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#201 Spyke

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 01:15 PM

Lyra 102mm f11. Sweeeet li'l telescope this and I love polishing the smooth white paint... ;)

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#202 Spyke

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 01:17 PM

And another one of my 1964 Swift 839, 60mm f13.5 with a beautiful objective. This gets a lot of use!

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New Skywatcher Evostar ED80 on its way to me too...

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#203 SteveG

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 03:51 PM

Celestron/Vixen 90mm f14.4 from c~1980-84.

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Great scope and superb planetary views. I usually use an extension with the AZ4 or HEQ-5 for this one.

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Wow! Did not know this long focus scope from Celestron even existed.
 

#204 Spyke

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:01 PM



Wow! Did not know this long focus scope from Celestron even existed. [/quote]

Neither did I until I saw it for sale from a US seller on here. Some further research into Vixen and Celestron's back catalogue, and some info supplied by other CN posters filled in the blanks.

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#205 SeptemberEquinox

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:15 PM

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Finally I figured out how to post pictures.
 

#206 labmand

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 07:41 PM

Wow Spyke, that is one sexy swift 839
Very nice :bow:
 

#207 Agatha

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:00 AM

Nice pictures.

Love the dewshield! :grin:
 

#208 Jeff Gardner

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 08:19 AM

Here is the latest addition to my scope collection. Televue 60, capable of WAY more than I thought a 60mm scope could do.
 

#209 Mike Clemens

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:56 AM

Looks like serious fun, Jeff.
 

#210 Adam S

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 10:02 PM

Amazing pair of refractors Mike. I can think of dozens of reasons to keep each... Both are once in a lifetime scopes, both have perfect optics and mechanics, both are made by artists whom you can actually call and speak to. For me it would come down to whether or not you use your telescope away from home or not- not sure I'd be willing to give up that aperture though. Have you been able to use them side by side? What a fun yet miserable decision to make.
 

#211 Joel-1793

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:10 PM

:foreheadslap:AP Traveler & TeleVue 76 w/Coronado SolarMax60 Ha ready for June 2012 Venus Transit. Obviously not gonna happen.
 

#212 Gordon8452

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:19 AM

Here is my Skywatcher Esprit 150 on an iOptron ieq45 mount sitting in my kitchen.
 

#213 astroneil

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:58 PM

Here's my Istar Asteria 127mm f/12
 

#214 Mike Clemens

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:32 PM

nice looking istar... sort of menacing like from the Empire
 

#215 Spyke

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 03:54 PM

Yep, that's definately an Imperial telescope! As was my black Celestron ED100 on white HEQ-5!

Ant ;)

PS Very nice one, Neil!
 

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 05:44 PM

What mount are you using with that Istar light cannon?
 

#217 Mike Clemens

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 01:59 PM

OK... I got that puppy mounted and balanced.

http://www.pbase.com...378168/original

I managed to collect some first astronomical light through it: http://www.pbase.com...380186/original
(There are no night skies to speak of in Alaska now.)

And some terrestrial (extremely high contrast pure white skies):
http://www.pbase.com...203159/original
 

#218 Per Frejvall

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:43 PM

OK. I've got one :)

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#219 Mike Clemens

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 02:47 PM

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nice EVERYTHING. I can't follow some of the cables, like the USB, do they pass through the mount?
 

#220 Per Frejvall

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:26 PM

Thanks,

No, they always converge at the base of the mounting plate and run in one nice braided sleeve off the mount. 10Micron doesn't offer through-mount cabling (not that I'd ever needed it).

I am a cabling fetishist :)

Here's my smaller mount with a larger scope on the same pier...

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#221 Taylor

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:01 PM

New to me AT72ed.

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Bought an Orion field flatter and 50mm SSAG autoguider setup to go with it as well.

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#222 Mentor

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:09 PM

Geez, tough acts to follow :(

Here is my Televue 102. I have posted it here before, but this time it is on my GPDX mount. I just finished tuning the mount, so the motors are not yet connected.
 

#223 stevew

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:46 PM

Nice Ian.
The TV102 is a superb scope.

Steve
 

#224 stevew

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:05 PM

TMB130
I've had this scope for a few years now, and I'm still amazed with it.
 

#225 Adam S

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 01:28 PM

I just posted this pic in the Classics forum, these three scopes define premium optics during their eras. Pretty impressive to see what technology has done for focal length and ease of use over the years:

75mm Unitron
1996 FS 102 (I much prefer the green trim over the blue)
Current release AP 130 EDFGT, the only telescope I've purchased new
 






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