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PST Initial Quality in 2020

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#1 MrJim

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 10:43 PM

I am considering purchasing a new PST for visual use. I know that in the past there have been issues with "rust". Have the PSTs being produced today addressed this issue? In general, if I purchase new can I reasonably expect to receive a reliable telescope? Thanks for your thoughts.



#2 AposkiiLola

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 01:51 AM

Yes the newer ~2018 PST contains an entirely new ITF filter which does not rust, and the objective lens does not rust.

 

However it is still a poorly manufactured entry level telescope and it is best to purchase a lunt ls50tha for quality purposes alone, and its USA manufactured parts; They are typically made to order.

 

There is a chance if you order a PST telescope, you may receive a  seriel number that is potentially 5 years old.   

 

PST's are known to sit on the shelf for long periods and are not built to order.    But you can always get lucky if you are a gambling man. 


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Posted 26 February 2020 - 01:34 PM

I got lucky. Think the rust problem hasn't been an issue in new PSTs for quite a few years.


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Posted 26 February 2020 - 06:37 PM

The PST is now $494.63 at Amazon. It was $600.00 just a few days ago when I checked. This may be enough to tip me toward the PST. I Don't need to buy a mount as I can use my photo tripod, I don't need a finder scope as it is internal - this is a very economical way to get back into solar viewing.



#5 AposkiiLola

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 08:03 PM

Yes its a good deal to jump on, but heed the warnings about it being a gamble.

 

the ls50tha can also be used on a tripod, and does come with the clamshell mount.

 

also you will never get a satisfactory response out of meade anymore, they went bankrupt.

 

lunt is based in the u ited states and immediatley help you should there be a problem with the scope, 

 

if the coronado is faulty you have no other option but to return it to then vendor.

 

best of luck with what ever you choose.


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#6 MrJim

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 09:17 PM

If the PST is faulty out of the box, I will avail myself of Amazon's excellent return policy. I have done quite a bit of business with them and am a long time Prime member, so that becomes a low risk part of the transaction. If it doesn't meet my standards, it goes back to Amazon.

 

As for Meade, I think that they will go into reorganization rather than liquidation. However, if Meade does liquidate I think that Coronado and their production facilities in Mexico would be sold off intact and continue to be a functional player in the solar scope market.

 

For about $500, I think it is a great opportunity to get into solar observation. The level of risk is one I am willing to accept based on having observed through several PSTs in the past. Thanks to you and to viewer for adding your thoughts - Cloudy Nights is an incredible source of information.


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Posted 26 February 2020 - 11:00 PM

You must be getting a special deal, I see it on Amazon for 599.  Great luck with the scope.  

 

Vaughn


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#8 MrJim

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 12:12 AM

Vaughn,

 

WOW! I just checked and it is back up to $599. I can't believe my luck. I just verified that my order is indeed for $494.63. I have no idea why I got that rate. 


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