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#1 Olivier Biot

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 05:21 PM

Black Beauty - Introducing the Skylight f/15m

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:30 PM

Excellent review, excellently written. Always a pleasure to read your work my friend.
As I am sure you know, and for the enlightenment of others, the objective is actually 60mm f/16.7, and was produced by Carton of Japan. I've owned two scopes with this objective, and still own one of them. I procured my objectives, as I believe Richard did, from Sheldon Faworski, a member here going under the handle of MASILMW.
Mine is outstanding also, and although classic in appearance, it is not the ultra classic appearance of the one you write about. Mine is done up in the basic black and white livery.
Mine also uses the same focuser, produced by Dan Crawford of Crawmach, and as you state, it is an exceptional focuser.
Again, well done!

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:12 AM

Wonderful review and photos.
I know of some lucky lad who will be recieving one next week.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:32 PM

Bravo, Neil!

Very well done.

If you're of a certain age (40 or more?) a quality 60mm Japanese long focus achromat is an arrow you should have in your quiver, no matter what else that quiver contains.

These little scopes deliver both nostalgia and performance in spades. And gods, are they ever photogenic!

Night falls:

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We don't need no stinkin' multi-coatings:

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Thus far I've managed to get my 60/1000s and 60/900 out under suburban skies only. I'm really itching to take one along on one of our dark sky outings.

Some of my fondest childhood memories relate to a 60mm achromat. In this case, a Jason 60/700 on a spindly alt-az mount. Finding anything not visible to the naked eye with that little torture device (the mount, not the scope) was a challenge. Success, however, made you feel like a conquering hero returned, treading the rose-strewn cobbles.

Our club is considering a Messier Marathon bid from a reasonably nearby gray zone (~4 hours south) this March. I'm sorely tempted to field a 60mm achromat for the event. Just out of spite.

Thanks for the great write-up, mate.

Regards,

Jim

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:15 PM

A delightful read Neil and gorgeous scope. Well done!

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:22 PM

Some of my fondest childhood memories relate to a 60mm achromat. In this case, a Jason 60/700 on a spindly alt-az mount. Finding anything not visible to the naked eye with that little torture device (the mount, not the scope) was a challenge. Success, however, made you feel like a conquering hero returned, treading the rose-strewn cobbles.


I guess it's now safe to admit it - my first scope was also a Jason, the mighty 454x Explorer model. Bad mount, ridiculous eyepieces, and dangerous solar filter. Fortunately, my interest in astronomy was strong enough to survive it!

Sometimes think I will find another one on FleaBay just to rescue and repurpose the objective. From that era the lenses were certainly Japanese made and of real optical glass.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 01:41 PM

Doug, thanks for your comments, all true enough.

Jim and Jeff; thank you both for all your gracious support. When so many have fallen away, you have kindly left the light on for me, through these dark times.

Peace.

Neil. ;)

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:22 PM

Mine arrived yesterday.
Beautiful looking and superb Carton lens.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 05:44 PM

Mine arrived yesterday.
Beautiful looking and superb Carton lens.


Fondest congrats Barty! Saw your thread in the frac forum. Looking good.

Cheers,

Neil. ;)






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