Optics Problem with new scope?
Posted 22 October 2003 - 10:52 AM
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Posted 22 October 2003 - 02:52 PM
How do you upgrade the focuser on the AR-5? I was wanting to do that myself, but it didn't look upgradeable.
Posted 22 October 2003 - 05:51 PM
D&G Is your company! Check out the website:
These are BIG OTAs 5" f12 (and up). They all come with AP's 2.7" focuser. A 6" f12 runs under $1900. Very nicely done if you can deal with the size.
That's the middle ground I was talking about.
Posted 22 October 2003 - 08:05 PM
Stacy, in order to use a Feathertouch 10/1 focuser you will nothing except the Feathertouch focuser. It slips directly into the 2" receiver and you do coarse focus W/ the telescopes knobs, lock down W/ the setscrew then do fine focus W/ the Feathertouchs course & 10/1 fine. No more wobbles! Dave
Posted 22 October 2003 - 08:15 PM
Posted 22 October 2003 - 10:48 PM
yea the clouds are supposed to be here all week now too....
The Starlite Feathertouch focuser is as good as it gets unless you buy a $5000+ refractor as far as focusers go. Its priced accordingly I paid $300 for mine just thought id warn you to sit down when pricing one. They come in several different focus lengths so get the longest one you can so you dont have to use the telescopes focus knobs all the time. All my eyepieces are parfocal so I dont have to refocus much anyway when changing eyepieces except for my Naglers or a Powermate now N then. You could also just go W a Crawford focuser for a lot less but it wont have the built in brake like mine or the 10/1 fine focus either I believe. This focuser, and my Starlight viewing chair are lifetime investments & 2 items Ill NEVER EVER sell ever! Happy shopping! Dave
Posted 23 October 2003 - 03:48 AM
$300 for mine just thought id warn you to sit down when pricing one.
Well that's a little steep right now (I only paid $275 for the OTA). Burgess Optical has a back plate and focuser for $250 that looks nice and replaces the whole focuser. I'll have to look around on astromart
I wonder how SAL's new OTA worked out?
Posted 23 October 2003 - 10:50 AM
I had to think about buying it for a long time to convince myself it was worth it. But after considering what a new TMB or TAK costs these days its a steal upgrade really. Now the wanna-be-like-an-APO Meade with its V block filter and Feathertouch focuser,...... focuses like the big boys toys for less than 1/10th the price! Dave
Posted 23 October 2003 - 11:16 AM
Is that the Sirius V-Block? Did you get the 1.25 or 2"
Posted 23 October 2003 - 11:20 AM
Posted 23 October 2003 - 10:43 PM
The technician felt much of what I observed could have actually been particularly bad seeing conditions over the three-day period. But be that as it may, Orion again told me they want me to be comfortable with my purchase, and are willing to either exchange my OTA for a brand new one, or refund my money.
So, again I am astounded by Orion's commitment to me as their customer. The have demonstrated a real interest in making sure my situation is effectively addressed. I am eagerly awaiting the OTA's return. I have the piece of mind that my scope tested favorably, and I’m assuming whatever caused those weird effects is now resolved… (Scott)
Posted 24 October 2003 - 07:10 PM
Thanks for sharing.....
Posted 28 October 2003 - 09:42 AM
Unfortunately due to clouds rolling in I was only able to view stars to the north. By the time I set up the scope on the south side of the house, clouds were back. I will check Mars and the Moon out next time conditions permit. I have never seen Saturn through a scope before, and it looks like I can catch it after midnight now, so that is my next target for sure. Everything looked fine during my short observation session. Only problem was the temp was down to 34 degrees… ouch! Just think, in a few short weeks that will feel warm. Orion also reminded me that they are still willing to exchange this OTA for a new one or refund my money if I am not fully satisfied. This has been a fabulous customer service effort from my perspective... (Scott)
Posted 28 October 2003 - 11:36 AM
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Posted 28 October 2003 - 08:54 PM
I hope Meade does as well.
Posted 28 October 2003 - 09:08 PM
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Posted 05 November 2003 - 07:19 PM
You could be charged with several crimes for using the BB gun, though in principle I agree with you.
Unscrewing the bulbs when the neigborhood is asleep would probably not result in any charges if he were caught. The property is not posted, he's had no warnings to keep off, and the property has now become a nusence(sp) to him.