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ianatcn
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5604392 - 01/04/13 09:38 AM

Kevin, I am glad you got one of the Carton lensed beauties. The pictures on Richard's web site of the F15's under the stars are lovely to look at. Out of interest how is yours mounted? I have a TV Gib mount but found it ok at low power but it was stretched at high power when I tried one out. When I get mine (yes, I have made my mind up) I will be faced with finding a suitable mount. I quite like the idea of having digital setting circles, does not have to be goto. This may have been covered on other threads, excuse me if I am repeating what has already gone before.

Ian


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Mr Onions
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5604487 - 01/04/13 10:32 AM

Those Mars sketches are excellent.

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Kevin Ellis
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5604655 - 01/04/13 12:10 PM Attachment (63 downloads)

Hi Ian

The Skylight 60mm f15 (f16.7) Carton Lens is mounted on a old Vixen Polaris which works very well. See attached

Kevin


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Kevin Ellis
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5604702 - 01/04/13 12:37 PM Attachment (58 downloads)

The Skylight 100mm f15 which does not use a Carton Lens has been mounted on a Vixen Sphinx SXW mount which last summer was converted to use a Celestron hand controler. The mount worked well, but I felt that the wooden Berlebach Uni 18 tripod I was using was not good enough. I have now replaced the tripod with a Baader wooden tripod which is much more substantial. However with the weather and work I have not tried this new combination. My intention is to mount the 100mm on a Fullerscope Mk 1V which I also acquired last summer. (see attached) The Mk 1V mount will be permanently mounted on a post in the garden. Wife says ok provided that I finish the decorating first.

I know that Neil English has been using a Skywatcher Skytee

Edited by Kevin Ellis (01/04/13 12:40 PM)


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Mr Onions
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5604724 - 01/04/13 12:49 PM

Any reason why you didn't opt for the brass dew shield?
Looks fantastic though.


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ianatcn
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5604817 - 01/04/13 01:35 PM

Hi Kevin,

My first large refractor was mounted on a MKIV with pier. I remember how solid it was and no amount of breeze would blur the image. I went into the old Broadhurst, Clarkson & Fuller workshop (no showroom in those days) when they still had the old brass tube making machine in the basement along with lathes. Back then it was a real hands on experience ordering equipment from them, all was made to order and you got exactly what you wanted. A bit like Skylight Telescopes really. Happy days! Did you know that AWR in the UK supply motor upgrades and goto systems for the MKIV. I see yours has the bronze gears fitted. I definately want to see a first light photo of that one when it is complete. Thanks for posting the pictures. The F15m looks made for the mount you have it on.


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Kevin Ellis
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5606229 - 01/05/13 10:07 AM

Hi Mr Onions

I didn't go for the brass dew shield as I thought that it would be heavier and therefore move the centre of balance further up the tube.

Kevin


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Kevin Ellis
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5606286 - 01/05/13 10:39 AM

Hi Ian

Thanks for pointing me at AWR.

The mount did come with some stepper motors, but I need to get one of my astro friends to make a control box with software for them.

I was lucky to get the Mk1V in such good condition. By chance I mentioned that I was after a MK1V to a local astronomer who was buying an Orion heavy duty tripod from me. To my surprise he had this one which he was no longer using.

Still no news on the new F15

Kevin


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5606355 - 01/05/13 11:14 AM

Quote:

I already have one of the original 100mm f15s. The last one I think.




Hi Kevin, you did indeed get the last example from the original run.

Quote:

Still no news on the new F15

Kevin




I'm watching the tracking on a package now which is due next week...once here, I will provide further details in the Vendor forum.

Thank you for your enthusiasm.


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Kevin Ellis
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ukcanuck]
      #5612545 - 01/08/13 07:08 PM

The beans have been spilled on the new lens for the f15.

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watcher
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5612886 - 01/08/13 11:05 PM

Where?

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Andy Taylor
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: watcher]
      #5613115 - 01/09/13 03:41 AM

Quote:

Where?




From an email that I received last night...

"I am delighted to announce that the objective lens for the next Skylight F15 Achromat (The Skylight AR101/15) will be designed & supplied by TeleVue of New York, USA."

Nothing on his website yet.


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Andy Taylor
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Andy Taylor]
      #5613122 - 01/09/13 03:56 AM

Web page is up now...

Link


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Mr Onions
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Andy Taylor]
      #5613125 - 01/09/13 04:00 AM

Very well done to Richard for pulling this off.
What a coup.
I only wish I could order one of these new Tele Vue lens achromats.
Looking forward to all news about this sure to be outstanding instrument.


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5613130 - 01/09/13 04:19 AM

"...luxurious..."
"...pedigree..."
Words speak volumes; now if only the wooden case was trimmed in rich Corinthian leather.
True works of optical art and I'd love to own one of the tricked-out versions.


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t.r.
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: bluestar]
      #5613558 - 01/09/13 11:41 AM

WOW...that is news! Televue and SkyLight...just WOW!

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jrbarnett
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Andy Taylor]
      #5613588 - 01/09/13 11:55 AM

It would be nice to see the specs on each tier of scope. For example, what focuser is standard on the base tier OTA that comes without finder? I think having a 2-speed focuser on a scope like this with oodles of depth of focus is needless. It would be wonderful if Richard could persuade Starlight to make a 1-speed Feathertouch R&P specifically for this offering.

The projected price is quite fair, about $2200 US for the base tier scope, given that this is a small-volume, bespoke item rather than an new Asian puppy-mill scope grown in a cloning vat. I am tempted by the base entry as I already have the Starbeam finder.

I'm also thinking of asking Richard to do a custom OTA for me around a LOMO 80/480 optical group and 2" Crayford Feathertouch that currently resides in a Stellarvue SV80S OTA damaged by rough handling and poor packing during shipment to me.

I've inquired with Stellarvue about sending the scope in for service, but they've ignored my e-mail. Sad given that superior customer service is the main advantage of Stellarvue scopes that fans point at as justifying a Stellarvue scope over an Astro-Tech, Orion, William Optics, etc. I see that Richard did custom work around a 102mm LOMO objective some time back.

Regards,

Jim


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Mr Onions
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5613678 - 01/09/13 12:50 PM

Jim,if you do decide to ask Richard to make a custom tube for your 80/480, you might want to consider asking for a tube with a screw off section at the back for wide field bino-viewing.
I was bino viewing with mine last night using TV 20mm plossl's and had a wonderful 2 degree field of view.


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Pete-LH
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5613700 - 01/09/13 01:06 PM

Jim, I have a similar issue with SV. I bought their "E7026R 2" wide field, illuminated reticle eyepiece" and the reticle fell out. Looked for advice on whether it could be returned or at least some advice on how to repair it and have received no answer. I've been wanting to buy one of their 60mm finders but am holding off until I get some kind of response.

As for the Skylight-TV-f15 I guess I shall have to live vicariously throught others since I already have a custom carton Carton f/13 build. But that is not so tough.


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ianatcn
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Pete-LH]
      #5613823 - 01/09/13 02:26 PM

So, I go away for a few days and it all kicks off! Well, I am pleased to report to this group that my order is in. I have yet to firm up on the final specification with Richard but will do that after the prototype has been built. I am now very happy that I missed out on the original F15.

Knowing that TeleVue have put their might behind design and QC of the new objective is worth a lot to me. I have never had anything but good experiences with the TV equipment that I own.

Congratulations to Richard on a great tie up.


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