As the OP I have refrained from posting. There are many great posts!
However reading some of the messages is like, "What were you expecting Jeff?"
The UC-22, as I have used it is not what I would have expected. That should be clear.
As some said, do all of you expect to have fix a scope as delivered new? Do you expect that of your car? Your appliances? Your computer (if bought as a system)? Integrators have a responsibility. As the man said above, integrations are supposed to work.
I could not find: "Be aware, if you pay the $3000 for the drive, installed by the factory(!) the cable may come off if we don't assemble/align the integrated items correctly or if the structure flexes. But if that happens, well you are on your own. We never claimed it worked.
I could not find: "If the cable does come off, most people will need to remove mirror from the VMB and have a helper work to keep the cable on the bearing while you put the VMB back on the rocker. And if the cable is jammed, it may get kinked or tear the teflon. You may have wait until daylight if this happens in the dark.
Where is the: "This design is a compromise. Buy at your own risk."
Well of course it is not there!
I simply do not understand at this price point (or even 1/2 that) why I should accept anything less than a working telescope out of the box(es) as shown/claimed by the vendor? Or no support from the vendor when it all went wrong. If your new car has a problem with the AC compressor, is it okay for the car maker to say, "Sorry, contact the maker of the compressor."?
As for CalStar... I am sorry my wife has been diagnosed with the C word and I need to stay with her. I'll try and make the Fall CalStar .
Hope you all understand how disappointing and madden this purchase was. And that my experience is worth conveying. It's still a 22 inch scope with a great mirror, so I guess I will make lemonade from lemons. Clear skies.
PS: I don't think I've run afoul..
Edited by gdjsky01, 31 March 2021 - 01:39 AM.