Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
Date: 09/04/2002 04:51:02 pm PDT
Link to this vote: http://www.excelsis.com/1.0/displayvote.php?voteid=131437
Probably don't need to say this to most folks, but *NEVER* view the Sun through a telescope (or binoculars) without a proper solar filter designed for the purpose. Not sunglasses, not a CD, not smoked glass which appears opaque but can transmit IR.
>I bought this scope, which I have named Kermit the Light Thimble, from a person who purchased it a few months earlier. It is amazing. I sold my Stellarvue AT1010 (Mr. AT) to buy this scope. There is virtually no color, even on the brightest objects. The sun shows the thinnest ring of blue at the very edge, but that is it. Perfect star test on Vega, nice Airy disk with NO visible diffraction rings. The scope is extremely well-constructed with a lot of thought put into the design. It is built for the long haul and is very, very compact. Combined with the T6 13mm Nagler eyepiece, this is a killer scope. My views tonight of the Lagoon Nebula were nothing short of amazing, the Ring was tiny, yet eerily clear and the Dumbbell was more incredible than I have seen in any other scope. This might be regarded as hyperbole, but it is not. You will be stunned what a 76mmm refractor is capable of with this scope. It performed better on those fuzzies than my C5 has with a 35mm Ultima. My next goal? The Double Cluster with the 13mm Nag. I use this scope primarily for solar work, and it excels. On a Telepod head on a Bogen 3036 tripod, it is rock solid and very easy to use. This scope is used pretty much every single day and will likely be used for the next several decades.
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