7 X 50 Binoculars 102mm f/9.8 Refractor 14" SCT w/ CGE Pro 6" SCT 180mm f/15 Mak Atlas EQ-G GEM Pentax, ES, Baader Ortho & Sterling EPs.
Orion SkyQuest XX14i
Quote:It's probably very similar to the old Meade AR5, so I bet it's an excellent achromat. The AR5 I had was made extremely well, pretty much built like tank. Optics were top notch and it was an excellent performer on double stars and for lunar/planetary work. CA will be there obviously, but it's no worse than what you get out of the Celestron 102.That's a darn good price considering Astrozap sells the same scope for $579.
Keeper of the Swamp Gas Observatory. "Well if I'm here and you're here, doesn't that make it OUR TIME."AR127 CG4
1984 tasco 49TR 60x800mm
1976 Vixen Polaris 80x1200mm
Denkmeier Big Easy BV
"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Quote:But what are they looking at in the far northeast daytime sky?
Matt Orion XT10i with Feather Touch and Paracorr SV80S and C6 on modified Porta II and 545B (no, not at the same time) SW120ED on modified Porta II/Voyager hybrid (coming soon) 26T5 17 & 12 T4 13, 9, 7, 5, 3.5, & 2.5 T6
Explore Scientific ED127Explore Scientific AR152Celestron Omni XLT 102 Orion XT10i
Classic refractors incl. Unitrons, Zeiss, Goto Optical, Royal Astro, Edmund; visual observer.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!"
Quote:Well, guess what, folks! I just spoke with Michelle Rodriguez at Explore Scientific, and she informed me that ES will NOT be selling the 127L after all, only the 127S. She apologized profusely for the previous misinformation and implied that it was not ES's decision. She also informed me that I could purchase the 127L from Bresser in Europe. I'm not sure how good an option that is, however.
Quote:- Bresser Messier 127/1200 OTA @ 369€ (494 US$). Shipping GLS: 176.90€ (237.15 US$)www.astroshop.eu/p,13233- Bresser Messier 152/1200 OTA @ 476€ (638 US$): Shipping DHL Premium: 111.90€ (150.01 US$).www.astroshop.eu/p,20908In both cases you may save some bucks.I think that is the cheaper online shop we got in Europe selling Bresser AC telescopes.There may be others the same price, but they are not much known, so you better go with known dealers.I purchased from Astroshop always and they offer quite a good price.Overall I'm a happy customer of astroshop. But their consumer support service is not that good. I mean, they will replace you broken pieces or send missing parts and such, but your email questions will probably need 2 or 3 days to get and answer. And even when they are polite, they are rather "short on words". Once I asked them to send me a missing part. They didn't answered my mail at all, but one day a DHL guy appeared with the missing parts at my door. During that week I was guessing if they received my email or even if they sent it directly to the bin...Also we got teleskop-express, who is well known here. They are the direct competitors with astroshop. Although I never purchased from them, their prices are usually lower than those in astroshop. I would purchase from teleskop-express, but since only astroshop had what I needed, then I had no choice.Their customer support is better. They will answer you really fast, very polite and friendly.Actually I'm going to pruchase some things from them before end of december.In either case, both of them are excelent dealers and the cheapest ones you can find around Europe.
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Quote:With all the excitement about the Celestron 102mm f/9.8 I was hoping to get a little more light gathering for my grab and go set up.