FINALLY a Dob I really enjoy.
Been through many different sizes, ranging up to 16 inches. For me, a 12.5" Dob is in the goldilocks zone. Big enough to astound me with the views, but small enough to use every clear night.
I can't get enough. In just 11 weeks of ownership, I've used it 42 times, including several trips to dark skies (3.5 hours each way).
Ryan built a masterpiece. It's wonderfully engineered & constructed. The telescope is so easy to assemble & disassemble.
In use, it is sheer joy. The movements are silky smooth, requiring very little pressure to track an object even at 300x.
And the views? Just mind-blowing. Never thought a reflector could be so sharp with such stark contrast. This is the first time I've looked through a Zambuto mirror, and the views are as close to refractor-like as I've ever seen in a mirrored telescope.
During the last new moon, at extremely dark skies, I pulled the old M13 / NGC 6207 trick on an observer. I got her to focus on NGC 6207 at 250x. After several minutes, I asked her to nudge the scope downwards slowly. A gasp soon followed. Then the hooting & hollering. I understood her enthusiasm. M13 looked better than most photographs.
Ryan was very gracious throughout the build process. He promptly & politely answered all my emails, and was very patient, despite my impatience. He is a master of his craft, and actually converted me from a refractor guy, to someone who can enjoy the night-sky using both types of telescopes.
Edited by Magnitude7, 14 October 2019 - 02:22 PM.