Looks like a Criterion 6" in Texas on Craigs list
Posted 16 September 2006 - 05:17 PM
Posted 16 September 2006 - 05:49 PM
Posted 16 September 2006 - 07:06 PM
Posted 16 September 2006 - 07:33 PM
I agree, it's a good looking scope and the mount and tripod appear to be of superior quality.
Posted 16 September 2006 - 10:17 PM
Posted 17 September 2006 - 12:57 AM
Posted 17 September 2006 - 08:45 AM
Posted 17 September 2006 - 10:01 AM
I owned the 8" Criterion SCT and I wouldn't recommend it. If the 6" is of equal quality I wouldn't consider it for half the asking price.
My astronomy hobby began in 1961 with a 4" Dynascope and I waited the better part of a year for the 8" SCT because I thought so highly of Criterion. I was deeply disappointed that the company had fallen so far. It was obvious the company was cutting corners for financial reasons.
If I remember correctly, though, the optics weren't bad. I got some good views of the planets, moon, and deep sky. Maybe the 6", being lighter, would not suffer from some of the problems of the 8".
Posted 18 September 2006 - 12:47 PM
Posted 18 September 2006 - 01:26 PM
So tight, that to get 6" of aperture for an on-axis image, you have to use the scope without a star diagonal (ie. straight thru).
Use a star diagonal and the change in primary mirror position results in the baffle tube cutting the clear aperture down to nearer 5".
But, it sure is a handsome looking scope!
Posted 18 September 2006 - 06:11 PM
Posted 18 September 2006 - 06:46 PM
Posted 20 September 2006 - 02:12 PM
Posted 20 September 2006 - 04:49 PM