SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS

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SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS

Post by Pluton » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:49 pm

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Now that the CORONADO SolarMax II 60 BF10 model has a good price I'm thinking about acquiring one, I've also seen that Daystar has released the SS60-DS model, at a lower price, has someone been able to use them for visual observation?
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Re: SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS

Post by ffellah » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:28 am

Hi Pau: I had the 60 BF 10 as one of my first solar scopes and I enjoyed it a lot. Very portable, I found it to be well built and providing good views.

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Re: SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS

Post by Merlin66 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:00 am

Pau,
The Daystar offering seems to be their Quark Chromo mounted in a 60mm f 15 refractor.
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Re: SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS

Post by Valery » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:35 am

I'd go with Coronado!
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Re: SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS

Post by marktownley » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:34 am

I'd agree with Valery!
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Re: SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS

Post by Marcus444 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:13 am

Can't seem to find any reviews of the super cheap Daystar solar scout anywhere on the web - yet it's been on sale for quite a while. Anyone else heard any feedback yet?
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Re: SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS

Post by MalVeauX » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:49 pm

I would not touch the Daystar. The "double stack performance" is marketing garbage. It's not a double stack at all and is going to have parasitic continuum show up. For imaging purposes, it's a fairly long scope too, due to the internal telecentric. Also, how do you double stack it in the future if you want to?

There's no reviews from people you'd trust as a 3rd party objective reviewer either, yet they're selling left and right.

Ultimately it's a short achromat with a Quark and an internal telecentric that you cannot take apart without likely breaking stuff to harvest the Quark (I think everyone is looking at it more as a cheaper Quark than anything). If you look at their wording, they say "effective focal length" so there's a telecentric in there. 930mm effective focal length, so it's quite long, in terms of imaging. And 60mm is not going to net you high resolution for imaging. And again, you can't truly double stack it. Even if it's 0.5A or 0.6A effectively, that's not double stack, that's just bandwidth. A double stack at 0.7A will kill a 0.5A single stack in terms of the true benefits of double stacking (parasitic continuum removal, narrow skirt profile, etc). No free lunch here. It's $700 for a reason.

SolarMax is what I would do for only a bit more. Way better future upgrade path.

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Re: SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS

Post by Marcus444 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:19 pm

That was my feeling too - until there's clear evidence that the Daystar delivers what it claims. They've already sold out 2-3 production runs apparently, so why no reviews?
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