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For over 50 years, Questar has been one of the most sought after telescopes in the world.
Celebrities (e.g. Johnny Carson, the late Dave Garroway, Arthur C. Clarke - 2001 Space Odyssey, Peter Sellers ) have cherished it, and
heads of state have presented it as a gift (President Eisenhower gave a Questar to King Mohammed V of Morocco), and it has been the star
in Hollywood cinema (The Mechanic - 1972; starring Charles Bronson; Body Double - 1984, directed by Brian dePalma).
Onlookers have salivated for Questar, but only those seekers and lovers of fine instrumentation, eventually
purchase one; many times late in life, fulfilling the dream of owning "The finest of the finest".
The following list of Frequently Asked Questions, gives some insight into what Questar is and is not.






What is a Questar Telescope?

Questar is the brand name of a telescope designed by the late Lawrence E. Braymer, and first marketed in 1954.
The design is based on the Maksutov - Cassegrain configuration, consisting of an optical system comprised of both
a concave mirror, and a meniscus lens. It is the world's most patented and imitated telescope.

How can so small a telescope be useful?

Questar is not much bigger than a laboratory microscope. Unlike larger telescopes, Questar is a
unique puppy! It can serve as a long distance microscope, spotting scope, and/or astronomical telescope. While
others are waiting for clear skies, a Questar owner can be in the comfort of their home, observing microscopic
details of the houseplant from a distance of 10 feet! It's size, means it doesn't require its own closet for storage,
and setup time is immediate. Such an instrument gets used far more than the big guys. With a Questar,
insects, birds, and distant galaxies are within your grasp.

What can I see with it?

You can see more with a Questar than any other telescope. No other telescope has the
ability to focus from a range of 10 feet to infinity, without using something extra to accomplish it! The non-intimidating
size of the Questar, allows it to become an extension of yourself, and you become one with it. The Joy of Questar
manifests itself in fine images, ergonomics, and mesmerizing beauty of the instrument itself. The journey begins
with your vision and imagination.

How suitable is Questar for Bird Watching?

Questar has been the envy of bird watchers. The high end spotting telescopes are used by many birders, but lack the magnification,
close-focusing, and photographic versatility of Questar. Soon to appear will be a ruggedized birding Questar, engineered for impact and
waterproofness; sporting features akin to Questar's used in U.S. Military combat zones. This indeed will be the ultimate birding scope.

How durable is Questar?

Questar is beautiful, but it is also a tough little mother! The component materials are engineered
to last a lifetime. Only the finest corrosion resistant metals are used in the design, and the optics is the finest and
permanently aligned. There are no plastic gears to wear out, or flimsy controls to become mis-aligned. Tolerances
are tight, yet silky smooth. The design is well thought out, and no telescope made is as ergonomically friendly. This is the design of choice by Law Enforcement
Agency's, U.S. Military, and Global Surveillance and Intelligence Agency's. When other telescopes have been relegated to landfills, a Questar will still be around,
being used by someone, somewhere in time.

Why does it cost so much?

The Questar was designed for "A lover of Fine Instruments". This is the instrument of choice of
those wanting to broaden their cosmic conscience, and experience the awe. When Questar was marketed in
1954, it was selling for $795. In year 2000 dollars, a Questar should cost about $5,000; a far cry from the exorbitant
increases in car prices! And Questar, amortized over a lifetime of enjoyment, costs pocket change! The Questar
design is so complete, that it's timeless. Questar is a low volume, custom made in the USA telescope. The many
who desire to own one, guarantees owning a posession that will always maintain its value over time.

Should I buy a used Questar?

A used Questar is a most sought after telescope, and finding one is not easy. Questar is
tagged the moment it leaves the factory, and is audited if it ever returns for service. Thus if you find a used
Questar, it's history is easily traceable. Upon securing a used Questar, a full overhaul service is recommended;
costing about $400.

Can a Questar be purchased at a discount?

Yes. But don't expect huge markdowns, like those published for Meade or Celestron
mass produced telescopes. With Questar, diligent shoppers can have discounts of up to 10 percent.

What accessories do I need?

Questar is a most complete telescope. For some owners, no additional "stuff" is needed.
For others dipping into photography (astro or otherwise), the camera-coupler extension tube set; and the
Powerguide (for precision astro-tracking), are the most popular add-ons at the time of purchase.
Unlike some telescopes, Questar includes two (2) world class Brandon eyepieces, built-in barlow
lens, solar observing accessories, fine handsome luggage-like carrying case, and built-in finder as standard equipment.

What about taking pictures?

If you can view it, you can photograph it! Questar has the world's most complete
system for photography. Regardless of camera type (e.g. video camera, digital, 35mm SLR, CCD),
a method is available to couple it to the Questar. With the Camera Coupler accessory, one has the
option of prime focus, eyepiece projection, afocal coupling, and Barlow magnification. Unlike
other telescopes, the Questar extended focus range, and narrow light cone, guarantees the
image will reach the film plane or CCD sensor, with ease.

Is the ETX as good as a Questar?

A lover of fine instruments is not satisfied with function alone. Thus one can say
with certainty that a Timex keeps good time, but a connoisseur would consider owning nothing
short of a Rolex watch. Such is the nature of Questar, the world's most perfect telescope! The ETX
does Questar proud, as it is clearly a Questar wannabe!. But unlike the "Little Engine that could",
the ETX is the "Little Telescope that can't"; be a Questar, that is. On the surface, the ETX looks cute,
and actually produces very good images. But this cheap imitation, made of plastic and aluminum,
eventually loses its luster in short order, as the pancake makeup begins to smudge. It is obvious
that a plastic based telescope, assembled with adhesives and other inferior materials, is not designed
for the connoisseur. And that's okay. On the other hand, if you want the "Best of the Best", then
Questar is worthy of consideration.







The opinions and ideas expressed herein are from Barry Carter. The information is provided "as is" for your enjoyment, and disclaims any connection with the Questar Corporation, officers, or employees. Send comments and questions to: chiron666@sbcglobal.net
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