Got my APM 70 45 degree today.
I plan to review it in some detail over the next 10-14 days or so, weather permitting, and report back here. I will compare it to other instruments of the same size category, in particular to my Vixen 70 ED and Vixen 82 (non-ED), but also to the much more expensive Highlander 82 (which is double the weight!).
Very first impressions:
- nicely finished, very compact and wonderfully light, lighter and much more compact than the Vixen, esp. since the dew shields are retractable (on the Vixen, they are not). Very easy to mount / demount, compared to heavier stuff like the Highlander (those people used to handling the 100 or even 120 APM, please ignore this remark )
- while the Vixens looks a bit like "DIY" (two tubes, with a funny box attached into which you stick eyepieces), the APM with its smooth design looks more like a Highlander (and of course like a smallish APM 100)
- image noticeably brighter and sharper than the one of the Vixen 70 ED (tested with eps DeLite, 11mm, on grey overcast day). Positive surprise !!! (to be verified further, of course, over the coming days and weeks)
- collimation / alignment of tubes appears impeccable, definitely up to 80x (tested with eps DeLite, 5mm), despite the fact that
- eyepiece holders are for my taste not as firm as I would like them to be, eyepieces sit a bit too loose (does not seem to affect collimation much, at least with the DeLite eps. Will see how it goes with other eyepiece models: Nagler, Vixen, Kowa!).
So, overall very positive first impression. I look forward to getting it out under the moon and stars.
Edited by Pinac, 27 July 2017 - 09:35 AM.