I am always on the lookout for the perfect grab and go.
I have been swapping between my old 60mm Towa I have had since I was a kid, to a Meade 125 ETX- Both are great scopes for the purpose, and fortunately and luckily, both have excellent to outstanding optics, but each has it limitations.
Recently however I was fortunate to get a hold of a Chinese 114mm x 900mm Reflector made by a company called HiOptic Military optics. The scope does seem a little old given some of the weathering of the metal parts but no idea how old.
Apart from the finder bracket and focus knobs which are plastic - everything else is metal- The metal tubed 30mm finder with a helical focus, would have to be one of the best I have experienced. The 1.25 inch focuser is again metal and smooth. The mount is very nice and rigid and again smooth, and the whole scope is rather attractive- I love the hammered green motif paint schema. And as I was to find out, the scope's optics are, for want of a better expletive..incredible !
This scopes mirror is a parabola. Ronchi testing of the mirror is amazing. Visual in and out of focus star testing seems perfect - Star images, moon and planetary detail -unbelievable - and wide angle views of nebulae and clusters in the sky above Melbourne at this time of year are breathtaking.
I can see detail with this scope that easily betters my 4 inch refractor and certainly exceeds my near perfect classic but heavy Royal Astro Optical 100mm f10 LN4e
The entire setup is around 16kg and is an easy lift and shift job
So far it has proven to be an amazing grab and go and this may be the perfect size and the perfect scope
Does anyone else own one of these?
Edited by stevenk, 16 May 2021 - 07:54 AM.