Too many scopes - my wife wants back her family room...
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<2 hour drive to gray/black zone “Contrast is not everything. Outside of aperture, contrast is the only thing” -Carl Zambuto
Quote:.... That's a heckuva light bucket for $500.David
Dan Orion XT8g If your dob isn't broke, fix it anyway. Don't tell me what I want to hear, tell me the truth.
Orion SSAG/50mm finder
Antares f/6.3 FR/FF
TV 32mm Plossl
ES 127MM triplet,WO Zenithstar 80 ED, Orion XTi-12, C-10, Monolux 60mm F12, Meade LXD75 and EQ-6 Coronado sm-60 filter with BF-15
Brian S. Johnson
All Terrain Z10 http://tinyurl.com/ouxfsyu with refigured primary, 63mm Protostar secondary.
Quote:I wouldn't. If something breaks or dies, Orion won't sell parts to you.
Bryan Stone Past President, NSAAC (North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club) Visual Astronomer with: "GoldenEye" XT8 Classic, flocked, Moonlite CR2(Gold), Telrad, 1st Base mount Serial #001 "Night Hawk" SV 80mm f/7 Aplanat on M1/GNG TV 11NT6, 32P, 1.8xB, Pentax XF 8.5 ES 82 N2 6.7, GSO SV 30, UO KII 16 Lumicon OIII,Orion Ultrablock, Moon Filter, 4 color filters, 25mm Sirius P, 10x50 Explorer Binocs, Celestron broadband filter,Tectron collimation tools, Pelican 1500 Divider Case, StarDust chair
Cliff Mygatt Astronomical League Master Observer
Astronomical League Lunar II & Constellation Hunter programs national coordinator President, Olympic Astronomical Society Bremerton, WA
Orion XT12i Fully flocked with Zambuto Mirror, Protostar quartz secondary and Moonlite CR focuser
Meade 8" LX10 SCT Fully Flocked with Magellan I DSCs
Orion 120mm and William Optics 80mm Refractors Ethos 21mm,17mm,13mm,10mm,8mm,6mm,4.7mm,3.7mm Nagler 31mm and paracorr type 1
Quote:I bought a used XT12i for $600 in 2009 and have not looked back. I like to tweak the scope to wring every inch of aperature out of it and have modified the scope with, a Zambuto mirror, Protostar secondary, Moonlight focuser, upgraded finder scope, Ebony star laminate on the azimuth, taped the azimuth magnet, replaced the teflon pads, flocked the entire inside of the scope, added a counter weight system, bob's knobs on the secondary spider, added an Antares EP rack and that is about it. It gives great views and I am very happy with it. It was a very good scope before I tweaked it. I would go for it and enjoy the new light bucket.
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Humble is the way.
Quote: Well,I maintain that replacing all the optics is more than tweeking. If you have the mirror refigured it is no longer original specs,either. Recoating could be need from neglect ot age and really doesn't alter the design.
I f the scope as original was great then that is a good and useful bit of info.
It just bugs me when people have replaced all the major parts and then speak as though the item is original.
Another example was a review by an owner of a car that stated "replaced the motor at xx,xxx miles and the transmission at xx,xxx miles;an excellent car!" Note this was not a ad to sell the car as repaired but a review extolling its virtues.In my opinion,one doesn't need to replace the motor or transmission of an excellent car ,nor the mirrors of an excellent telescope.
So if one feels compelled to replace the primary mirror,secondary mirror and focuser of a telescope I can only conclude it didn't meet expectations or work well.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
DAS Dark Site
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalms 19:1
Quote:Thanks to all for your feedback.After talking to the seller, he went up a bit in price from what he was asking earlier.Turned out there was someone else local with a nicely modified Lightbridge 16 - I'm checking it out tomorrow!
Quote:Turned out there was someone else local with a nicely modified Lightbridge 16 - I'm checking it out tomorrow!