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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: Mgauthier]
      #5685385 - 02/17/13 02:56 PM

Noticed that too, Adorama is now out of the new SP70 but B&H Photo is still selling them for $229. I really am looking forward to using the mount, not having a goto mount currently. I plan on trying my 120ST on the mount, along with a couple of other smaller scopes I have (I like small scopes ). I know the sky fairly well from using simple alt-az mounts and sky hopping but this one will be fun, for me and the kids...WC

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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: Mgauthier]
      #5685935 - 02/17/13 08:49 PM

New here...... found this thread while researching this scope, fyi they are selling it new at B&H for 229 with free shipping....

I'm still a relative novice myself and picked this up for my mother to see if it will help her be more confident in what she is looking at.... I'll keep my fingers crossed that it pans out.


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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: wcstarguy]
      #5685937 - 02/17/13 08:51 PM

ooops, the newbie already screwed up....didn't see that last post!

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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 [Re: bda]
      #5685968 - 02/17/13 09:14 PM

Hi bda & welcome to the forum!

>. ooops, the newbie already screwed up....didn't see that last post!

No worries! We all do that from time to time!

Let us know how you mother likes it!
-Dan


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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5685996 - 02/17/13 09:25 PM

Hello bda, I'm kind of a newbie/oldie myself. Been lurking on here a long while but haven't been able to be too active with astronomy for a few years, getting the equipment back out and watching the skies again is great fun! WC

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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: wcstarguy]
      #5686061 - 02/17/13 10:02 PM

thanks for the welcome...... having the scope shipped to me to try out before passing it along so we'll see how it goes

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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: Mgauthier]
      #5686806 - 02/18/13 11:15 AM

EDIT: Looks like our (by which I mean your) purchases have pushed the Amazon Warehouse price up to about $200.

So I see! Must be that supply and demand free-market forces at play!

By the way,when I first looked at this the used prices were $19x, but the next day amazon notified me of a price reduction to $171 ,at which time I ordered one.The $171 price held steady for a week then jumped back up.


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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: BigC]
      #5689683 - 02/19/13 08:38 PM

Amazon Warehouse now has a SkyProdigy 6 for sale for $761. That's much better than retail, but only so-so next to a brand new 6SE.

Amazon Warehouse SP6


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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: Mgauthier]
      #5692096 - 02/21/13 01:38 AM

I'd order the used,Amazon customer return SP6, IF it was $499 !!

$719 IS too close to a new 6SE,or a good used 8SE from private (and non -warranted) seller


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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: Mgauthier]
      #5707748 - 03/01/13 08:27 PM

Amazon used SkyProdigy 70 now at $293 !! ;glad I grabbed one for $120 less.

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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: BigC]
      #5707762 - 03/01/13 08:33 PM

I'm enjoying mine...what with the weather and such I've only had it out one night for a few hours but it worked a charm with my little st80 goscope. WC

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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: wcstarguy]
      #5708649 - 03/02/13 11:54 AM

I think there has been only ONE clear night since mine arrived ;there were a few nights of full Moon with heavy haze,cold and very damp,not fit for man nor scope.

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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: BigC]
      #5715270 - 03/05/13 08:17 PM

Hey BigC, I'm using my SP70 mount without the 70mm tube shroud so my other OTAs will fit and it seems to work fine. I couldn't tell that the plastic shroud was adding any absolutely needed support to the mount either. I am still looking for the perfect "modified cover" to protect the alt gear a bit, are you using yours this way (no shroud)? Looks like Hayneedle still has them for $299 new but everywhere else they are $360 and up....WC

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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: wcstarguy]
      #5715746 - 03/06/13 01:55 AM

ony had ne good night here and limted time soused my etx80 then.

badcold now staying in


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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: BigC]
      #5800246 - 04/15/13 11:08 AM

Last night after work took the SkyProdigy 70/6SE out for its first light.(Took the 70mm refractor OTA and substituted a 6SE OTA.Since the 6SE has its dovetail on the opposite side ,the focus knob is above the eyepiece and the red dot finder rather awkward.)The mount handled the 6" sct with no unusual noises.I did see the mount flex when putting on the heavier OTA.Self-align took a look at 4 sky areas and claimed success. But it turn out the object desired was consistently just out of the field of view of a 25mm eyepiece,always to the lower left.

