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#1 bremms

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

Didn't get any pictures yet but the 5" D&G F12 came today. It's even going to be clear this evening! It's and older one but the lens was checked, cleaned, coated in 2010 and looks pristine. I'll try and get some good pictures when I get home from work. Going to shoe horn it on my GP mount. Bit of a stretch but It will work for now. Going to take an extra counterweight from my GP2
I'm VERY excited. :jump: :jump:

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:11 PM

congrats... :bow:

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you know what comes now...
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

Hold on here

I have not received a scope in the last month and I have seeing nothing but :snowedin: :coldday: :cloudy:
How long does this scope curse last?

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:21 PM

Congratulations on the new "baby." The curse continues here as well. The Unitron 140 still goes "unlookedthru."

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:32 PM

I'm not jealous...I'm not jealous...I'm not jealous. :flame:

#6 starman876

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:57 PM

Oh yes you are :rofl5: :rofl5:

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:37 PM

Congrats YOU will love it

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

Just came in from a little observing with the D&G. Took three short sessions to get it collimated. I could tell the lens was good but not collimated properly. Now it ROCKS. Jupiter was stunning in moments of good seeing. very little scattering and textbook in and out of focus images. Just like mine from 12 years ago.
Here is a phone pic.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:10 PM

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:12 PM

business end

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:13 PM

SWEET :jump:

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:14 PM

Nice looking scope.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:18 PM

There is just something about a long tubed white refractor!!! It just looks like what a telescope should look like.... :bow:

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

Going to go back out for a while.. Orion, M35, Eskimo neb looked really great. 5th star in the trapezium was easy at 175x. It does have a little more color than the 4" F15 Jaegers. To be expected of course. Images are a good bit brighter, it's an inch larger and coated. Seeing is deteriorating a bit. I have a little bug, so going to call it early.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:40 AM

Very, very nice. One day I may have to try one of these, myself.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:26 AM

Looks good, congratulations and enjoy.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 06:34 AM

Very pleased with the D&G. Performs just like the oneI had years ago. There is one small dent in the tube that could be pulled out, and it could use a little more focuser in travel. All my eyepieces reach focus, but there is only about 4 or 5 mm travel left with a 2" diagonal. Going to trim the tube about 12-15mm. The old focuser works well, smooth with no play.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:32 AM

Great looking scope, I noticed not all but some of the D&G scope I see they were not big on the dew shield any reason why ?

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

Good Question! I have no answer. The D&G's like to free range??

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:59 PM

great catch....do i actually see sunshine...not fair.
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:10 AM

some of the D&G scopes... were not big on the dew shield any reason why ?


Was the dew shield removed for the photograph, or was it originally built without one?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:30 PM

Superb classic D&G refractor... Was collimation difficult?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:47 PM

No dew shield came with the scope. I'm going to make one soon.
Collimation wasn't too hard. I could tell it was a good bit off since there was a good bit of flaring on out of focus stars. I'd say it was a full 1.5mm out. I machined a new rear cell today at lunch the old cast cell was marginal at best. I'd even say lousy. It works and that was about it. The new one is 6061 plate. I'll post picture a little later.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:07 PM

Here is a pic of the new end cell. The original is a poorly dimensioned casting. the center bore is 1.0mm of to one side .
New one was easy since had a 6061 1/2" thich disc 6.2" dia with a 1.4 inch hole as scrap. took 45 minutes to make the cell.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

Congratulations! :drool5: Thank you for sharing your tales and pictures together with your new baby!!
I am living vicariously through you now for a bit, if you don't mind :grin:
Ya know, I was THIS close to buying it, the evening before you did :bigshock: (though am happy you did) for one could recognize what an amazing deal, scope and opportunity this was.
It's rather a bit more scope than I can handle thus far I realized (I'm learning to be very content indeed with my Celestron 102GT F/10, which is my current "big" scope :cool:), and so I am happy to see it went to such a loving and capable (end cell machining!) home..:bow:
It looks amazing! I would love to see more in the future as you learn and grow together with this 'new' classic.






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