My Starbase 80 should arrive in a couple of days and I will test it with it's existing eyepieces and my TV 2x Barlow - depending on "seeing" conditions. I purchased a new old stock "vintage" Meade 30mm finder scope mounted on a nice metal mounting bracket with a base similar to the Starbase 80 finder/bracket, except the color won't be the cool Tak-ish green. Hope the holes line up and it works okay on the focuser tube extension bolts. The only scope to compare it to is my treasured TV Pronto. I will even try observing with my Baader amici prism diagonal to see if that offers some improvement over the diagonal shipped with the SB 80. Since the Pronto is considered an "improved achromat" or early example of some type of ED glass (in which no source of that glass I could ever find posted), it should offer similar viewing characteristics in color correction, sharpness and contrast (I would assume?). May not be "apples to apples" in aperture and focal length but I'll give it at try and have some fun with it. After all if we can't have some fun with these optical toys, why bother to observe with them? Purchased it for use during public outreach events and quick grab and go fun whenever possible.
I don't expect this to be a "Takahashi" telescope, just a "retro" looking well constructed medium length refractor with well configured air spaced doublet - at least similar to the high quality which my Japanese made Celestron-Vixen 80mm F11 offered me many nights during all 4 seasons. Really miss that wonderful scope! For the price this should be better than the Chinese made Meade and Celestron 80mm telescopes being sold between $200 - $300 dollars with plenty of plastic parts, cheap eyepieces and diagonal. If this isn't as good as the Orion 90mm chinese sourced EQ1 scope system, then I will be very disappointed.
Now the overland shipping begins from Texas......and hoping that the UPS service treats this parcel with due respect. I saw pics of the open box with all parts included inside and the lack of sturdy packing materials to prevent shaking worries me somewhat.
Does this thing ship "double boxed" or just with that flimsy looking single walled corrigated packing box? Always something to worry about with a new telescope on it’s way...
hoping to enjoy the Mercury Transit with this retro refractor..
Edited by starmason, 06 November 2019 - 12:37 AM.