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blandp11
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TEC 180FL first light
      #1159711 - 09/21/06 11:39 PM

My TEC-180FL arrived hale and whole on Thursday via UPS. My S.O. teased me throughout the day about how it either didn't come, came but left on the front porch and someone took it, hid it, etc. All in good fun and none of it put a damper on my enthusiasm! They are booking a trip for us to go to London in "revenge" of my new toy. I didn't point out how taking me to London is hardly any form of punishment, however.

The case seems very nice, with no signs of wear or tear. The locking mechanism and stiff foam appear to do a nice job of protectiong the scope which fits in the case with the rings - a nice ability.

I put the 180FL on my latest run AP 900GTO mount, and the two 18# weights easily counterbalanced the the scope. The dew shield on the TEC 180FL is captive and pulls out with some amount of force, it will take a while for me to get used to this, but it's the same idea as the dew shield as on the Traveler. The AP 160EDF has a captive dew shield with a tensioning screw. Like the 160EDF, the TEC-180FL has a ring around the interior end of the dew shield. The idea being that some amount of heat is reflected back onto the lens delaying the onset of dew. Nice touch.

First light was a star sync onto Vega. Wow, very pure with no hint of colour at 140X with a 9mm Nagler (original type). Did a very quick star test as some non-astronomer friends were over waiting for a look; I used a TV 2X barlow and Pentax 5.2mm XL which is 485X. The seeing was poor tonight but dang it was a good test. Symmetrical on both side of focus. I didn't use a green filter or take much more than a quick impression, but looked really, really good. Methinks Yuri & Co. know what the heck they are doing.

First object was M13. Wowser! Even from my light polluted front yard it looked mucho impressive with the kind of powedered sugar on velvet (well, grey velvet at least). The ring, M92, M57 all looked good. The Colours of Alberio really were impressive.

So, all in all a decent first light. I can't wait to get this puppie under some dark skies and for the light of some planets and good old Luna to shine through it. So far I am very impressed.

Quick pics of the scope, which is disappointing as I know that pictures should be taken through this scope, but give me some time!





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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1159724 - 09/21/06 11:52 PM

Any pictures to post of the scope??

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1159726 - 09/21/06 11:54 PM

Oh boy is that a beauty Wow! I don't know what else to say A very warm, but jealous congrats on a fine looking scope. I will be looking forward to hearing more reports! Enjoy

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: spaceydee]
      #1159729 - 09/21/06 11:56 PM

Looks great!

Hope the two of you enjoy a long and happy life of star hunting together!


-Gary

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: spaceydee]
      #1159731 - 09/21/06 11:58 PM

Sweet! That thing is HUGE!!

When ya gonna do that Laser test?

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: NeoDinian]
      #1159739 - 09/22/06 12:05 AM

Wow, that's big! Enjoy!!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: NeoDinian]
      #1159752 - 09/22/06 12:12 AM

That's real nice. Tonight looks good in S.NJ. I should go out myself, but the kitchen project wore me out.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: spaceydee]
      #1159757 - 09/22/06 12:16 AM

A fitting big brother to the venerable TEC-140. More pictures, please!!

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blandp11
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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: half meter]
      #1159761 - 09/22/06 12:20 AM

I'm sorry I didn't take any pics on the mount outside, but my friends came over and I forgot. I will be going to the Stokes star party tomorrow, so I'll take some there on the mount.

I had a huge grin while observing, a very fun time! Glad when a scope does that.

Philip

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blandp11
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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: NeoDinian]
      #1159769 - 09/22/06 12:28 AM

Here is a very unsteady laser shot, the beam is the bottom most bright pair going in from right to left with the gap for the fluorite.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1159796 - 09/22/06 12:55 AM

Why that's horrible!

Better send it to me and I'll take care of the problem.. sooner or later...



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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1159812 - 09/22/06 01:11 AM

Nice couch, Philip!

Congratulations, that's a beautiful telescope!

All the best,
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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Rich N]
      #1159830 - 09/22/06 01:29 AM

Surely you're not going to take that beauty OUTSIDE where it can get damp and dusty? Wrap it up, and put it in a closet where no harm can arise....

