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#76 LewisM

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:57 AM

Found some photos of when I first bought the FL102S - I have not changed much, except the focuser knobs and different diagonal (when I am not imaging)

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:59 AM

More - note the installed dew heater - VERY handy and neat!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:01 AM

More - before I found a mate had the ORIGINAL finder (I know 4 prior owners of this scope!).

These are the seller's photos.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:03 AM

Last one...

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 :) :D

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:32 AM

Nice job on the dew heater. Interesting that your lens cell is black. Did you change it?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

Nice scope that FL102S, and the fluorite element is safely behind the front one. Just don't get any moisture inside the scope as the fluorite element is not coated and fluorite sucks up moisture like a sponge causing it to cloud over. A desiccant cap into the ep adapter would be a good idea in humid climates.

Lewis, have you looked at the FT Micro Pinion Assemblies? I just installed one on my TSA120, a beautiful piece of metallic art.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:24 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. I've been told that, for just visual, the achromat is excellent...and, yes, I have read Ed Moreno's excellent review. Way back when, I originally bought the original Celestron/Vixen C102 but, even then, I debated on whether to spend twice as much and get the Florite one. Any comments on this?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

Re the black lens cell: That's the way it came. IT's the third or fourth one I have seen similar, so I think it is normal. This one does have the AD-VIX research decal on the side - that MAY make some difference??

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 :)

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:42 PM

Hey Kunama, does FeatherTouch make the micro pinion assembly for the Vixen FL102mm? Looks great!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

When I contact F T, they didn't evn know exactly what the FL102S was, and insisted it was a odern Synta made Vixen, which they are not even close to.

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.

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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.






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