Posted By David Vandervelde
Yes I have the money to buy a Starmaster 14.5", but it would seriously deplete my savings account. Sometimes I feel that I should just got for it, and get the most expernsive (which I assume is then the best!) Dob I can find... I have never heard a bad thing about a Starmaster. However, is it truly worth $4900? (Here we go with opinions again...) Yes, it's a great scope, but seriously, how different are the views between a Starmaster 14.5" and Discovery 15"? Is a bunch of that extra cost just going to woodworking and making the scope look pretty? I've heard Discovery Dobs aren't as smooth... that doesn't seem like a big deal to me. Yes, I want the best optics possible, but I won't be doing any astrophotography, so for purely visual enjoyment the Discovery optics aren't bad, are they? If I were to look at a typical galaxy (let's take M51), would I see spiral structure in the Starmaster and not in the Discovery? What kind of mirrors do Discovery use anyway? Are collimation issues similar between tehse scopes or do Starmasters remain in collomation better? How about cold weather preformance? I'm a Canadian and will be observing in -25C weather from time to time... I'm assuming I should get a Pyrex mirror (which Discovery doesn't have)? Another reason I'm considering foregoing Starmaster is because of the wait time. I guess 1-1 months isn't that bad, but that's their listed price, and despite an email to them earlier this week I haven't heard back from them.
Well, there I go, rambling again... any opinions on anything I've rambled about would be appreciated!
Got to love Astormart