- Orion 8
- each other
I haven't had the opportunity to observe with scope yet. I'll list my first impressions. The box it came in was a little dented in places when it arrived. Fortunately, everything inside was fairly well padded and intact. First thing I noticed after assembly and installing on my mount was that it was completely out of collimation. I had to adjust the secondary and primary mirrors using a laser collimator. I did it initially with a Cheshire, but it wasn't as close as I needed it. I learned a lot in the process of collimating both with the Cheshire and the laser. It comes with the tube rings and a finder scope. The finder scope is decent, but there are probably better aftermarket ones. The primary scope itself is well built. There's only been one thing that gives me pause. The focuser is a little sloppy even with the fine adjustment. The focuser has 2 locking bolts that are opposite each other which makes me wonder why one wouldn't do until I tried using only one. It'll slip when you attempt to turn the focuser. I'm already looking into an aftermarket focuser. Given the price of the scope, I was hoping for a slighter better focuser. My first choice (Orion 8" Astrograph) had a wait time of multiple months, so I had to settle on this one. That scope is $150 cheaper than this one and I think comparable in build quality. Overall, I'm happy with the scope, but it was my second choice.