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Rusty]
      #1159860 - 09/22/06 01:58 AM



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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Rusty]
      #1159863 - 09/22/06 02:02 AM

Congrats, what an impressive scope.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: mistyridge]
      #1159876 - 09/22/06 02:38 AM

So, did you get the red couch to match the new TEC logo?
The scope looks fantastic, Philip. Yuri and the rest of his guys do fine work, that's for sure. I'd get up early and take a peek at Betelgeuse and M42.
You must be smiling from ear to ear, even in your sleep.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Dave LoPresti]
      #1159901 - 09/22/06 03:36 AM

Great scope! Compliment BlandP. A nice big brother to your venerable Traveller I wish you great clear skies.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: mauro]
      #1159902 - 09/22/06 03:40 AM

That is a hell of a scope. Congratulations. I wish you many happy hours with it

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: michiel]
      #1159959 - 09/22/06 06:04 AM

Beautiful scope!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1159985 - 09/22/06 06:38 AM

Oh, my! Gorgeous! How large is the focuser?

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1160017 - 09/22/06 07:22 AM

I will be helping with the registration see you there I am going the reverse of you I am leaving my 6 inch f 8 Astrophysics home and bringing my new Zeiss 63mm f 13.3 telemator I wanted to test it under the darkest sky LEFT in NJ if we get any the Eastern sky here in Old Bridge NJ is clouded out allready no Solar observing this morning

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blandp11
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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Ralph Marantino]
      #1160033 - 09/22/06 07:44 AM

Hello Ralph see you there! I hope we at least get Friday night, Saturday looks like a washout.

Philip

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Paul G]
      #1160037 - 09/22/06 07:45 AM

Gus, it's the Feathertouch 3.5" unit that comes on all the TEC APO's. It's nice.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1160173 - 09/22/06 09:39 AM

What a beauty! I'm glad your first light was a huge success and I can just picture you with that huge grin on your face.

Congratulations!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Erix]
      #1160270 - 09/22/06 10:34 AM

I have enjoyed your wait and all the postings in anticipation of getting this scope much more then I am enjoying my wait for the 160. That 180 is simply a wonderful scope. Excellent choice Philip. Here's hoping that you will enjoy it for many years to come.

I am delighted for you that it finally came.

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blandp11
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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Erix]
      #1160274 - 09/22/06 10:37 AM

Here is my refractor family portrait. From left to right TEC-180FL 180mm f/7, Astro-Physics 160EDF 160mm f/7.5, Astro-Physics 130EDF 130mm f/6, and Astro-Physics Traveler 105mm f/5.8. The 180 is subjectively much bigger physically than the 160.

family of refractors (image >300k)

family of lenses (image >300k)

Philip

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1160302 - 09/22/06 10:55 AM

That whole family could win a beauty pageant! Looks, talent and performance!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: doctordub]
      #1160305 - 09/22/06 10:55 AM

once again i need that drool graemlin!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1160340 - 09/22/06 11:15 AM

Wow! I think I need one of those. Have fun.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: GordonCopestake]
      #1160353 - 09/22/06 11:25 AM

I'm so sorry, Philip, but the terms of the TOS clearly state that 'no one shall own more that two(2) premium refactors at one time ~ anyone exhibiting more than the acceptable number is subject to immediate confiscation by the nearest SRF.'

Hey, I don't make the rules, I just enforce them...


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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: sectorzed]
      #1160359 - 09/22/06 11:28 AM

Oh, and welcome to Cloudy Nights gmacln!


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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: sectorzed]
      #1160396 - 09/22/06 11:45 AM

Thanks Gary. It's great to be part of this amazing astronomical community.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1160565 - 09/22/06 01:39 PM

Quote:

Here is my refractor family portrait. From left to right TEC-180FL 180mm f/7, Astro-Physics 160EDF 160mm f/7.5, Astro-Physics 130EDF 130mm f/6, and Astro-Physics Traveler 105mm f/5.8. The 180 is subjectively much bigger physically than the 160.

family of refractors (image >300k)

family of lenses (image >300k)

Philip




Must...........fight..........aperture..........fever.

It looks absolutely beautiful, too nice to take outside....:)

May you have clear skies to enjoy.

Regards,
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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1160601 - 09/22/06 02:03 PM

Quote:

Here is my refractor family portrait. From left to right TEC-180FL 180mm f/7, Astro-Physics 160EDF 160mm f/7.5, Astro-Physics 130EDF 130mm f/6, and Astro-Physics Traveler 105mm f/5.8. The 180 is subjectively much bigger physically than the 160.

Philip




Beautiful lineup! I think it really points out the refractor rule on size increases. The 180 just looks to be a different class than the 160.
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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Pedestal]
      #1160770 - 09/22/06 03:43 PM

Awesome, congrats!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1160799 - 09/22/06 04:01 PM

Beautiful scope Philip! Congratulations!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1160931 - 09/22/06 05:23 PM

Quote:

Gus, it's the Feathertouch 3.5" unit that comes on all the TEC APO's. It's nice.




