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Quote:I just rec'd this scope off an Ebay seller (OTA Only) for $40.00. It had no surprises except the Objective spacers were Very Visable looking in tube from both ends (minus eyepiece). Is this common?
Quote:Excellent review, Ed. Very thorough and fair. It's nice to know that such a decent scope is so affordable.
Quote:Nice review Ed! Is the focuser metal or plastic? I'm looking for a small wide-field scope that could be used with my Mallincam. The Mallincam needs a metal focuser to help dissipate heat. Thanks!Don
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Quote:76mm is what a quick check with some calipers show. I could be off a mm or so since my calipers were a little small to reach all the way down... I had some rings I had bought for this scope (105mm, $20 on amazon), but when figuring in a quick release bracket/shoe, I ended up buying the one shown from Astronomics. It cost way more than the scope. I paid about $45 for the whole travel scope "kit" on amazon about 1.5 years ago... (higher now) & the bracket/shoe/rings cost about $100.There's a guy on ebay who's buying these kits & parting them out... I think he's asking about $45 for the scope by itself. I bought a 50mm version for my 114mm newt. ($25). The difference between the 50 & 70's light gathering ability is amazing. I use a 40mm eyepiece for a nice wide fov.
Quote:JonThomas- Thanks so much for the picture! It really shows the reality of the situation. I have a set of 96mm ID rings, but will need the right shoe. That guy selling the OTA only is just what I'm looking for. I have diagonal and a 40mm to use too.Do you ever look at brighter objects with it? The CA got to be pretty bad, huh?Is the tube metal? The focuser is plastic, right? And the lens is what?Thanks again.Bob
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Quote:BTW, I know that this scope is not big enough for faint objects but would it be possible to also list out what all DSO's you could use this scope for?