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RE: RE: Blue Meade Ds-114ec Is It Real? Other Ds114ec Questions

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Posted by Rick Richardson on October 23, 2000 06:16:21 UTC

I purchased a DS-114ec-hq from Sam`s. It came with the AutoStar. Total cost was $260 with sales tax. I have counted the moons around Jupiter. Seen 2 middle bands on same. Saturn stands out with the rings separated from the planetary disk.

Once I watched the tape and figured out how to polar align the scope (the manual had steps out of order), I come very close to my target. If I work at it I can get the scope to put the target in the eyepiece (25mm .965) without using the finder scope.

My three complaints are the finder scope prisms a bit. And the focuser takes .965 eyepieces. It looks like an easy modification could allow 1.25 eyepieces (not an adapter). I am going to talk to meade about getting a 1.25 focuser. Finally it does shake when you focus at high magnifications, but I wrap legs with some velcro once I have them set in the ground (pushing the tips in the ground helps alot) and leveled, and that helps quite a bit.

All in all for $260 I cannot complain. It is getting me excited about astronomy again. Some people fish; others gaze at stars. I`m a gazer. I am already thinking about my next purchase in the $1500 range.

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