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#176 SteveG

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:34 PM


Incidentally, the Gibraltar tripod/mount is absolutely succulent. They're just beautiful walnut legs and the hardware is without sin. The seller spoke of some minor scuffs; I haven't seen it in the sunshine yet but so far the legs just look perfect. I feel lucky.


I love the look of those dark, walnut legs! I'm definitely a leg man ;)

#177 Stacy

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 01:45 AM

Hey folks I am heading to Cle Elum tonight for imaging. Just thought to let the group know if anyone was interested in joining me.


Thanks for the heads up Andy. Maybe next time. :)

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:05 AM

I talked with Robs wife at the commissary yesterday and they have had no call back and are not able to get in touch with anyone and thus have NOT moved to Texas, yet. FYI.

#179 Stacy

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:18 PM

Meet the new "Baby". Maybe I'll call it "Vader" since it looks like it was made on the "dark side" of Stellarvue. I love it. :flower:

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:55 PM

Very nice Stacy! I hope you bring it with you the at the next outing so that i can look through it:)

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 11:16 PM

90 mm? Dangerous looking item, for sure.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 12:34 AM

Pretty scope Stacy. Reminds me of the WO 98 FLT that I wish I had never sold. It had the same black carbon fiber body look but some red/pink color rings. My current 105mm triplet probably looks close to your new "baby". I am partial to carbon fiber aesthetics.

#183 Stacy

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 12:52 AM

I actually got this thing out for first light tonight!

This is a big improvement over my SV80ED. Storybook views even in my LP skies! Can't wait to get it somewhere dark and perched on the SCT. I wouldn't think a 90 would be a big deal over the 80, but I guess every little bit helps. :) I suppose I will be letting the 80 go... That will be tough. It's such a nice little scope.. Never hurt anybody.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 12:58 AM

BTW, it's a SVR90T-25SV otherwise known as: Stellarvue Raptor 90mm APO Triplet with 2.5” focuser. :ubetcha:

Came with a SV 2" dielectric diagonal and a UM2A - M2 mount, column and tripod with tray. Great deal from a CN lurker.

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#185 Stacy

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 02:06 AM

Very nice Stacy! I hope you bring it with you the at the next outing so that i can look through it:)

Andy


Absolutely!

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 04:22 AM

Great addition Stacy!! Can't wait to get a peek through it!! :D

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 09:40 AM

Stacy, that is indeed a beauty! Congratulations! :bow:

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:24 AM

I was really salivating over the Raptors when searching for Punk's replacement. I think you're going to like it a lot! :jump:

Yesterday Anne & I drove up to Suntop, or at least almost to Suntop. The Ranger's report that the road was open was exaggerated. It was open as far as the last gate, maybe 3/4 mi. before the tippy top. We didn't walk the rest of the way so I can't tell you about the final leg of road or the site itself. I can report though, that the road as far as we went is better than I expected. There were a few potholes and some stretches of minor washboard, but it would have been easy in a passenger car. The top is about 7 mi. from the highway. I averaged 20-25 mph.

I'll be checking that site out for sure next summer.

We had lunch at the saddle just before the final gate. Lots of mushrooms and, in one place, a lot of blue grouse feathers. A bit of snow on the ground.

Edit: Stacy, what's the focal ratio on the new scope? What's the max FOV a guy can get with it. (On my NP 101, it's f/5.4, with 4.9* FOV with my Pan 41.)

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:01 PM

Congratulations Stacy. You beat me to it! From all accounts, the SV90T is great optically.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 07:42 PM

Nice scope Stacy!

So I went to Rattlesnake Lake last night - 95% cloud cover.

I went home and set up on my back deck, and let my 10" cool for an hour or so. I was treated to the absolute worst seeing I've ever seen! I wonder if tonight could be any better? I'll probably use my refractor if the seeing is as bad :p

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:09 PM

I'm going out again after the game. I love this new scope. It's my first "real" apo and I must say there does seem to be something special about it. I had a Genesis once but it was so nice I hesitated to use it. I was planing on selling the mount, but I am REALLY enjoying that as well. It goes really high and is quite smooth and stable. Hmmm what to do...

For the most part this will rest piggyback on the SCT, but with this mount, the grab-n-go is becoming a real pleasure....

Need to go somewhere dark. Unfortunately the weekend doesn't look promising. :(

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:28 PM

Spaced Said:
Edit: Stacy, what's the focal ratio on the new scope? What's the max FOV a guy can get with it. (On my NP 101, it's f/5.4, with 4.9* FOV with my Pan 41.)


It's an f7 so with my 41 Pan I get 4.2* and 15X. Pop in the Terminagler and I get 3.8* at 20X. Not too shabby. :)

I am going to find some warm clothes because I NEED to do some observing this winter. Hopefully we can all get together one of these weekends. :ubetcha:

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 09:42 PM

Man.... is it ever cold tonight in winthrop. I got layed off so I'm making the best of it.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 10:27 PM

Man.... is it ever cold tonight in winthrop. I got layed off so I'm making the best of it.


Laid off!!!? That sucks. :( Freeze/frost warning everywhere. Cover your faucets!

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 11:36 PM

Man.... is it ever cold tonight in winthrop. I got layed off so I'm making the best of it.


Laid off!!!? That sucks. :(!



Well not so much since I'm getting the SII for my NGC1499. Image. What sucks is I left my brodband card at home so the only net connection is this phone of mine :(

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:24 AM

Here are a few pix I took at Mt Rainier (Paradise visitor center parking lot) on Saturday Oct. 25

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:27 AM

Here's another from Saturday night. This one is Mt Rainier at sunset.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:28 AM

This one is of the waning Moon and the first time I used my prime focus on my 8 inch SCT. Just used a button for one or two seconds. It's a little out of focus but it's my first attempt.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:29 AM

Here's the last one, it's also a first attempt. This one is of star trails over Mt. Rainier. I set it for bulb, tungsten, ISO 800 and shot for about 5 minutes.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:38 AM

Here's a couple more pix. These were taken using my Canon T3 on a piggyback mount on my 8 inch SCT. The first is of Andromeda and the exposure was 152 seconds.

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