Why are PST and other solar scopes still so expensive.

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Why are PST and other solar scopes still so expensive.

Postby EIZO » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:09 pm

I won't moan about you have it all in the US especially when it comes to low cost gear, which is a LOT cheaper that we have in the Uk, but even taking in to account our money grabbing government who add 20% VAT to our purchases,

Why are PST and other solar scopes still so expensive.

Surely the parts that make up a PST can not justify £900 ( $1272.84 )

I appreciate the more that sell the less they cost but PST's and others have been around for YEARS now, the tubes are cheap alloy and the case standard steel or alloy
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Re: Why are PST and other solar scopes still so expensive.

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:12 pm

I got my PST for my 50th birthday and have been promised an upgrade for my 100th.

I wish they were cheaper, too. As I understand it, the Fabry-Perot etalon is the most expensive part. Having said that, the now-discontinued Calcium K version was the same price and was not that technologically sophisticated.

There is also the Lunt-LS35 and the Daystar Quark to consider.

Of course, I played my part in popularising this branch of astronomy.

The bad news is that the Sun is now very quiet. As I'm stoney broke and the camera I used has packed up, I need to find a new imaging method.
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Re: Why are PST and other solar scopes still so expensive.

Postby EIZO » Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:53 pm

Paintbrush :)
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