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From the Obsessed
15" UC Owners
Steve M., 15" UC owner in Phoenix, Arizona - June 23, 2016
I've been meaning to write to let you know that the 15" UC arrived earlier this month in excellent condition. I had first light several days later in the back yard. Of course I was operating under less than optimum conditions with a mostly illuminated moon, the usual terrible Phoenix light pollution, and lots of heat waves from the daytime temperatures (it was 117-degrees at my place last weekend!). Nevertheless, the views of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars were very good and showed the quality of the mirror. Incidentally, the engineering that went into this scope -- getting a large telescope into such a small package -- was very impressive. Thanks for supplying me with a great telescope in such a timely fashion!
Roland David, 15" UC owner in Montreal, Canada - January 18, 2016
Compared to my past four telescopes, this one is a real piece of engineering, precision and a beauty to look at. It was love at first sight!
Eric N., 15" UC owner in Santa Clara, California - September 8, 2015
My 15" UC arrived Friday, I spent the weekend assembling it, and had first light a few minutes ago.
I am astonished by this telescope! It's not just the amazing design, and the way it folds up so small, but the little details: the foam-covered steering handle; the slight backward/upward angle of the eyepiece holder; the elegant cable mirror support; and the ingenious kydex baffles that mount in seconds using only velcro. Best of all, it sat in the ATA case in my living room between work sessions, and made me grin as it takes up only a little more room than my Celestron 6 inch in its case!
Well done, and thanks!
Amir Abramovich, 15" UC owner in HaSolelim Israel - June 20, 2015
Just to let you know that my scope is a joy to use. Simple and quick setup and great views.
Eugene F., 15" UC owner in Calgary, Alberta - April 20, 2015
I am completely blown away. Leo, Virgo, Coma, Canes galaxies were leaping at me like never before. I am too exhausted now to do the full report but I will. Jupiter was fantastic as well. Thank you so much!
John Lynch, 15" UC owner (#391) in San Diego, California
October 27, 2014
Hi Dave, just got back from the "Nightfall" Star party in Borrego Springs, California. A lot of people were very interested in that 15"u/c scope. Many comments on how beautiful it is and how well constructed. I lost track of how many times people would look in the eye piece and say "Wow" I've never seen it look quite like that before or that's the best I've ever seen that object. One of my personal favorites was looking at the veil nebula. Quite amazing! Thanks for building such a great piece of equipment for me and everyone else you build them for.
Thank you, John Lynch - 15" UC #391
Claudio Elicer, 15" UC owner in Santiago, Chile - Jan. 24, 2013
Hi Dave, glad to speak with you again. Just to show you the last Moon / Jupiter meeting, 01.22.2013, with my excellent 15" UC, I have been learning about astrophotography, but I'm still a beginner.
Keep in touch.
Ron W., 15" UC owner in Cummington, Massachusetts
May 11, 2012
Hi Dave, It stopped raining, the skies cleared, and I didn't have a commitment... Therefore FIRST LIGHT! The 15 inch UC is absolutely amazing! After a bit of playing around, primarily with the Argo Navis, everything worked perfectly. Going through the setup a couple of times inside made it so easy under the stars. Using a barlowed collimator made collimation a breeze; I had never tried it before but would never collimate any other way. Stars with the Paracorr and my Nagler Type 2 16mm were perfect to the edge and deep sky images were bright... almost as bright as my homemade 17.5 inch with conventional coatings.
Again, thanks so much for everything,
Ron W., 15" UC owner in Cummington, Massachusetts
March 26, 2012
Hi Dave, I finally got a break when I could set up my scope, inside alas. Your instructions are very clear and the scope went together very easily... I took your advice and proceeded very slowly and deliberately. What a beautiful instrument! I'll send you photos of me and the scope when I get the chance. I can't wait to get it under the stars!
My very best... and again, thanks so much,
Claudio E., 15" UC owner in Santiago, Chile - May 23, 2011
Hi Dave, Just to let you know that everything is OK with the scope. It has fully matched my expectations, in excess. Very clear and defined imagery, even with the cheap eyepieces I have. I could take a glimpse of Saturn, and I saw details I had never seen before. Also, I just saw the M104 galaxy, which I'd never been able to see. Thank you very much.
Jerry C., 15" UC owner in Rumson, New Jersey - January 4, 2010
Hi Dave..... Received my 15" U.C. on New Years eve day. Let me say this... YOU OUGHT TO BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU MAKE! What a work of art.... EVEN my wife is impressed! It's a HOME RUN! Thanks.... JERRY C.
Scott M., 15" UC owner in Sunnyvale, California - July 22, 2009
Dave, Just a followup email to say thank you very much for an excellent instrument, I've taken it out a couple times for its shakedown, and it performs very well. I look forward in re-discovering the sky with this much larger aperture. The easy setup and break down of the 15" UC is surprisingly simple and quick. My other scopes seem like a chore to deal with compared to the UC -- and they are smaller!
Happy observer, Scott M.
Phil C., 15" UC owner in Toronto, Canada - May 4, 2009
I wanted to tell you that my new 15" UC saw first light last night from my back yard near Toronto. WOW! I only had it pointed at Saturn and the Moon (the skies around home are not conducive to DSOs) but had the power cranked up to 263x with a 7mm Nagler and Paracorr. During moments of good seeing (it was a bit windy last night), the views were amazing and sharp.
Cheryl Blum, 15" UC owner - March 24, 2009
Just want to let you know that I am having a blast observing with the 15 inch ultra compact. What a beautiful scope it is. Thanks for all the wonderful features you designed into it! I have hauled it around with me to quite a few places (far, far away from my suburban Chicago skies) but I will forever be grateful for the beauty of the first views that I enjoyed with it under those beautiful Oklahoma skies at Okie-Tex.