D&G 8" f/12


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D&G 8" f/12
What a planetary scope! When I was a boy, probably 10 or so, I had a chance to view Saturn through the Zeiss 12" refractor at Griffith Park Observatory. It was the most impressive view of the planet I have ever had. The memory of that view has stayed with me and after owning many excellent scopes it still remained unmatched. Until early this morning that is: I had the 8" set up with the new TMB Supermonocentrics in 10mm and 8mm focal lengths and that long cherished memory lived again. The detail was stunning even under less than perfect conditions. The TMBs and a 12mm Pentax SMC Ortho really let the lens loose and it just nailed Saturn. I think I even saw Ecknes though the somewhat unstable atmosphere made it difficult to be sure. Attacning a Denk I with 14mm XLs was even more impressive in many ways. I can not imagine owning a larger refractor, well maybe a TMB 10" F/9, but boy am I grateful for the quality and performance of this scope! It really does need a permanent installation but the Parallax HD 150 handles it well and can be transported and set up without too much help. If you are a planetary observer and want a real treat, look at and through one of these scopes. M13 was marvelous too! THANKS Barry!!

Overall Rating: 10
Optics:10 Ease of Use:8 Value:9
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.26.173)
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