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Re: Meade Starfinder Equatorial 10"

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Posted by Paul Rest/">Paul Rest on September 4, 1998 00:21:29 UTC

I do not own the Meade 10" EQ Starfinder, but here is what I've heard: the EQ mount is good enough for visual observing and short exposure astrophotography (like of the moon, planets and so forth). Meade always has very good optics in their scopes, top of their class often. I've heard problems with the Starfinder's venilation, but that was the 6" and the 10" might have better venilation. I've used the plastic focusers included with Starfinders and I have to say I was no impressed, they feel sloppy and jerky and I highly recommend that you upgrade to a metal body one or even a Crayford (like JMI's focusers). In terms of what you can expect, a 10" will show the spiral arms of M51 nicely, structure in lots of galaxies and stuff visible down to about 14th mag. Jupiter will show a great wealth of detail, festoons and such being visible between the belts, Saturn will show it's rings and cloud belts nicely as well, at higher powers things like the C ring and Encke's are possible but require good seeing. The better globulars like M13 or M3 are beautiful, with thousands of stars visible and so forth. Hope this is of some help, and good seeing.

-Paul

: Could someone let me know how good is the above telescopeand what I can expect to see. : Thank you.

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