3.5"? You sure about that? The Feathertouch on my TEC 140 is 4".
Alex

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1161285 - 09/22/06 11:03 PM

Gorgeous piece of hardware! Congratulations!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #1161330 - 09/22/06 11:40 PM

That is a beautiful scope! Congratulations!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1161371 - 09/23/06 12:36 AM

Quote:

Here is my refractor family portrait. From left to right TEC-180FL 180mm f/7, Astro-Physics 160EDF 160mm f/7.5, Astro-Physics 130EDF 130mm f/6, and Astro-Physics Traveler 105mm f/5.8. The 180 is subjectively much bigger physically than the 160.

family of refractors (image >300k)

family of lenses (image >300k)

Philip




Philip

There are so beautiful, kinda puts a tear in this big man's eye!

You should take the TEC 180 to Cherry Springs if you get a chance.

Karl


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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: ATY]
      #1161449 - 09/23/06 02:58 AM

Philip's right, it is a F/T 3.5"

That is the focuser that comes with all TEC apos. I do not believe Starlight Instruments makes a 4" Feathertouch.


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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: galaxyman]
      #1161651 - 09/23/06 10:27 AM

I was planning on going to the BFSP, but as we all know it was a wash this year. I will go next year. I would like to go and observe at Cherry Springs off star party some time this year, I'll see how my schedule works out.

Philip

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1161979 - 09/23/06 02:46 PM

I just got baqk from the Stokes Starparty 2 hours of bad sky last night BUT in my 18 years of refractor observing this scope is the best that I have EVER LOOKED thru...wow

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Ralph Marantino]
      #1162062 - 09/23/06 03:59 PM

Hey Ralph, thanks. It was fun last night, too bad the skies weren't better. I would have liked to take a through your beautiful Zeiss Telementor (I know it's not a Telementor, but I can't remember what it is...)

Philip

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1162197 - 09/23/06 06:06 PM

What a beast! What does a monster like that weigh? (I'm also diggin the couch!)

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: ChazK]
      #1162421 - 09/23/06 09:59 PM

It weighs "only" 36.6lbs and the nice red couch is entirely my wifes idea.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1163843 - 09/24/06 09:33 PM

Hey Philip,
Here's a pic of your TEC-180 at Stokes!
What a beautiful scope, thanks for sharing some views!!
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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: SometimesKen]
      #1163895 - 09/24/06 09:58 PM

Is that you, Philip? NICE scope!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Erix]
      #1163902 - 09/24/06 10:02 PM

Wow-ee, that's a big scope! Nice!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Erix]
      #1163908 - 09/24/06 10:04 PM

That's me with a happy grin that even the poor skies couldn't dampen!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: SometimesKen]
      #1163915 - 09/24/06 10:06 PM

Thanks for taken the pic Ken, as you know I forgot my camera. Wish the skies could have been better, but it was a treat hanging out with all you nice people.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1163962 - 09/24/06 10:24 PM

You know, it's always so hard to see just how large a scope is until you put a person in the picture with it. What a great photo.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Ziggy943]
      #1163976 - 09/24/06 10:33 PM

The wait for a scope is never the fun part. From all the posts by people who own the TEC 160ED, you are going to be grinning every bit as hard as I am right now when you receive yours. I don't think TEC knows how to make a scope that's less than spectacular.

BTW: when us the 160ED expected to be delivered?

Philip

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I have enjoyed your wait and all the postings in anticipation of getting this scope much more then I am enjoying my wait for the 160.




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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1164044 - 09/24/06 11:10 PM

It's an agonizing wait no matter what scope you're waiting for. Now you're itch has been scratched. Mine is still itching. At the time I ordered the scope I was told summer. Well, summer ended at 22:03 MDT Friday.

We all know we can't rush the optician. It's just going to have to take the time it takes. I'm now hoping in time for the next planet season.

I simply can't haul the 9" around anymore but I still want a very fine portable scope for both public and private star parties and for my own enjoyment. The 160 is what I'm counting on to be that scope.

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: Ziggy943]
      #1164300 - 09/25/06 07:06 AM

As a point of reference, the original date for the first few of the TEC 180FL's was June '06. Actual delivery was Sept. '06. I would suspect yours is very close now.

Philip

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... At the time I ordered the scope I was told summer. Well, summer ended at 22:03 MDT Friday. We all know we can't rush the optician.




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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: blandp11]
      #1168318 - 09/27/06 11:51 AM

Philip,
I hope that you do not put your green laser on a scope this large, I would not want to see homeland security damage such a beautiful scope!

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Re: TEC 180FL first light new [Re: SometimesKen]
      #1168395 - 09/27/06 12:48 PM

Beautifully compact 180mm. Thanks for the photo Ken!

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