HELP! with Portaball

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Betsy
Post subject: HELP! with Portaball
Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:08 pm
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Hi,

I know, I know, I haven't been around for awhile, but ....I am in the process of purchassing a 12.5" Portaball to be shipped and am in desparate need of some advice.

The seller has shipped similiar scopes, successfully with the primary still in place in the sphere. I guess that sends quivers down my spine.

Any, and all, helpful suggestions are welcome on the shipment of truss scopes.

I am so looking forward to a Portaball that I have been LONGING for many years. Hello Erik! I can't believe that I had a thread asking about buying one in 2005! :)

So any ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Oh yeah......finally got Bill Maher's "Religulous" out of the Library the other day.. Love the cover....Chucky!

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Hey Betsy! Nice to see you again. :)

No way I'd ship the mirror in the scope, unless the seller is willing to accept full responsibility.

When I shipped my 16" mirror from California to Hawaii, I packed it inside of two layers of rigid 1.5" acoustic foam, with a third layer being a foam insert I made so the mirror couldn't move around. The mirror itself was wrapped in soft tissue. I packed all that inside of a hefty box with about a roll of tape on it. Then I packed all that inside of another bigger box. I sent it priority, and I think it cost me over $50 to ship it. But well worth the price, since nothing happened to it, and it arrived safely.

BTW, congrats on possibly getting the Portaball, Betsy. You'll love it! Ever since viewing through Barry Farnelius' 12.5" Portaball, I've been a fan. :cool:

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Hi Betsy,

Congrats on the 12.5 PB! A good friend of mine has both the 8" & 12.5 models and they are awesome scopes. I've used them many times and the ability to move anywhere in the sky and rotate the eyepiece to wherever you need it really makes for some nice observing. The lightening-fast setup / knockdown is nice too, not to mention a 12.5 scope taking up only one seat in the vehicle.

As for the mirror, I'll second Erik's comments. Try to get the mirror shipped like he described for his 16, which is also the same way Zambuto ships his mirrors. I would never ship the mirror in the scope.

Let us know how you like it after you've had a chance to use it.

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Ditto to what Erik and Kerry said. Congratulations if you get it. One of my observing buddies has a 12.5" Portaball. It gives great views, and is a darned handy and compact scope.

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Congrats on the PB, Betsy. Ditto what the others said, pack the mirror separately.

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Nice to see you, Betsy.

I say have him keep the mirror in place, and while he's at it, tell him to throw some loose stone in there. LOL! Seriously, don't accept anything less than complete removal, and obsessive packaging in a seperate box. Even if it cost's you a bit more it will be well worth it.

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Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:42 pm
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Okay, okay....I just have to say.....YEA!!!!!

I bought the 12.5" Portaball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's on it's way from Atlanta. I can't believe it. I checked an old thread that I posted in 2005 about PB's in CN. I'm playing devil's advocate in my mind right now....what if I'm disappointed?...too much to expect?

I need to do this so that I'll be excited again when it arrives...I hope :neutral:

i certainly can not afford a NEW PB...so here goes. I think one of the best things for me will be the rotating UTA.....hello! back.

Thanks to the few PB owners on CN that I have been PM'ing too, they have been patient with my concerns, advice, worries, and have just been a great help.

So, hopefully I'll be screaming with excitement when I get it set up and peer through my Naglers. Ah, setting it up. Betsy did enjoy center-spotting the Hardin (came without a center-spot!) and alot of other up-grades!. I tinkered with it alot.

So.....wish me luck..........and as Bill Maher would say........Kiddo, I wish you luck!

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You're gonna love it, Betsy. :cool:

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Congrats, Betsy!!!

I don't think you'll be disappointed. Please post pics! :cool:

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Congratulations, Betsy. Is it the standard f/5 focal ratio? IIRC, there was also an f/4 mirror offered.

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