system is going to work well. The heaviest set up I have is using a 24mm 1.25 ES 68 or a Meade 8.8 UWA with a Meade Apo #140barlow. I'm going to wait a day and think about if I can budget the 2 speed Moon Light.
Thanks for the advice. De Lorme

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:32 PM

I have the rack and pinion version on my sct. It's a superb focusser. If William made a version for aftermarket refractors....

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:37 PM

Steve on your DDG on the bottom is there male to female
plate so when you turn the focuser nob they mesh with each other or is it like the GSO with 4 bearings that support the
focuser when being racked in and out?

Reid is yours one of the ways as described above.

The 2 speed Moon Light is looking better all the time.

Thanks for the help. De Lorme

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 01:36 PM

Steve on your DDG on the bottom is there male to female
plate so when you turn the focuser nob they mesh with each other or is it like the GSO with 4 bearings that support the
focuser when being racked in and out?


I believe the bearings are inside the focuser housing, but yes, there is a flat steel plate on the bottom.

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:55 PM

Thanks for the Advice Steve,Jon,Reid.

I HAVE A BLUE MOON LIGHT ON IT'S WAY
I CONNOT WAIT!

Ron was able to sell me a blemish one and that made all the difference. Thanks Ron.

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 08:01 PM

Enjoy the new focuser. RW.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:20 PM

Thanks for the Advice Steve,Jon,Reid.

I HAVE A BLUE MOON LIGHT ON IT'S WAY
I CONNOT WAIT!

Ron was able to sell me a blemish one and that made all the difference. Thanks Ron.

De Lorme


You're going to love the Moonlite!

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 06:46 PM

Why would anyone want a focuser with a battery? MoonLight all the way.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 08:28 PM

Why would anyone want a focuser with a battery? MoonLight all the way.

/Ira


Unlike the motorized Moonlite I used to own, the WO focuser works just fine even with a dead battery. My Moonlite was unusable once the batteries died.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 03:06 AM

It will be here Thursday just in time to see the craters
on the Moon. I'm so glad that the GSO is dead!LOL
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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:35 AM

Why do you need a battery to use a a Moonlite?

You'll love your moonlite.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:01 AM

The William Optics focuser for the Synta refractor sells for about $260.00 Baader Planetarium makes a similar two speed Crayford that fits the same Synta refractor for about the same price but it is a much higher quality unit. I use an orion 120mm F5 as a guidescope on my C-14 and the Baader focuser works flawlessly when I mount my CCD camera on it. You will need the adapter to mate that focuser to the Synta tube but both focuser and adapter are available from Agena Astro

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