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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.123.121
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.6.56)
Date: 12/27/2002 05:02:06 am PST
Where did you find the "N4" for 399?
>I recently purchased the "N4" for 399USD*. It came with a five-year warranty and an updated [as of Dec. 2001] go-to hand controller that resolves the bugs reported in earlier reviews.
>I've had the scope out on three separate nights. Despite poor atmospheric conditions, and using just the manufacturer-supplied 25mm SMA eyepiece, I was able to view multiple cloud bands on Jupiter, see some detail in the Orion Nebula, and detect differing apparent colors of double stars. And thanks to the go-to capability, I can locate targets that would otherwise be impossible to find here under the heavily light polluted skies of Englewood, CO. Objects are crisp across the FOV--no obvious aberrations, and plenty of contrast for a scope this size.
>The single-tine mount does not present any problems, the design being both attractive and, for a scope this small, very practical. Vibrations dampen quickly and only truly gusty winds seem to disturb it.
>Set-up and alignment are a snap. The updated hand controller has three different alignment methods, and all are easy to perform. The alignment procedure takes about 2-3 minutes, and if performed with care, results in spot-on (consistent center 1/3 of FOV) targeting capability.
>This is an ideal scope for anyone on a limited budget (as I was) living under skies that prevent you from finding many objects with the naked eye (as I am). And now that the hand controller bugs are resolved, I'm convinced it's the best go-to deal in its class. I would give it a rating of ten for its combination of portability, capability, and value, but a minor blemish (a peeling decal) and a less-than-ideal user manual (including a photocopied supplement for the updated HC unit, with at least one mistake) result in a rating of 'only' a very firm nine.
Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.148.244
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.109.70)
Date: 11/25/2004 03:26:07 am PST
>Below is a copy of the e-mail setn to celestron concerning my nextstar 4:
> Rather than mess with the requirements required for service, I have decided to display my Nextstar 4" at all public and educational events that I attend.(some five or six thousand people a year) Attached to this device will be a sign stating that under no circumstances should a perspective telescope buyer consiter a "dimestore telescope" or a celestron product. This sign will be adjacent to two LX-200's and my dobsonian, that do work. Since I'm out $500 or so for a product that willnot or cannot be made to work, Fair is Fair.
I own a Celestron 9.25 GPS,which is superior in every way to any similarly sized Meade LX-200 that I have seen or used.Do Celestron Cassegrains need mirror locks to prevent them losing focus?....
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