Jim W. ColemanMeade 8" LX200Orion 80mm guidescope - Orion Starshoot autoguiderCanon T3I - Meade DSI2Port Orchard, Washington
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Quote:You know, it would be kinda cool to have a collective ownership of one of these things in a local area. That way we could distribute the cost and since its rarely used we could just pas it around when we need it.
Quote:Will try and find a used one.... good idea!
Quote:I am reading comments from some similar to: "Why use a collimation device when the best way to do it is a star?" I agree. But living near Seattle, I don't get many stars to collimate by and when I do, I would rather be using my telescope. I purchased the Hotech system and used it to collimate my scopes over the winter, in the comfort of my garage. The system worked very well. It was pricey, yes. But it worked and when the skies started to clear in Spring, I was able to take the telescope back out to the observatory, throw it on the wedge and it's ready to go. I can fine-tune on stars over the summer but come next winter, I can bring everything back in and take my time to do a precise collimation indoors. Not everyone's situation is the same. Just my two cents...
Quote:This thing is cool, but its really overpriced.
Calypte Anza, California
Quote:That and given the most people recommend collimation with the scope strait up...
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:$300 seems a bit more reasonable to me.
Quote:Yes, given the cost to manufacture things in China it is probably profitable at even $100 per...etc.
Quote:There is typically lots of profit built into "luxury" or "hobby" products.
Quote:They are basically marketing this tool to people who either have lots and lots of SCTs (like a dealer or a club) or to people who have such extreme weather conditions that they need every second under a clear sky... Or people with lots and lots of cash and nothing better to spend it on... That and given the most people recommend collimation with the scope strait up (to minimize mirror flop) and this tool collimates with the scope "level"If was $100 new I might consider it... at $500 new $300+ used... it is way down on my gear "want" list.Still as I said... If I could try it out and see how my scope works with a horizontal laser collimation, and if it took my scope from "very very good" to "freaking amazing" then I would consider $500... Till then I will try for a clear night, a faint star and my 2X barlow.
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Quote:Knowing that David Ho is a guy who really cares about his customers, I doubt that it is priced one dollar higher than it has to be to keep it as a viable product on the market.And another point to consider. If it really was overpriced for what it is, David's arch-competitors would come up with a cheap Chinese clone of it and try to undercut his market.And all of my HotechUSA products say "Made in USA" on them.I hope this helps.