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Dragonwatcher
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 01/21/08

Loc: Coupeville, WA
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: careysub]
      #5686121 - 02/17/13 10:45 PM

Yes, I know about the Hubble. I had a very good deal arranged for a 14" Hubble with sandwich mirror that unfortunately fell through. I was very excited at the prospect of a 14" Dob under 50 pounds with a seemingly decent quality mirror.

I don't think 10" will do it for me since I have a 8" Uti with Royce mirror. Just not enough jump up in aperture I suspect.


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nicknacknock
professor emeritus
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Reged: 02/20/12

Loc: In a galaxy far far away...
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: Patrik Iver]
      #5686302 - 02/18/13 12:46 AM Attachment (36 downloads)

Hi Patrick,

And here is my baby

So, 300mm Orion Optics 1/10 Hi Lux Primary with Ostahowsky 65mm 1/17 secondary, Feathertouch Focuser, Moonlite Filter Slide and Sky Commander.

Michael was kind enough on his own to upgrade the structure at no cost to the one used for the 350mm / 14" mirrors to afford me more stability, as my eyepieces are a bit on the heavy side.

I am extremely happy with Michael's approach in making this telescope, his thoughtful suggestions on various parts and his endless patience with my constant queries, always getting back to me very promptly and making the whole process stress free for me.

Now we both need to get our grubby little hands on our respective scopes, test them and report back to CN

CS,

Nicos


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Patrik Iver
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Reged: 07/29/03

Loc: Kaarina, Finland
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: nicknacknock]
      #5686440 - 02/18/13 05:08 AM

Quote:

I am extremely happy with Michael's approach in making this telescope, his thoughtful suggestions on various parts and his endless patience with my constant queries, always getting back to me very promptly and making the whole process stress free for me.




I fully agree that Michael was a pleasure to work with. Fast communication, and flexible. I had some "non-standard" wishes on encoder placement and stalk top design e.t.c., which were all nicely accomodated.

The tracking now shows both parcels having arrived at the local airport hub some 10 miles northwest of where I live. Delivery latest tomorrow, I think. And possibly time to clear away some snow from my preferred set-up spot...


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nicknacknock
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Reged: 02/20/12

Loc: In a galaxy far far away...
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: Patrik Iver]
      #5686453 - 02/18/13 05:26 AM

Patrick, you will beat me to the punch! Mine should be delivered on Thursday or Friday.

Edit:

No snow shovelling here, it's 17 degrees C here and quite pleasant!

Edited by nicknacknock (02/18/13 05:28 AM)


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Bob S.
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 07/14/05

Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: nicknacknock]
      #5686471 - 02/18/13 06:33 AM

Nicos and Patrick, Your Sumerians look beautiful. However, it is not fair that Patrick is probably having to try his out in -10C weather while Nicos is probably on a Greek island and enjoying 7C nights. The maker of those Sumerians is really adding to what is possible in a totally compact travel Newtonian. Good for both of you and hopefully clear skies. Bob

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nicknacknock
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Reged: 02/20/12

Loc: In a galaxy far far away...
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: Bob S.]
      #5686493 - 02/18/13 07:18 AM

Bob,

Plenty of room (and good weather) for anybody interested in moving here or coming for vacation!!! Excluding January and February (weather too weird), I am usually out 4 - 5 times a month.

I know, it's such a tough life, SQM readings between 21.0 and 21.3, dark sites within an hour's drive, good food, sea & all but hey! Someone's gotta rough it out after all!

Thank you for the wishes. I am so looking forward to attacking the Horsehead in early March. I am getting tired of viewing it from my observing buddy's 18". I want to do this with my equipment!

Clear skies,

Nicos


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mike73
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Reged: 05/01/12

Loc: UK Plymouth
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: nicknacknock]
      #5686912 - 02/18/13 12:28 PM Attachment (34 downloads)

Another very happy Sumerian customer here.

This is my 16" Canopus + Heather's shroud.

Edited by mike73 (02/18/13 12:29 PM)


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nicknacknock
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Reged: 02/20/12

Loc: In a galaxy far far away...
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: mike73]
      #5686966 - 02/18/13 12:52 PM

Nice!!!

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starman345
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Reged: 07/06/10

Loc: New Brunswick, Canada
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: nicknacknock]
      #5687064 - 02/18/13 02:47 PM

Really nice! I want one

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Patrik Iver
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Reged: 07/29/03

Loc: Kaarina, Finland
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: nicknacknock]
      #5688875 - 02/19/13 01:01 PM

Quote:

Patrick, you will beat me to the punch! Mine should be delivered on Thursday or Friday.




It has arrived. Intact and very well packed - the box was big enough to hold a 20". Have done a couple of "dry-runs", and I'm quite impressed by the workmanship, movements and stability. The laser shows it to hold collimation quite well. More to follow later...


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nicknacknock
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Reged: 02/20/12

Loc: In a galaxy far far away...
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: Patrik Iver]
      #5690141 - 02/20/13 02:47 AM

Envious! My unboxing to take place during the weekend...

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GeneT
Ely Kid
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Reged: 11/07/08

Loc: South Texas
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: RobTeeter]
      #5691339 - 02/20/13 05:04 PM

Quote:

Thanks for the mention, Dave! Actually, it's a 10" F/5 we're working on that will be built in the "Travel Scope" vein of construction. No plans for a 12"/12.5" at this point, though. Information on the 10" is available in our latest semi-monthly newsletter: uurl=http://eepurl.com/vcsPb]New 10" Travel Telescope[/url]
Clear skies,




Come on Rob--bump it up and make a 12 and a 15. I believe there is a large market for this out there.


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Daud
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Reged: 08/05/06

Loc: AZ, Scottsdale
Re: Who makes ultralights commercially? (12.5"-14" ) new [Re: GeneT]
      #5691907 - 02/20/13 10:46 PM

Quote:


Come on Rob--bump it up and make a 12 and a 15. I believe there is a large market for this out there.




I would be the experimental rabbit for the 12.5" size, Rob. That unique Quartz mirror I have boxed needs to see a telescope this year.


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