Just couldn't seem to get point-like focus on Castor or Pollux;switching back to Saturn it was there but had trouble getting sharp focus.Momentary views showed sharp rings and planet defintely had a little color with faint bands whereas the rings looked brilliant white.Continued to struggle with very tiny focus moves but Saturn stayed blurry.One look at the corrector confirmed my mistake.I forget the dew shield! The plate was covered in dew ;thus ended the session.

I did get a few glimpses of Saturn in sharp fous,the best I had yet seen it.Once found with the 25mm, a TMB 6mm was swapped in for most views.Saturn did not exhibit the rainbow of colors as did Castor which was much lower in the sky.

Conditions started with half-obscured sky ;very large high cloud coverage that moved or dissipated by 2 am.

And this was first real session for my ergonomic work chair ;really glad I bought one with the larger range of seat heights .


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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: BigC]
      #5801710 - 04/15/13 10:53 PM

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But it turn out the object desired was consistently just out of the field of view of a 25mm eyepiece,always to the lower left.




That makes 2 of us! I have a different OTA mounted on my SkyProdigy mount - an older Celestron 100mm f/5 refractor, and in my case, setup for video astronomy. with straight-thru video camera mount, objects consistently end up on the lower right of the display screen (left for you since you have a diagonal. I've had the setup out three times, and each time I've gone into menu setting to alignment the mount with the scope (and it's easier since I have a mark on the center of my screen) - goto's still end up on the lower right. Tripod is leveled, and the only thing I have not calibrated is the mount's back-lash - is your backlash set to zero as well? Will try and tinker with that aspect next time around.


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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: core]
      #5802364 - 04/16/13 11:21 AM

Didn't change backlash.I should put the 70 back on and check accuracy.The little shroud might also brace tube/mount alignment?There are other scopes to try on this mount as well,like a lightweight 80mmf5.And a 130mmf5 Newton.

Since the error is consistent it can be dealt with.

It is just neat to watch the scope search the sky and align itself.I'd like my 8SE to do that but the price for the SkySense add-on is too high for me.


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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: wcstarguy]
      #5802865 - 04/16/13 02:29 PM

Quote:

Hey BigC, I'm using my SP70 mount without the 70mm tube shroud so my other OTAs will fit and it seems to work fine. I couldn't tell that the plastic shroud was adding any absolutely needed support to the mount either. I am still looking for the perfect "modified cover" to protect the alt gear a bit, are you using yours this way (no shroud)? Looks like Hayneedle still has them for $299 new but everywhere else they are $360 and up....WC




WC--I took a chop saw to my mount shroud and sanded the cut edges--keeps all of guts covered, but allows larger diamter OTAs to be used. I'm using the 6se on it and it works realy well.


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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: nine44]
      #5802880 - 04/16/13 02:39 PM

Nine44, I think I'll do the same thing, my mount seems to be working well, without the alignment problems a couple have mentioned. I have only had the sp out about three times due to bad weather and other stuff but I really like it. My biggest scope I have mounted is the 130 flextube newt and it worked fine. I am thinking of ordering one of those high point scientific C6 tubes to use, it weighs about the same as my 130 or my 120st. I did put wooden legs on the mount and they help with stability. wc

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Re: SkyProdigy 70 on sale for $299 new [Re: wcstarguy]
      #5803869 - 04/17/13 02:16 AM

As my scope was on a grassy spot not sure wooden legs are needed.My biggest problem is bumping the legs with my size 12s!

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