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Agatha
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Reged: 06/04/12

Loc: Coulee Region, Wisconsin
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Mike4242]
      #5511105 - 11/09/12 07:21 AM

Beautiful scopes everyone!

Jim, the wooden tripod you have for that setup is very nice looking and I'm sure works great with that mount and your good looking ES AR102.

Best, Linda B.


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Grandpa Jim
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Reged: 08/04/12

Loc: GREAT AMERICAN DESERT
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Agatha]
      #5511400 - 11/09/12 10:41 AM

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Beautiful scopes everyone!

Jim, the wooden tripod you have for that setup is very nice looking and I'm sure works great with that mount and your good looking ES AR102.

Best, Linda B.




Thank You for the compliment...........the legs are VERY sturdy, but heavy(lol), as they are made from hickory. I did make a small error with them though.........I made them a bit too tall (I'm 5'8"), but that's easily fixed. I'm really happy with the set-up.


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KevH
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Reged: 03/08/10

Loc: Maine
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Grandpa Jim]
      #5511632 - 11/09/12 01:13 PM

My new ED100 dressed as a Vixen...



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Paul G
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Reged: 05/08/03

Loc: Freedonia
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: KevH]
      #5514358 - 11/11/12 12:01 PM Attachment (101 downloads)

An AP 175 EDF on a 900 GTO mount waiting for Jupiter to rise above the trees last night:

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Jeff B
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/30/06

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Paul G]
      #5514568 - 11/11/12 02:20 PM Attachment (76 downloads)

Nice AP 175!

Here's my new to me APM 152, F8


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Jeff B
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Reged: 12/30/06

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Jeff B]
      #5514570 - 11/11/12 02:23 PM Attachment (74 downloads)

My vintage AP 152 F9 "Blue Tube" for comparison.

Jeff


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zjc26138
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Reged: 02/24/05

Loc: Mingo Junction, Ohio
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Jeff B]
      #5514710 - 11/11/12 04:08 PM Attachment (76 downloads)

I had to chance to try guided imaging on Friday night. It was a success!

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Peter Natscher
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Reged: 03/28/06

Loc: Central Coast California
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Paul G]
      #5514717 - 11/11/12 04:13 PM Attachment (79 downloads)

What height AP pier is that, Paul? 48" or 54"? I'm using a 54" ATS pier with my 175. I'm 6'3" tall and don't care to crouch too low while observing at objects towards the zenith. Using the newer 900CP3 mount with higher side walls, the 54" pier keeps my eyepiece at at least 42" off of the ground when the 175 is pointing straight up. I can stay comfortably seated at all scope elevations in my CatsPerch chair.

Edited by Peter Natscher (11/11/12 04:22 PM)


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Paul C-I
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Reged: 03/23/08

Loc: United Kingdom
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Agatha]
      #5514721 - 11/11/12 04:17 PM Attachment (102 downloads)

Here's my rare Vixen 6" F9 Atlux aboard my G11 and 'wheelie' pier

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APtelephoto
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Reged: 04/17/10

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Peter Natscher]
      #5514786 - 11/11/12 04:55 PM

Downright outstanding! WOW!





Pete


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Paul G
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Reged: 05/08/03

Loc: Freedonia
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Peter Natscher]
      #5514860 - 11/11/12 06:02 PM

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What height AP pier is that, Paul? 48" or 54"? I'm using a 54" ATS pier with my 175. I'm 6'3" tall and don't care to crouch too low while observing at objects towards the zenith. Using the newer 900CP3 mount with higher side walls, the 54" pier keeps my eyepiece at at least 42" off of the ground when the 175 is pointing straight up. I can stay comfortably seated at all scope elevations in my CatsPerch chair.




It's the 48" pier, haven't yet had time to change out the turnbuckles and the rotating pier adaptor to the 54" pier. Once I do I'll see if it's too high for the 10" Mak.

I'm 6'2" and prefer to sit while I observe. My Starbound chair will allow me to sit with my keister as low as 8" off the ground. I had it pretty low last night since Jupiter is so high, the 54" should make it more comfortable.

P.S. Great pic of you with the scope.


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Paul G
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Reged: 05/08/03

Loc: Freedonia
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Jeff B]
      #5514864 - 11/11/12 06:05 PM

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Nice AP 175!

Here's my new to me APM 152, F8




Nice scope. I always liked that TMB logo.


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plyscope
Pooh-Bah


Reged: 11/23/06

Loc: Perth, West Australia
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Paul C-I]
      #5514899 - 11/11/12 06:40 PM

I like your pier design Paul, very practical.

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John Huntley
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Reged: 07/16/06

Loc: South West England
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Paul C-I]
      #5514943 - 11/11/12 07:06 PM

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Here's my rare Vixen 6" F9 Atlux aboard my G11 and 'wheelie' pier




Thats superb Paul, just superb

Makes my little Vixen ED102SS seem puny !


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Ouranos
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Reged: 11/07/06

Loc: Illinois
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: John Huntley]
      #5515644 - 11/12/12 09:11 AM

Paul C-I - do you have plans from which you built your pier? Very intriguing. Beautiful scopes.

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vahe
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Reged: 08/27/05

Loc: Houston, Texas
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Paul C-I]
      #5515662 - 11/12/12 09:36 AM

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Here's my rare Vixen 6" F9 Atlux aboard my G11 and 'wheelie' pier





Paul C-I, that is a very clever and practical design and really beats the conventional metal tripod on top of wheelie-bar combination, I really like to copy your idea if you do not mind, what you have here is perfect solution for my 155f/9EDT, it can not get any better than this.

Vahe


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David PavlichAdministrator
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Reged: 05/18/05

Loc: Mandeville, LA USA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Peter Natscher]
      #5515685 - 11/12/12 09:55 AM

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What height AP pier is that, Paul? 48" or 54"? I'm using a 54" ATS pier with my 175. I'm 6'3" tall and don't care to crouch too low while observing at objects towards the zenith. Using the newer 900CP3 mount with higher side walls, the 54" pier keeps my eyepiece at at least 42" off of the ground when the 175 is pointing straight up. I can stay comfortably seated at all scope elevations in my CatsPerch chair.




Thanks for the picture, Peter! It gives great perspective as to the actual size of the scope.

David


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Ziggy943
Post Laureate


Reged: 08/11/06

Loc: Utah
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Peter Natscher]
      #5515983 - 11/12/12 01:10 PM

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What height AP pier is that, Paul? 48" or 54"? I'm using a 54" ATS pier with my 175. I'm 6'3" tall and don't care to crouch too low while observing at objects towards the zenith. Using the newer 900CP3 mount with higher side walls, the 54" pier keeps my eyepiece at at least 42" off of the ground when the 175 is pointing straight up. I can stay comfortably seated at all scope elevations in my CatsPerch chair.




Beautiful setup.


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Tharsis
member


Reged: 10/04/11

Loc: Almería, Spain.
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Ziggy943]
      #5534153 - 11/22/12 04:13 PM

Another pic with astrophoto setup!


Guiding with SBIG ST4. por Javi berna, en Flickr


Guiding with SBIG ST4. por Javi berna, en Flickr


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astrogaffer
journeyman


Reged: 11/21/12

Loc: Niagara Region, Ontario, Canad...
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Tharsis]
      #5534282 - 11/22/12 06:03 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

First post here. New to Cloudy Nights, but not new to astronomy. I have been a long time follower of CN but just registered yesterday. I thought I would post this photo of my Televue 76. I just got a Universal Astronomics Dwarfstar Mount which has breathed new life into this little gem of a refractor. Perfect kit for grab-n-go which is most of my observing.

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