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#1 TheQuestar7

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 01:39 PM

Can anyone post a phot of their new Questar Power Guide 3.....I have a 50TH Anniversary and wondering if it can be upgraded from the PG2.....Thanks!

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#2 Billydee

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 02:58 PM

Yes, you can upgrade from PG-II to PG-III but it will decrease the collectors value of your 50th (I would guess the collector value would drop about $1,500).  If you do upgrade have Questar return everything related to your PG-II (50th base plate, 50th motor, 50th hand controller, 50th HC wire, 50th internal wiring, all connectors, all screws and both gears if replaced).  This will allow you to convert it back to PG-II at a later date.

 

Questar should be getting the parts for production PG-IIIs very soon.  I doubt they have pictures available (there maybe some Beta test model pix but they won't match the new production model).  Why would you want PG-III instead of PG-II?  

 

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 03:12 AM

Beautiful picture of the little Q. What year was it made? Looks like it still has the mystic purple anodized star map.



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Posted 07 December 2016 - 11:19 PM

 This is a 1959 Questar Standard...all original.FullSizeRender-12.jpg


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 11:21 PM

No I do not plan on getting the PG3 just wondering what difference it was compared to the PG2 and if the looked different in appearance etc and wondering if anyone could share some photos of it.....This is my Questar 50TH Anniversary with the Televue Binoview and their 24mm Panoptic eyepieces.....like a 3-D Spacewalk around the moon....IMG_6180.JPG


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Posted 08 December 2016 - 06:03 AM

Gorgeous 1959 Questar   :bow:

 

The finder housing appears to be from a later date.

 

The mystic purple already hinted at earlier years than a 50th Anniversary  ;)



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Posted 08 December 2016 - 05:50 PM

I don't think I would subject a Q50 to a modification as large as the addition of PGIII, (almost) no matter how superior it is, because of the originality / collectibility issues. 



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Posted 28 December 2016 - 07:01 PM

Has anyone else seen the image of the PG-3 conversion on the "Astronomics" website?

 

A conversion for the 7" with PG-2.



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 08:52 PM

Why would you want to upgrade to a PG-3? What does the PG-2 not do that you want? Upgrading to the PG-3, whenever it becomes available, will require tearing down your 'scope and some big $.



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:55 PM

It's not worth a new thread, but all I want is a battery-powered drive without guiding correction and controls.  A simple replacement of the AC drive.

And I'd love to have the DIY version shipped to me for installing myself.  Am I crazy to wish for this?


 


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Posted 05 January 2017 - 08:55 AM

It's not worth a new thread, but all I want is a battery-powered drive without guiding correction and controls.  A simple replacement of the AC drive.

And I'd love to have the DIY version shipped to me for installing myself.  Am I crazy to wish for this?

 

 

A simple battery-powered Questar can be done for $80 using the Harbor Freight 12V power pack ($50) and a Bestek 12V-110V, 300W power inverter from Amazon ($30). It's super portable, no changes to the Questar, and I can run my Questar all night with this step-up.

 

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 01:55 PM

Ben,

 

What you want is available with a little work.  I would guess you could order a PG-II 9 volt motor from Questar and rig a 9 volt power pack with an on/off switch.  You might need a new base plate to accommodate the motor and you need to find out if the motor runs at the sidereal rate without the HC.  

 

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 04:19 PM

Ben,

 

What you want is available with a little work.  I would guess you could order a PG-II 9 volt motor from Questar and rig a 9 volt power pack with an on/off switch.  You might need a new base plate to accommodate the motor and you need to find out if the motor runs a the sidereal rate without the HC.  

 

Bill

That's about what I'd hope for.  I just thought I'd ask around here before bothering Jim Perkins.  Full parts kit for the PG-II conversion.

I'm actually surprised they don't do a 9V sidereal drive as the standard setup, with the guiding control the add-on.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 05:27 PM

Questar And PG III
 
PG III
 
PG III On

 

 


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Posted 30 January 2017 - 06:32 PM

Wow Justin. Just wow.  :bow:

 

Gorgeous first images I've seen of the PG3.

 

Looks so refined and sophisticated. A worthy modern time accessory for the Questar.

 

If this is an indication of where Questar is heading, it's future, and ours, looks brighter than ever  :)


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Posted 30 January 2017 - 06:48 PM

Would Questar modify my 50TH Anniversary for the PG3.....I feel its a huge upgrade especially down the road as a potential GOTO etc.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 07:23 PM

I would think yes. But you know what to do: call Jim at Mother.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 07:59 PM

I'm out testing the tracking. It was great using the lunar tracking earlier in the evening, and then I've spent about an hour looking around M31. Works just fine.



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 08:03 PM

The 50th has PG-II and if you modify it for PG-III it will probably go down in collector value by about $1500.

 

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 08:39 PM

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I think the opposite in my opinion especially with the added future features to come down the road.... Having the 50TH along with the PG-III will enhance it's functionality and grow with the company's future products such as GOTO and or digital setting circles.  All that would be different is the hand controllers state of the art upgraded controller visually,  and the hidden upgraded motors that would be retrofitted into the base.  I just love not only looking at my 50TH but  to have this potential  feature would be not only more enjoyable to use as well,  but actually easier to have out under the stars!  I doubt it would go down in value but feel it would go for more with that upgrade.  Anyway's it's great to see Questar continue to stay in the Astro division business (longest of anyone) and continue to enhance the worlds best most beautiful portable telescopes.


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 12:58 AM

 This is a 1959 Questar Standard...all original.attachicon.gifFullSizeRender-12.jpg

TheQuestar7...Just a beautiful looking Questar. We were both "born" the same year. If only I still looked that good!!!  :lol:


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Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:06 PM

The 50th has PG-II and if you modify it for PG-III it will probably go down in collector value by about $1500.

 

Bill

I think in principle, I agree with Bill.  If I were ordering a new Q3.5, PGIII would be a good hedge toward the future.  But, the 50th Anniversary Edition has collector value associated with it.  Today, you could order a Q3.5 that, except for the badging, would be identical in every respect (down to the Quartz optics) to the 50th Anniversary model.  Tomorrow, you could try and sell it and you would be unlikely to get on resale what a 50th Anniversary Edition would fetch.  When it comes to collector's value, vintage is desirable over progress.  I liken it to the collector's value of two '67 Mustangs, one OEM, the other upgraded with the latest in modern conveniences and stereo/nav.  Which would be more desirable?  I would think very carefully before diving into an "upgrade" to your 50th that is not easily user reversable.  Just one man's perspective.  Alan



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Posted 31 January 2017 - 03:10 PM

I talked to Jim Perkins, and he said that my simple battery-powered sidereal drive idea isn't possible (and the cost for the kit would be no lower than the cost installed).

I wonder if a PG2 being traded up might cast off the needed motor?  The ideal system would be a 9V drive with a dip switch to set hemisphere, and a port for connecting an optional control paddle to get other features.  But Jim says that the controller is needed to get the motor driving sidereally.



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Posted 31 January 2017 - 04:52 PM

Your all right about the collectability of the Questar 50TH Anniversary being stock.  I just remembered that I had a '65 Stingray that was graded for it's originality and nothing added that was modern.  That's how collectors want it,....original vintage.

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 05:44 PM

It also seems that the PGII has much better battery life than the PGIII. I have done some testing and am very pleased with the PGIII, but it get nowhere near 50 hours on a 9v battery with the use that I have put it to, and this is consistent with the statements in the manual that it came with.




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