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#1001 R Botero

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:51 PM

Hi Mike

Cheers. Very rare indeed. According to some forums, there were only two made at this aperture/focal length. Mine has serial ST6EDF05 so I don't know if the story is true (05 would indicate 5th one in that run?). I have only seen another one around - Mike Sidonio had it in Australia.
 

#1002 andysea

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:02 AM

Ok these are not telescopes but they are like mini apos!
I hope it's ok to post:)

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#1003 Paul G

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

Ok these are not telescopes but they are like mini apos!
I hope it's ok to post:)


Nice glass!!!!!!
 

#1004 snommisbor

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:36 AM

Fine with me. Looks great. Looks like you have the 100-400 5.6 and that may be a 70-200 2.8 and 300 4. Im a Nikon guy so I dont know the Canon lenses as well. I have shot with my D700 using for wide fields a 105 2.8, 50 1.8 and my big boy 200-400 f4. Kind of why I got rid of my TV 101 for a TEC 140 figured if I wanted wide field I would just use the glass of my lenses. I ve seen some incredible shots with camera glass and adapters for AP cameras.
 

#1005 andysea

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:13 AM

Yes I've been using my lenses with DSLR so far but now I can use them with the QSI583. I Can't wait to try the 200 f2.8. I've seen some great wide field shots taken with it.
The zoom lenses are actually quite good but I'm expecting better results from my primes. I have not used the 100-400 much but I definitely want to test it out:)
....I left out the 24-70 f2.8 but I wonder if that works well for very wide field shots.
I heard great things about the Nikon 180 f2.8!
 

#1006 Paul G

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:27 PM

The primes should be better. I do mostly wildlife so zooms are more practical. I use the 70-200 f2.8 and the 100-400, like them both. A friend loaned me his 400 f2.8 and I was very, very impressed with it.
 

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

The 400 f2.8 must be amazing. Did you do AP with it at f2.8? I'm curious about what the stars look like at the edge of the field.
 

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:17 PM

This was my second refractor, a modest Short-tube 80 I mounted piggyback on my Celestar 8 during the mid-late 90s (first one was one of the dreaded Bushnell department-store scopes I had received as a gift a few years earlier). I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome but this did not matter much at the time as my apartment had a lovely south-facing veranda on the (top) seventh floor, so I could just take the scopes outside. Unfortunately, I had to move in late 2000 and my new apartment has no veranda and faces north (I live in Ottawa and have no car). The scopes became too heavy to move into the parking lot of the apartment building, so I stopped using them. Ended up using most often just the 80mm refractor on a camera tripod with my Speers Waler 24mm as my favourite eyepiece. About 10 years ago, I sold everything to my ex-wife (we remain best friends) and her companion and this is where the pics are from. Their house is in northern Ontario, a few km outside a small town, so they have nice dark skies (and also have a huge patio) but the scopes still remain unused, except mostly as a piece of 'modern art' in their living room. Once again, it's mostly the weight that's a problem. AFAIK, the scope is still exactly in that same spot 10 years later. :)

So here's the little refractor I enjoyed more than the 8" SCT it sat on.

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Currently thinking about taking the hobby again after 10 years of being scopeless but this time I'm angling towards much lighter and smaller, with fewer parts (grab n' go + computerized easy align & go to). Something like an 80mm (or possibly 102mm) Lunt ED OTA + a diagonal, adapted to a Celestron Nexstar mount and with a single Hyperion 8-24mm zoom and a 3x barlow to look mostly at Jupiter, Saturn and the moon, and the occasional DSO. Money is much scarcer now so I cannot go for things like Televue. Anyway, like I said, just starting to consider this. :)
 

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:15 PM

Here's my NexStar 102 GT on a home made Pier mount.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:21 PM

My new-to-me APM/TMB 175 F8. It's been around a few owners before me and is the same unit that was reviewed here on CN in 2004. Not sure when first light will be...new scope curse and all.

We'll see how the G11 handles it, though the G11 handles my C14 just fine and that beast needed another 11 pound weight
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:24 PM

Another view. It's very nose heavy and needs that finder/counterpoise weight/ring assembly in the rear to help balance the lens.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:09 PM

SV115 f/7 TMB/LZOS triplet apo

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#1013 Jim Curry

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:53 AM

Jeff:

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:55 PM

Nice 175, Jeff. The 175 was what caused me to ditch the G11 and get a used AP900 QMD.
 

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

My new-to-me APM/TMB 175 F8. It's been around a few owners before me and is the same unit that was reviewed here on CN in 2004.


Congrats Jeff.
But, I can't understand why a 7 inch apochromat would go through so many owners.
If I owned a big refractor like that I don't think I'd bother with any other scope.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:39 PM

Guess what Mike? I'll bet noone would know or could tell that your mount was used. :waytogo: Mike
 

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:43 PM

Nice looking scope there Jeff. What did you do sell the 11"? :grin: Oh by the way....great furniture placement! :lol: Mike
 

#1018 Mike Clemens

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

> I'll bet noone would know or could tell
> that your mount was used.

Not the G11... I flipped it off the back of a truck once by accident : )
 

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:50 PM

Scott,

That is a beautiful telescope.

Best, Linda B.
 

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

Thanks, Linda! The views through it are quite beautiful as well. :)
 

#1021 Mike Clemens

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

Scott... the prettiest of the Stellarvue tubes IMHO, nice setup how long have you had it?
 

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

Thanks, Mike! I've had the Midnight Stardust SV115 TMB/LZOS for a little less than 2 months (not even enough time to give it an adequate workout under the stars, due to a combination of bad weather and other commitments). So far it appears to be a keeper, though!
 

#1023 Mike Wiles

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:06 PM

With my real job, and my outreach job at the Mount Lemmon Sky Center placing crazy demands on my time I've barely had time to unbox the telescope and put it on the mount. I looked at a crescent moon in daylight and attached the camera to make sure I could balance with the counterweights that I have available.....beyond that I haven't been able to use the telescope.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

Despite the large size of the OTA, it's a remarkably light instrument. Even with the 4.5 pounds of CCD gear attached to the 3" Feathertouch focuser I was able to achieve balance with just a single 18 pound counterweight. If I add a beefier dovetail plate and rings - which is likely - that may not be enough any longer....but the scope is light.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

Very nice, Mike!
 






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