Thanks guys for all the replies and advice. It seems like a great
group with a lot of knowledgeable people here and I'm looking
forward to participating.
A little about me - This will be my 5th scope and I have been
observing for about 6 years. I have had all kinds including A 10"
dob, eq mounted Newtonian, and a small refractor which is primarily
used for my Coronado h-alpha filter. I am the treasurer of our local
astronomy club The Westchester Amateur Astronomers
(www.weschesterastronomers.org) We plan to have a booth at NEAF and
I will be manning the booth off and on Saturday so if you plan to
attend this year stop by and say hello.
--- In RCX400@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Virsinger" <mikev@...> wrote:
> I am about to purchase a new 12" RXC400 from a dealer who has had
> in stock since September of 2006. Since it has been manufactured
> over 6 months ago, is there anything I should be concerned with or
> be aware of such as the use of plastic gears, etc.? This is a new
> scope that I plan to purchase with the 3 or 5 year Sky Assurance.
> I can tell you that this scope incites more passionate responses
> from people than any other I have ever come across. People either
> love it or hate it. I personally like all the integrated
> but many people have told me that all the electronics have a track
> record of problems and failures. So at the end of the day, once I
> filter out all the noise I am left with few facts and a big pile
> I would love to hear from actual RCX owners. How do you like the
> scope? Is the open front of the OTA gathered much dust? An chronic
> technical issues? I plan to keep this outdoors in a dome and I am
> worried about insects making their home somewhere where I cannot
> easily access and clean.
> Thanks in advance for the help,
> Clear Skies,
> Mike V.