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#1 MarcF650R

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:10 PM

I have owned a TV76 for some time now but I never got around typing out my thoughts about it. Suffice to say I have been pleased with it. The blog entry doesn't contain anything earth shattering except that I tend to use it as a terrestrial landscape telephoto which is different.

I hope you enjoy the read.

http://thebackyardas...le-vue-76-or...

#2 Mr Onions

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:51 AM

Great write up and some nice photos at the end there too.
I have the old Tele Vue Oracle 3, which is 76mm also.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:57 AM

I enjoyed reading your thoughts and experience with this scope. I have essentially the same version (shiny black anodized, chrome tube with single lock screw brass compression). I bought it used maybe 5 years ago now and its been to TV for some tuning up. I've upgraded with a FocusMate but was never interested in the FT - I like the look and feel of the older focuser.

I've pretty much now dedicated my TV76 to H-alpha solar viewing but in past I've used it for terrestrial viewing and photography, as well as a vacation travel scope. There is something about the TV76 that I really enjoy. I have owned a number of high quality, larger refractors but have some confidence that when I retire and think about downsizing, the versatile TV76 will be the one scope I'll likely want to hold onto. I agree it is heavy for terrestrial and not best for the elements, but I wouldn't give up the TV76 for birding for anything other than maybe the new Swarovski ATX 95 (which I can't afford). And if I ever did splurge on the Swaro, I still wouldn't give up the TV76. In fact, given the used market as you point out, I could even see myself picking up a green tube TV76 at the right price someday to dedicate to terrestrial... How crazy is that?

#4 MarcF650R

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:40 AM

Thanks for the kind comments. I just fixed yet another formatting issue with the blog post where my double star observations were. I imported the blog from Word which kind of messes things up a bit. Fixed now.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:34 PM

I've had a Pronto for more than 15 years. I've also owned an early Genesis and an NP101. I ended up selling both because the larger aperture just didn't add enough for the inconvenience of the far more portable Pronto.

I've looked on and off for a TV-76 for some time as a small upgrade to the Pronto but TV no longer just sells the tube, you have to buy the whole package (diagonal, ep, ring) and I don't need yet another 2" diagonal or 20mm Plossl.

Regardless, what matters is just how portable these small TV refractors are and how good they are optically. And, I like the TV approach to astronomy.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:40 PM

Hi Marc, tried to buy that 76 off you a couple of years back, good article,a used Pronto is a nice buy also, I,ve had two,the first was in the evergreen colour and was the newest , however a white one came on the scene that though older was in better overall condition, mainly the anodizing and focuser, I kept that and let the green one go, I prefer white anyway.
You don,t see too many 76,s on the used market these days, that says the owners must be happy, Dave, Innisfil.

#7 MarcF650R

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 06:38 AM

We had both the 76 and the Pronto out on Tuesday night. I still love the Pronto as it gets the job done.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 10:54 AM

Marc I see you have the new version of the Star Beam red dot on the 76, any good, how is it compared with the older version?, thanks Dave.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:45 PM

I like it...but the replacement battery is weird.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:27 PM

I love my TV 76! I wouldn't part with it for anything. Even though it is only 76mm, contrary to popular opinion, it is great with a binoviewer. I use a MkV with the 1.7 OCS (really 1.5) which gives me 30X when used with 24mm Brandons. I can find things easily with this configuration and no extra finder. Most recently I mounted it on a short parallelogram mount from Universal Astronomics. I can observe at various elevations sitting down and never have to adjust my chair. Al Nagler really put together a great telescope when he came up with this. Interestingly, the TV 76 is almost an exact analog of the telescope used to make the Bonner Durchmusterung star atlas in the 19th century.






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