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#26 ianatcn

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

Hi Kevin,

My first large refractor was mounted on a MKIV with pier. I remember how solid it was and no amount of breeze would blur the image. I went into the old Broadhurst, Clarkson & Fuller workshop (no showroom in those days) when they still had the old brass tube making machine in the basement along with lathes. Back then it was a real hands on experience ordering equipment from them, all was made to order and you got exactly what you wanted. A bit like Skylight Telescopes really. Happy days! Did you know that AWR in the UK supply motor upgrades and goto systems for the MKIV. I see yours has the bronze gears fitted. I definately want to see a first light photo of that one when it is complete. Thanks for posting the pictures. The F15m looks made for the mount you have it on.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:07 AM

Hi Mr Onions

I didn't go for the brass dew shield as I thought that it would be heavier and therefore move the centre of balance further up the tube.

Kevin

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

Hi Ian

Thanks for pointing me at AWR.

The mount did come with some stepper motors, but I need to get one of my astro friends to make a control box with software for them.

I was lucky to get the Mk1V in such good condition. By chance I mentioned that I was after a MK1V to a local astronomer who was buying an Orion heavy duty tripod from me. To my surprise he had this one which he was no longer using.

Still no news on the new F15

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:14 AM

I already have one of the original 100mm f15s. The last one I think.


Hi Kevin, you did indeed get the last example from the original run. :cool:

Still no news on the new F15

Kevin


I'm watching the tracking on a package now which is due next week...once here, I will provide further details in the Vendor forum.

Thank you for your enthusiasm. :)

#30 Kevin Ellis

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

The beans have been spilled on the new lens for the f15.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:05 PM

Where?

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:41 AM

Where?


From an email that I received last night...

"I am delighted to announce that the objective lens for the next Skylight F15 Achromat (The Skylight AR101/15) will be designed & supplied by TeleVue of New York, USA."

Nothing on his website yet.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:56 AM

Web page is up now...

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:00 AM

Very well done to Richard for pulling this off.
What a coup.
I only wish I could order one of these new Tele Vue lens achromats.
Looking forward to all news about this sure to be outstanding instrument.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:19 AM

"...luxurious..."
"...pedigree..."
Words speak volumes; now if only the wooden case was trimmed in rich Corinthian leather.
True works of optical art and I'd love to own one of the tricked-out versions.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:41 AM

WOW...that is news! Televue and SkyLight...just WOW!

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

It would be nice to see the specs on each tier of scope. For example, what focuser is standard on the base tier OTA that comes without finder? I think having a 2-speed focuser on a scope like this with oodles of depth of focus is needless. It would be wonderful if Richard could persuade Starlight to make a 1-speed Feathertouch R&P specifically for this offering.

The projected price is quite fair, about $2200 US for the base tier scope, given that this is a small-volume, bespoke item rather than an new Asian puppy-mill scope grown in a cloning vat. :grin: I am tempted by the base entry as I already have the Starbeam finder.

I'm also thinking of asking Richard to do a custom OTA for me around a LOMO 80/480 optical group and 2" Crayford Feathertouch that currently resides in a Stellarvue SV80S OTA damaged by rough handling and poor packing during shipment to me.

I've inquired with Stellarvue about sending the scope in for service, but they've ignored my e-mail. Sad given that superior customer service is the main advantage of Stellarvue scopes that fans point at as justifying a Stellarvue scope over an Astro-Tech, Orion, William Optics, etc. I see that Richard did custom work around a 102mm LOMO objective some time back. :thinking:

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:50 PM

Jim,if you do decide to ask Richard to make a custom tube for your 80/480, you might want to consider asking for a tube with a screw off section at the back for wide field bino-viewing.
I was bino viewing with mine last night using TV 20mm plossl's and had a wonderful 2 degree field of view.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:06 PM

Jim, I have a similar issue with SV. I bought their "E7026R 2" wide field, illuminated reticle eyepiece" and the reticle fell out. Looked for advice on whether it could be returned or at least some advice on how to repair it and have received no answer. I've been wanting to buy one of their 60mm finders but am holding off until I get some kind of response.

As for the Skylight-TV-f15 I guess I shall have to live vicariously throught others since I already have a custom carton Carton f/13 build. But that is not so tough.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:26 PM

So, I go away for a few days and it all kicks off! Well, I am pleased to report to this group that my order is in. I have yet to firm up on the final specification with Richard but will do that after the prototype has been built. I am now very happy that I missed out on the original F15.

Knowing that TeleVue have put their might behind design and QC of the new objective is worth a lot to me. I have never had anything but good experiences with the TV equipment that I own.

Congratulations to Richard on a great tie up.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

There is something to be said for a telescopes about which folks are prone to ask "who died and left you that?"

:grin:

Congratulations.

- Jim

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

Congratulations Ian.
Will you be attending Astrofest to see it in person?

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:04 PM

Yes, Mr. Onions, I will be attending Astrofest. I will be the person at the front of the queue on Friday morning wearing running shoes and waiting for the doors to open :jump:

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:05 PM

Steve:

You're a wicked-good photographer. I took a spin through your Flickr gallery.

Well done! :grin:

- Jim

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:11 AM

Ian,don't you go running and knocking those scopes over.

Thanks Jim,the cheque is in the post :)

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:09 PM

Yes, Mr. Onions, I will be attending Astrofest. I will be the person at the front of the queue on Friday morning wearing running shoes and waiting for the doors to open


And I will be on the inside with my foot firmly against the doors.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:20 PM

Take some photos {if you're allowed}.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:49 PM

I will take photos and with Richards permission upload them here for all to see. That is providing I can get past Kevin :mad:

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:03 PM

Thank you to everyone here for your enthusiasm.

I have now started a thread in the vendor section where I will post updates over the coming weeks on the build of the prototype. Incredibly, the clouds parted in London yesterday and I was able to test the first lens. I will post my first light thoughts on the vendor thread a little later.

Thanks. :cool:

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:36 AM

Just a heads up, Richard has posted his first light report with the new lens over on U.K. Astrobuysell

http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/

All is looking as expected for a top notch lens of this aperture. It looks as though TeleVue have used the same excellent AR coatings as on their apochromatic refractors. This is great news. As someone else mentioned, it is great having one of the top manufacturers putting their weight behind a classical achromat.






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