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Entry: Astronomy:Equipment Reviews:Telescope Reviews:Discovery Truss 17.5"

For those who only think Obsessions or Starmaster are the only thing good enough for you, think twice before you badmouth or stereotype products. This scope works damn good and so if the woodwork is not good enough for the modern artesian, I don't care, neither should anyone else, unless fine woodwork is your forte. The optics are excellent and really our eyes can't percieve the difference between 1/8 -- 1/10 wave quality anyway, only by advance wavefront analysis, so why spend the extra money to gain that so called perfect mirror that you visually can not enjoy. I agree certain scientific measurements such a photometry and ccd level work would dictate the necessary means of finer resolution tolerences. I saved over 1,000 dollars that was reinvested in Naglers, since all components in a given telescope are important and a neglect in one area will compromise the quality overall. Finally, collimation learn it, live it and you will love the views. However no cure yet for atmospheric conditions. Finally, there were some minor tweaks to fine tune my scope but the real result is to be gained when searching faint dso's, trying to exhaust the finite numbers of objects possible in the Uranometria 2000.0, but progress has been slower than expected due the real appreciation of natures beauty.

Joe Belden

Overall Rating: 9
Optics:9 Mount:7 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 5
Date: 07/26/2002 05:14:20 am PST

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