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moynihan
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Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ?
      #5700112 - 02/25/13 03:50 PM

Has anyone tried this one out, what ya think?

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tomharri
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: moynihan]
      #5712114 - 03/04/13 08:57 AM

I have the older Burgess 91 in fpl53 triple and its really good, 300x on Mars in Jan 2010 with great detail convinced me than this will be a keeper, was $999 new back then and f/6.6 at 600mm f.L.

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orlyandico
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: tomharri]
      #5712140 - 03/04/13 09:22 AM

My understanding is the Burgess 91 triplet is the same optical formulation as the early cemented AT90EDT. Although the later AT90's are air spaced.

But before buying anything from Burgess, make sure you will actually get something. Lots of bad stories there..


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Paul G
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5712194 - 03/04/13 10:05 AM

Exactly, want to make sure the scope is in stock and pay with a cc so you can get a refund if the scope never shows.

The name is cute, Planet Hunter. At least they were honest and didn't call a 91mm scope a Planet Finder.


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tomharri
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: Paul G]
      #5712244 - 03/04/13 10:31 AM

My older lens is china sourced, this says 4-8 weeks delivery from manufacturer, so probably entire scope comes from there. My ebay buys from china have turned out ok so far.

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Adam Taylor
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: Paul G]
      #5712257 - 03/04/13 10:39 AM

Quote:

The name is cute, Planet Hunter. At least they were honest and didn't call a 91mm scope a Planet Finder.




Or Planet Killer.


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Daud
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: tomharri]
      #5712691 - 03/04/13 02:54 PM

With such long delivery time, you are out of luck with Paypal if something goes wrong. Credit card preferred.

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5712709 - 03/04/13 03:04 PM

Quote:


But before buying anything from Burgess, make sure you will actually get something. Lots of bad stories there..







If it isn't in stock, don't do it. Google Burgess Optical Backpacker.

Jon


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Thomas A Davis
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5712875 - 03/04/13 04:41 PM

The scope in question has nothing to do with the 91mm
triplet sold by Burgess. It is a air-spaced doublet that
I had the first one of. It had a fluorite main element,
and a lanthanum secondary element. Not cemented like the
triplet, and a good lens. I'm curious as to where this one
is coming from, unless Burgess has gone back in business,
or Bill is selling his personal scope.

I sold mine to a friend, and would not mind having it back.
The triplet had exceptional color correction, but it had
more off-axis coma than I cared for.

Tom


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Scott in NCAdministrator
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: Thomas A Davis]
      #5713088 - 03/04/13 06:35 PM

Quote:


I sold mine to a friend, and would not mind having it back.
The triplet had exceptional color correction, but it had
more off-axis coma than I cared for.





I'm just curious as to why one would want a refractor back that showed excessive off-axis coma? I'm guessing that the on-axis sharpness and exceptional color correction were more than enough in your mind to make up for that one aberration?


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Thomas A Davis
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5713185 - 03/04/13 07:31 PM

Scott,

A bit of confusion on what I said. I never had the triplet,
which had coma. I had the doublet, which did not.

Tom

Edited by Thomas A Davis (03/04/13 07:32 PM)


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Scott in NCAdministrator
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: Thomas A Davis]
      #5713261 - 03/04/13 08:11 PM

Quote:

Scott,

A bit of confusion on what I said. I never had the triplet,
which had coma. I had the doublet, which did not.

Tom




Okay, that makes more sense. Sorry, Tom, I guess I read your post too quickly!


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Thomas A Davis
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5716555 - 03/06/13 02:33 PM

As an update on this situation, I called Burgess Optical
yesterday, and was told these scopes are available. They
are made by the same manufacturer as the one I had, and
can be ordered with a quoted 8 week delivery time at the
stated price in the ad. I had thought Burgess was gone,
but it appears they are back in business.

Tom


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terraclarke
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: Thomas A Davis]
      #5716612 - 03/06/13 03:03 PM

I think the AT102F11 "Planet Killer" would give that a darned good run for its money and for a lot less moolah. I love my AT102.

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Thomas A Davis
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Re: Planet Hunter 91mm CaF2 ? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5717028 - 03/06/13 06:40 PM

The AT102 is an achromat, the Burgess Planet Killer is a
CAF2 fluorute doublet. I would find it hard to believe it
would outperform it. The Burgess has a lanthanum secondary
element, and zero color to my eye. I'm not trying to sell
any of these, but apples to oranges comparison.

Tom


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