It was a beautiful looking scope. You would have to be nuts to use an unprotected mirror in heavy dew. Never mind additional vulnerability if used at a star party. And no protective mirror cell...that primary had "chip my edge" written all over it. The planetary images that I saw from these scopes were no better than what you might make with a 9.25 at much lower cost. Aside from all that it was a great scope.
My first reaction upon seeing photos of this scope was to find a way to contact Lazzarotti and see if I could ever get my hands on one of these. I speak Italian and I am a member of a couple active Italian astronomy forums, so I figured it wouldn't be too difficult to at least make contact. And then came my second reaction: to question how practical this telescope actually is. My optics last about 20 minutes unprotected under "normal" conditions. In what is heavy dew for us, I doubt they'd last 10. Also, being in the dead center of a major urban area, downwind of coal use and production country, at the southern end of the largest conurbation in North America, constant exposure of the mirrors to everything else in the atmosphere besides water just seems like a perfect recipe for rapid coatings degradation.
In its minimalism, it is a fantastically beautiful piece of equipment. For some reason (maybe cultural?), Italians excel at this type of design. Much like the hand-built Lamborghini, I'm just not sure it is practical as a daily driver for many, if not most, folks.
Edited by gfstallin, 11 January 2019 - 04:19 AM.