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    Have a chance to pick up this scope for $75.00, Supposedly in good condition. Is this a decent scope or is it department store type scope? Any info/input would be greatly appreciated.

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    ... it is more "department-store" than "pure-bread" by some (even most) peoples standards ... I use a lot of this "grade" of gear and it has it's own "charm", but it ain't even close to higher-end equipment ... consider it a "step" above "pure department-store" scopes, two steps above the "generics", and a good step below the $300-$400 (US) scopes you can buy ... don't even hope it can compete with the over-$500 scopes ... ain't happening ...

    ... it will have a lot of plastic ... it will not even pretend to have a "crayford" style focuser ... though the glass is usually pretty good, sometimes you can get a "dog" and you won't be able to fix it (well, rarely will you be able to fix it) ...

    ... it is GoTo with the "Level-North" tech built in ... I have not used one personally (yet) this is some of the same tech that Meade is pumping into it's much (and I mean MUCH) more expensive scopes, but down on this end you get more plastic, fair warning ... if it breaks, it's broke and to expensive to fix to be worth the cost of fixing ... my two Meade GoTo scopes are the older-tech DS-series scopes ... this one should also include the 494 Handset (which is not-bad) and a 26mm and 9.7mm Super Plossl (I think 3000 series SPs) from Meade as well ...

    ... if the scope has the upgraded 495 or 497 Handset and/or Series 4000 (probably not 5000) Plossls it is even a better "deal" ...

    So here's "the real-deal" ...

    ... deliberately ask if the drives are slipping or not, or if they have had any problems with the drives ... if they are slipping then pass on the scope (there is a good chance it is damaged and the repair parts are expensive, if you can find them) ... there is even a chance the owner does not know how to use the scope, and that could cause the slipping, or they melted the drives already ... you can buy a 90mm OTA alone for about $25.00 (US), so you are not gaining anything buy buying an 80mm scope with busted drives ...

    ... ask about "shadows" or "colors" when the current user has used it ... if there are "lots of pretty colors", run ... if there are shadows, run ... if it has anything other than a nice even "coma" on either side of "focused", run ... there will probably be a little color, say for instance, when viewing Venus, or even Sirius ... that is to be expected with this level of scope ... if you want to achromatic performance, don't get this scope ...

    ... if you get this one, and the drives are okay ... learn to use them carefully and slowly ... when you get the hang of it and everything is running fine it is kinda kewl to sit there and let the scope track whatever it is you are viewing ... you can even learn how to write "tours" for your scope, one kinda neat feature of Meade's GoTo tech ... I don't use my GoTo scopes often enough actually, but they can be a treat when they are working right ...

    Good Luck ... Clear Skies ...


    EDIT ... oh yeah ... this thing will eat batteries like Fat Albert goes through candy ... figure on getting a power supply early on, or buy stock in Duracell (or whatever your favorite brand of battery is) ... that will add another $48-$85 (approx) into the price unless the seller is including one as well (doubtful) ... yeah yeah ... I know Meade says the batteries will last forty hours, or twenty hours, bunk ... you will get about 3-4 useful hours out of "good" batteries, and about 2 hours out of rechargable ones (even the good ones) ...
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    Major thanks.... for the info. I was actually going to purchase a Orion SkyQuest XT8 until I saw this one, but after reading your info I think I stay with my plan to get the XT8At least I know what is not wrong with it....

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    ... lol ... good plan ...

    is this the one?? ... http://www.telescope.com/control/pro...oduct_id=09707
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    ... yep ... you'll be MUCH happier ... across the board ...

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    Again, many thanks......

 

 

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