Hardin 8" Reflector


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.29.199
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.24.108)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.29.199) (Original Vote)
Date: 09/08/2003 02:55:14 pm PDT
Why not just buy the less expensive one and do a little surgery to stretch the springs an extra 1/2"? Seems like a quick/easy fix to save $50!


>Hardin currently sells two versions of their 8" Dob. Note that the $299 version comes with a bad base that doesn't stretch the tension springs enough to hold the scope in position in altitude. i.e., the scope drifts in the vertical, and *not* just when changing eyepieces. Hardin offers a $349 version with a "new, improved" base that stretches the springs an additional 1/2", providing sufficient friction in altitude. With the "new, improved" base, this is an excellent scope. Otherwise, it borders on being the equivalent of a Department Store scope.


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.29.199
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.24.108)
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.29.199) (Original Vote)
Date: 09/08/2003 03:09:48 pm PDT
I wonder if this poster installed the springs incorrectly. This is a common issue. See http://www.darofamily.com/jeff/links/dob/ for correct installation.

Also, I can't believe this scope was rated a 1 for a spring problem. The optics are excellent and a simple average of the posters rankings makes it at least a 4.5.

Regards,

>Hardin currently sells two versions of their 8" Dob. Note that the $299 version comes with a bad base that doesn't stretch the tension springs enough to hold the scope in position in altitude. i.e., the scope drifts in the vertical, and *not* just when changing eyepieces. Hardin offers a $349 version with a "new, improved" base that stretches the springs an additional 1/2", providing sufficient friction in altitude. With the "new, improved" base, this is an excellent scope. Otherwise, it borders on being the equivalent of a Department Store scope.


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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.88.4
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.3.52)
Date: 12/04/2003 07:53:07 pm PDT
>It's not really the 8" reflector that I am so impressed with. It's the 6"reflector by Hardin.
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>I set it up for the first time the night of the lunar eclipse. I went to the locale planetarium, and took it up to the observation tower. For the next two hours, I had every child and adult lined up to view the moon.
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>I checked out other, far more expensive scopes that people had set up and was surprised that my little scope looked at good as the big boys.
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>If anyone is looking for a great scope for starters or a child, this is perfect...

I am VERY interested in the 6" Hardin Dobsonian and was delighted to find your "review-ette" amongst the 8" scope reviews. Please email me and let me know your latest sentiments with longer use regarding this telescope.

Thank you,

CDS
CollinofAlabama@hotmail.com


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