Telescopes: Celestron 14" SCT..Meade 10" ACF/SCT..Stellarvue 4" ED APO Mounts: UA UniStar Deluxe duel clamping saddle on a Celestron CGE tripod...UA UniStar Deluxe on a Meade field tripod and a UA UniStar Light on a UA light surveyor tripod. All with custom made "Manny Miles" eyepiece trays. Binoculars: Garrett Optical 10x50 Oberwerk 15x60. Eyepieces: TV Naglers, and Plossl's. Also Pentax 20XW, a Baader 31 Aspheric and a TMB 40 Paragon.
Quote:James,Congratulations on getting your new APM 152 doublet. Looks fantastic. Hope it gives you some great views of the night sky. Let us know how you like the scope after getting a chance to use it.Bill
C11 Edge CGEM DX Gary Honis Modified T3i ASI120MC http://www.astrobin.com/users/astroricardo/
Quote:Your unboxing is so well documented I feel like I received it too - except my wife isn't yelling at me
APM 105/650 Travelling Visual Observer
Quote:James,Congratulations on a beautiful scope, and Happy Birthday too! Now all you need for Christmas are some clear skies ..... and maybe an Ethos 21!Well done!Hermie
Celestron Edge 8"
9/11- Never Forget.
Quote:Beautiful scope James!
MarkLeica 8x20; Nikon Action 7x35; Vixen Apex Pro 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter Nobilem 15x60WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
Paul Maxson Celestron C14, Mewlon 250, Orion EON120, Flea3, ASI120MM. Those who say it can't be done need to stay out of the way of those doing it. http://www.sunspot51.com
Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
Quote:I'm surprised that with a doublet objective, the scope is still so front heavy. Or is perhaps the dewshield not extended in those last two images?
Quote:Wonderful set of photos.Goodluck with your new scope.
Quote:Good looking scope James, good luck with it!I can't help to give a few remarks:-Markus, the total weight of the scope is almost doubled to what you promised in the first place.-On a refractor a focuser with only 6cm travel is not very......well....fill in whatever you want:)-When I asked why the case was not a couple of inches longer to fit the scope, diagonal attached to it, you told me people preffered the shorter case for the tube only. You did not mention that the tube is so short that, according to James' pictures anyway, a very long extension is needed to reach focus, even with a big 2" diagonal! Not good if it is the case! And please, Markus, do not come telling me that people prefer a short tube with an extension one mile long hanging behind it:) Now I understand why the case is so short:) Once again, at least if the configuration in James' pictures is indeed correct and the extension is really needed, otherwise, no problems with this issue....I think optically and for the rest it will be fine.
Quote:James,Beautiful! I admired that scope there in Tucson, but it never occurred to me to ask Markus if it was for Sale! I could have bought it and saved shipping because we drove down from Phoenix. My loss is your gain! It looks like it is in a good home.As far as the comment about weight, I thought Markus initially said it would weigh 16 pounds and has gone up to 22 pounds (not quite twice as much as someone commented). Still it's a pretty light scope for a 6" (the Explore Scientific 5" triplet weights 22 pounds and the 6" definitely tops that!).My almost exclusive use for the scope would be solar and I'm wondering how attaching a Herschel Wedge, 3x barlow and a webcam would affect focus based on the focusing tube length. Of course I would probably replace the focuser with an electric focuser.Again, congratulations!!!Paul
Quote:James,Thanks for the fantastic post and image documentation, very much appeciated here. How does the scope feel as far as weight balance and distribution? Will patiently await your visual report though I anticipate a very positive experience there.Congratulations, and again thank you.
Quote:Is the dewshield retractable? If yes, it appears that it's necessary to remove the rings in order to retract it since it looks like the scope is very nose heavy and needs the rings to be very far forward on the OTA to balance/mount the scope.
Quote:Great pictures! Thats is a huge scope.
Quote:Your outreach site is like mine,very heavily light polluted but as I only target moon & bright planets it doesn't make too much difference.Great work you're doing there!I bet the public were amazed looking through them.Did the seeing let you use the full aperture?