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#1 timmbottoni

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:17 PM

Hi all,

I got the WO GTF 102, and will be attaching some pictures in a minute. I will preface by saying that it was hazy, and getting more cloudy by the minute when I shot the moon picture, and the scope had not reached cool down equilibrium yet. The views are stunning. I got some good looks at the full moon, as well as some not great looks at Jupiter and the Orion Nebula. I will be investing in a mount to do astrophotography at some point, and I think I will likely go with the iOptron iEQ45 but I need to wait to get that, and will decide after NEAF to see what comes out and how much I can afford to start with some very beginner astrophotography.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

Pic of the full moon

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

Pic of the scope atop my EZ Touch

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:18 PM

Another pic

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:19 PM

Another pic still

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:19 PM

Thermomether works and is accurate

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:52 PM

Congrats! Sure looks nice. Do you have the dew shield extended in these pics?

Mine gets here Thursday. Can't wait.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:56 PM

Yes, dew shield is extended. It has a very nice locking thumbscrew feature as well. WO pays great attention to the little details.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:24 PM

Beautiful scope Timm. Glad to hear the optics are as sharp as its looks.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:28 PM

Beautiful scope Timm. Glad to hear the optics are as sharp as its looks.


Thanks - I can't wait to get it out a night of GOOD seeing!

Timm

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

Beautiful scope Timm!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:09 AM

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:10 PM

Hi Tim
Great to hear about your new edition... Just added the FLT98 to the collection. Please keep us informed about the performance.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:13 PM

I agree, lets not hijack the thread. I'm not an employee of WO, or a dealer of WO products, so I can't answer questions (even hypothetical ones) about anyone's problems they may have had. Those should go to WO or the selling dealer to determine if there is a defect, a user error, or some other reason that its not performing to expectations.

And while its no secret I have long been a fan of WO, I will do my best to review the scope including the focuser in a detailed and objective way. If you read any of my other reviews, you will hopefully find that I try hard to discover the pros and cons of all aspects of the product. I promise, I will do the same here.

It may take a while unfortunately, as we are now in the midst of getting pounded with another winter storm, or as better known here... "the curse of a new scope" :bawling:

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:49 PM

Tim,

Congrats on the 102. It's a gorgeous scope!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

Beautiful scope Timm! I'm looking forward to a future shoot-out between this and the TV101 variants. I know the focal length on the WO is longer, but it's nice to have another 4" flat field refractor on the market.

I think Kon just had some very bad luck with his WO experience. It is true that many aren't happy with the WO focusers - mostly imagers, but I think they are working hard to solve this.

Oh and Timm, thanks for the heads up on that tripod - I'm ordering one today!

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:28 PM

That scope is so sexy like "the woman in red". I'd like to get a 6" ED doublet with the same trimmings. ;)

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:39 PM

Sweet looking refractor ! Congratulations !!!!!!
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts once the skies clear.
(There's nothing quite like the excitement of bringing home a new baby and seeing the lights of the heavens through it)

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

It sure looks great! I have the GT81 (though in blue :D).

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

Twice bitten, forever grumpy :flame: :flame:

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

I too have the new GTF 102 and still waiting for first light, maybe sometime in the next century or so I'm not holding my breath. I also own an older Zenithstar 80FD and let me say the crayford focuser is a piece of *BLEEP* and that's from first hand experience. But as I've said before the 2.5" R&P focuser seems to be a huge improvement but only time will tell. For now I'm very happy and WO isn't the only scope company out there to have a bad focuser good god look at Orion, Meade and Celestron.

I'm so down on WO that I bought a new WO Z71 APO last night and will have it the first of next week. So now I have four new scopes and two new mounts that haven't seen first light. If ever I get a clear weekend I've got my 50MP Hasselblad ready to go to work.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:43 PM

Thanks for all the compliments on the scope.

Kon - you are being a troll with your comments, please stop. I you don't have something constructive to add, or can recommend a technique that I can use for testing the focuser to see if it behaved like yours did, then please start your own thread and you can bash away.

SteveG - Thanks for the compliments on the scope, but I think you might have me confused with someone else, as I didn't mention a tripod.

And to everyone else - hang in there, I will test the scope and write a review. Hopefully this snow will be shortlived and I can get outside for some observing soon. I think this 5-7 inches of snow hitting our area is entirely my fault, since there is usually a direct correlation of bad weather to new astro gear.

Timm

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 10:32 PM

Timm, I was about to buy a WO FLT110 when the Tak came up. I looked through some WO scopes and was very impressed. Looking forward to your review of this beauty.



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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:37 PM

Thanks for all the compliments on the scope.


SteveG - Thanks for the compliments on the scope, but I think you might have me confused with someone else, as I didn't mention a tripod.

Timm


I thought you mentioned it in another thread - Oberwerk Surveyoys tripod blems. I'm a huge fan of surveyors tripods, and the blem's at $120 is a bargain!

Here's a link: http://www.bigbinocu...om/tradeins.htm






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