WO Megrez 120 ED on GP Mount
WO ZenithStar 80 ED II on Porta II
10" Meade LightBridge/Paracorr
Orion ED 100 on Polaris Mount
Astro-Tech 8" f6 Dob
Bushnell Ares 5
Meade 226 2.4" f11.7
SpaceScope 2.4" f15
Quote:I have been looking for one of these scopes for a while but they are scarce. What I would do as I have done with all of my other refractors is to install a dual speed Crayford and upgrade the diagonal to a 2" dielectric. GSO makes a focuser that will fit this scope for about $140.00 and I recently picked up a very nice 2" dielectric diagonal from Adorama for $80.00. It is sold under the brand of Pro Optic and it is the exact same one that Orion sells for $130. With these improvements the scope will really start to perform.
Telescopes: Meade ETX-125 w/ Autostar II, Meade LX-50 8" w/ Magellan II, Orion ShortTube 90, Celestron Firstscope 114 Binocs: Celestron 15x70 SkyMaster Meade 10x50 WA Travel View JC Penny 10x50 Marine Cameras: SBIG ST237A, Canon 10D DSLR
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Quote:I guess I was hoping that some people would give some advice about whether it is worth upgrading this telescope or just leave it as is. I know that a new focuser could be added, and a new finder scope added, I just don't know if the telescope itself is worth the cost of doing so.I paid $500 for the scope and EQ2 mount back in 2000 and bought the solar filter for $70.
Quote:Thanks, Jon. That's the kind of evaluation I was trying to get. It also reaffirms what I thought might be the case (unfortunately).
Quote:An excellent,informative thread. I can see both sides as to upgrading or not. If it were me,I'd use the scope as is. A used Synta ED80 isn't much more expensive than what the upgrades to this telescope are probably going to cost in reality. The ED80 is in another league optically.