They said a lot of good things about the scope. In fact, they said "Istar produces outstanding refractors" which is the best compliment paid to any of the 35 products listed. They also stated the weight at 45 lbs and that it might be best used in a permanent location. I didn't understand that comment. I guess they have never weighed a C14, a big Mak or Reflector. If 45 pounds was some kind of barrier as to portability, they would have a heart attack at what I've seen many people haul around. They obviously haven't seen James in action either...
That is Big-Scope-itus. Most folks think a 127mm f10 is a big refractor and the thought of anything larger than a poster tube sends folks into apoplexy. You should hear what the guy with the 8"sct yells whenever I start to unload my cannon, never mind that mine is set up in 10 minutes while he waits for polaris to pop out... Never mind the other guys, we know.
6" f15 Istar Achromat in a homebuilt OTA Homebuilt Equatorial Mount Brandon eyepieces
Well, it's a strange comment to make about a scope that weighs just 45 lbs., but I think all scopes, from the 300mm down to my 60mm Carton should be permanently mounted. I hate dragging out and setting up. I look forward to the time when I could pick a scope, sit down, and fire it up!
Post by jamesling1000 on Aug 9, 2011 21:03:16 GMT -5
Pls allow me at least another month to pull back this scope from the Malaysia Punggai Chalet, where I have left it there since last oct 2010.
And hopefully the very next time, you can see the ISTAR 8" in action at one of my country Public Library open area.
Pls refer to the attachment photo for the side walk I did with my friend there on last Monday, 8th August 2011. Although my 10" Mewlon scope looks small this time, but once the 8" ISTAR is there. it should stands out among the crowds....
Post by jamesling1000 on Aug 19, 2011 1:24:24 GMT -5
This is my latest update that I am preparing for my coming end month astronomical trip to Punggai trip....
Today I have just placed the order for the losmandy GM8 Gemini 2 goto mount, from OPT, which I expect to receive before end next week.
I will use the gemini 2 for my G11 instead, and test it for both planets and DSO.....
After the 2 nights of astro obs...., I'll bring back the 8" ISTAR back to my country, and send to my machinist to get it cut into 2, each 3Ft long, and assemble the tube back with a mounting sleeve for both ends.
And come to 10th Sep, I am going to use the ISTAR for a major Chiness Lunar month event .
Hope everything goes off smoothly this time.....
BTW, on Wednesday night, I was invited to attend one of our local university on their 1st light opening of their 17" plane wave CKD scope.....Is my 1st time viewing through the scope, and I am so shock to see M57, ring nebula, so huge and sharp, even in a heavily light polluted city , in Singapore. (photo attachment)