Vixen FL102S Fluorite APO
Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:57 AM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:59 AM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:01 AM
These are the seller's photos.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:03 AM
Original Vixen 60mm focuser - no 2" drawtube here, though it does have the Vixen 60mmto 2" clamping ring adapter. SO much simpler than Takahashi's 65 little adapters to make it work
Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:32 AM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:58 AM
Lewis, have you looked at the FT Micro Pinion Assemblies? I just installed one on my TSA120, a beautiful piece of metallic art.
Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:24 PM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:33 PM
Matt, I contacted Ft - they did not even know about this version, and said it was a Chinese made Vixen and so any Synta focuser would work.I had to explain to them the MAJOR differences! So, decided to go with Vixen original parts from the AX103S instead.
I have a dessicant bag in front of the focal reducer at all times when not in use
Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:42 PM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:03 PM
I don't think they make a pinion assembly for one.
Pricing for the AX103 pinion, plate, knobs and dual speed knob to retrofit to an FL102S came in under F T's cost anyway, so I am going that way - just waiting on the knobs to arrive, or I will get custom stainless ones again.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:30 PM
I was wondering if anyone ever got a chance to compare the achromat version of this scope with the Florite one being discussed. I have the achromat version and do no imaging.
Sky and Telescope did this very thing back in 2000 or 2001. They compared the 102FL, the F/6.5 version of 102ED at 102 Achromat. Alan Dyer wrote the comparison. Very nice article if I recall.
Bob Midiri, a member of CN got a letter published in S&T a few months later on his critique of Alan Dyer's review. Maybe Bob will chime in.
Also, I have owned and restored a number of the C102FL's and they are really very nice. Probably my favorite longish focus 4" refractor.