Re: starfinder question
- Let me give you some practical advice from a guy who was in your
position 2 years ago. Don't!
The 10" Starfinder Eq I bought has some pluses and minuses;
Great OTA, mirrors. I have seen some wonderful sights with the scope!
Bad Focuser, made of cheap plastic, lots of backlash, had to replace
it with a quality focuser ($100 or more)
Not a really good portable scope. Hard to haul around and setup,
needs a perfectly level ground to work right. I had to invest in a
concrete ($200) pad at the club observatory just for this reason
Poor mount, will not take a lot of additional weight. The Manual even
says the scope is not designed for long duration astrophoto work
(greater than say 20 secs).
Magellan II good, but not GOTO (costs $500)
My advice, if you are buying a new scope, I would buy an LXD55 (10"
starts about the same price as the older Starfinder 10" started at)
with the AutoStar GOTO system, or consider seriously about getting an
LX-90. You will be far happier. Also, consider the amount of money
you will spend to modify/upgrade the Starfinder.
And the other responder is right, The Starfinder series is now
I might buy a new mount for my tube someday, possibly a Losmandy or
something of quality. But, the GM-11 is a $2000 proposition.
Think on what you are about to do my friend.
--- In Meade-Uncensored@y..., "vet_boy77" <vet_boy77@h...> wrote:
> I am a veterinary student who has been persuing amateur astronomy
> a side hobby. I should be set to by my first telescope in a few
> months. Currently I am seriously considering purchasing a Meade 6"
> or 8" Starfinder Equatorial Reflector. I'm aware that some
> modifications must be made to the mount, but I was wondering if
> are any other serious matters I need to be aware of. I would
> appreciate any feedback and recommedations. Thanks.