Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Quote:Local CL has a Swift Model 853 for sale. 4.5" Newtonian reflector with an equatorial mount and wooden tripod. Comes with 6, 9 and 20 mm Kellner eyepieces, a 2x Barlow and a moon filter. It's priced around $100 and is around 10 years old. I can't find any real info on that model for reviews or pricing. How does it sound for a newbie?
Quote:Thanks for the replies. I did get him to come down a little on the price - I'm hoping to pick it up tonight. I figure I'll get the seller to at least demo it somewhat for me to make sure it at least functions. Found lots of reviews for older Swift models which were positive, but nothing current. It has a lot of the features I was looking for, so I'm very hopeful.
We mostly come out at night... mostly.
GSO Z8 Degree Circle & Digital Level
Celestron 4"(102mm) SLT 660mm f/6.47
2" 30mm GSO WideView
9mm GSO Plossl
ES 82's : 4.7mm, 8.8mm, 11mm, 18mm
BGO's 5mm, 6mm, 9mm
2" 2X ED Astronomics Barlow & GSO 1.25" 2x Shorty
8-24 Baader Zoom III
Baader M&SG, Semi-Apo
Quote:Picked up the scope last night. Checked out Jupiter for a test drive (first time for me). This all started because my parents picked up a scope from Toy 'R Us for my sons. It had a piece broken so I took the opportunity to try to find a better used scope at a reasonable price. I think they'll be happy with this as a starter. Thanks again.
Quote:Absolutely correct. Having the biggest/best/most expensive stuff does not make one the best observer, or the best teacher/mentor or the best anything. I suggest paying some attention to making sure that the scope is working well (collimation, cool down, etc.), but you don't have to go crazy with this. You can even do quite a bit of observing through a window - last night I spent an hour observing Jupiter through a picture window at around 160x, and the view was pretty good and a lot better than not observing.
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Quote:Could look quite nice displayed in living room or large foyer between viewing sessions.Besides,the closer it sits to a door the more likely it will be carried outside!
Wife, kids, dog.Views with glasses: astigmatism and major floaters.Orion StarMax 90mm Mak-CassPorta II45mm 35° | 40mm 43° | 35mm 49° | 28mm 45° | 25mm 50° | 15mm 58° | 11mm 82° | 10mm 50° | Shorty Plus 2xVestil CPRO-800LP observing chairVarious binoculars in the "bang-for-buck" category