Quote:With all due respect and saying this in only the best possible way, why is it so difficult for Questar owners to see the obvious?
Quote: Do I want one? You bet.
--------------------- --------------------- "Nothing exists but atoms and empty space. Everything else is opinion." Titus Lucretius Carus 99-55 B.C.
Quote:One thing which is not commonly understood is that the Questar optical design is significantly different from Meade and Celestron clones. They are only superficially clones. There are three types of Maksutovs with an axial viewport. 1. The Gregorian is the simplest, using all spherical surfaces. The secondary mirror has exactly the same curvature as the corrector. This design is used by Meade and Celestron, because it can be mass produced.
Nikon D40/D50/D5300 DSLR WO 105mm Triplet APO WO Zenithstar 66SD APO (Black 'n Blue) WO 8 x 45mm APO Bino UO 20 x 80mm Bino Vixen 80SS Refractor Orion 127mm Apex Maksutov Vixen GP-DX with Skysensor 2000 SBIG STV and e-finder
The Questar is not for everyone, but for those that appreciate its simplicity and the back-to-basics style of observing it promotes, the Questar simply shines.
Clear skies, Erik
Visual astronomer since 1978.
Matthias Wirth 16" f/5
Takahashi FS-102 NSV on EM-10
Celestron 1983 C5
Zeiss, TeleVue and Celestron eyepieces
Nikon 18x70 IF-WP Zeiss Victory FL 7x42 Zeiss Victory FL 10x32
A few telescopes of dubious value. Understanding wife and two curious cats. "Semper ubi sub ubi"
Dee space-scientist student violinist Nexstar8i,SV80S,80/9D,FC100,94 Brandon,TMB92SS,GM8 8" f/7 Discovery,12.5" Portaball, PST
Quote:However none of my scopes are go-to and a Q does appeal to me, just not yet while I can still handle bigger telescopes and want more aperture and resolution than a 3.5" would give me.
Les Canon 10x42L IS Swift 8x44ED Ultralite Questar 50th Anniversary Model, Astro Trac wedge on Manfrotto 475 tripod Stellarvue SV90T 90mm Fluorite refractor, Porta mount head on Bogen 3068 tripod Vixen GP-DX on Baader Surveyor Tripod
Quote:OK, so none of the old radios and TVs we had when I was young worked. A small cheap transistor pocket radio outstripped a many vacuum tube desktop. The TVs were impossible to fix. And don't start with cars, back in the 1960s or 1970s getting to 70mph was a pretty squirrly ride and I remember breakdowns and flats all the time. Not anymore, nowadays most cars are trouble free for 100K miles at least. So progress isn't all bad. However none of my scopes are go-to and a Q does appeal to me, just not yet while I can still handle bigger telescopes and want more aperture and resolution than a 3.5" would give me.Dave