I ordered the 8 inch from OPT. 2 days later I got a text from OPT saying my order was cancelled due to a problem with my credit card. Best thing that could have happened! The next day I sorted out my card (used the wrong card) and ordered the 10 inch! I couldn't believe how fast it arrived and in perfect condition. It is larger than it looks in the pictures. this thing is beefy. Only problem it makes you want to spend lots of money on lots of cool stuff. I upgraded to a 2 inch diagonal, treated myself to a 2 inch Tele vue 17mm Nagler, 2x focal extender, white light filter, a tube weight system ( cuz all that stuff is really heavy! ) All from OPT except the 2x extender. Wish it came with a hard case. OPT didn't have one in stock and I had to break down and get one where I could. Hard to get and very expensive JMI. I look all over for accessories and wind up going back to OPT 99% of the time. Maybe for some filters! Too bad you can't buy dark skies.
Excellent experience overall. The scope was packaged in a double thick box surrounded by high impact foam and it was not budging. Got it unpacked and set up in about 90 minutes, tops. Now I got to wait for my Case to arrive - gah.
great transaction, fast shipping, scope was beautifully packaged. I had earlier emails questions, the answers to which led to my decision to buy. I have subsequently ordered another item. Will be a regular customer.
great transaction; fast shipping; scope was beautifully packaged. I had earlier emails questions, the answers to which led to my decision to buy. I have subsequently ordered another item. Will be a regular customer.
Finally, a scope that delivers the crisp clear view of Jupiter that I always dreamed of. Saturn and especially Mars remain a challenge, but that is to be expected. Buying this scope did not magically transport me to the desert southwest. I like the magnetic north alignment option. If I take the time to perform alignment properly the "go to" pointing is pretty accurate. And when removed from the tripod, the scope is bulky, but not particularly heavy. Now if only I can get the communications port working for computer assisted "go to" and maybe a little guiding. So far no luck on that front.
We love the item.....assembling it was not easy and took two men working hours to attach the telescope onto the tripod. It is a beautiful, quality telescope and we are happy to have it ready for Mars. Please let us know when the new company producing the wheeley bars is ready to sell and distribute. OPT was great and we were correct to place the order through their company. We will use them again.