7 X 50 Binoculars 102mm f/9.8 Refractor 14" SCT w/ CGE Pro 6" SCT 180mm f/15 Mak Atlas EQ-G GEM Pentax, ES, Baader Ortho & Sterling EPs.
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Check it out! I can form a full sentence! Scopes: Explore Scientific 152mm f/8 Carbon Fiber Triplet, Obsession 15" Classic Camera: SBIG ST-8300M, SBIG FW8 Filter Wheel, Astrodon LRGB and 3nm Narrowband Filters Mount: AP900 Hang out with us at Mount Lemmon Sky Center
Quote:I have an ED152 at home that hasn't yet seen first light due to - of all things - poor weather in Arizona. My intent for the scope is to use it entirely for imaging but it'll get a little eyepiece time here and there. I'm taking it to the Grand Canyon Star Party (North Rim) in June....so it'll get 8 straight days of heavy visual use up there. Physically, the scope is larger than you would expect. It dwarfs my ED127. But it is surprisingly light. I haven't weighed the scope but I have mounted and balanced it and 5 pounds of camera/filter wheel on my AP900 using a single 18 pound counterweight. I'll put it on a scale when I get back home this weekend but I'll be surprised if it's anywhere close to 35 pounds.Weather again this weekend is starting to look unpromising...but if I get any chance to put it through its paces, I'll post my impressions here. Mike
Quote:Dag, that must be frustrating! If I may ask, why did you pick the ES instead of something else?good luck with those skies!Bob
Photo: Qhy9 mono + qhy 5x2" filter wheel and Baader 2" LRGB, Ha, O3 and S2 filters , Meade DSI Pro 2 as guider, TS 9mm off-axis guider Binoculars: Nikon Action 12x50 Telescopes: Skywatcher Evostar 120ED f7.5 APO + TS 2" flattener Mounts: HEQ5 Pro Eyepieces: Nagler 11mm type6, Pentax XW 7mm, Televue 2X barlow 1.25"
Quote:What about the new Istar TCR scopes?
“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
Quote:Mike, those are some FANTASTIC images on Astrobin!
Quote:Neither. If I wanted an "affordable" 6" triplet, I'd go for the Long Perng 150mm ... Alternately, if you want a "premium branded" scope in that price range and can live without 10mm, I'd look at the TEC 140.
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm
Johnny FS152 15" Obsession Classic w/ 14.5" f/4.65 Zambuto
Quote:Neither. If I wanted an "affordable" 6" triplet, I'd go for the Long Perng 150mm. Teleskop Service in Germany offers it under the house brand.http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p4817_TS-Triplet-AP...If you buy for export, you don't pay VAT so knock 19% off, so figure roughly $5700 plus shipping. Alternately, if you want a "premium branded" scope in that price range and can live without 10mm, I'd look at the TEC 140.Thanks Jim, but I would really like to have someone locally available to service my account if something would or is wrong. And basically its just the OTA, would need more $ for diagonal, finder.........
Quote:I would also give some serious consideration to the new $4K 152mm f8 APO doublet from APM.
Quote:Quote:Neither. If I wanted an "affordable" 6" triplet, I'd go for the Long Perng 150mm ... Alternately, if you want a "premium branded" scope in that price range and can live without 10mm, I'd look at the TEC 140.Regards,Jim I've been thinking about a six-inch class APO, and had just about settled on the TEC 140, but this thread just threw everything back up into the air in my feeble mind.I suppose what matters most to my left brain is optical quality (and near-perfect CA correction), with aperture running second. Cost is a factor but these babys are all in the $6k+ class. But my right brain is fixated on that silly centimeter wider aperture. Just..Got..To..Have..A..Full..Six..Inches!There has been a lot of forumination over the TEC 140 relative to the AP and Tak equivalents and it sounds like a tremendous telescope that one might actually buy in ones lifetime. I am a bit surprised not to have read more discussion of the ES/Celestron/TS 150mm class APOs. Do we have any customer feedback on the optical performance of these various options? Enquiring left and right hemispheres want to know!
Quote:Neither. If I wanted an "affordable" 6" triplet, I'd go for the Long Perng 150mm ... Alternately, if you want a "premium branded" scope in that price range and can live without 10mm, I'd look at the TEC 140.Regards,Jim
Quote:Its too early in the morning, so sorry for the rant, but we need to have a magazine or an individual do a shoot out.
Quote:Quote:Its too early in the morning, so sorry for the rant, but we need to have a magazine or an individual do a shoot out.I have a small group of guys that I observe with who are all significantly better observers than I. We already have plans for an early April observing session under the magnitude 7.5+ dark skies of Portal, Arizona. There, the ED152 will get its shot to go toe to toe with a really nice example of a TEC140. Stay tuned for a full writeup.I think the reason that no one has seen any real reviews for these scopes is that they're just starting to appear. ES has been showing up at NEAF for a couple of years with a prototype, but they're just now getting into the showrooms and the hands of the end user. Optically, I haven't had a chance to look through mine or image with it yet. Mechanically, it's a very nice telescope. There are a couple of minor things that I don't really like about it - and I'll touch on those in my first light report. Mike
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Quote:Well, it won't be theorectical for much longer. I ordered an ES 152 Triplet. OMG!!!!!!