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The Best Mini Guide Scope Yet? Probably.
I tested the William Optics Uniguide 32mm for the first time last night. I must say, I'm very impressed. I have several other guide scopes including a 60mm from the most popular astro-camera maker, and another from the largest online everything retailer and this one has FAR-AND-AWAY the best optics, build quality, and especially features. It features: Marked graduation focusing scale, front helical focusing objective lens and a locking ring - NOT a helical rear tube like others, so with the Uniguide you never rotate your camera (I hate the rear helical where you end up rotating your camera when you focus!), brass compression ring with three set screws - NOT set screws only which mar your camera tube, and the dovetail is fixed and perfectly aligned/centered so just mount it and go - no need to align it to your scope. It's just very well thought-out and I'm VERY glad I chose it over several other mini guide scopes I was looking at. Did I mention the optics are outstanding? They are. Tight, sharp, round stars, not fuzzy or elongated like my other guide scopes and at f/3.75 it has a nice wide FOV making finding a guide star effortless. I give it five stars because, well, there's nothing I can think of I'd improve on it. It squarely hit's everything I was looking for and then some: Light weight but solid (using an SW AZ-GTi mount, weight was key for me), excellent optics, excellent FOV, non-marring brass compression rings, easy focusing with a scale and locking ring , and factory aligned dovetail - mount and go - ****** simple. It also works flawlessly with my SX Lodestar X2 guide camera with lots of back focus room to spare - also key for me. The fact that it matches my ZS 73III is simply a bonus. It's a real winner in my book!
Ordered the wrong item, Customer service made the return a breeze. Reordered the correct item and it was here quickly as always.