Post by Mike - Istar Optical on Mar 13, 2014 12:05:11 GMT -6
I'm leaving this to Ales as he is more involved in the bench testing of the lenses. I star test and this is what I rely on more than what the test sheet shows. Not saying that bench testing is not necessary as it is very much to keep QC but nothing reassures me like a good concentric circle. Wow! Big Jim B. over on CN would give birth if he saw that Istar Synta comparison. This is a nice comparison. Did you do this yourself?
Post by Mike - Istar Optical on Mar 13, 2014 11:38:37 GMT -6
I just peel and stick. They seem to hold on well. Just be careful getting the decal off the backing paper. I ripped one trying to peel it away with my fingers. It's best to start it coming off the backing with a knife or box cutter. After you peel one pedal (star edge) off then the whole thing comes off easy. Just try to line it up right the first time. You could use water and a squeegee if you want to slide it around after application but I prefer easy dry application. I will start getting these out right away as I'm finally getting a little caught up after being gone for 9 days.
Post by Vondragonnoggin on Mar 13, 2014 10:27:04 GMT -6
Mikey, it wasn't really meant for existing scope owners. I came by this sight researching Istar scopes. If anyone reads this thread, I didn't want to leave the impression that I just never heard back on anything.
Ales provided me the information I was looking for and the rest is personal and won't put it out here. Suffice to say that I was impressed with Ales response and appreciative. He was very professional. Already know a lot of customers experience and many happy Istar owners. My reasons for not being an owner shall remain locked up. It's personal. Sorry. Know what you mean about the scrolling. Ughhh. I'm IIE binoviewing by the way. All I can say is WOW! Amazing what an IIE in binoview does (it's a biocular unit).
Sorry if it seems cryptic. Was not meant to be. Was meant to show the public that Istar exhibits professionalism despite type of customer or situation out of their control. It was supposed to be a good goodbye. Not bad.
Post by Vondragonnoggin on Mar 13, 2014 8:26:59 GMT -6
Well, this is my last post here as I won't be an Istar owner, but have to say two things first before going - IIE views for astronomy are incredible. Dropped a big chunk on equipment, but man oh man, I've never seen so much detail in any previous scope I've looked through. Using an IIE worked giving me the most detailed Orion's Nebula views I've ever seen. In nearly full moon and heavy light pollution right from my backyard. H-Alpha filtering is where it's at with IIE views.
Also - Ales sent me a very nice email that explained a lot of things and I want to thank him publicly for the response and explanation. Good luck with Istar and future sales. Your email communication was very much appreciated. I know you didn't really have to explain anything but you did and did it very eloquently. It went a very long way in keeping my opinion of Istar good.
If someone were to combine IIE views with one of these comet hunters, I bet the results would rock.
By the way I caught the 30% moon the other night, conditions were still marginal/poor but I enjoyed crisp, sharp views at 300X! I had to move the moon and slowly let it drift in to see any CA at all only the slightest fringe at the split second before the moon actually entered the view, I did that so I could determine if there was any since I wasn't seeing it. My filters have stayed in the case all three nights I've used it! I was using an astrotech af70 5MM if anyone wanted to know the combo.
Congratulations, as i have said by far the best deal in astronomy and quality the others wish they delivered! how many times has an unboxing review of other manufacturers been full of shortcomings and items that need to be replaced or upgraded, Not with my ISTAR. Mine is the f10 version and yours is the F8 can you imagine the F15! Never seen one in person, be interesting picking it up!
Last Edit: Mar 10, 2014 20:19:05 GMT -6 by rayden68
I know what you mean Jim. There is a you tube video of someone doing that with an observing chair, a G11 and a 14" SCT. Never thought about doing the same with a 2 metre long tube but would solve all sorts of lifting problems. Brilliant! Matt