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#126 Napersky

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:03 AM

My recently aquired AP 152mm Superplanetary with Losmandy G11 mount for $5,000 from Gary Hands, HandsonOptics is quite a good price. Gary said it was a "steal." Subtract $1250 for the mount and a 6" AP APO for $3,750! Stellarview charges over $10,000 for a new 6".

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:14 AM

See if you can get Perkin Elmer to quote making an instrument to that spec and see what it costs before you say this is outrageous.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:05 PM

Exactly.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:09 PM

Harvey, You can just have them ship me yours. :grin: When mine is ready, they can send it to you. I have been eagerly waiting for mine to be finished and shipped.


Just so you know, they won't delay shipping so I guess you won't be able to move up in the line. Not sure why they wouldn't delay it but that was their final word.

Sounds like they have glass out for coating that they are waiting on. Probably a few will be shipping soon if that is the case.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:55 AM

I am feeling pretty good about my 228mm F10 Astro Physics APO right about now :jump:
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

Don't remind of us that find ever again Clint. ;)
You lucky stiff! I'm glad it went to someone deserving.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:48 PM

> That 'one point' I was referring to was when the
> TMB-LZOS 175/1400's were selling for around $12-14K.

I undercut that by building the OTA myself. Paid $7900 for the TMB175/8 lens new in 2004. Built the tube for about $2000: http://www.pbase.com...nstruction_pics
Took a healthy loss on sale due to people having fear of a homebuilt tube. Someone got a killer deal.


Mike:

I see two lens serial numbers, 043 & 048, in your pictures. Did you build two scopes?

I just picked up a 175 F8 with lens serial 041 yesterday. It's in good condition but it has been around the block a bit. It's the same one reviewed here on CN back in 2004. It's a bit of a beast.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:53 PM

> That 'one point' I was referring to was when the
> TMB-LZOS 175/1400's were selling for around $12-14K.

I undercut that by building the OTA myself. Paid $7900 for the TMB175/8 lens new in 2004. Built the tube for about $2000: http://www.pbase.com...nstruction_pics
Took a healthy loss on sale due to people having fear of a homebuilt tube. Someone got a killer deal.


Mike:

I see two lens serial numbers, 043 & 048, in your pictures. Did you build two scopes?

I just picked up a 175 F8 with lens serial 041 yesterday. It's in good condition but it has been around the block a bit. It's the same one reviewed here on CN back in 2004. It's a bit of a beast.

Jeff


#43 had 2 waves of coma on arrival and went back to Thomas Back. #48 was the replacement. Congrats on your scope. A bit of a beast but the views are incredible.

#134 Jeff B

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

> That 'one point' I was referring to was when the
> TMB-LZOS 175/1400's were selling for around $12-14K.

I undercut that by building the OTA myself. Paid $7900 for the TMB175/8 lens new in 2004. Built the tube for about $2000: http://www.pbase.com...nstruction_pics
Took a healthy loss on sale due to people having fear of a homebuilt tube. Someone got a killer deal.


Mike:

I see two lens serial numbers, 043 & 048, in your pictures. Did you build two scopes?

I just picked up a 175 F8 with lens serial 041 yesterday. It's in good condition but it has been around the block a bit. It's the same one reviewed here on CN back in 2004. It's a bit of a beast.

Jeff


#43 had 2 waves of coma on arrival and went back to Thomas Back. #48 was the replacement. Congrats on your scope. A bit of a beast but the views are incredible.


Mike:

Interesting. Sounds like the center element was displaced. Did Tom say what it was?

Here are pictures of the 175 F8. Oh my aching G11.

Jeff

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#135 Jeff B

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:12 PM

It "only" took 44 pounds of counterweights, 11 fewer than it takes for the C14 which the G11 handled just fine. I used the Parallax rings for the main support and one of the stock rings for the finder (60MM F5) and counterpoise weight on the ring bottom. It really needs the extra weight in the back end there. Not sure when first light will be.

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#136 Mike Clemens

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:13 PM

Such a nice setup Jeff.

Yes, Tom said one of the elements was out of place, I assume the center since the ends are affixed to the back and front of the cells with adhesive strips.






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