Big and small Questars; TMB and Astro-Tech prototypes and pre-production samples; toting privileges on all scopes set up at Astronomics.
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.
14" Meade LX850 80mm Meade 6000 ED APO 90mm Meade ETX 60mm Focal (First Telescope) Orion MiniGiant 9x63 Mallincam Xtreme EXview HAD Canon 5D Mark II Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Canon 24-105mm f/4L
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Quote:Mark,Obstructions are as follows:10" 20.95% 12" 16.86%14" 13.28%These figures are based on area not diameter.Tony
Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
Quote:Quote:Mark,Obstructions are as follows:10" 20.95% 12" 16.86%14" 13.28%These figures are based on area not diameter.Tony Tony,For some reason that has never been clear to me, they figure the central obstruction by diameter, not area. Someone explained it to me once, but I've forgotten. Area seems more reasonable to me; but what do I know.
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A-P 105 Traveler ~ TEC 140 ED ~ TEC 6 MCT
A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
Quote:Hey Mark...I can understand your concerns about the CO on the new f8s, but there's a lot of people that looked through the old Meade f8 RCXs that said they had some of the best viewing of any SCs they've seen. The optics were exceptional. Will the new f8s be as good? Hard to say, but with the new focuser and the tube baffled, it could just be that it will have very good visual optics.David
Quote:Ron,So, a direct comparison between Celstron's Pro 1400HD and Meade's 14" ACF are as follows:Meade by Area is 13.28%Meade by Diameter is 35%Celestron by Area is 10%Celestron by Diameter is 32%Is this that big a difference, if so, please explain. I am not sure myself and was only providing the data for comparison.Tony
A 60mm department store refractor started it all....