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DippyHippy
2003-Jul-25, 04:12 AM
After reading PlanetWatcher's post in the "What telescope do you own" topic, I was wondering if anyone else had experienced any problems with their scope or the company? :(

Which scopes would you recommend and why? :D

Dips

imported_eon
2003-Jul-26, 06:02 PM
Originally posted by DippyHippy@Jul 25 2003, 04:12 AM
After reading PlanetWatcher's post in the "What telescope do you own" topic, I was wondering if anyone else had experienced any problems with their scope or the company? :(

Which scopes would you recommend and why? :D

Dips
:angry: I have a mead star finder Dobson 16 in I would not recommend Meade to anyone I had to have the mirror recoated strengthen the rocker box recoat the tube just about refurbish everything before I had a working telescope

rodonnell
2003-Jul-27, 03:16 AM
Planet watchers experiance seems most disappointing, especially when one considers the investment requried for a 16" scope.

I have used an older 16" meade on a eq mount some years ago and it seemed OK.

I have a 10" meade dob mounted scope and found Meade to be a good mid level scope and would recommend anyone starting astronomy to purchase a similar scope.

Do not however, confuse a commercial scope with a precision instrument.

In Australia we cannot buy high quality instruments locally. We find that we have to hand craft the mirrors and assemble the telescopes from a variety of commercially available imported parts.

Once you look through a precision instrument, your standard Meade looks very average.

During our club nights the precision instruments provide a much sharper and brighter view than the commercial telescopes.

My Meade cost me about $2,500 AUD, a precision instrument would cost me about $4,000 AUD.

Good luck with the rebuilt 16" , I would certainly let meade know of your experiances.

Regards


Rod

DippyHippy
2003-Jul-27, 04:19 AM
Thanks guys

Many moons ago - okay, *nearly* 20 years back, I used to have a friend (just the one) who worked in a telescope shop and at that time he said the Celestrons were inferior and the Meades superior.

Planetwatcher and eon aren't the first people I've heard complaining about Meade over the past year or so whereas others have said Celestron have much improved. Having neither owned or operated either, I wouldn't know.

What do others think?

Dips

Mizzou
2003-Jul-27, 06:27 PM
:D Hi all...appreciate the comments here about telescopes and preferences. As I still consider myself a beginner, although I had a $98 telescope that I used on and off for about 20 years, I recently purchased a Tasco StarGuide 114mm telescope with some computer assisted controls and databases. From using a small telescope with less than perfect base and support configuration, hopefully, I believe this will prove to be a very good upgrade and a motorized one, that to me must be pure heaven. (hehe) also. It was at a lower cost...(around $500--on sale) than some of the other models I looked at.

I too, was looking for a Meade product but changed my mind when I saw this item. Any potential problems that I may expect? Successes?

Thanks,

Mizzou

skyhog
2003-Jul-29, 10:44 AM
Hi All, the Meade quality control issue is something of a hot potatoe. If you want evidence pop into any astro discussion group and you are likely to see threads stretching endlessly between the lovers and the haters. One thing I would say on the subject, and most agree, is that the big players can produce very good scopes. Most of the bad press tends to come from the states which results from the major differences between purchasing astro kit there and over here. Many across the pond buy from mail order 'pile em high' companies or direct from meade itself whereas here in the UK such instruments are only available from specialist suppliers who in the main are very experienced with optics. It goes without saying that BC&F's supplies top notch high end meade products and has been doing so for many many years. They know what they sell and check every product before dispatch. I bought an 8" SC from them many years ago and it has given me great service. They are not the only company in the UK, but the philosophy of many others is surely similar. We do pay for this, meade will not supply products direct, and many regulars to this forum may want to discuss that in a new thread!!


"Once you look through a precision instrument, your standard Meade looks very average"

I'm not sure I entirely agree with that statement Rod. Its an apples and oranges thing. You are probably right for the 'average' meade. Its a question of experience and knowing what constitutes a 'good' astro image. There are many newbies out there using poorly collimated scopes but by the same token many experienced users who think that the mass market SC or Newt is match enough for the much praised APO.

Eddie.

DippyHippy
2003-Aug-01, 02:46 AM
Hey skyhog - thanks for your comments :)

What's your opinion of Celestrons? And do you think there's anyone else in the market who's making quality scopes right now?

Dips

skyhog
2003-Aug-04, 09:15 AM
Hi Dips, I don't think theres much difference between Celestron and Meade. Both have their fans, the old orange tube C8 was very popular. I'd go back to my last post and reiterate the importance of testing any scope purchased.


On the subject of other manufacturers, todays amateur is spoilt for choice. The russian TAL range gets good reviews and is very reasonably priced and the new chinese equipment is probably worth a look too. As with most things in life you tend to get what you pay for. If I were to offer personal advice I would steer clear of the small goto scopes. For the same money you would be far better off getting a 6 inch newt, check out orions 'europa' range.

Eddie.