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#26 orlyandico

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 12:56 PM

Got my new-to-me guide scope today.. it has a better paint job than my imaging OTA :tonofbricks: and better securing of the 2" nosepiece as it has three set screws.

The focuser feels notchy though. Not something I'll worry about, since it's mostly just going to be a guide scope.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:08 PM

My ES AR152 6in with an Orion 80mm short tube as a finder and is off set to one side for easy location of its eyepiece atop an iOPTRON IEQ45 mount. This mount handles this package with no trouble. A pleasure to have this mount.
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#28 Jeff B

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:02 PM

I'm glad to see we here in the "real telescope" forum have completely eclipsed all the other forums in the "Post a Picture..." threads with 7, did I say 7, Parts.

My old AP 178 F9. I'm documenting in the "observatories" forum a Roll Off Shed (ROS)to be contructed around it but the actual instrument installed on the AP1100 and pier will be a TEC 200 ED.

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#29 Scott in NC

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:13 PM

Pretty color, Jeff! Yeah, I know that a scope's best attribute should always be the view *through* it, but your scope is really pleasing to look *at* as well. :)

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:57 PM

Nikon vs. Canon, telescope style - Nikon 100mm ED vs Tak FC-100N.

I learned something very important about side by side setups today. DON'T adjust the balance between the two scopes as pictured! Instead, rotate them so one scope is on top of the other pointed horizontally, then adjust the dovetail up and down. I should have known this, but I was so used to adjusting scopes parallel to the polar axis that this looked right. I loosened the saddle too much and the entire assembly fell out, and although I caught it, it was very close to a very expensive crash. The Y-cable helped break the fall, snapped, and taught me a lesson because the mount is out of commission for a week.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:45 AM

Perhaps you should send them for safekeeping here in Australia Derek .........
glad you caught them ............ the Tak & Nikon colour scheme is timeless

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 12:49 AM

Nice picture Derek, but you won't get away with it that easy. We need a full report on the Nikon 100ED vs Takahashi FC100 N :jump:

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 01:04 AM

Nice picture Derek, but you won't get away with it that easy. We need a full report on the Nikon 100ED vs Takahashi FC100 N :jump:


Hi Erik:

When I get my mount cable, I will start comparing but it will take some time.

There is an outside chance that I may be able to compare these scopes to a Zeiss 100/1000 APQ :-)

Derek

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 01:48 PM

Always great pictures on this thread even at season 7:-)
Here is my newly collimated Unitron 4" f/15 perfectly balanced and riding aboard my favorite all time grab and go mount - a CG5. Picture was from last night and Mars was of course an absolute delight in this scope.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 01:59 PM

gorgeous combo Jeff

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 03:22 PM

When I get my mount cable, I will start comparing but it will take some time.

There is an outside chance that I may be able to compare these scopes to a Zeiss 100/1000 APQ :-)

Derek


Good stuff Derek, in that case I have at least one known variable :jump:

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:23 PM

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

wonderful! what a great project, congratulations.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:30 PM

My AP Star12ED, shortly after setup at the recently concluded Deep South Spring Scrimmage. The Celestron AVX handles this 120mm f/8.5 telescope very well. I find the scope as stable on this mount as on the Losmandy GM8.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:30 PM

>>>My old AP 178 F9. I'm documenting in the "observatories" forum a Roll Off Shed (ROS)to be contructed around it but the actual instrument installed on the AP1100 and pier will be a TEC 200 ED.

Jeff, you are not fooling around these days! Two dream scopes for sure. I like your priorities, get the scope working first & worry about the observatory later!

I want one of those blue-tube 7-inchers SO bad. I was all set to buy one a few years back from someone local and I realized it would not fit into my car. Would love to have an f/9 big AP scope, and the blue tubes are among the lightest OTAs he ever made as well.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 07:10 PM

Ready for another night of imaging.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 11:56 PM

These are the OTAs mentioned in my sig. The newest arrival is the big ES, a fortnight ago. Top to bottom:

Meade 60AZ-TD
Meade RB-60
Celestron C80 ED
Orion 100mm f/6 achromat
Celestron Nexstar OTA 102mm f/9.8
Explore Scientific EDT127

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#42 Jeff B

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:34 AM

Always great pictures on this thread even at season 7:-)
Here is my newly collimated Unitron 4" f/15 perfectly balanced and riding aboard my favorite all time grab and go mount - a CG5. Picture was from last night and Mars was of course an absolute delight in this scope.


Just a beautiful classic scope.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 08:20 AM

Nice lineup, Lew! :waytogo:

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 08:58 AM

Here is my little setup.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:07 AM

Not too Shabby, Rob;-)

Thanks!

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 10:35 AM

Nice Rob!!!

#47 Brian L

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:28 PM

Here's my visual observing rig---

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#48 Mike Clemens

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:41 PM

Cool TMB.... is it dewed up?

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 11:01 PM

My new setup! MEII + TEC180 + TEC140 on ADM DSBS-HD
The TEC140 aligns with the TEC180 using an Optec Libra

My aim is to capture luminance with the TEC180 & Color
with the TEC140. My first experiment towards that end
is here: http://www.pbase.com...539657/original

More equipment photos:
http://www.pbase.com/prejto/equipment

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#50 Scott in NC

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 11:12 PM

Very nice setup, Peter! The image that you linked to is awesome as well. :waytogo:






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