I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Quote:You think so, eh? I'll try and get you a shot of an Astro-Physics 206mm in action. There will be one in these parts shortly. The 175mm looks big enough. I can only imagine how huge the 206mm will be.Even the 175mm, though, is too big for routine travel, IMO. Love these big scopes, but over 6" for me begs for a permanent installation - or a kayak rack on top of the car and missle nose-cone shaped dust caps.One day I'll have an observatory...*sigh* Until then, I'll admire folks with more gumption than I have for transporting truly large refractors.Regards,Jim
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is.
Quote:... One day I'll have an observatory...*sigh*
Solar Imaging Tutorial • Circa 1958 Gilbert 3" Reflector • Astro-Physics 105 EDT (Traveler) • Astro-Physics160 EDF • Astro-Physics175 EDF • Coronado 90/90/30 Hα • PSTs in Ha and CaK flavors • Circa 1810 Utzschneider,Reichenbach,Fraunhofer • Circa 1825 Merz,Utzschneider,Fraunhofer • Etc. etc.
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.
The 175 fits in my wife's SUV without any problems, but it is the largest scope I would feel comfortable setting up by myself.
A-P 130EDF GT
StarMaster 11 (Highly Modified)
Canon 10X30 IS Binocs
Complete Sets of Nagler T4's, T5's, T6's, TV Plossls, TAK LE's, UO Orthos, Celestron Ultimas
Mark EON 80 - Twilight 2 | C11 - iEQ45 | Astro Physics 175EDF - 900GTO
Takahashi FS78 AP 92mm F7 Stowaway AP 130mm F6 EDFs AP 155 F7 EDF AP 175 F8 my new baby AP 10 inch Mak AP 400 QMD AP 1200 Goto CP3
Quote:Joe - Congratulations on your scope and looking forward to a first light report. Now that the mobility issue as been resolved I really don't see myself using any of my other scopes. As others have mentioned before, this scope really shows you what it can do when you feed it a nice dark sky. I took the scope out to the Florida Everglades with my observing pals Sergio and Maykel. Sergio has a superb 16" Zambuto dob and while there is no substitute for aperture I was quite surprised (aside from image scale) at how well the 7" refractor kept up with the dob on most objects. From my urban backyard double stars, planets and deep sky via video imaging are a joy night after night, despite some sessions with less than optimal seeing conditions. I doubt there will be many of these coming up for sale unless it involves some kind of financial distress. It truly is a very special telescope and one that years from now (has to earn its stripes ) will dovetail nicely into my collection of venerable antique telescopes.
Sergio - El Cubano Loco!!! 16" F4 Starstructure with Zambuto primary Takahashi FS-128 on a DiscMounts DM-6 A bunch of Ethos, a few Nags and a pair of Pans.
Quote:Hey, now that I have wheels on the AP we can have a telescope race like the bed races in Coconut Grove
Paul 16" Starstructure f/4 w/AN-SC and Zambuto optics Celestron Edge HD 1100 Lunt LS60DS Orion 8" imaging newt Explore Scientific ED127 CF Apo Astro-Tech AT65EDQ Astro-Physics 1100 mount Celestron AVX mount Mallincam Xtreme Denk Binotron
Quote:Sergio has a superb 16" Zambuto dob and while there is no substitute for aperture I was quite surprised (aside from image scale) at how well the 7" refractor kept up with the dob on most objects.
Quote:Kidding aside, comparing two very different scopes on any given night is meaningless. Refractors yield very high contrast images which is what allowed it to do as well as it did. For instance we looked at M1 and it was very close (aside from image scale) to the Zambuto. M81 and M82 was gorgeous in the same field of an 31 Nagler. 50 feet away the Zambuto was showing awesome detail in the core of M82 due to its larger aperture. Sergio's scope also gave us great views of the Horsehead and Thor's helmet.
I would not rank one scope as better than the other, just a different visual experience.
Hypotheses non fingo
Quote:Love the AP175, hate moving its bulky case around. Here is my solution in case anybody is interested:
- Two Penn-Elcom W8375K outriggers about $40 shipped.
WO GTF 102, iOptron iEQ45, WO Megrez 80FD, Celestron C8, WO SWAN 33mm, WO UWANs 4mm, 7mm, 16mm, WO SPLs 3mm, 6mm, 12.5mm, WO Zoom II 7.5-22.5, WO EZTouch, SV F50B2 Finder
Quote:And take off any rings on your fingers. I always take off my wedding band because it takes a tight grip and I'm afraid of scratching the OTA.It's an amazing telescope. You will now be spoiled to other telescopes.
WO Megrez 120 ED on GP Mount
WO ZenithStar 80 ED II on Porta II
10" Meade LightBridge/Paracorr
Orion ED 100 on Polaris Mount
Astro-Tech 8" f6 Dob
Bushnell Ares 5
Meade 226 2.4" f11.7
SpaceScope 2.4" f15
Quote:Thanks guys for the tips! I am so worried about scratching the thing, or worse yet, dropping it! It's pouring rain here, so no first light, plus I need to get a dovetail plate in order to mount it. OK, so now the questions... I have a CGE for now (strickly visual) what length dovetail plate would be ideal? The plate will have to be a Losmandy (4" wide) style. I've been told anything from 16 to 24 inches long.Is it me or is the 175 so much larger than a 160? I saw some pic's on the web that compares the two, but seems to me the 175 is freek'in huge. That being said, I was comming from a TEC140.Plus, what happened to the cheaper corner castors? I can see these being in my future! The link is not valid anyore?David
AP 175EDF CGE Takahashi LE's Brandon's Televue Plossl's