After exhaustively reading through this forum and seeking as much information about Questars as I could find, I decided to join the Questar family today by ordering a new 3.5" standard with broadband coatings and PGIII from New Hope! I remember seeing the ads depicting these little jewels in Sky&Telescope when I was a teenager, and I appreciated the fine engineering fit and finish that they portrayed. Now that I am reaching a birthday milestone, my loving wife and son encouraged me to buy the telescope of my dreams - a Questar. Prime among my requirements were portability and light weight. I sold my Nexstar 5i last year and although it was relatively portable and had competent optics, it was still inconvenient to transport and setup. The idea of an observatory in a box is very appealing to me! I had also considered an apochromatic refractor, but the overall integration present in a Questar is hard to match.
I spoke with Jim Perkins at Questar today who very personable and told me that he had worked at Questar for 40+ years. He recommended 12 and 24 mm oculars. (Any input regarding this selection?) Jim also told me that they have secured a new supplier for leather cases, and I have ordered that too. Any suggestions about cost-effective tripods for this telescope? He recommended a Super Manfrotto.
Jim said that the telescope may be ready for shipping in 3 weeks, which is unbelievable. He stated that parts availability waxes and wanes depending upon what the machine shop is producing but right now all parts would be available and my Q is the next on the board!
I have definitely enjoyed reading through these forums, and the dedication that everyone has to this iconic American product. Please feel free to give me any helpful advice regarding the purchase of my new Questar!