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#101 greju

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 06:52 PM

or looong... focus! ;)

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#102 saveyaris

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:26 PM

Here are a bunch of views of my Antares 105 and 395
And together, they make:
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I have this these 2 what rings did you use to add your Meade to your Antares? Do you use both for visual or is there other things you do with this combo?

#103 Mirzam

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:40 PM

Had this old girl back in the saddle a couple nights ago.

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#104 hottr6

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:23 PM


Here are a bunch of views of my Antares 105 and 395
And together, they make:
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I have this these 2 what rings did you use to add your Meade to your Antares? Do you use both for visual or is there other things you do with this combo?

I use a NLA saddle by Ken Dauzat. I modified it so that I can mount saddles appropriately for tube diameters. The beauty of this design is that one of the saddles is steerable, so that I can have both OTAs looking at the same object to within 6" or arc. Very handy to A/B OTAs. This combo overloaded the CG5.
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#105 Chassetter

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:25 PM

Hey Mirzam, that old girl may not be a spring-chicken but she ain't ready for the pot either! :roflmao:

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:47 PM

OK...I'll play.....since everyone has already seen my scope....

I couldn't get it all in the picture..... :crazy:

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#107 Rick Duering

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:16 AM

My Carton 60mm f16.7

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#108 Spyke

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:28 AM

Nice Rick!


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#109 mikey cee

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:45 AM

Hey Rob next time take just a pick of the upper half of the scope OK? You can sit in the joists if you must be in the pic! :poke: :poke: :grin: Mike

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 09:08 AM

Very nice!

Looks a little like this one, save for the focuser:

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Looks like yours has a Towa cell and shade, Carton tube and Crawmach focuser. The one above is the same, except it uses an Anatres 1.25" R&P focuser.

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#111 Spyke

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:54 PM

Thankfully it turned sunny this afternoon, so I managed to get some quick pics of my long focus trio.

1964 Swift 839 first (f13.5):

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This scope gets a lot of use on planets and white light solar from my back garden.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 01:02 PM

Next the Celestron/Vixen 90mm f14.4 from c~1980-84. Superb optic and a real planet-buster!

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 01:07 PM

And finally the Lyra 102mm f11. This came to me in a fairly worn state. The focuser had to be serviced and repaired (by Glen M at Lyra Oprics UK - great job!) and the objective needed to be cleaned thoroughly. The OTA exterior was dirty and the interior needed to be flocked properly.

It's in much better shape now and serves as white light solar (with Baader Herschel Wedge) and h-alpha solar (using D-ERF and a Coronado etalon). Pretty good on planets and clusters too! ;)

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I feel very lucky to have three such nice refractors! :)

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:34 PM

OK...I'll play.....since everyone has already seen my scope....

I couldn't get it all in the picture..... :crazy:


Time for the big guns to come out.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:37 PM

And the D&G 8" F12 and mount were replaced by their bigger brothers.

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#116 Jeff B

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:40 PM

And one of the runts in the family.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 11:20 PM

My c1870 Berry & Mackay (Aberdeen) 3" F15 Brass refractor on Original Alt Az Queen Anne style folding library stand.

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#118 BarrySimon615

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:33 AM

Mix of long focus (f/18.4 Milo 3") and short focus (f/5 Jaegers 6") plus others. Others include an Antares 105 mm f/14.4) which is actually about f/15.8 as the Antares really has a clear aperture of about 95 mm.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:52 AM

And the D&G 8" F12 and mount were replaced by their bigger brothers.

Hi Jeff. Really a nice scope there. How's your project coming along? ;) Mike

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:54 AM

Hey Barry what numbers the most there? Trains or telescopes?? :grin: Mike

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 10:13 AM

Hey Barry what numbers the most there? Trains or telescopes?? :grin: Mike


More trains, but that hobby went thru a very long dormancy. Telescopes and astronomy have been a constant since about 1977 after a dormancy thru high school and college. Me and the scopes have grown old together.

If I could only keep one, I would stick with the scopes; but glad I do not have to chose.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:21 PM

An older picture.

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#123 Sean Cunneen

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:06 PM

I guess I've fallen into the long-focus black hole...

Here's a shot of my 6" f15 Jaegers...

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#124 Sean Cunneen

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:10 PM

and my newest/oldest addition, a 3" f15.3 Brandon objective, brass Crawmach focuser on an old Edmund EQ and vintage tripod...

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:49 AM

Crawmach does brass focusers? Holy *blleep*! I need some of those! I just LOVE the looks of a white refractor with black front and rear end cells and a nice, big brass focuser. And if possible, a brass finderscope.


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