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#1 NHRob

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 07:39 AM

Got the call from AP on an AP130 but, chose a TSA-120 instead.  It's actually used but, in great shape (thanks Jim)

It just arrived last night.  So now I have a SV105T, FS-102, and TSA-120.  Likely I will sell the two 4" apos.

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#2 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:03 AM

Nice! I am looking forward to a first light report. :)



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:17 AM

Rob, I have a question, not about your new Tak, but about the felt-lined "manhole cover" dewshield cap on your FS-102.  How well does it stay on?  Mine stays on reasonably well, but does have a tendency to fall off if the front end of the scope is pointed downwards.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:21 AM

She's a beauty Rob...post a first light report when able!



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:28 AM

Nice line up there Rob, I am looking forward to your impressions once you start using the TSA.

 

I have noted the impressive collection of APO's you have owned and wonder if I can pick your brains? How would you rate the TEC140 against the other refractors you have owned, and did you consider getting a bigger FS scope instead of the TSA120? Thanks Rob, and enjoy the new scope.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 10:11 AM

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 10:13 AM

nice purchase Rob!  great timing to find the TSA120 from someone reliable just as you had to reject the 130 notification.  

 

as I've posted earlier this is a great size, big enough to be satisfying for all-around use.  I did most of the H400 project with my 120mm apo and had many great views.  



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 10:14 AM

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#9 NHRob

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 10:26 AM

I hope to give it first light over the weekend.  First I have to repair my MT Pro mount.

The dog chewed the connector off of the hand-controller cable!

 

... anyone know  a good recipe for cooked dog????

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 10:31 AM

Scott,

  I like the manhole-cover on the FS-102.  I will miss that on the TSA-120. 

The TSA cover is thinner metal.  It is felt-lined and pushes on, with the lip going around the outside of the dewshield.

 

  My FS-102 manhole-cover has never fallen off.  It seems to stay on just fine.  The caveat is that I almost never point it straight down.

I can try that experiment tonight at home.

You can always just add a few strips of thicker felt to the cover, to get the exact feel you want.

 

 

  As for the other two scopes, it will be hard letting them go.  I like them both a lot.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 10:43 AM

Rob, nice family picture     :)



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 11:13 AM

Nice line up there Rob, I am looking forward to your impressions once you start using the TSA.

 

I have noted the impressive collection of APO's you have owned and wonder if I can pick your brains? How would you rate the TEC140 against the other refractors you have owned, and did you consider getting a bigger FS scope instead of the TSA120? Thanks Rob, and enjoy the new scope.

Hi Allan,

I would rate the TEC140 right up there with AP and Tak for quality.  I loved the TEC140.  I actually owned several over the years.

As I have gotten older (bad back, hip replacement) I am now valuing portability a lot more.  Otherwise I would have gone for a TEC-140 again.

 

I did consider getting the FS-128.  It would have been a bit cheaper and would be a great visual apo.   I picked the TSA-120 though, because of more compact OTA and less weight. 



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 03:15 PM

Rob congrats on the TSA-120, wonderful scope. That's the same one that I sold to Jim about a year ago. Super compact and wonderful views - can't ask for anything more. I really liked the focuser on that particular one, much better than all of the other Taks that I have come accross. Enjoy!!!


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#14 Scott in NC

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 03:20 PM

Scott,

  I like the manhole-cover on the FS-102.  I will miss that on the TSA-120. 

The TSA cover is thinner metal.  It is felt-lined and pushes on, with the lip going around the outside of the dewshield.

 

  My FS-102 manhole-cover has never fallen off.  It seems to stay on just fine.  The caveat is that I almost never point it straight down.

I can try that experiment tonight at home.

You can always just add a few strips of thicker felt to the cover, to get the exact feel you want.

 

 

  As for the other two scopes, it will be hard letting them go.  I like them both a lot.

Thx for the info, Rob!  I actually like the slip-in type thick "manhole" cover better than the thinner slip-over type covers.  Not that there's anything wrong with either type, just my personal preference.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 03:21 PM

 

Scott,

http://www.durofelt.com/products.html

Try here, 1/2" wide, 1/8" thick self stick felt ( i like black to match the inside of the dew shield). About $10 bucks by Paypal. I also get new ring felt there.

Rex

PS You can also use an objective lens cover from a TSA102 , fits well . $89. at TNR ( you may have a wait, ), I am still waiting for Art at TNR to get me the two covers I ordered a year and a half ago .

 

Thx for the advice, Rex!



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 03:34 PM

In regards to the manhole question, the one of my FS-128 is a bit loose and will come off at times if the scope is pointed down while the one of my FS-152 is tighter and does not come off at all.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 05:18 PM

 

Nice line up there Rob, I am looking forward to your impressions once you start using the TSA.

 

I have noted the impressive collection of APO's you have owned and wonder if I can pick your brains? How would you rate the TEC140 against the other refractors you have owned, and did you consider getting a bigger FS scope instead of the TSA120? Thanks Rob, and enjoy the new scope.

Hi Allan,

I would rate the TEC140 right up there with AP and Tak for quality.  I loved the TEC140.  I actually owned several over the years.

As I have gotten older (bad back, hip replacement) I am now valuing portability a lot more.  Otherwise I would have gone for a TEC-140 again.

 

I did consider getting the FS-128.  It would have been a bit cheaper and would be a great visual apo.   I picked the TSA-120 though, because of more compact OTA and less weight. 

 

Thank you for that Rob, more food for thought.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 05:29 PM

I am in a similar situation - 2 Taks, one Vixen: FSQ85ED, FC-100 and FL102S

 

I love them all. But ONE may need to be culled, and I cannot make a decision, apart from the FSQ85 STAYS. The Vixen and the Tak are for all intents and purposes IDENTICAL in performance.I have not tried imaging with the FC-100 yet (this is the ORIGINAL model, not the new D's), so that will be the decider.

 

Or, I may just keep them all...



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 05:41 PM

a FC-100 .... nice! I had one once. Sold it to
Spacey dee. I periodically bug her to but it back

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 06:54 PM

Rob,

 

Rob congrats of the TSA-120, wonderful scope.   I hope you get many good viewing hours  :) .

 

CS,KLU,

 

:thanx: ,

 

Tom



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:31 PM

Hey Rob, good move on passing up the 130, too much for to little scope.

 

when your ready give a crack at the FS102

 

 

Joe D.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 09:30 PM

Very nice collection, indeed!

 

David



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 08:28 AM

Well, finally fixed my mount and set up my rig last night under clear skies.

Fell asleep on the couch for a few hours and woke up to ....  cloud cover!  Waah.

So, this morning I tried out my new DIY artificial star.  Set it up on a fence post ~100ft from the scope and

checked it out up to 257X  (LVW 3.5mm).  Optics look great!

Perfect collimation and the in/out of focus rings were virtually identical, showing very little, if any, SA.

Focussing was sharp and it had that "snap" to focus which is very enjoyable.

 

This looks to be a very nice optic indeed.

 

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 09:00 AM

Nice compact package there Rob...can't wait to here about how it performs under the stars.



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 09:01 AM

Beautiful, Rob!  Any chance at clear skies tonight?  Using the scope for the first time would be a great way to celebrate the Labor Day weekend! :ubetcha:








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