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#1 Scott in NC

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 07:55 PM

Now that Part 6 of this thread has reached well over 1000 replies, it's time to start Part 7. :)

Here are links to the preceding installments of this eterna-thread: part 6, part 5, part 4, part 3, part 2, and the original thread.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 08:05 PM

Here's one of my favorites.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 08:22 PM

To help kick off Chapter 7, here's my 4" Stellarvue f11 ready for its first outreach event:

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 08:27 PM

Here's one of my favorites (SV80S, 80mm f/6 LOMO apo triplet):

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 08:29 PM

...and it's longer counterpart (SV80DL, 80mm f/7.5 LOMO apo triplet), also a favorite!

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 08:37 PM

Another page in this chapter.
Here is my recent ATM Istar 150 f12 with Polarex 40mm finder and to go over the top a 90mm f11 Orion with GSO 2" focuser.
Mount is the circa 1870 Gaunt, which I nearly sold but the buyer pulled out. I'm working on a tangent arm for the dec axis along the lines of the 8" refractor at the Chabot Observatory, and a 7.5" hand slo mo control on the RA. In the meantime this works with nothing other than perfect balancing with sliding weights. Total no electric bliss.
Matt
edit: Hopefully here is the photo

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:00 PM

That is totally impressive :bow:

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 01:09 AM

Whoa... That's gorgeous!

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 04:24 AM

A pair of My William Optics, FLT132 and a ZS110...

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 05:08 AM

That has certainly turned out to be a very impressive combination Matt.
I was amazed how much brass was buried under all those coats of paint.
Love seeing the mount doing what it was meant to be doing.
Keep the updates coming.

Here is a reminder of how it looked on day 1 of the restoration:

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 05:39 AM

Couldn't have built this combo without you Matt....Thanks mate.
As another refractorholic said recently..Life is too short to use a *BLEEP* looking scope!
Couldn't agree more. Not only does it look good,to my eyes at least, it gives fantastic views too!
Thanks for the oohs and ahhs Bill and Wes..and Matt of course.
Updates posted in the ATM section as I go.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 06:50 AM

...and it's longer counterpart (SV80DL, 80mm f/7.5 LOMO apo triplet), also a favorite!


Very nice pair Scott. Just curious... why both?
Ant :cool:

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 06:57 AM

Wow. Just, Wow!

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 07:09 AM


Very nice pair Scott. Just curious... why both?
Ant :cool:


That's an excellent question for which I don't really have much of an answer other than that I really like LOMO scopes. I've had the SV80S for a couple of years, and that has become my primary imaging scope. The SV80L was more of an impulse buy, and when I saw a gently used one for a good price on Astromart a couple months ago, I just couldn't resist, especially since the longer 80mm version is quite a bit more rare. And since I'm primarily a visual observer, the SV80L suits my purposes a little better anyway. :)

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 07:20 AM


Very nice pair Scott. Just curious... why both?
Ant :cool:


That's an excellent question for which I don't really have much of an answer other than that I really like LOMO scopes. I've had the SV80S for a couple of years, and that has become my primary imaging scope. The SV80L was more of an impulse buy, and when I saw a gently used one for a good price on Astromart a couple months ago, I just couldn't resist, especially since the longer 80mm version is quite a bit more rare. And since I'm primarily a visual observer, the SV80L suites my purposes a little better anyway. :)


Thanks! That makes perfect sense to me. I'll get some new pics of my 'fracs taken soon if I ever get another nice sunny day and put them on here.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 07:24 AM

A pair of My William Optics, FLT132 and a ZS110...


Stan, beautiful WO scopes! They look really nice set up next to each other. :ubetcha:

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 07:28 AM

Here is my recent ATM Istar 150 f12 with Polarex 40mm finder and to go over the top a 90mm f11 Orion with GSO 2" focuser.


Matt, so far you're in first place for most impressive setup. Very nice, indeed! :ubetcha:

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:28 AM

Astro Physics 175 EDF.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:31 AM

Very nice. It makes that Ethos look quite tiny! :grin:

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:36 AM

Thanks Scott. I intended to do a one year write up of my impressions on observing with it. I've now owned it a year and half and still haven't done it! :foreheadslap:

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:46 AM

Very nice. It makes that Ethos look quite tiny! :grin:


That makes my Mother-in-law look tiny!

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:46 AM

Having too much fun observing with it to spend time writing, I'll presume. :grin:

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:49 AM

That makes my Mother-in-law look tiny!

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Were you looking over your shoulder when you typed that? :lol:

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 11:18 AM

Securely lock in my office...

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 11:45 AM

Nice looking stuff, Stan!!

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