Received my StellaMira 80 f/10 ED refractor today.
First impressions are what a solid bit of kit and quite hefty at 4.6kg without finder and diagonal. Beautifully finished in glossy black with red accents.
Comes with a proper CNC vixen type dovetail bar about 15” long. Found the centre of balance of the scope and set the rear tube ring a couple of inches behind that so that when the handle was fitted it would balance properly. Front ring is close to the dewshield when it is retracted. With such a long dovetail bar easy to balance the scope on the mount.
The handle fastens on with a single screw and has notches in the base that fit over the tube ring and stop it from rotating. Nice and smooth with finger grips on the underside and is very comfortable to hold.
The focuser has over 90mm of travel and has twist locks with compression rings on both the 2” and 1.25” adapter. The red twist grips are aluminum not plastic.Very easy to use and lock the diagonal solidly in place. I’m using a Baader T2 prism which should suit this f/10 scope. 2” nosepiece but a 1.25” eyepiece holder for now. Will get a 2” eyepiece to T2 adapter so I can use the 1.25” twist lock adapter as well.
Tried a 6x30 RA finder on it but just looked wrong so “borrowed” a 9x50 from another scope. Now I’ll have to buy another 9x50 I suppose. Test fitted a red dot finder to the top of the handle and it fits fine although not planning to use one but have the option. FLO is looking for another finder shoe as the suppied one doesn’t match the focuser’s finish.
Looks nice on the Rowan AZ100 mount but will probably be used more often on the Manfrotto 475 tripod with 405 geared head as it makes a nice grab’n’go setup that can bebcarried outside one handed.
OTA without finder or diagonal weighs 4.6kg (10.14lbs) and is 800mm (31.5”) long with the dewshield extended and 670mm (27.5”) with it retracted. That’s without diagonal fitted.
Edited by johninderby-uk, 04 February 2020 - 02:55 PM.