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Full Review: 20" f3.0 SpicaEyes Telescope on a Platform

CloudyNights Review

Owners Speak Out

A Customer Review by Markus Hagi

Customer Comment of the Month
   Updated 8/24/21

 Astrophotography with a Platform
 MallinCam Imaging
 MallinCam at the 2010 OSP
 Image of the Month Updated 8/29/22


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Equatorial Platforms
for great Dob tracking.

A well-made Dobsonian telescope is an excellent observing machine. It features unmatched stability and smoothness of motion. Plus, it is eminently compact and transportable. However, the Dobsonian has one major drawback - no motor drive. You have to push it around to follow what you're viewing. This can get to be a hassle.

Set a Dobsonian on an Equatorial Platform and experience instant motorized tracking! Wherever you point, you're tracking - smoothly, precisely - without losing stability, ease of operation or portability.

A Dobsonian mounted on an EQUATORIAL PLATFORM becomes the ultimate user-friendly telescope. Perfect for High-Power Drawing, Classes, Star-Parties, Group Viewing, Astrophotography and CCD Imaging.

Large Aperture
Aluminum Telescope System with SlipStream GoTo Drive

These new SpicaEyes Telescopes combine solid All-Aluminum construction with a new GoTo drive system that integrates a Slip Clutch on both axes for full-time manual and motorized slew control.

32" f2.8 SlipStream Telescope
with Lockwood Optics

Recently, Equatorial Platforms has completed the construction, assembly and testing of a new 32" F2.8 SlipStream Telescope.
Click here for a report
of the telescope’s mechanical and optical performance, based on testing/calibration over a period of several evenings. While the quality of the night sky during these sessions was not superior, still, certain evaluations can be made about both the mechanics and the optics of this amazing telescope.

30" f3.3 SlipStream Telescope
with Kennedy Optics

Click here to see a PDF article about this amazing telescope in the Sept/Oct. 2010 issue of Astronomy Technology Today.

You can find objects fast by using the included Argo Navis computer. The telescope will automatically slew, or you can move it by hand. Once you find your target, the telescope will track it for you, keeping it centered in the field of view. The integrated SlipStream clutches allow you to move the scope at any time by hand or with the motorized slew control, with no levers to disengage.

These SpicaEyes Aluminum Telescopes are also available with Integrated Aluminum Platforms for superior imaging capability.

Customer Comment of the Month -

Jim Bolleboom in New Zealand recently received his new Dual-axis Aluminum Platform. He is shown here with his 10" dob on the Platform. Jim also plans to use it with a 16"dob eventually. Here are his comments after the first night out with the Platform:

"I had the Platform out under the stars for the first time last night and everything is running beautifully. It was a bit of a revelation. I did not fully appreciate what I was missing. I had intended to spend the evening just learning how to get the alignment as accurate as possible but after a quick tablet-compass alignment I spent the evening just enjoying the new sensation of such a relaxed approach to viewing. Even with that quick alignment I was able to find something, go inside, grab a beer, chat to the family and still the object was in the field of view. Exactly what I was after! Jupiter and Saturn are up at the moment so I had a very enjoyable and relaxed lucky imaging session as well. Being able to take the time to zoom in and focus and play with the settings makes all the difference in the world. At 2 am I called it a night (work today).

Your Platform is brilliant. It will enhance this hobby for me immensely. Next steps are to more accurately align and have a crack at some longer exposures but the weather is closing in for a couple of days. I'll let you know how I get on."

When asked about his companion in the photo, Jim said: "That's Max. He is a border terrier. Cool little dog and full of beans!"