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#51 NHRob

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:30 AM

Wow, that is excellent for a 4" scope.

#52 Andy Taylor

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:44 AM

Can you do British Leyland "Primrose Yellow" or "Iris Blue"?

(It won't matter how good it looks; my wife is going to kill me anyway.)

Please say no...please say no...

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:02 AM

Wow, that is excellent for a 4" scope.


Indeed...

Albert, the photo says F15 which is the scope's natural focal ratio. I'm not an imager and haven't used a webcam in ages...so please excuse my ignorance, but I recall having to use a barlow to get good planetary results. Was there a barlow in the optical train here or were were you imaging at a natural F15?

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:36 AM

Richard, The image was taken without a Barlow/powermate. I stacked and processed, then enlarged the image. I took it without binning, 1024x768.

I can't thank you enough for the workmanship you put in. And the optics are just wonderful!

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:44 AM

That is absolutely gorgeous. I love the brass!

#56 NHRob

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:35 AM

Richard,
What is the current lead time for an order of the AR101/15?

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:51 AM

Richard,
What is the current lead time for an order of the AR101/15?


Let's say 4-5 months to be safe.

:smash: I'm making parts now for those orders already on the list and I will deliver the first one by the end of this month. Put another way, if you ordered now, you'd receive your scope no later than end of September (but probably a little earlier). :cool:

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:08 PM

We saw the AR101 at NEAF. I couldn't believe the size. My 6 year old daughter said "Dad look at that Telescope, That is huge and pretty." I have to say it stands out in a crowd. It was a real piece of art and function.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:54 PM

beautiful saturn. amazing detail for a 4" aperture.

aperture rules. :rofl5:

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:37 PM

Haha "aperture rules"! I was never able to image Saturn well with my 4" Carton, but this scope's optics are so much better, I guess it's the coatings, or the longer f/l. Whatever it is, I'm very happy!

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 03:03 PM

I finally got around to making a solar filter for it using Baader safety film. Once again I am very impressed! The long focal length really brings the sunspots up close. The granulation on the surface of the sun is very clear. Sunspots are sharp with tons of detail. I hope to take some pix soon and will post them here.

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 10:04 AM

Storage cabinet completed. I did it myself and it was relatively easy to make!

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#63 Astrojensen

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 01:56 PM

:jawdrop:

That is just amazingly beautiful.


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 03:39 AM

Beautiful scope! I just built one too:
http://www.cloudynig...5140754/page...

The pic's aren't the greatest but more are coming with a high resolution camera.

It's a 103mm f/15 almost exactly the same size as yours. I saw Saturn last year when I built the mock-up but it wasn't with the 2" eyepieces. After seeing your great pic of Saturn, I'm sure looking forward to seeing it now that my son's scope is finished.(I built the scope for my son.)
I have star tested it though, and what's cool is that black sky can be pointed at, but the eyepiece is full of stars! Also, I can point the green laser at an object and it's right in the middle of the EP. Even saw some far off galaxies. There's nothing like an F/15! The editor of Astronomy Technology Today says he'll put it in his magazine, but I missed this month because I couldn't get the pictures taken quick enough, now it'l probably be the 1st of the year.
I'd put a picture up but this is your thread! I was attracted here because I enjoy seeing beautiful telescopes and building them - and you sure have one here!
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Posted 27 September 2013 - 10:51 AM

Hi GoodAsh,

Great job on the case! It looks very similar to the one Richard supplied with my AR101. The only difference being mine is stored in case with the dew shield off. This allows the case to be considerably shorter so it will fit in my car. There is no doubt that if you invest time and money in a telescope like this a case is almost an essential.

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 01:26 PM

Beautiful scope! I just built one too:
http://www.cloudynig...5140754/page...


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I just read through the first page of your thread - awesome scope!

How did you get the dew-shield from aluminum to brass?

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 07:58 PM

Thanks Ian, your case inspired me to build one! I didn't want to fuss with the dew shield, so I made it longer. I load it comfortably into my wife's Subaru...it won't fit in my Mustang!

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 08:04 PM

This scope was built by Richard Day, Skylight Telescopes of London. The dew shield is brass, as well as the grab bar and counterweight. He does amazing work and builds fine telescopes. This particular scope was featured in the Wall Street Journal last week!

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 01:18 AM

I'm curious how Jupiter look like in that beautiful refractor. Could you do an observation for us and maybe a photo or observation report. That would be great.
It's really a wonderful looking telescope.
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Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:18 AM

I'm willing to be the contrast on Jupiter through this scope is better than ANY 4" refractor currently in production.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:52 PM

As soon as I can, I will take some pix of Jupiter and post them. Let's see, stay up really late or get up really early...?

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:02 AM

OK, here is Jupiter from this morning. Stack size is about 500 frames. DFK31 @f/15, no barlow. Very foggy out.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:02 AM

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:16 AM

OK, here is Jupiter from this morning. Stack size is about 500 frames. DFK31 @f/15, no barlow. Very foggy out.

Wow, that's really a great Jupiter picture. The cloud structure is really impressive for a 4" FH achromat and I don't even see the blue fringe. Have you used a filter to avoid the fringe?
So it was probably great watching Jupiter through the occular, too!?
Cheers,
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Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:19 AM

Yes the Skylight AR101F15 is an awesome performer as well as a beautiful looking scope to own.
I commissioned Richard from Skylight to make one for me that was optimised for solar imaging but that could be turned back into a normal visual scope by the simple addition of machined spacers.
I have now owned the scope since June and I have to say the images it produces are awesome as well as serving up some excellent visual treats through the eyepiece.
Please see a couple of examples of my solar work through the best 4" refractor you can buy IMHO

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