Orion Shorttube 114


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Subject: Orion short tube 114
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.222.130)
Date: 02/28/2002 06:10:39 am PDT
Not a bad scope for the money. Short-tube is easily handled by the EQ1 mount and the eyepiece position is about as good as it gets. Very comfortable to use. The barlowed focuser allows for a smaller secondary mirror which helps increase contrasts. A very nice upgrade though, would be Hands On Optics 108mm 432mm Focal Length pyrex parabolic enhanced primary mirror from Hands On Optics for $59. Sold the spherical mirror for $25. After flocking the tube and doing the mirror swap this scope has some really good nights on the planets. Sharpness can be surprising for such a fast primary...far superior than the spherical F8 telescopes I've looked thru.
Larry


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Subject: Re: Orion short tube 114
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.104.59)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.222.130) (Original Message)
Date: 04/29/2002 01:31:28 am PDT
>Not a bad scope for the money. Short-tube is easily handled by the EQ1 mount and the eyepiece position is about as good as it gets. Very comfortable to use. The barlowed focuser allows for a smaller secondary mirror which helps increase contrasts. A very nice upgrade though, would be Hands On Optics 108mm 432mm Focal Length pyrex parabolic enhanced primary mirror from Hands On Optics for $59. Sold the spherical mirror for $25. After flocking the tube and doing the mirror swap this scope has some really good nights on the planets. Sharpness can be surprising for such a fast primary...far superior than the spherical F8 telescopes I've looked thru.
>Larry

Larry,
I am interested in upgrading the optics. Could you
please provide additional details about the primary
mirror you used? Did you need to match it with a
a new secondary as well? Do you think it would
be worth getting rid of the built in 2x barlow focuser
and go with a standard focuser with a good 3x
barlow?


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