Great thread, on point yet surprisingly polite.
To Dave’s point, you’re 100% right about most consumers misunderstanding about what good optics really can do.
As far as Steve’s question about what can be done to help? Mechanical and optical centering of the optical train. When I indicated that these telescopes were built by kids, I wasn’t kidding. It’s not hard to realign a Dynamax. It will help, but it will not improve a flawed piece of glass.
I remember when another user here gave me an 8” scope that he was frustrated with. As soon as I got the scope and swung it through RA, I could hear a clunk. Retaining ring on primary had loosened.
My measuring stick today for acceptability of a Dynamax telescope is a decent view in a 9mm eyepiece. If you’re expecting better than that, you’re going to have to be exceptionally lucky.
For me personally, that’s a compromise I can live with. I love everything else about the scope.
Edited by Gil V, 02 August 2020 - 08:17 AM.