DS MODELS USER FEEDBACK
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Subject: My DS Scope Sent: Saturday, February 5, 2000 11:45:24 From: email@example.com (Dina Jacobs) So end 1999 I decided that it was time to upgrade from my previous scope - a 60 mm spotting scope - so what to buy? and more importantly what will be in my price range . Thought of building my own but another project to ad to my existing projects was not on and I shelved that idea in the to do list for my future time when I have some of that available - probably only after retirement still some 30 years off with my present list. Sort of made up my mind to go for the 4.5 " Meade NT scope and then I read the review of the DS scopes in S+T. Here was a scope where I could have the Goto features for a price that the standard Meade NT 4.5" could not give me. My needs was also for a teaching aid to help me find some of the wonderful stuff out there and in my reasoning the Goto functions can help. SO decided to take the plunge and ordered a DS127EC mid December . So last week got the call that it was available for pickup from the agents. So in my MG and drove back with this massive box on the passanger seat with the soft top down. Spend the first hour reading the accompanying documentation. Found it clear and easy to identify all the parts. So did the assembly of the scope - took me about an hour. Placed it on my driveway and as Jupiter and Saturn is high up tried them first - Used the 25 mm eyepiece. What can I say - I was impressed. This scope was out of the box accurately set up - no need to adjust any thing and worked. Yes the focussing do induce some vibrations but it damps quickly and gave a clear view. Some of the reviews that I read and some of the experiences of other people had me worried that Mead has cut the quality too much but this is not my experience . The tripod is quite sturdy and the plastic parts is of a high quality. The optics seems to be also of a high quality. So next test - try and see the Orion nebula in Orion's Sword - M42 . The finder scope really made a difference - Previously with the spotting scope with a high power eyepiece it was really difficult to find something specifically and keep it centered in the view and it would get to a stage where you would contemplate giving up - but with this scope it was 123 and there was the nebula - WONDERFUL . The next evening then connected up all the electric stuff and by 20:00 was out in my driveway again to try the new feature - WOW - this was even better that the previous night - no vibrations while following the target - Getting M42 was childsplay. SO WHAT IS MY FINAL VERDICT: 1. This is a good beginner to intermediate scope and I expect to use this for years. 2. It is big - but easy to carry and set up . 3. I have not yet invested in the GOTO hand control - but my feeling now is that I will first buy a electric focusser before the hand control. 4. The scope comes with two eyepieces - The 25 mm is excellent and give a good field of view. The 9 mm I found fussy and do not reveal more than the 25 mm . I will possibly invest in a 2" eyepiece in future. 5. Is there any one out there using this scope that can sugest some eyepieces for this scope that they found good to use ? 6. This scope really fulfill my needs and at the price I found an excellent investment. 7. Meade has a winner here and I think it will introduce and keep many people interested in astronomy. Regards Carel Jacobs (South Africa) firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: tracking too fast Sent: Saturday, February 5, 2000 11:28:50 From: email@example.com (rocky) I have as ds114 model telescope with the 495 handbox computer controller. after I align the scope on two stars and tell it to go to Jupiter, the tracking is to fast, it tracks right out of view. my question is, it possible the tracking ratio in the Az and Alt aren't set right in the controller. I would like to know what the tracking ratio is suppose to be so I can check it and possibly change it instead of sending it to Meade for them to check out. I was told to send both the controller and motors in to be checked because the Az and Alt setting should be set right and it shouldn't track to fast. I would rather compare the Az and Alt ratio myself before sending it in. so can you send me the ratio settings? Thomas McNickle
Subject: Tripod recomendations for DS-114/127 series.. Sent: Saturday, February 5, 2000 09:42:03 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Marc Stanton (Time-Warner)) My wife purchased for me a Meade DS-114 for Christmas to get me started in the hobby. The scope is pretty good, although the stock eyepieces were junk. Upgraded to the Meade 4000 line and am very happy. The AltAz mount is pretty much useless for Deep Sku viewing however. It recovers fairly well from a knock, but the problem is that molecular collisions seem to cause movement. I would like to upgrade the mount to something a lot more stable and also something that would allow me to mount my Olympus OM-1 on the scope and piggy-back. I have checked some mounts up at www.telescope.com and they look good, but a little pricey. Anyone out there upgraded to a new mount? Thanks!Check out the Official WebPage of the Carolina Tailgaters Association
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