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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 10:56 AM

A review of the Levenhuk 80mm triplet

By Richard Flinn

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 12:38 AM

I'm absolutely gobsmacked that you were able to get that image of Andromeda with only an 80mm scope. I am *incredibly* impressed; that is an amazing, beautiful image.

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 08:17 PM

Thanks Hugh :)

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 04:15 PM

I very interested in this scope now... I've been scouting for a decent small refractor for wide field imaging. I was bouncing back and forth on the WO GTF81 and the Orion ED80T CF. Now I think I have to throw this one in the mix. Ugh...

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:44 AM

I enjoyed reading this review. For anyone interested, the Meade 6000 80mm APO is the same scope but comes with rings, diagonal, and multiple reticle finder. I think the Orion triplet is also the same optics in a carbon fiber tube.

I have a Meade 6000 in transit as I type this!

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:47 PM

Great article! I especially liked the great images taken with the scope. Thank you.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:43 AM

Thanks Matt...KevH, yes they are exactly the same scope as the Meade. I already had the Meade 2" diagonal and that scope is $999. I got my Levenhuk for $625 (special deal). I'm currently looking into the 130mm or maybe the 115mm. Most likely the 130mm because I'd like to replace my 800mm focal length AT8IN f/4 newt with something of similar focal length. The 130mm with a 0.8X reducer would be 728mm f/5.6 and the 115 would be 644mm. Not really a huge difference so I'm considering both. Expect a test/review of one of these very soon. I'm hoping our bad weather here will break for a review in February or March.

sayitfast, I dont think you can wrong with any of these choices. Just remember you will need to be fine with the f/6.6 optics of the GTF-81. Since it has a built-in flattener I dont think you'll be able to use a reducer. I wanted something faster than my previous f/6.5 AT65EDQ and the f/6 triplet gives you more versatility. I can use a regular flattener and keep it 480mm and f/6 or use the 0.8X reducer/flattener and have a 384mm f/4.8 scope. Since I am starting to get into narrowband imaging I was wanting a faster telescope. Happy scope hunting! You have some nice equipment now. :)

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:52 PM

Hi Rflinn,

Why do you want to replace your at8in?


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Posted 17 December 2013 - 06:15 PM

Hi Rflinn,

Why do you want to replace your at8in?




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Hi Gale,

Mainly because of the collimation hassle. Also, the tubes are rather thin and I'm afraid I'll have another problem once I add my CCD with filter wheel. I love it otherwise. I might keep it if I can find a carbon fiber tube for it.

Richard






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