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    Re: Value and Beauty are in the eye of the beholder
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2006 Apr 1, 00:39 -0500

    Guy wrote, regarding Astra IIIB
    > we will get to the whole mirror VS. the traditional mirror next.
    
    Please reconsider the whole-horizon mirror, although you could swap out
    later From my experience, strongly consider new from Celestaire or other
    vendors of their Astra.  You won't find better (or more informed) folks to
    do business with before, during, and after the sale than Celestaire IMHO.  I
    am not a shill, but a satisfied customer in an age of "limited warrantees."
    
    As some have pointed out, a whole horizon mirror makes easy observations
    easier, and difficult observations much harder.  If you get the "list" bug,
    as I did (especially if landlocked most of the time), you will soon find
    yourself trying star-to-star and lunars, and regret the whole-horizon
    choice.
    
    If I recall correctly, Ken of Celestaire stated that 90% of working
    observations are of the sun.  He does know his stuff. With that in mind,
    from my vantage point his opinions about mirrors are balanced.
    
    http://celestaire.com/page8.html
    
    David Burch of Star Path also sells Celestaire's Astra. His opinions, IMHO,
    are unfavorable to the whole horizon mirror for valid reasons.  Please check
    out their opinions for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
    
    http://www.starpath.com/catalog/courses/cel_faqs.htm#full-view
    
    As a beginner, it was a tough choice for me.  In my case I am glad I made
    the choice of traditional split mirror (especially trying to go toe-to-toe
    with the mighty Alex and his Sno-T in the dark;-)
    
    For what it is worth,
    
    Bill
    
    
    

       
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