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#1 MikeMiller

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Posted 01 July 2020 - 11:53 PM

Got the mail from Astronomics today about the new limited edition carbon fiber EdgeHD Evolution (you DO subcribe to their mails, don't you?) smile.gif

 

https://www.astronom...-starsense.html

 

Seems odd to have limited edition products from the company that made its success on mass producing telescopes, with all the positives and negatives that implies.

 

I have absolutely no use for an Evolution mount. FTXv.2 Push-to + Nexus DSC is lighter and better, hands down. (at 3x the price, of course)

 

And I already have an EdgeHD 8 that works great. 

 

And carbon fiber. I doubt it would result in any better performance than the standard aluminum.

 

That said, I WANT IT


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#2 Michael_Swanson

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 12:03 AM

Almost as pretty as the original NexStar with a carbon fiber tube, the NexStar 11 GPS.

 

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 05:14 AM

That is pretty, but I think they missed a trick not going for orange in the carbon fibre...

 

It'd look awesome with something like this - https://compositeenv...m-5-5oz-186gsm/


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#4 MikeMiller

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 09:48 AM

That is pretty, but I think they missed a trick not going for orange in the carbon fibre...

 

It'd look awesome with something like this - https://compositeenv...m-5-5oz-186gsm/

Wow, I didn't realize that colors were even an option.

 

I wonder how hard it would be to simply wrap an existing aluminum tube in that. I already have an orange camera (Atik Horizon I) and a black mount (Mach1).

 

It might not be a MoonRaker, but it would look good. :)



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 10:56 AM

The extra $250 seems to get you the CF tube, a 2" diagonal, different eyepieces, and neat badges ("badges, badges? We don't need no badges" ... lol.gif ).

 

I'm surprised it's only the 8" version, as it's the top end 9.25" model that needs the 2" diagonal and would to me be the better place to setup a special edition (a high end version). Perhaps Celestron doesn't think folks with extra money want the extra size and weight? It's a legitimate issue for many of those who might buy based primarily on looks.

 

I wonder how many old NexStar GPS owners they will snag with this little special edition because of the CF tube?



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 11:32 AM

The extra $250 seems to get you the CF tube, a 2" diagonal, different eyepieces, and neat badges ("badges, badges? We don't need no badges" ... lol.gif ).

 

I'm surprised it's only the 8" version, as it's the top end 9.25" model that needs the 2" diagonal and would to me be the better place to setup a special edition (a high end version). Perhaps Celestron doesn't think folks with extra money want the extra size and weight? It's a legitimate issue for many of those who might buy based primarily on looks.

 

I wonder how many old NexStar GPS owners they will snag with this little special edition because of the CF tube?

Yeah for the money that looks like an OK deal. Interesting that it was released the day after the $350 discount on the 8" HD ended.

I guess they figured $600 for a CF tube, a 2" diagonal, different eyepieces, and neat badges might be a tougher sell.



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 11:34 AM

I think they missed an opportunity by not including the CPC heavy duty tripod.



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Posted 02 July 2020 - 01:15 PM

Wow, I didn't realize that colors were even an option.

 

I wonder how hard it would be to simply wrap an existing aluminum tube in that. I already have an orange camera (Atik Horizon I) and a black mount (Mach1).

 

It might not be a MoonRaker, but it would look good. smile.gif

You can get sticky backed stuff which may work....



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Posted 16 July 2020 - 01:54 PM

Has anyone ordered one of these?  It would be fun to see some pics and get a first-hand report.  I'm on the fence -- it would certainly be unique, but is 'unique' worth the extra cash?  



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Posted 16 July 2020 - 03:52 PM

..........."badges, badges? We don't need no badges" ... lol.gif ).......

Unless you are a Mercedes enthusiast.  "AMG Line" styling is little more than adding badges to a basic model, but it sells at a premium price. Maybe the Head of Product at Celestron drives a Merc? 




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