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Which focal reducer??? (f6.3 focal reducer)

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  • peter_noakes
    Now living in the UK means that a tin of beans costs twice as much as in the US. Then on top of that if any reference is made to astronomy the price increases
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 1, 2004
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      Now living in the UK means that a tin of beans costs twice as much
      as in the US. Then on top of that if any reference is made to
      astronomy the price increases 10 fold. I'm after a focal reducer &
      have 3 options;

      Buy one new from the states & face to wraith of import duties.

      Buy one 2nd hand, I have one lined up, which happens to cost the
      same as one new in the US!.

      Finally there is this option http://webcaddy.com.au/astro/F-066FR-
      pics.htm

      Does anyone have any experience of the 3rd option? & does is work as
      well as the Meade version.
    • Wodaski - Yahoo
      I skimmed the information and images on the Australian reducer, and the first thing that caught my eye was the elongated stars in the sample images, and the
      Message 2 of 3 , Mar 1, 2004
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        I skimmed the information and images on the Australian reducer, and the
        first thing that caught my eye was the elongated stars in the sample images,
        and the softness of the terrestrial sample images with the refractor. These
        concern me. There could be perfectly reasonable explanations for these
        things, but....I would probably go with the existing, known reducers unless
        you feel there is a reason not to. Just my opinion, but it sounds like you
        do not want to risk wasting your money.


        Ron Wodaski
        The New CCD Astronomy Book
        http://www.newastro.com/ipb


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        From: peter_noakes [mailto:peternoakes@...]
        Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 3:34 AM
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        Subject: [ccd-newastro] Which focal reducer??? (f6.3 focal reducer)

        Now living in the UK means that a tin of beans costs twice as much
        as in the US. Then on top of that if any reference is made to
        astronomy the price increases 10 fold. I'm after a focal reducer &
        have 3 options;

        Buy one new from the states & face to wraith of import duties.

        Buy one 2nd hand, I have one lined up, which happens to cost the
        same as one new in the US!.

        Finally there is this option http://webcaddy.com.au/astro/F-066FR-
        pics.htm

        Does anyone have any experience of the 3rd option? & does is work as
        well as the Meade version.







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      • Bob
        Peter, I m a retired US type in the UK whose pension is in US $, so know well what you mean. Monthly income has dropped by 30% in last few months due to
        Message 3 of 3 , Mar 1, 2004
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          Peter,

          I'm a retired US type in the UK whose pension is in US $, so know well what
          you mean. Monthly income has dropped by 30% in last few months due to
          terrible exchange rate--but you know that.

          Just FYI, if you haven't ordered astro gear from the US previously, you'll
          pay 22.5% (17.5% VAT + 5% duty) on astronomy items. The gotcha is that you
          pay that 22.5% on the value of the item plus shipment costs. It cost me
          over $7,000 to import a 12.5 RC/ST10XME/Paramount ME--more than the cost of
          a completely new ST10XME. This year I simply could not have afforded
          it. Quick math shows me that would cost over $14,000!!!

          Bob Genung

          At 10:34 01/03/2004 +0000, you wrote:
          >Now living in the UK means that a tin of beans costs twice as much
          >as in the US. Then on top of that if any reference is made to
          >astronomy the price increases 10 fold. I'm after a focal reducer &
          >have 3 options;
          >
          >Buy one new from the states & face to wraith of import duties.
          >
          >Buy one 2nd hand, I have one lined up, which happens to cost the
          >same as one new in the US!.
          >
          >Finally there is this option
          ><http://webcaddy.com.au/astro/F-066FR->http://webcaddy.com.au/astro/F-066FR-
          >pics.htm
          >
          >Does anyone have any experience of the 3rd option? & does is work as
          >well as the Meade version.
          >
          >
          >
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