Thanks for the intro message.
Like all new products, Discovery has a few glitches in it's design. All in
all though we are very happy with it and would recommend it. I am curious
though as to what other users have to say about their Discovery scopes. I
am wondering if some of the problems we have encountered with it are:
* Unique to our scope
Despite some of the problems, I do agree with Edward that for the money the
optics are phenomenal.
Now... if only Discovery comes out with it's own line of eyepieces ;-).
On Friday, February 02, 2001 7:26 AM, Edward Otte
> Well here goes! Start a new group and start posting!
> Penny and I have owned our 12.5" for about a half a year now. When we
> started looking for a sizable "upgrade" to her 8" Orion we were obviously
> lookinh for the best buy. We were obviously familiar with the Orion line
> scopes as well as the Meade line. (Meade is the best selling scope maker.)
> Penny was very much negative to the Meade Croporation experientially for
> did not feel the optics were very good. We were looking for a Dobsonian,
> larger than a 10", so the market range was rather limited to Meade,
> Discovery, and Coulter. As I started to look into the optics of each I
> became more and more aware of Discovery's edge. (I also found out that
> Coulter's optics are no long made by them but a subcontracting Japanese
> company which does not make the mirrors to the same precision as was
> previously done.) I have always been a big proponent of American made
> products, and am aware that on-site manufacturing of anything allows for
> better Quality Contro, both of which were satisfied by Discovery. Looking
> further I found that Discovery's optics are actually sold to almost every
> other medium to large scope company! The limitation being however that
> Discovery sells a "standard" mirror, not the Premium mirror which goes
> their telescopes, to everyone else. The difference I feel is very big. For
> example, Orion telescopes, which have Discovery mirrors now, 88%
> and have 1/8 wave accuracy. Discovery Premium scopes have 94% and 1/10
> accuracy. The choice got to be very easy at that point. The cost was also
> very good, only $1100 for the 12.5".
> Edward Otte << File: ATT00000.htm >>