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#876 SteveG

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

Hi All....

This is another photo of the newly arrived 152 APM ED APO that I set it up last night, onto my G11 losamndy mount.....

If weather permits, I will be doing the outdoor 1st light for this new scope....either this coming Friday and Saturday.....

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James Ling


James - is the dew-shield retracted there? I'm curious as to the balance point when the dew shield is fully extended.
 

#877 gerfmon

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:03 PM

Ok, I'm just a poor boy from Colorado and can't afford a multi-thousand dollar APO. But I put this together recently. I found a 6" f/5 Optico objective in cell on Ebay for $35, a AR6 focuser here at CL for $35. Connected the two with a piece of 6" ID PVC pipe.

It makes a nice little rich field scope. Under low power stars and nice and crisp pinpoints. From my light polluted suburban backyard I could see a hint of the arms and dust lanes in M31. M42 was a nice green cloud and the trapezium separated nicely. On the negative side, it doesn't take magnification much over 100x very well, and CA is bad on bright objects. Jupiter had a nice violet halo around it the other night. Oh well, for about $100 invested I can't complain. :) Still waiting for some flocking from Protostar to see it that helps with contrast. I mainly have cheap eyepieces too, stars were the most crisp through my old Celestron Orthos.

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#878 Mr Onions

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

Well done on that Jerry.
I really admire folks who build there own.
I'm useless at such things.
Bet you had a lot of fun making it too.
I wonder if a CA fringe killer filter might help with the purple halo.
 

#879 James Ling

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

James....happy birthday there my fellow Istar owner! :bow: Mike


Hi Mike....

Yes, looks like this new 152 APM ED APO is my birthday present.....
I took annual leave yesterday , for my birthday , as well as to inspect and check on this new scope arrival....
This will be my test comparison against my 8" Istar, and I will comment further in the other forum...

REgards

James Ling
 

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:20 PM

Her Royal Blueness AP 178mm StarFire on a Celestron CGE.

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#881 James Ling

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

That APM scope looks sweet! :waytogo:


Hi Bro...

Thanks fro your comment...
Yes, the scope looks a whole class of difference , as compared to my C6R F8....

I like this scope very much, simply it come with a carrying handle, so portable , that is very suitable for anyone who is smaller build size or could not handle heavy equipment...

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James Ling

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:31 PM


James - is the dew-shield retracted there? I'm curious as to the balance point when the dew shield is fully extended.


Hi Steve...

Yes... The dew-shield is retractable...
I have tested it, and when fully extended, the losmandy dove tail is shifted by about one inch, to balance the OTA...
The scope comes with a long 12" losmandy style dovetail, so there is still plenty distance to shift it....
As for the counterweight, yes, a little, if using the 21 lbs counterweight....
Pls refer to photo showing the fully extended dew shield, and slightly shifted dovetail for the balancing...

Regards

James Ling

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:08 PM

Here comes mine, TV102 on AYO Mark II.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:18 PM

Closer ...

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:22 PM

Love that AYO mount! The scope ain't bad either.
 

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:09 PM

Her Royal Blueness AP 178mm StarFire on a Celestron CGE.


Awesome scope. love that shade of blue!
 

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:16 AM

Nice use of those acetylene tank bottles there. :grin: Clint you're right on when you say the '60's were the likely cut-off point for classic performers. I don't know which is more rare. Your streamlined Tinsley or my Tasco 20TE? For all newbies on board but who are old enough to remember the old ads. Here is my old Tasco from the '60's. :p Mike


A scope of these dimensions (4" F/15) is what I hope to get next. :rockon:

but they do not turn up very often :bawling:
I just may have to find an objective and cell, and build one. got other projects in the way right now though.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:07 AM

Theo.....for planetary, lunar, and solar a 4" F/15 by any make is hard to go wrong with. Near apo like performance IMHO. ;) Mike
 

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:45 PM

An Orion ST-80, just because. :grin:

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:08 PM

Jim, trust you to under mount your ST80 :lol: :roflmao:
Love the Sky Surfer red dot by the way!
Steve
 

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:52 PM

I changed the OTA configuration in the observatory today to prepare for some hard core "small bore" planetary imaging. The C11 Edge is getting a break, temporarily replaced with the TEC 140 5.5" APO refractor. Also on board are my SW100ED (an excellent example of its breed!) and AT65EDQ astrograph. This all-refractor line up is an awesome kit that can do a lot of cool things, and it all balanced perfectly on my trusty Atlas mount. Now I just need some decent weather...

Clear Skies,
Brian :cloudy:

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:42 AM

Jerry, Nice rig Cant beat um, Build up.. :grin:
Mike as always love the fluted Tasco Tail piece!!
Jim Your Orion ST 80!!! Hey that the same scope the Pearl has on it for a finder. I did upgrade it with TAK knobs and visual back. A little paint, this is one of the best finders I have ever found. It will hold a 4mm eyepiece.

Tanveer Your 178 Astro Physics Planetary :bow: Cant beat the old Nasa Glass Triplets. Very Classic and rare scope you have.

As for me still working with the only 230mm f10 Nasa Glass Triplet Roland Ever made.. The Pearl... I have been working on and with her for over two years. Big problem with it is this once you have a telescope like this there is no going back.... The thing made finders out of all my other telescopes :foreheadslap:
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:57 AM

Wow! :jump:
 

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:31 AM

Jim, trust you to under mount your ST80 :lol: :roflmao:
Love the Sky Surfer red dot by the way!
Steve


I did not want to overload the DM-6...too much. :grin:

Clint: The ST-80 looks like a fun little scope, more compact than I thought.

Now what's with that multi missile launcher? :bow:
 

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

We have finally put all the bits together and have pictures of our new scopes. Groz's is a FRC300 on an NJP mount (see next post for pic) and mine is a TOA130 which we put on our exsting EQ6 mount.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 12:42 PM

And Groz's new scope.....

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 12:59 PM

Hey Clint nice pic. Love those angled views. I have one question what the heck is wrong with that finderscope? It doesn't look like it's going to "find" much that way. :lol: Mike
 

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:53 PM

Christina,

Both scopes are beautiful. Makes me drool a little.

You can have your cake and eat it too. :grin:

Best, Linda B.
 

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

My humble Antares 1300mm, and 600mm.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 11:32 PM

This one's outside right now. 80mm/400mm Tasco 10VR. One of the better Halley's Comet merchandising efforts from the good folks at Vixen ;)

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