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PhotonJohn
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Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm
      #5627176 - 01/16/13 10:40 PM

Does anyone know of any issues with the Coronado SolarMax II 60mm scopes in BF10 or BF15? By issues I mean quality of product or objective rust issues like the older PST had? Also would like to hear from owners of this scope.

Edited by PhotonJohn (01/16/13 10:58 PM)


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dajebriza
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: PhotonJohn]
      #5627392 - 01/17/13 03:09 AM

My advice.. Get a Lunt. Much better build and quality control. I've sampled several Lunts and Coronados - both external filters and solar scopes. I would buy Lunt exclusively after my experiences.

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Zamboni
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: dajebriza]
      #5628390 - 01/17/13 04:09 PM

I've played around with both. Both provide very good views, but the pressure tuning on the lunt gives it an edge. I also hate the helical focuser on the Coronado.

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dbowlin
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: Zamboni]
      #5628913 - 01/17/13 09:25 PM

I enjoy mine, not the helical focuser so much. I wish I had more time and clear skies.
Dale


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Gary BEAL
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: dbowlin]
      #5628926 - 01/17/13 09:33 PM

I guess each to their own views. I have a loaner SolarMax 60, the older pre-Meade version, and by golly it is THE best thing since sliced bread. BUT........... I haven't tried a Lunt 60 either. I do have the SM90 etalon and BF15 waiting for an adaptor to fit to a Lunt ED102, so in that respect I'll have both perhaps?
Gary


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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: Gary BEAL]
      #5628983 - 01/17/13 10:10 PM

While I opted for Lunt as a manufacturer (100mm double stack), I would suggest viewing Stephen Ramsden's reviews at http://solarastronomy.org/pages/reviews.html for detailed evaluations.

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frolinmod
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5629329 - 01/18/13 04:05 AM

Aquarist, are you using the Lunt LS100FHa to double stack your Lunt LS100THa? Or did you go the Luntanado route?

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mbucky
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: frolinmod]
      #5629516 - 01/18/13 09:07 AM

get a lunt, much better build quality, and repair service

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Aquarist
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: frolinmod]
      #5629565 - 01/18/13 09:45 AM

Quote:

Aquarist, are you using the Lunt LS100FHa to double stack your Lunt LS100THa? Or did you go the Luntanado route?




No, I did not go the Luntanado route although some of the highly respected folks like Jim Lafferty did with superb results. Lunt was willing to customize adjustment since they were ordered together so that was my preference.


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Aquarist
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5629568 - 01/18/13 09:47 AM

Oh, and customer service with Lunt is well respected although I cannot say with regard to Coronado.

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la200o
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5629685 - 01/18/13 10:55 AM

Haven't seen the new SolarMax II version, but the build quality on my older SM 90 is superb. Helical focuser is OK, works fine, but probably a nice rack and pinion or crayford would be preferable.

Bill


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Bill Cowles
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: Aquarist]
      #5629778 - 01/18/13 11:40 AM

Lunt customer service is hard to beat and like others I much prefer my FT focuser and PT.

Bill


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PhotonJohn
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #5630367 - 01/18/13 06:27 PM

Thanks guys, I like my PST. Also know Coronado/Meade is not known for great customer service (sad but true). Also like the image in my PST being red orange and even being the low end scope price wise it is worth it. It definetly has a sweet spot and it does have good resolution using a CeMax 18mm. I just wanted a bigger image visually and maybe try some imaging.

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johnww
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: PhotonJohn]
      #5630434 - 01/18/13 07:18 PM

I have a Solarmax II 60 mm scope, and have just got a double stack for it. Have had no troubles. But would recommend BF10 for visual and photos, also single stack is better for taking photos thru. See review on the "Ice in space" website under equipment reviews (Part 1 and 2). Cheers.

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PhotonJohn
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: johnww]
      #5630445 - 01/18/13 07:21 PM

Thanks John.

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Zamboni
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: PhotonJohn]
      #5630948 - 01/19/13 01:24 AM

Also one thing to bear in mind; right now Meade's financial future is more uncertain than it ever has been, which could have significant consequences if you need to have a Coronado scope serviced under warranty. While this shouldn't be THE defining factor in a purchase, it should be kept in mind.

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Andy Devey
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: Zamboni]
      #5631077 - 01/19/13 05:56 AM

Hi Guys

I have SM90's and a TOA130 with double speed focuser, honestly I prefer the helical focuser but that is just my opinion.

Regards

Andy

The solar explorer


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MG877
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: Andy Devey]
      #5631439 - 01/19/13 12:02 PM

I have the SM 60 DS with BF 10. The first thing I did was to complain about the focuser , Mine never should have passed quality control . It was assembled with 2 stripped screws in the focuser coller and there was close to 1/8" of end play in the focuser tube . My Authorized Meade dealer dis assembled the scope and sent pics of the issues to Meade . Meade would not send a new focuser and wanted me to send them the scope so they could send it to Mexico for repair .
I decided against this and installed a Moonlight motor focuser . I am now happy with my Coronado but if I had to do it again I would purchase a Lunt


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PhotonJohn
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: MG877]
      #5632432 - 01/19/13 11:28 PM

Thanks Andy.

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PhotonJohn
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Re: Thinking of buying Coronado SolarMax II 60mm new [Re: PhotonJohn]
      #5632433 - 01/19/13 11:29 PM

Thanks MG.

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