I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Celestron CG-5⁴, CGEM², C6-N, C6, C8, Nexstar 8SE, 6SE, ONYX 80 EDF, Orion ST 80 A Vixen R130SF w/Porta II mount William Optics ZS110 ED APO, FLT 132 Triplet APO, SV70 ED SV115T20 Wicháhpih'a
Quote:That's basically what I've come up with. It seems quite the remarkable bargain.I was thinking the biggie had to be in the mount, somehow.-Rich
Quote:I ran across a pile of Nexstar 102 GT mounts with telescopes at Costco, and they are selling for (sit down), $199. So, I took a look at the one on display to see if the mount was somehow crippled. But it appears it does the Skyalign trick, has the quick-release Vixen dovetail clamp, and the new NexStar+ hand controller.So, given this is selling for $100 less than a Nexstar SLT mount AND includes a 4" f/10 achromat thrown in, I have to ask, "What gives?"A lot of people at work have been asking about these as a kid-scope. I have had some experience with these little mounts before, and though they are a little power hungry, they seem to work well enough for their intended purpose.Does anyone know of some catch I haven't been able to find?-Rich
Quote:tnakazon, thanks for the write-up - looks like I'm gonna try and pick one up just to try out!
-Tristan Schwartz- Former Resident Astro-Guru, Arizona Museum of Natural History
Member of Colorado Springs Astronomical Society Look for my article "Making the Case for Structured Observing," coming to Sky & Telescope in 2014!
6" Orion DSE Dob, Coronado PST
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