Got mine today.
Initial impression very well built.
Addressing earlier comments.
Cover fell off, adjusted the 4 plastic prongs cover. Just put some gentle thumb pressure
on the four plastic prongs, which seemed to just sit behind the overall outer cover.
Gentle pressure a few trials in between. And now the cover fits snug.
Whether or not it's a permanent fix, time will tell.
Optics clean and perfect.
Tested day time, tonight will be the real test.
Marks under clam shell dull ring around tube, I can live with that.
Attaching to dovetail of my astrotech Voyager mount and tripod fits good and I can see why people buy rings,but it seems to hold mine just fine.
Everything seems to be metal with the exception of the finder eyepiece which was in two parts. The end part that I had to screw In seemed to be all plastic, balance metal.
Also the dovetail holder on the scope seemed to be twice as long as what was required to hold
the finder. Just wonder why? As it doesn't seem to have any function.
The inner box seal was broken, which indicated to me someone opened box prior to shipment to check contents. Everything else looked factory new. With consideration that it was sitting in a box for maybe 7 years.
The focuser is smooth and does not stick. And that sticky focus noise cannot be heard.
The focuser works well in daytime, who knows what the night may bring.
The supplied eyepiece has a lot of eye relief,I have to back my eye away from the lens a considerable distance to get the full,view.
Because there is no rubber cup protecting from light entering from sides this may cause a problem with extraneous light entering .
if your in a dark space this may not be a problem. But neighbors lights are always on.
I have an Orion EON80F6.2 which I like a lot. And I'm hoping to get a least a little better views out of inexpensive eyepieces.
I can't see spending more money for my eyepieces than than my telescope. I joke.
Would love to have them and at Stellefane Nagler raffles,I'm always waiting for my number to be called.
So I will do some testing the next few day and try to get back.
I emailed AWB and the wave of orders has slowed a bit so there's still time to buy one.
Edited by Far-Out, 02 September 2014 - 04:28 PM.