Jules. Tal 100RS Skymax 150 pro mak 6" f5 pds newt Swift 839 vintage frac HEQ5 syntrek and lots of lovely ortho`s
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
70mm F/7 achro (my mama's gift for my 12 birth day) ARIES 7" F/8 Fluorite APO doublet refractor, ARIES 10" F/14.6 MCT (c.o. 22%) C14 with carbon tube, cooling fans + Hyperstar 3. PGR Flea 3, 1.3Mpix mono.
Quote:Ditto on covering the chip or like Jim said if close to the edge it might have no effect on performance. Check it out before you do anything. I'd try it on the moon, if the chip causes a flare or glare then I'd consider covering it. The Antares scope has excellent optics and is a joy to use if properly mounted.Bill
Quote:Jules,Another refractor. You will have to stop at some point. There just isn't a cure is there? Don't forget that Richard is now selling kits for the Carton F/13
Quote:Don't forget that Richard is now selling kits for the Carton F/13
Carton 60mm f/16.7,crawmach focuser+tube rings, SV M1 C8, SV M2 Apogee 80mm f/5, Porta II, Manny's panhandle,focus knobs Borg eyepiece turret 28mm RKE 48,32,24,16,12,8,6mm Brandon Denk binos,32,26,9.7mm Plössl pairs 27mm Panoptic Astro chair SkySafari pro
Quote:Jules, mine came with the GSO dual speed Crayford, which I eventually replaced with a GSO single speed Crayford, though I also have a Synta 2" R&P on hand that I may give a go on the scope. It looks like it will bolt straight on.As for outfocus, yes the 1500mm f.l. units were deliberately built a bit short. Originally they shipped with a 2" long extension tube with a 2" compression fitting. You can see that here:I typically use a 1.25" Vixen prism diagonal with mine, though I have also used 2" mirror diagonals with it. With the prism diagonal at least, the extension is a "must use" item.Another little trick I recommend is using a high-bond epoxy or similar to permanently affix thin metal washers around each of the three holes where the rear assembly attaches to the main tube, to reinforce the rather thin walls at those stress points.Regards,Jim
Quote:Very nice,Jules.Just be careful with it if you are under the flight path for Leeds/Bradford.Just something about a long focus refractor. They do look majestic.Clear Skies forecast as well this weekend I'm not doing well because I've never looked through any of your present refractors. I don't name my scopes but somehow they do receive one sometimes while building.
Quote:James, if I ever get bored of mine, I'll bequeath it to you.- Jim