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Posted 17 July 2018 - 09:50 PM

Hello all.

 

I see that orange county telescope has a deal on the evolution 8 with a free revolution R2 camera for 1549. That seems like a good deal, however. I'm looking for input on orange county telescope.

 

Has anyone purchased a scope from them? Are they reputable?

 

I can't seem to find any information on regards to customer support, return policy ect.

 

My next option would be adorama with the eyepiece kit, but I hear that kit is not very useful.

 

Thanks in advance for any input

 

Chuck



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Posted 17 July 2018 - 10:04 PM

I have purchased not only my Evolution 9.25 (a little over 2 years ago), but a plethora of accessories from eyepieces and star sense, diagonals, AVX mount, etc, etc. I am local to their brick and mortar store and have met the proprietor and his assistant. Very competent and helpful. I recommend this vendor based on my experience. Give him a call, he's friendly and will discuss your needs personally.



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Posted 17 July 2018 - 10:20 PM

Chuck,

 

I purchased the original RI system from Mike Fowler at OC Telescope when they first came out back in 2015.  Mike was very helpful and quite enthusiastic.  I highly recommend him.

 

Regards,

 

Tom 



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Posted 18 July 2018 - 09:46 AM

Mike was extremely helpful to me when I visited his store back in Jan.  He demonstrated the Celestron WiFi module for me before I purchased it from him.  He showed me several other cool things, including the R2, but did not pressure me to buy anything.

I am looking forward to going there in a few weeks during a business trip to Orange County.

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 11:03 AM

While I have not ever ordered anything from Mike, I would not hesitate to do so.  I have never heard any disparaging comments about him. 



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Posted 18 July 2018 - 12:28 PM

My opinion is that a free EAA camera is going to be more useful than an eyepiece kit.  I am currently considering the same offer from OC Telescope myself, but might want to save some money on a 4SE or 6SE instead.  I don't like the Celestron eyepiece kit much, and was considering the Meade 4000 one instead, since their eyepiece kit is parfocal, whereas Celestron's is not.

 

Even if you upgrade later to a DSLR or an astronomy webcam, I think the Revolution Imager could still be useful to have, especially since it is free, since it is a stand-alone EAA system.  You may not always want to drag a laptop out for a webcam, and I don't think a DSLR can do live astronomical integration like the Revolution does.


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Posted 19 July 2018 - 09:12 PM

Hi,

I live close to OC Telescopes and have purchased most of my equipment from them. Mike and Kenny provide excellent customer service and expertise. I have owned the rev 1 and rev 2 imagers, they are a nice addition for your scope. As for the eyepiece kit either brand is a good choice for a basic kit. Mike suggested when I bought my first scope to get a celestron 10mm Luminos eyepiece, it was amazing. Now I own all the luminos line. You can trust them, they will not steer you wrong.



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Posted 20 July 2018 - 07:40 AM

I'd be leaning toward the 6SE. At native f/10 it will do for Solar System, bright deep space objects and with the f/6.3 FR more extended deep space objects. And the SE6 has more than twice the light gathering area as the 4" Mak.



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Posted 21 July 2018 - 10:46 AM

C6 for the win, Nicole!

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 10:02 AM

Thank you all for your advice.

 

I called Mike a few times, and you are right, he is very knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic. He answered all of my questions and some that I didn't even know to ask.  He also made suggestions based on our conversations.

 

I ordered the Evolution 8 and some accessories based on his recommendations at a price I found very reasonable. Should be here Friday.  I ordered it on a miserable rainy day, so I am hopeful that the sky's will be clear this weekend.

 

Now on to Studying the various manuals so I have some idea what in for when it arrives.

 

Chuck

 


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 12:23 PM

Should be here Friday.  I ordered it on a miserable rainy day, so I am hopeful that the sky's will be clear this weekend.

If the new equipment curse holds, you just clouded out NW Indiana and NE Illinois for the weekend.  wink.gif




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