Vic,

You may use my report any way you desire.

Though I have bought several other products of yours, both directly and through OPT (one of my absolute favorite vendors... great advice givers!), this is my first SV scope. This is probably also the least expensive high-tech scope you have ever offered. Let me say, I am quite impressed!

This new SV70ED is the best performing little scope I have ever tested!

Wide field and high resolution imaging performance both contained in a small light-weight package! And affordable! What could be better?

First Light: SV70ED, Serial Number-2

Early morning, Friday, October 10, 2008, transparency 5, seeing 4 (1-5, 5 best).

M42, Orion Nebula, M43, are visible, plus all of the surrounding field stars are diamond dust on black velvet, at 18X (3.8 mm exit pupil, using 23 mm FL Stellarvue eyepiece). What a tremendous wide field of view! The 18X view covers nearly 3-degrees of star-field! [About 2.89 degrees!] The Trapezium appears as only three stars at 18X. 05:40 AM PT.

Took a look for any sign of the Horsehead Nebula, but did not see a hint of it. [Need another 1-3 magnitudes of sky transparency!]

Next stop: Pleiades, M45. All Seven Sisters visible, plus dozens of their cousins! Fine view of star field! Alcyone looks “white,” as in a reflecting telescope. The Merope Nebula visible as the most delicate of faint “gauze-like” nebulosity.

Sirius looks “white,” like in a reflector! [Good choice of glass, Vic!]

Next stop: Polaris-A and Polaris-B, to check out resolving power of optics. At 47X (1.5 mm exit pupil, using 9 mm FL Stellarvue Plossl eyepiece), Polaris-B is resolved, and is located at 3-O’clock position angle, using star diagonal. At 60X (1.2 mm exit pupil, using 7 mm FL RGO eyepiece), the split is even better defined, and the Airy disk of Polaris-A is easier to see. At 100X (0.7 mm exit pupil) the Airy disk of Polaris-A is well defined, and is a pinkish orange color, there are momentary fragments of the first two diffraction rings, but the seeing is not good enough to allow them to be steadily seen. At 100X, Polaris-B is starting to fade out; if the seeing were a little better, the visibility of Polaris-B would be unaffected.  At 150X (0.5 mm exit pupil, using 7 mm FL RGO and 2.5X TV Powermate), the Airy disk of Polaris-A is very well defined; the first ring is mostly there; only occasional fragments of the 2nd ring can be seen; Polaris-B is faded out, and only occasionally “blinks” into view. Returning to 60X, the pair makes a fine view.  The sky is starting to brighten noticeably with the coming of dawn. 06:38 AM PT, October 10, 2008.