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#1026 pambas

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

I can't seem to stop buying parts/accessories. Need to stay of the internet for a few weeks or something.

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#1027 Smittty692k4

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

While not as impressive as most others on here, the ST80 here on the Nexstar SLT mount is the perfect "grab-n-go to work" setup for me. This was taken a while back while I was working on location in south Texas. Gettin paid to observe, very nice. :grin:

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#1028 Adam Taylor

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

Mike, I'm looking forward to seeing your masterpieces from this amazing new scope :bow:.
 

#1029 Adam Taylor

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

Cooling down, and waiting for clouds to pass.

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#1030 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

Adam, that is one fine looking refractor! Of course, I may be biased. ;)
 

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:17 PM

You betcha!
 

#1032 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:40 PM

Dang Jim, I just realized that you and I have pretty much the same kit. BTW, a buddy of mine has a 14.5" Fagin mirror and it is superb. You are fortunate to have one of those!
 

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

Yeah, but you snuck a 10" XT in there when I wasn't paying attention. :lol:
 

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

Jon,

That AT72 looks great on the CG4

Best, Linda B.
 

#1035 Junn Chavez

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:28 AM

Hello to all.

Here's my old TMB 105/650. I upgraded the 2" holder using Astro-Physics' ADA2003 (2" Adapter with 3 Large Screws). I de-anodized the said adapter to match the silver color of my scope.

Clear skies.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:17 AM

My Swift 839:

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

Mike....very impressive looking setup
 

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

Junn: that is a gorgeous scope!

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:01 PM

Spyke I've never seen a mount like that with an apple shaped CW to boot. Cool. :cool: Mike
 

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:00 PM

Spyke I've never seen a mount like that with an apple shaped CW to boot. Cool. :cool: Mike


I've got the wood tripod legs in the storage crate but they're not sturdy enough imo. The modern aluminium ones make it more usable. Great mount and I like the "cored apple" too! ;)

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:17 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.

Steve


Having a APM-LZOS 175 F8 myself, I agree this is the perfect refractor, however it complements very well with a C14 Edge or with a 24" dob. :)
7" is really the perfect apo aperture. Smaller not enough resolution, larger cool down issues.
Also with this focal length (1400mm) we get rid of 2" Field Curvature evident in smaller non-flat-field apos.
 

#1042 Joel-1793

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

Astro Physics Traveler (Glossy Version) w/FeatherTouch Focuser Upgrade Circa 1995. My favorite travel scope.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

Very nice Joel, about the same vintage as my Traveler. You had to replace the entire focuser, correct? How's the new focuser? I've been thinking about the upgrade but the $670 price tag makes me hesitant. -Tim

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#1044 Joel-1793

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

Thanks Tim! Yes the entire focuser must be replaced but it makes a world of difference from the original. Makes viewing a pleasure whether you are a visual observer or doing astrophotography and makes it much easier to find the "sweet spot" with various eyepieces/cameras. IMHO well worth the investment for an already great portable scope if you can afford it (icing on the cake).

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:09 PM

Tim, once you get the AP/FT focuser for the Traveler literally in your hands, you'll understand why it is expensive .... and well worth it. It certainly had that effect on me. You won't regret it.
 

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:15 AM

It's worth every penny. Like all things AP a beautiful piece of equipment and it is very helpful in such a fast scope.

Alternatively, take a look at used prices. When I wanted to upgrade my Traveler's focuser the used price was the same regardless of focuser. I bought a Traveler in perfect condition with the dual speed focuser and sold mine for exactly the same price, zero cost to upgrade.

Very nice Joel, about the same vintage as my Traveler. You had to replace the entire focuser, correct? How's the new focuser? I've been thinking about the upgrade but the $670 price tag makes me hesitant. -Tim

Astro Physics Traveler (Glossy Version) w/FeatherTouch Focuser Upgrade Circa 1995. My favorite travel scope.


 

#1047 EricCCD

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

My new-to-me APM/TMB 175 F8.


Jeff..... :bow: :bow: :bow: :yay: :yay: :yay: :hamsterdance: :hamsterdance: :elephdance: :elephdance:

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:02 PM

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


nice glass... :waytogo:
 

#1049 Mike Clemens

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

The de-anodized AP adapter looks great with your 105mm. Nice setup!
 

#1050 Mike Clemens

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:52 PM

Scope from the past. It was a great scope, the 6" f/12 StarFire super-planetary. My only pic of a pier that got snowed in : )

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