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#1351 sn1987a

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 08:09 AM

My recently arrived Plettstone 18 f4.2 Zambuto. That's it!
no more scopes, I have enough, no really I mean it this time... :D

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#1352 tezster

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 08:32 AM

I love the minimalist design of that scope :) is it new? I didn't realize that Plettstone scopes were still being made?

I can also see some of the similarities (as well as differences) compared to a DobStuff.

#1353 BDS316

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 09:25 AM

My version of an XT8 with many mods.

http://www.astrogood...e.goldeneye.jpg

Astrogoods 1st Base Mount
Bob's knobs
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Moonlite focuser
Digital altimeter for computerized push-to
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#1354 sn1987a

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 09:31 AM

I just bought it recently secondhand off Astromart from a very nice chap. It cost me an arm and a leg in shipping and import fees but they will grow back eventually. The scope is a real treasure!. I had it out on Saturn a couple of nights ago and man that Zambuto mirror is fantastic. The weather has been inclement ever since but I hope to get it out to a dark site next month. If you ever get a chance to buy one you won't regret it, this scope is a definate keeper.
The setup time is quick, the cooldown time is very fast and I find it surprisingly easy to manually handle. I love it. Michelle Stone built beautiful telescopes. :bow:

#1355 Mirzam

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:49 AM

Love the gold-anodized Moonlite focuser with the black tube. Reminds me of a black 911 with gold rims.

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#1356 johnsshipp

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 11:22 AM

Here's my modified Celestron 130

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#1357 BDS316

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 04:21 PM

Love the gold-anodized Moonlite focuser with the black tube. Reminds me of a black 911 with gold rims.

Mean machine

JimC


Thanks. That was kind of the idea and the name "GoldenEye" from the James Bond movie. Ron at Moonlite now sells quite a few Gold units for the black tube scopes and I was the early trend setter.

#1358 Alvin Huey

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:54 PM

My recently arrived Plettstone 18 f4.2 Zambuto. That's it!
no more scopes, I have enough, no really I mean it this time... :D


I know this scope as my observing buddy sold it to you. Great scope! :)

Also that particular mirror...it is one of the best Carl has ever made.

#1359 sn1987a

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 10:01 PM

My recently arrived Plettstone 18 f4.2 Zambuto. That's it!
no more scopes, I have enough, no really I mean it this time... :D


I know this scope as my observing buddy sold it to you. Great scope! :)

Also that particular mirror...it is one of the best Carl has ever made.



Hello Alvin,

I have read your FaintFuzzies site with great interest and Bill mentioned you and your gear in our correspondence. Yes I am very lucky to have bought this scope, it is superb. I can't wait to get it out under a truly dark sky.

Barry

#1360 Shneor

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 02:16 PM

Here's my 22". built by Bruce Sayre, on an Equatorial Platform. The mirror cover is still on.

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#1361 FJA

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:44 PM

I got a new little friend. I've been meaning to get an 8" dob for a while and a friend had this second-hand Dark Star 8" f/6 for sale. Dark Star was run by a guy in Wales who made basic Dobsonians for a number of years in the 1980s and 90s but has since ceased trading, they're basic box-and-tube designs but well-made.

I'll use this scope for those nights where it's not worth getting the 18" out - grab-and-go short sessions (and it is grab-and-go, it's surprisingly lightweight and I can pick the whole lot up in one go) and sucker-hole sessions, plus observing trips to the southern coastal road, which has an excellent view to the south over the sea; I can't take the 18" on those trips.

The 8" is seen here in the 'observashed', with my 18" in collapsed form under the silver cover and another 8" which is an f/4 and which I'll be selling at some point (I rarely use it, because it's a PITA to keep collimated, because the secondary mirror moves around and the primary cell is horrendous, and I hate equatorial mounts...). No better photo yet because it was raining.

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#1362 FJA

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:52 PM

And here's my 18" set up before a recent observing session, but before I'd put the finder on and eyepiece in or removed the wheelbarrow handles...

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#1363 Chassetter

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 09:42 PM

 Celestron SP-C6 by Vixen.

 

 

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#1364 astroneil

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 06:27 PM

Here is Octavius; my best telescope.

 

A well flocked 8" f/6 classical Newtonian with a 22 per cent central obstruction and enhanced Hilux coatings on both mirrors.

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#1365 sopticals

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 02:40 AM

My home built 25" dob, (total cost was less than $1200) just refitted with a replacement 25" f5.3 home ground 1 1/2" thick mirror, (in place of the 3/4" thick f4.68 original). It is fairly tall being 12' from ground level to eyepiece, at zenith.

 

Stephen.(45deg.S.)

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#1366 DoctorNoodle

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Posted 03 April 2015 - 08:51 PM

This goes under the category of "Boys and Girls, Don't Try This at Home." It's Orion's 8-inch f/4.9 Newt on a first-generation MiniTower. We're talkin' right at the limit of the mount's weight capacity. I already had the mount and aperture fever dictated that I wouldn't be happy with anything smaller. The mount actually handles the scope well as long as no contact is made with the OTA. I had to add an Accu-Focus because the OTA got the jiggles no matter how lightly the focuser was touched.

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#1367 Darren Drake

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Posted 04 April 2015 - 08:16 PM

Here is me and my 18 inch modified sky designs on an eq platform at last year's Okie-Tex.   It has an st 120 on it.  The platform is not really visible at this angle and is a Crossbow platform by Blandin Technical Solutions 

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#1368 Stephen Kennedy

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Posted 06 April 2015 - 11:19 PM

http://imgur.com/sjSpFIn

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#1369 SpaceConqueror3

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 11:12 PM

Me and my Orion XT10 at my cabin in North Central WA
 
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#1370 Niklo

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 03:13 PM

Hi,

here are tow of my newton reflectors.

The first is my Vixen GP-R114E (a 114/900 newton):

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I sometimes watch the bright planets like Jupiter, Satur and Mars. Here a sequence I took with this small newton, a 2x barlow and a ASI120MC.

https://www.youtube....h?v=z-Z3Kukdoec

and here the stacked and sharped results (mirrored)

http://www.astrobin.com/168012/

 

and my large 6" f/8 Newton (Orion Optics VX6L):

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Here a short video sequence:

https://www.youtube....h?v=-UICcESkIHo

Here the image:

http://www.astrobin.com/153705/

 

Clear sky,

  Roland


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