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JayinUTModerator
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5609099 - 01/06/13 07:32 PM

I own a Zambuto, I love my Zambuto and on those eight to ten nights a year I get that are what I call "Nights of Nights" the mirror just blows away my other mirrors I've owned. Then again, even on a rough night the contrast, the color, the sharpness and the smoothness of the mirror are just incredible.

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sniperpride
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: JayinUT]
      #5609224 - 01/06/13 09:02 PM

Have a feeling the OP does not realize how much Zs cost compared to the other 2

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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: sniperpride]
      #5609236 - 01/06/13 09:10 PM

Quote:

Have a feeling the OP does not realize how much Zs cost compared to the other 2



Ya gets wat ya pay for.


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Bill Weir
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: sniperpride]
      #5609496 - 01/06/13 11:56 PM

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Have a feeling the OP does not realize how much Zs cost compared to the other 2




He will if he clicks on either the Lockwood or Zambuto links. ; )

Bill


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nevy
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Bill Weir]
      #5609784 - 01/07/13 09:04 AM

I'm that confident that zambuto is the best, I've orderd two.

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cliff mygatt
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: nevy]
      #5609797 - 01/07/13 09:14 AM

I have a Zambuto in my Orion XT12i and have never looked back. You cannot go wrong with a Zambuto mirror. Carl's customer service is top notch as well. Good Luck!

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Tim Gilliland
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: cliff mygatt]
      #5609813 - 01/07/13 09:30 AM

Quote:

I have a Zambuto in my Orion XT12i and have never looked back. You cannot go wrong with a Zambuto mirror. Carl's customer service is top notch as well. Good Luck!




I will second Carl's customer service. I have a Zambuto in my 10" newt that I image with, and I also view with a 17.5 f5 Discovery split tube.
Both give Very nice views. Imagine my excitment to discover I need a Dioptrx and probably have all along. Come on UPS!


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SeattleScott
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Tim Gilliland]
      #5610058 - 01/07/13 11:53 AM

Comparing Orion UK, Discovery and Zambuto is like comparing BMW, Benz and Bugatti. BMW and Benz are excellent cars that most people will be very happy with, but they simply are not at the same performance (or price) level as a Bugatti. The remaining question is whether Orion UK or Discovery is better. I don't have a Discovery to compare to, and I have to admit my initial reaction is one of hesitation based on both having good reputations. What I do know is that you will get an Orion UK a heck of a lot faster than a Discovery (assuming you are buying a new, custom order). Mine took no more than six weeks including shipping from Europe.

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Bob N
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5610066 - 01/07/13 11:57 AM

I have owned mirrors from almost all well known mirror makers over the past 30 years -- and Lockwood and Zambuto are the only ones I'll ever buy from again.

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Bob S.
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Bob N]
      #5610119 - 01/07/13 12:21 PM

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I have owned mirrors from almost all well known mirror makers over the past 30 years -- and Lockwood and Zambuto are the only ones I'll ever buy from again.




Throw in Spooner and Harry for good measure<g>.


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Bob N
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: GeneT]
      #5610139 - 01/07/13 12:30 PM

Have to agree -- I've had mirrors from most of the current makers, and the only consistently excellent ones have been from Lockwood and Zambuto.

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VĂ­ctor MartĂ­nez
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Bob N]
      #5610160 - 01/07/13 12:42 PM

Quote:

I have owned mirrors from almost all well known mirror makers over the past 30 years -- and Lockwood and Zambuto are the only ones I'll ever buy from again.




I have not ever seen through a Zambuto or Lockwood mirror and maybe I'm missing something, but after more than 20 years of visual observer, I only know one thing, my Ostahowski's mirror is simply spectacular. If I need a new mirror I will confide again in Terry,


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Starman1
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: VĂ­ctor MartĂ­nez]
      #5610213 - 01/07/13 01:10 PM

The OP's question was about a ranking of 3 makers he mentioned.

Companies he didn't mention but should investigate (if Zambuto isn't chosen, for some reason):

Gordon Waite
OMI
Pegasus
Galaxy
Lightholder
Normand Fullum
Oldham Optical
1800Destiny

Plus all the ones already mentioned.


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Jitou
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Starman1]
      #5610565 - 01/07/13 04:48 PM

Quote:

@Don If you have a chance to get a Carl Zambuto mirror and you can afford one, then just do it.




Sure ! Mine has been ordered last September hopefully it'll be in my hands before the summer ... yep you have to be patient to touch the perfection.

By the way I used to have an Ostahowski Mirror (18 inch f/4) it's my first high grade mirror, what to say ? The views it gave me were terrific. Unfortunately I had to sell it (the same price I paid for it) because I needed a much smaller instrument to carry alone. Terry is surely on the top list and maybe very close to Zambuto.

I also want put your attention on a french mirror maker Mirrosphere who makes unbelievable mirrors probably the finest you can find here in Europe.

Edited by Jitou (01/07/13 05:06 PM)


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Mr. Marbles
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Starman1]
      #5610575 - 01/07/13 04:54 PM

Quote:

The OP's question was about a ranking of 3 makers he mentioned.

Companies he didn't mention but should investigate (if Zambuto isn't chosen, for some reason):

Gordon Waite
OMI
Pegasus
Galaxy
Lightholder
Normand Fullum
Oldham Optical
1800Destiny

Plus all the ones already mentioned.




Don't forget Royce and his conicals.


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Starman1]
      #5610626 - 01/07/13 05:47 PM

Quote:

1800Destiny




Don:

What is the story on their mirrors? Their secondary's seem to be at the GSO price points.

Jon


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Starman1
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5610646 - 01/07/13 06:09 PM

Jon,
I think Hans makes these in house. I didn't know they existed until Dennis Steele started offering them in dobstuff.com telescopes.
You might contact Dennis for his opinion.


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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Starman1]
      #5610752 - 01/07/13 07:11 PM

Quote:

Companies he didn't mention but should investigate (if Zambuto isn't chosen, for some reason):






no swayze?


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Starman1
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5610876 - 01/07/13 08:37 PM

My list wasn't exhaustive. People who realize I left one out, please chime in.

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piaras
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Re: Which mirror better-Zambuto, Discovery or Orion UK new [Re: Fred1]
      #5610931 - 01/07/13 09:24 PM

I just read your field trip report. Excellent!

Back in late March '12, I contacted Carl via phone and we discussed making a 13" mirror to replace the Coulter mirror. He set aside a 12" that was extra thick, and he would recast it to make my 13". Well I got a heads up just before Christmas, it has moved to grind and polish.
Just a few weeks to go!
Pierre


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