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Commercial 50 Inch Dob!?

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Aww theres no price tag, we can only wonder what a monster like that would cost!

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Yup, just found out that Orion actually used to sell one!

http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/Dobsonian-Telescopes/Truss-Tube-Dobsonians/Orion-50-Monster-Dobsonian-Telescope/pc/1/c/12/sc/29/p/9162.uts

Can you imagine trying to use such a scope? You'd need an aircraft hangar to store that! :)

- AZ

I should imagine at the sort of price we would be looking at. Most people that ordered one probably have their own aircraft.:hello2:

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Sigh. Ridiculously big, but doesn't stop me from wanting one. Can't afford the 20 grand plus for 'em though. :hello2:

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They were advertising it for a year or two, don't know if they ever sold one. Obviously you'd need a big observatory, perfect site and lots of money. I think most billlionaires prefer to spend their cash on yachts and football teams.

You'd also need a very big ladder.

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I seem to remember them being £150,000 for the 50". Still no AP though, so I think you could do better to spend a third of that on a cracking AP setup!

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It'd be great to own one of those - but I think I'd have to upgrade my car too: :hello2:

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Although it must be said that Normand Fullum has a reputation for good optics. He's quite a guy: the only structure builder I can think of who also makes his own optics. If you haven't seen his scopes before then you're in for a treat: http://www.normandfullumtelescope.com/home_en.html

More stuff to add to my wish list! His scopes are truly wonderful.

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For some time Orion were also offering Ultra-portable dobs of sensible size (e.g. 18") with the same "sandwich primary" design as the monsters - but I've never seen any reviews. Anyone know if any of these lightweight dobs were actually sold? They're apparently discontinued though still listed on SCS Astro.

http://www.scsastro.co.uk/catalogue/orion-up18-premium-ultraportable-truss-dobsonian.htm

http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=15384

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I should imagine at the sort of price we would be looking at. Most people that ordered one probably have their own aircraft.:hello2:

People who could get buy one of those have so much money that they may as well buy the Hubble telescope!

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Umadog, thanks for the link, just finished reading it all and certainly a story to be told - don't know if I would have that amount of patience!

James

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I think I remember hearing that the monster dobs from Orion were discontinued. A right shame although I can't imagine that they sold very many. I still have it at the top of the list should I ever win the lottery :hello2:

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