I was shocked - SHOCKED! - to discover that there was no thread yet on the Coulter Odyssey dobsonians!
For the rest of you - welcome to the Wonderful World of the Odyssey! I bought my Odyssey 8 in 1989 and it's been my constant companion ever since. Mine is strictly the original (even with the
FYI Dobsonians like my Odyssey 8 (nickname Big Red) are strict alt-azimuths, visual only newtonian reflectors, with super cheap but durable and steady parts (the primary tube is cardboard sonotube used for pouring concrete!); yet configured cleverly, they can easily operate above 200x. And they have fast, but solid optics.
Anyway, these Odysseys are bulletproof, awesome, and at any moment put you FIVE minutes away from looking through the eyepiece. Which you just can't beat. This thing is a member of the family, and heck, my wife wouldn't let me get rid of it even if I wanted to!
It's even 100% American designed and manufactured and assembled. Good stuff.
p.s. I'm including some pictures from the planetary work I did just last night:
Here's an old
Primary 200mm (off-axis stopped down to 65mm here), 900mm focal length -->
1st picture is w 17mm Plossl --> 52x
2nd picture is w 10mm Plossl + 2x Barlow --> 180x
Last picture is Big Red in Herschelian mode