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I'm new to the group. Just got a Konusmotor 500 (short tube, Newtonian, equatorial mount). It came with a dent from Amazon, but they gave me 25% off so I'll keep it. First night I got a good view of Saturn. It really does have rings! I look forward to learning more from all of you and sharing what I know. Alan
That's my scope. I agree it seems to offer decent bang for cheap buck. I did uncover a problem with the mount - the declination ring pointer is 90 deg off, so it points to 0 instead of 90 when you are polar aligning. I called Konus and also spoke with one of their top distributors; neither of them had ever noticed that problem before but agreed it was an error. I have long had an interest in astronomy, but never really acted on it till now. This winter, when I saw that Saturn and Jupiter were going to be so visible, I decided to go for it. I put in some time studying astronomy and researching telescopes through various online resources. I also found a great free program called "Sky Charts" from a fellow in Switzerland and have spent a good deal of time learning that and playing with different animations of the heavens. Since I enjoy using my GPS unit, I also decided to figure out the workings of celestial navigation. So I think I now have a good basic working knowledge of the celestial sphere. Once I get the scope completely operational, my next goal is to take some astrophotos. Also, I guess I'll have to let my wife and three sons take a look through once in a while!