Fastar has largely ran well this season without troubling the judge so you couldn't ask the handicapper to drop him any more than the 3lb he has, but there have been strong signs he is about to peak.
Charles Bishop, whose only three rides on Fastar resulted in his two wins last September and last month's third at Sandown, is back on board and, if he gets the breaks in this big field, I think he'll go very close.
Describing the process of converting an SCT for use with HyperStar, Dr Arditti explained that whilst a few Celestron SCTs--those marketed as Fastar
compatible--needed no modification to receive it, most had to have a conversion kit applied first.
The HyperStar concept originated with Celestron in the late 1990s when the company developed its line of Fastar
scopes and auxiliary optics called the Fastar
I tested the CGE Pro with more than a half-dozen telescopes, ranging from a 92-mm refractor (for which the mount was total overkill) up to a 14-inch Celestron Fastar
system (that we'll review in an upcoming issue) weighing more than 60 pounds.
The optical specifications of the CPC scopes are unchanged from the GPS models except that the CPCs are no longer compatible with the optional Fastar
CCD imaging system.
Three of them - a 16-inch Meade LX200, a 14-inch Celestron Fastar
, and a 7-inch Meade apo refractor - are housed in individual 12-foot clamshell domes.
The novel Fastar
CCD imaging system is a collaborative effort between Celestron International and Santa Barbara Instrument Group (SBIG).
In addition to the full complement of hardware, the NORTH FDS offers a Flight Analysis Safety Trend and Reporting System (FASTARS
) a complete software application to download, display and perform Flight Operation Quality Assurance (FOQA) analysis.