Quote:Nice report, Timm! Glad to hear that your new scope is working out so well for you.
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
AT65, WO GTF 102, C8
Orion SSAG w/ 50mm guide scope
ES 14mm and 20mm EP
Astro Bin http://www.astrobin.com/users/ATX_71/ Erskin
Scopes: 10" dob Antares Optics 1/30 wave secondary/Moonlite CR2, 13.1" home made truss dob Discovery optics, 4" achro (the banger)
Quote:Timm I hope you do a thorough review of this scope and submit it to CN.
15x70-Ultra~TV-85/SM-60~MN-66~12.5"dobsonian Unistar Deluxe~Unimount Light~DM-6/Planet tripod
Quote:Congrats on the GTF, fellas. I almost bought one, but blew my play money on my other hobby.Questions:Does the GTF-102 have enough back-focus for all your eyepieces and are there no signs of field curvature with your low power, wide field eyepieces?Thanks!
Quote:Timm:I'm about to order a GTF102 and an iEQ45 mount. iOptron sells the two of them as a package for a bit less than they would cost separately. One thing they don't indicate (their tech support is supposed to tell me) is whether the model in the package has the DDG focuser.I noticed in the photos that your scope does have the DDG focuser. How useful have you found it to be? If it's worth having, I will make sure to get it even if I have to pay more by ordering it from another vendor. If not, I will just take whatever iOptron provides.
Quote:I'm almost done with a full review - still have a few paragraphs to write. Watch for it soon! Timm
Meade LX200GPS 14", Meade LX200ACF 10" Celestron C8 SCT w/Hyperstar (CGEM Mounted) Explore Scientific AR152, 127mm APO, 102mm APO, 80mm APO AT 6" RC, William Optics GTF 102 Lunt LS60TDS & Cak B1200 QHY10, ATIK 460EX(M), 450C, Starlight Express H18 w/FW and OAG Orion StarShoot Pro V.2, Orion StarShoot SS III, NexImage 5 & PG Chameleon Meade LPI, DSI-C 1, Lodestar & SSAG (autoguiders) Canon XSi Digital Rebel Hap Modded Images Plus 4.0, MaxIM DL Pro 5.14, BackyardEOS
Quote:I just ordered an iEQ45 mount and plan to order a GTF102. Three questions about the GTF102:So far, Agena is the only dealer I have found that claims to have the GTF102 with DDG focuser in stock. Are there any other sources?What are you using to attach your Canon camera to the GTF102? (I have a 350D.) Agena has a Baader 2 inch T adapter with provision for a filter. One of the listed filters is clear for protection of the camera sensor only. Good idea or not?Is the William 2 inch quartz dielectric diagonal the best one to buy?I haven't decided about eyepieces yet. (For the time being, I can get by with the 1-1/4 inch eyepieces from my old scope.) In addition to the William eyepieces, I am considering ones from Explore Scientific. The latter are supposed to approach Televue quality for less than half the price. Besides the GTF102, they would be used with an Orion 10 inch f/4.7 Newtonian and, sometime in the future, a 9.25 inch Celestron EdgeHD.
Quote:I use this 2 inch adapter to connect my 60Da to mine.http://www.telescopeadapters.com/index.htm?rpa.htm
Quote:Quote:I'm almost done with a full review - still have a few paragraphs to write. Watch for it soon! Timm I'm eagerly awaiting!
Leica 8x20; Nikon 7x35; Vixen 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter 15x60
WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
Quote:Quote:Quote:I'm almost done with a full review - still have a few paragraphs to write. Watch for it soon! Timm I'm eagerly awaiting! I'm also thinking of doing a YouTube video review - might be kind of fun. Is anyone interested in that sort of review?Timm
Quote:Here is a shot of M51 taken a while back.
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