First of all let me complement you on your Megrez
series scopes, they are very very nice instruments.
Overall, as I indicated in my review, I am quite happy with
my scope, but I do have a few comments and suggestions. . .
- I really like the foam lined case. The foam is nice and
dense and holds the scope very tightly. I notice however
that the cutout in not an EXACT fit. If accidentally dropped,
this firm foam will do a good job of protecting the scope,
but there is no clearance around the high profile adjustment
screws on the camera rotator and bottom of focuser. Without
this clearance that tough foam could work against you, by
catching on the screws and bending them as the scope shifts.
Also, there is that second piece of foam which was just
jammed in there to make it fit. A beautiful instrument,
like the Megrez, deserves a better fitting case than this.
Do you have any plans to improve this? If so, could you
please make the new foam insert available through Anacortes
Telescope & Wild Bird. This does NOT need to be a free
upgrade. I would be happy to pay a reasonable price to
give my Megrez a little nicer home to live in.
- While we are on the subject of the foam and adjustment
screws, I would like to ask about something I saw on
the web. It was the same Megrez scope as I have, but
the front adjustment screw for the camera rotation lock
had a wider flatter "low profile" look.
Will these "low profile" screws, or something similar,
also fit the adjustment points on the bottom of the
This is, after all, a portable scope, and,it seems to me
that the low profile screws would be a lot less likely
to catch on something and get bent during transport.
The screws on the 1.25 and 2 inch clamp rings are fine.
These screws do need to be longer and they are pretty
well protected by the focuser body.
The screws which stick out on the top of the camera
rotator and on the bottom of the focuser, however,
should be replaced with the "low profile" types.
If you need more incentive please consider this . . .
When I first saw the Megrez pictures a Anacortes, I
passed it by because I thought those screws sticking
WAY out like that made the scope look CHEAP like some
kind of Tasco or Meade department store junk.
High end scopes AP, TAK, etc. now use clamp rings
and lower profile screws (like the Tak focus tube lock).
If you still have the low profile screws for the Megrez,
that I saw on the web, could you also make these available
through Anacortes Telescope & Wild Bird at a reasonable price?
Sorry for the grumbling, if you don't change anything,
the scope would still be a good deal, but I thought
you might like to hear some feedback.
--- In William-Optics@egroups.com, "William" <william@m...> wrote:
> > Thanks for the report, Steve. I've got an order in for the Megrez
> > The reports on the 80 all seem to be real positive. I can't wait!
> > How 'bout William or Herb? Any updates on a delivery time for the
> It's almost done, we are making the wooden case for 102 now.
> > Eric Strang
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