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Thank you for the long post -with images- on the scope! Great work considering the language difference, I don't notice it. Would be nice to see a 'glass shot' of the lens / cell if you have one. Congratulations on getting a nice big glass triplet, look forward to reading more of your impressions.
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Quote:Illinois,Thank you! I see you have a brand-new Explore Scientific 127mm ED Apo Triplet Refractor among other scopes, plenty to keep you busy for a while!
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Quote:Quote:Illinois,Thank you! I see you have a brand-new Explore Scientific 127mm ED Apo Triplet Refractor among other scopes, plenty to keep you busy for a while! Last night, I looked at Saturn....WOW! Sharp and clearly! Cassini's Division and grey bands is clearly! M4 and M80 is easily to see and pinpoint stars. I test double-double stars in Lyra...see all 4 stars is easy, sharp and pinpoint! I am happy! I want to hear from your report on your new telescope! Enjoy!
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Quote:Hi Illinois,I have owned the TeleVue NP127is from many years now and it's my favorite telescope. It's a very good all-purpose telescope and it's excellent for wide field deep-sky observing: My main interest.The telescope that I didn't buy is the TEC140 because it is too close in aperture to the TeleVue NP127is that I have: 5 1/2 inches vs. 5 inches. And also because it was not in stock and it would take a long wait to get it.Take good care!
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Quote:Quote:strange tube rings I agree that they they are a bit different!While making my shopping list for this telescope and based on the visual appearance from the pictures available on the net, I was initially considering replacing the original the rings for something more substantial. I was a concerned about the reliabilty of the latch system used for locking the rings.But after actually receiving the telescope and closely inspecting the rings, I decided to postpone replacing them indefinitely. The rings are very lightweight and sufficiently rigid from my point of view to firmly hold the optical tube, at least for visual use -assuming of course that you keep the original handle in place or some kind of plate bridging the top of the rings.About their durability, I still think the weak link could be their latching system. But, since I always load the telescope on the mount with the rings installed and balance the telescope using the sliding dovetail plate, I'll rarely need to open them -if ever, and for that reason I doubt I will subject them to much stress or abuse. The rings include some fine felt that adheres very well to the carbon fiber tube, so you could even leave the rings open and the tube would not slip, at least if the angle of the optical tube is not too steep. With the rings closed using their latch system, there is zero slippage of the optical tube at any angle.I still might upgrade the mounting rings sometime down the road, but for now they are doing a good job for visual use.Clear skies! Explore Scientific 152 f/8 ED Apo Triplet Refractor: Back Side of Dual Split Mounting Ringswith Handle, Losmandy DUP Dovetail Plate, Losmandy VUP Dovetail Plate, Finder Base.
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Quote:Thanks for sharing Castor. That is an excellent telescope. I have an AP152 that I use for for planetary/lunar and can honestly say it is the one telescope I will never sell. The views using a binocular viewer are fantastic. Hope you get some clear skies soon. CM
Quote:Incidentally, TEC rings also have a latching-type mechanism.Regards,Jim
When I had mine (for a short period), ES gave me the option for either type of ring.....the kind you have or the more traditional type (are they called shoulder bolts?). I hope your rings are good; mine were so poorly aligned and bent out of shape, I had to get them replaced.
How's the color correction?
Quote:Thanks Castor for the great reporting.
Since I have an old back, can you give us the weight of the OTA with everything on it including high quality eyepiece?
JimT iOptron iEQ45 ES AR 152 Mallincam X2 NON Astro Related 2 Saint Bernards My Web Site is www.nightskiesnetwork.com My Channel name N S N Observatory
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Quote:I can only hope to some day gather up enough coin to buy a OTA like that. It is a thing of beauty Castor. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Quote:Very impressive! I enjoyed looking at all the pictures and I would imagine most refractor lovers would love to have those instruments......and that mount, too!
Quote:Thanks Castor. When you have a chance to better evaluate the color correction of the ES152mm CF, would you be able to compare its color correction to your Vixen ED100sf F/9 as this 4" OTA color correction is well known.Regards.
Matt in Oz Takahashi Mewlon 210 F11.5 = 2415mm Takahashi TSA120 F7.5 (out on loan) = 900mm Takahashi FC76CSV F7.5 = 570m Takahashi FS60CB F5.9 = 355mm