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#1 Neinball

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Posted 16 May 2020 - 04:28 PM

Looking to upgrade a hex focuser to something more usable for imaging, but a 2.5" moonlight or feathertouch is just out of budget, are there any decent quality alternatives to these that aren't quite as expensive?

#2 DavidWasch

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Posted 16 May 2020 - 04:47 PM

I'd consider this, though it is a Moonlight, price seems right.

 

https://astromart.co...fractor-focuser


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#3 Eigen

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Posted 16 May 2020 - 04:52 PM

I've been really happy with a 2'' Baader Diamond Steeltrack I purchased several years back. Holds a ton of weight, uses actual bearings for tension and it very smooth. Not far behind a Feathertouch imo, but its probably more expensive than a 2inch Moonlite since you are in the US.

 

Teleskop-express in Germany has a quite a few cheaper focusers: https://www.teleskop...ers.html/page/1

 

Maybe you have something from the same manufacturer but with a different brand over in the US? Though in the end they might not be very superior to the hex focuser?

 

If I was in your position I would scan the classifieds until a nice used Moonlite came along, maybe post a wanted ad? 



#4 daquad

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 02:01 PM

Something like this might help.

 

https://www.teleskop...ro-Imagers.html

 

TS also sells adapter rings, if you need one.

 

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Edited by daquad, 22 May 2020 - 02:08 PM.


#5 SteveG

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 02:26 PM

If I were shopping at below Moonlite prices, I would likely get this GSO. Note that it only has 2" of travel:

 

https://agenaastro.c...dual-speed.html



#6 daquad

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 10:21 AM

This is better and has much more focus travel.  Adapter rings also available.

 

http://scopestuff.com/ss_frm2a_L.jpg

 

Dom Q.


Edited by daquad, 23 May 2020 - 10:22 AM.



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