I just wanted to thank you all for your help. I bought the ZenithStar 80 with a set of SPL eyepieces and put it on a CG5 mount and I have to say I'm completely blown away.
We had a BBC Stargazing live event with my local group last weekend and everyone commented on how good the optics are. Most people just said 'Wow!!' and then crowded me off my scope. It brings a grin to my face just thinking about it.
Once again, Thank You and Thank You Williams Optics for making such a great telescope.
--- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "jtorelli76063" <josephtorelli@...> wrote:
> I have a Z-80 and it is a very nice scope. I have it mounted on top of my LX200-12 classic. I use it as my wide field scope. It has very good optics and the dual speed focuser is very smooth. I mainly image thru this scope. With a barlow I use it as a guider scope for the SCT.
> Looking thru it with a 26mm ep gives very wide view. This will make the planets look small but gives great views of DSO's like M42.
> If I have guests over I like to show them the view of the same object thru both scopes. It gives them a better understanding of what they are seeing.
> --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "steve_honeybun" wrote:
> > Hi! I know this sounds like a dumb question but please bear with me. I'm new to Astronomy and I've not had the chance to look through this size refractor yet as the people in my group have larger reflectors. However, For practical reasons I'd really like to get a Zenithstar; it's portable, doesn't take up a lot of storage space and has a reputation for good optics. But what exactly can I reasonably expect to see? For example, if I look at the Orion nebula will I see a beautiful full frame image (I know it's wishful thinking but I can dream) or will I see a fuzzy blob in one area of the field? Thanks for your help!