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#76 JIMZ7

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:57 PM

Brian you have some of the best "toys"(refractors)anywhere! I should stop by someday when I know your observing.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:30 PM

Lucky guy, wishing you good luck on the clear sky tonight Brian.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:18 PM

mission aborted....not one pocket in clouds.
maybe tomorrow night...
your welcome over anytime jim.
this last 3 months have been lousy for viewing.
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:36 PM

What a shame. Was hoping for some amazing results.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:20 PM

Sky is looking better today....gonna try
Again. :)

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:24 PM

You need a really big fan.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:53 PM

I think that is the loveliest refractor I have ever seen. Glorious!

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:02 PM

Thanks,
Only had 15 minutes last night
With the astro as I had company
Till late.
Tonight its cloudy again.
The astro Optical was tack sharp
On jupiter and then viewed orion
Nebula.
All stars looked great ...pinpoint
Round...only went to a 12 mm ep.
Typical royal astro.
Next few days don't look good
So ill work on my woodshop
Till I can set zeiss up.
Im getting antsy ...

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:37 PM

Great lens cell! Where's the glass? :lol: :tonofbricks:

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:40 PM

Looks like your wife is going to need to do some weight training if she is going to set the scope up for you! :lol: :poke: :tonofbricks:

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:37 AM

Maybe we should all stop buying telescopes and give the country a break from this cloudy weather.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:22 PM

not a chance...its supposed to be in the 60's next week...
ill get it out first chance....waited this long....

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:19 PM

looks like i will get to try the Zeiss out tonight

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:20 PM

got the 800 mount out tonight

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:26 PM

That is one beautiful telescope Brian.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:04 PM

thanks Terra,
that scope looks great on the astro physics mount.
optics were no surprise.
had to break it down early as i get up at 4am.
did a star test and see no color and nice rings in and out.
took it up to 300 on Jupiter even though seeing was about
8 out of 10...real high thin clouds just before dark
but the Zeiss did real well anyway.
stars in Orion were pinpoint.
i am thinking i need to make a 4" stop for the superplanetary and have myself a little shootout.
i think the winner will be..... :question: :shrug:
dont really know but i need to get out for a few hours
and do some clusters and double stars...and of course
view the moon.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:11 AM

about time we got a first light report :waytogo: :waytogo:

i think I saw something on the early christen triplets and it was stated that even the F8 scope performed similar to a F20 scope or longer scope. So I would presume that an 6" F12 stopped down to 4" would be some figure that I would need a calculator to figure out.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:51 AM

an 6" F12 stopped down to 4" would be some figure


Color control would be comparable to that of a 4" at F/18. Not quite apochromatic, but quite good.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:25 AM

It is absolutely stunning on that mount Brian. It looks like the two were made to go with each other. It must have been a real joy to use.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:57 PM

first piece of my berry mount. Zebrawood

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:59 PM

I was talking about the 6" F12 AP which is an APO. Thought I would need to clarify that :question:

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:48 AM

The AP mount and tripod look like a great match for that OTA. Congrats on a stunning rig.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:07 PM

Our club is having a open house
Tomorrow night....hope to use these.
bottom rings are 7"
Top are 4.7" for the zeiss.

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