Levenhuk carbon fiber 8" RC on the way!
Posted 16 August 2013 - 01:34 PM
Posted 16 August 2013 - 01:38 PM
Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:11 PM
I'll look forward to reading your experiences. Got to have something special to inaugurate the new observatory ! Don't forget the pictures... :photo:
Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:43 PM
Honestly, she's very supportive but I'm not gonna push it.
I'm hoping to test the observatory out sunday night. I just need to set a couple more poles in concrete tonight and tomorrow mount my gables and beams and screw on the sheet metal. Should be ready to roll the roof off by sunday evening!
Oh....you can count on some pictures of the new scope being posted by monday evening or sometime tuesday.
Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:07 PM
Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:11 PM
Grats. I'll be VERY interested how that works out for you. I know that I want to replace my C8. I just haven't decided what exactly I'll be replacing it with. The Comet Hunter is one strong possibility, but this or some other other brand of it is another.
I'll let you know asap. I believe these to be the same scopes as the Astro Tech. I just got an unbelievable deal on this one and got tired of waiting for the AT carbon fiber to become available.
Posted 17 August 2013 - 02:15 AM
I'm also considering an RC to replace my C8, but I don't have an obs.
+1 on your first light report.
Posted 17 August 2013 - 07:34 AM
Posted 17 August 2013 - 07:59 AM
Congratulations on the new scope. I think you are correct, it sure looks like the Astor Tech model. I have been looking at this one as well and am looking forward to seeing your images.
The AT's have a D-style dovetail on the bottom and Vixen on top. I needed the Losmandy style to fit my CGEM DX mount but this turned out to be a bargaining point. I ended up getting the scope and an ADM dual saddle for the CGEM for still quite a bit less than the regular price of the scope(s) alone.
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:48 AM
That's a seriously sweet setup, certainly in looks and I'm sure in performance once you get eveything dialed in. Looking forward to your images.
Posted 20 August 2013 - 08:52 AM
As for coma, they have none. Field curvature they do have. My understanding is that for a 8300 size chip, they are pretty good even without a flattener. Stars will be very slightly oblong in the corners but not bad.
At any rate, until you get the thing collimated, any impressions of curvature in the corner are going to be worse than things really are.
Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:03 AM
Posted 20 August 2013 - 09:30 AM
The T3 is 22.2mm x 14.8mm in size.
The KAF 8300 is 17.96mm x 13.52mm.
Still it probably isn't hugely worse, and you would have to crop very much to get down to 8300 size.
Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:06 AM
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