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#1 william

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 09:48 AM

Thinking about trying one of the Burgess 70mm maksutov 880mm F/L scopes . Just as a spotting scope ( lots of wild life in my yard ) and looking at the moon with the binoviewer . Any advice , sounds like a great price for $59 . :)

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#2 Tim2723

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 10:25 AM

Hi William,

Heck, for $59 how wrong can you be? If you get one (and I hope you do), let me know how it performs on the moon. I'd love to have a lunar scope I could keep in the glovebox of my car for those moments when I'm waiting around in parkinglots. Seriously. I'm not kidding. Get a sturdy lightweight photo tripod, one of the Orion slo-mo controls, throw a 9mm and 6mm ortho in the scope case and this could be pretty cool.

Here's the link to the scope.


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Posted 28 June 2005 - 12:09 PM

I think that it could be good as a birding scope but as the 45 degrees prism is integral, it may not perform well on the moon. It's definitely cheap enough to use solely as a birding/spotting scope though!

A more suitable dual use Mak would be a 90mm Mak that either has an integral flip mirror (2nd choice) or can accept a separate 90 degrees diagonal (1st choice).

The Burgess 70mm Mak looks as though it might have been sourced from Bosma:
http://www.bosma.com...iew.asp?pid=200

Cheers,
Kieran

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 12:38 PM

just wondering
what's the central obstruction on this little guy? :thinking:

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 04:06 PM

Don't think too hard guys, it's only $59.

#6 Jason Freeland

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 05:30 PM

I had just been looking at something like that on Astromart, for a guidescope. I may have to pick one up.

#7 william

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 06:27 PM

Don't think too hard guys, it's only $59.


That's what I always tell my wife , no matter what the price is : it's only :grin:

#8 Tim2723

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 08:20 PM

Heck William, for less than the cost of a moderately-priced EP, we can get the whole scope. I think I'll order one myself next month after the VISA bill clears. Even if it's a lemon of a scope, it would still make a pretty good hood ornament!

#9 Jim Shaffer

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 11:39 PM

Is anyone stocking these in the United States? Burgess only lists three dealers on their website. Two of them don't list it and the third one doesn't have their catalog on their website.

#10 Jason Freeland

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Posted 29 June 2005 - 12:14 AM

Is anyone stocking these in the United States? Burgess only lists three dealers on their website. Two of them don't list it and the third one doesn't have their catalog on their website.


The site states that "specials" have to be ordered direct. Call them up and order it. I'm on it in the morning.

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Posted 29 June 2005 - 09:57 AM

:ooo: :ooo: :ooo:
What an opportunity for a travel scope. I'm ordering one today.

"Yes, honey, it WAS only $59. really, Really, REALLY."

#12 southmike

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 03:28 PM

i said that about my last scope but that was a month...lol

#13 Jason Freeland

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 06:37 PM

Got one ordered. They mentioned these have been real popular lately, wonder why? :question:

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 07:08 PM

I had just been looking at something like that on Astromart, for a guidescope. I may have to pick one up.


It might work as a guidescope, but keep in mind that mirror flop might throw off the axis. This is why refractors are popular for guidescopes.

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 01:13 PM

just wondering
what's the central obstruction on this little guy? :thinking:


I got mine this morning. :jump: The central obstruction is 20mm (~2%).
Nice little spotting scope. I'll be trying it this evening.

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 01:42 PM

the mirror flop depends on what , and how your imaging..so it might not be that bad..

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 02:53 PM

I had been thinking of ordering one of these since Monday . I ordered one today , before they got gone . For $59 they look pretty good . If they are as nice as the 127/8's that Burgess had on sale , this is a good buy . :jump:

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 03:30 PM

I like mine. Nice sharp images. For the price of an eyepiece, i'm not complaining-except that it came without a dew cap...

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 04:56 PM

Thinking about trying one of the Burgess 70mm maksutov 880mm F/L scopes . Just as a spotting scope ( lots of wild life in my yard ) and looking at the moon with the binoviewer . Any advice , sounds like a great price for $59 . :)

William


Thanks for bringing this to my attention. BTW, where did you come across this scope? :question: :question:

Just curious.

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 05:51 PM

Can it be a decent guidescope with such a slow focal ratio?

#21 Jason Freeland

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 10:32 PM

I've scene plenty of high f/ratio achros used as them, so I'm assuming so. My only concern now that I've ordered one, is the imaging erecting prism. Is the guide software going to freak on that?

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Posted 02 July 2005 - 11:58 AM

I doubt it a dot moving ,is a dot moving.

dot being a star.


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