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#26 ukcanuck

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:17 PM

A few more details are now confirmed on the AR101/15 (all prices below in £/GBP):

The new Skylight AR101/15 will be available in 3 models (all 3 will include the Exclusive Televue F15 achromat lens):

Version 1. This lowest price version will be supplied without finder and with holes pre-drilled to accept the superb Televue Starbeam at a later date (if desired) *starting from £1360.00

Version 2. The mid-priced version will be similar to my original F15 and will be supplied with my own bespoke finder brackets & 40mm brass finderscope *starting from £1680.00

Version 3. This no-holds barred version will feature the Starlight Instruments Feathertouch focuser & brass counterbalace weight system. *starting from £2150

I had originally planned to offer a storage box with the top end model, but have now decided against this. As with my previous Skylight designs, all OTA’s are handmade by me in Wimbledon, SouthWest London. Ultimately, final prices will depend on chosen options. My goal is to begin customer deliveries in May of 2013.

Any questions? Please get in touch. :cool:

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

One more update for the moment... :rainbow:

For the first time, I will offer the Skylight AR101/15 in a colour other than black:

Glass or Satin black will still be available of course, as per my previous designs.

But also:

Satin White/brass:
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...for the Unitron/Polarex enthusiast :cool:; Satin white with black dew shield & brass accessories.
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At present, these refractors are being made to order and colour can be specified at time of order. At a later date, specific colours may not be available or there may be a delay before a particular colour can be provided. There is a small additional charge for Deep Red.

As with my previous Skylight designs, all OTA’s are handmade by me in Wimbledon, Southwest London. My goal is to begin customer deliveries in May of 2013.

The first run is of limited numbers so if you wish to secure your own Skylight AR101/15, I urge you to contact me without delay...Deposits have been placed and the list is growing!

Please get in touch via email or via PM here on Cloudy Nights.

Thanks for reading.

Skylight Telescopes/London

...and...Deep Red:

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:28 PM

Have you ever thought of making an ED version of these scopes? Televue discontinued their 102, but I would want one badly if it came in a tube assembly as nice as that red one!

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

Have you ever thought of making an ED version of these scopes? Televue discontinued their 102, but I would want one badly if it came in a tube assembly as nice as that red one!


Thanks for the thoughts...my powder coaters earn their money with that red. :sweat:

I accepted a commission to build a 4" triplet for a client last year, but didn't really consider venturing further down the ED road after that.

However, please feel free to send a pm if you'd like to discuss a custom build.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:20 AM

The lens cells are now complete...and look great! :cool:

Keep watching this space for some news re. NEAF & the AR101/15.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:07 AM

sexy system.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:32 PM

Richard, as the sole vendor for the 101mm f/15 TV achro objectives, would you consider offering these objectives in your custom collimitable cells?

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 05:29 AM

Richard, as the sole vendor for the 101mm f/15 TV achro objectives, would you consider offering these objectives in your custom collimitable cells?


Hi Brandon,

Sorry to disappoint, but I don't have any plans to sell the objective lens individually...

As an aside, we set up the scope last night in preparation for the show and it looks outstanding! :cool: What makes it even more special is that the scope is displayed on Al Nagler's original Alvan Clark equatorial mounting! If you're at NEAF, please stop by the stand and have a look...it really is something special. :ubetcha:

I'm working on an iPad during my stay in New York, so can't load pictures (if someone can tell me how, please pm me? :lol:). But as soon as I am able, I will post some images.






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