Sooo... I went on a "quality eyepiece" binge recently. I put that in quotes because I don't have TeleVue money, but banishing almost everything that's under 82 degrees is IMO a good step toward "quality."
Since I now have a few 2" eyepieces, when I saw a 2" 2x Barlow at a local shop for what I considered to be a decent price, I jumped on it.
It's an Orion apochromatic 2x, originally sold for something like $190, I snagged it for $50. Super stoked.
So, I say to myself, "let's barlow the 20mm UWA and see how it looks on planets."
I mount everything in the focuser and look up... and find that there's not enough in travel to focus the eyepiece.
Upon further review, those who don't know, Skywatcher's focusers have extension pieces that are necessary to be present to achieve focus, the scopes come with one for 1.25" and one for 2".
That extension has a ridge inside it that's preventing my barlow from going deep enough into the focuser. If I were to mill out the ridge, the eyecrometer says that it would ruin the extension, preventing it from being able to be mounted in the first place.
Has anyone heard of a longer focuser tube instead of needing adapters? Without using the extension, then there isn't enough OUT travel on the focuser, and the screws mar the finish of the barlow.... sadly I tried it, didn't realize what was happening until I was around some light. It's not super bad and the function isn't hindered, but the thing was in likely never before removed from the box condition. Such is life.
So, I'm at the point of, is there a focuser option, do I set the thing aside for a future refractor, or do I get an entirely different reflector to be able to use thing?
Edited by BlueTrane2028, 28 September 2020 - 10:52 PM.