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#1 PJ Anway

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:16 PM

I have a new TEC 110FL refractor coming and I had a question about the "sliding" dew shield. Does the dew shield snap into place when extended?
The reason I ask is I will be adapting my SM60 Coronado filter for solar viewing. On my Pentax 75SDHF, I have the SM60 filter adapted to the dew shield. However, the dew shield on the Pentax snaps into place when extended and therefore will not accidentally slide back and cause the filter/adapter to hit the lens. I attach a picture to help illustrate what I want to do.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 06:24 PM

Not sure, but I doubt it snaps in place. I've never known about a dew-shield that does this until I read your post. Man, that is a beautiful scope and mount combo!

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:24 PM

Thanks Steve. It's a Takahashi P2Z mount and the marriage of the two works very well.
Yes the Pentax dew shield slides out until just before it is fully extended, then there is a noticeable click and the dew shield locks in place.
Even if the TEC dew shield doesn't lock, I'm hoping it will be snug enough to keep extended with the SM60 filter on board.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:50 PM

No, the TEC110FL dew shield will not snap into position. But it is pretty tight. I need to hold the ring handle before I can slide the dew shield fully extended. When you retract it, you need push it with some strength. Much tighter than Televue dew shield, which seems to be too loose on the other hand.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 08:53 PM

I'm afraid not. It's rather stiff though, but I don't know if it will hold the Coronado filter, having never attached one to my 110.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 03:57 AM

A hinged tube ring placed just behind the extended dewshield would bring much peace of mind.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 06:28 AM

stick a small piece of duct tape or masking tape right behind the dew shield, to keep it from moving back.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:04 AM

Nice Pentax by the way!

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:54 AM

Guys,
Thanks for the information and suggestions. The TEC is scheduled for delivery next Tuesday , so I'll know for sure then.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:27 AM

Guys,
Thanks for the information and suggestions. The TEC is scheduled for delivery next Tuesday , so I'll know for sure then.


Good luck with the new scope. I'm a visual observer, no AP, but I'm quite satisfied with the TEC110 as my main scope when spending winters in FL. It was originally planned as strictly a travel scope.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 10:47 AM

No, I got to play with one Yuri brought to NEAF in 2012. The dew shield is a pure sliding type, but unlike the Televue ones, it is very stiff and you will need to get a good grip and pull firmly (more firmly than I was expecting, and I was used to the AP130EDFGT dew shield which locks, but still needs force to move) to extend it.

As an aside, you really can leave the dew shield retracted for solar viewing- all you are doing is vignetting by moving it out. I expect you will be extremely happy- it's a beautiful little scope.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 12:11 PM

Steve - I'm a visual observer too and looking forward to a compact visual scope. If I'm pleased, it will replace my Showa f/10

Rich - I may end up leaving the dew shield back, but we'll see what works best.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:38 PM

Hi PJ
Are u getting it new from a dealer? Just curious as i have an order with anTEC and the run is yet to begin
Cheers

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:47 PM

Hi PJ
Are u getting it new from a dealer? Just curious as i have an order with anTEC and the run is yet to begin
Cheers

Yes, they still had one left from the last run.

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:03 AM

That's a tough task to replace the Showa....

Bring them both to Fox for the star party and we can do a little side by side comparo (plus, I might sneak a camera on the TEC when your not looking...:grin:)

Congrats on the new scope!

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 02:26 PM

Thanks Jason. I'll consider it, but only if you reserve me a spot on the carpet. :grin:

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 07:25 PM

Yeah yeah yeah- just remember to write up a good first light report!

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:32 PM

Scope arrived yesterday - two packages - one for scope, one for clam-shell/dovetail

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:34 PM

Dealer did a great job packaging

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:35 PM

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:36 PM

Scope & clam-shell

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:37 PM

Mounted on my G-9

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:38 PM

Looks like no first-light until Saturday
Just in time for a full moon ..... yay :(

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:44 PM

Very nice scope!

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:56 PM

Looks like no first-light until Saturday
Just in time for a full moon ..... yay :(


wow PJ, you are way up there! We are awaiting the same air mass as you in Boston, been stuck with non-stop humidity for a month, yuck.

the TEC is looking great riding equatorial, ready for some serious planetary views. if you don't have a case for the scope, check out the one from TEC, it's really nice. I would think both the Showa and Pentax could be seeing new homes! those are nice scopes. Nice Newt too, you have no need for a larger refractor with that scope, and the TEC is the perfect complement to it.

*edit - I see you've got FT's on both the smaller refractors, very nice! Will be difficult to let the Showa go, they don't make those anymore! I had a nice Vixen FL102 with FT focuser, beautiful scope, but I had to say goodbye, the TEC110 is ruthless to other small refractors, as you'll discover......







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