Optical Craftsman 8" Discoverer


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Optical Craftsman 8" Discoverer
The main mirror in this scope has the finest figure of any newtonian I've looked through. At a recent star party I got a look through a 10" Cave, I think this 8" beats it for sharpness. Doubles to 0.7", Cassini division all around, all the classic tests this mirror has not only passed but made a mockery of them. This was my first serious telescope and I came to learn that very few amateur scopes of this type are as good. The orginal mount was a light German equatorial with motor drive--adequate at best. Originally cost $410 in 1973.

Overall Rating: 10
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Optical Craftsman 8" Discoverer
This was my first 'serious' telescope - paid $385 in 1965. Excellent optical quality - gave high contrast planetary images and sharp star images (some coma at edge of field, but that's inherent with all parabolic mirrors). German mount was light and just barely adequate.

Overall Rating: 8
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.7.106)
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