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ianatcn
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NEW Skylight F15 refractor
      #5592264 - 12/28/12 08:34 AM

Hi group,

Richard has just posted news of a new Skylight F15 he will be launching at Astrofest in London February.

I was lucky enough to have one of the original F15's on loan from Richard to try out. By the time I made my mind up to buy one they were no longer available. I didn't want to go for the F13 despite it having an excellent Carton objective. I really wanted an F15.

I have my tickets ready for Astrofest so will be straight up the stairs on the Friday morning to take some pictures which I will try and post here when I get home on the Saturday evening.

Any guesses as to what innovations Richard may be including in the new model? Richard has said that it will be a 4". Given that he only makes his telescopes in small batches I won't be hanging about this time!

Hope you all had a great Christmas, ate too much and didn't over-exercise


Ian


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5592442 - 12/28/12 10:53 AM

Ian,don't hang about this time!

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5592878 - 12/28/12 03:35 PM

Beautiful scopes. I wish I could get a brass dew-shield like theirs for my ED100.

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: SteveG]
      #5592889 - 12/28/12 03:50 PM

Why not contact Richard to see if he can supply one?

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5593799 - 12/29/12 04:52 AM

Richard sometimes does custom work so it's always worth contacting him to see if he's able to help.

As for the new 4" f/15,I've no idea but it's very exciting waiting to find out.
One thing is for certain,the scope itself will look fantastic,all his telescopes are beautiful.
I'm sure most of the anticipation is going to be on the new lens though.


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ianatcn
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5594036 - 12/29/12 10:03 AM

Mr. Onions, Lines of communication are open, negotiations have started.... watch this space. I have just been looking at the photos of your F15 mini you posted and it really looks the part on that Tele-Vue mount. Have you used it on Jupiter recently? I remember seeing my first shadow transit with a long focus 60mm refractor.

Ian


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5594179 - 12/29/12 11:11 AM

Ian,I have used the f/15M on Jupiter but not from a decent observing site as I need a bit more rugged mount for the long tube and I haven't had the chance to take it to my outreach spot as the it's been very windy,it's teaming down as I type.
However I have used it do great effect on the moon and it's a stunner!


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5594531 - 12/29/12 02:26 PM

Ian

I did a drawing of Io and its shadow transiting the SEB on Jupiter on the night of 09/12/2012 using my 8" F4.5 Dob. For comparison I also set up my 60mm Skylight F15 (F16.7). Io and its shadow were visible for the complete transit in the 8" dob. In the 60mm Skylight the shadow was also visible for the complete transit. Io was a little bit more difficult, being clearly visible when near the limb of Jupiter and just visible when nearing the meridian. Having the 8" along side did help.

On the following night when the GRS was visible I set up the 60mm Skylight along side a 120mm F5 achro. The 120mm as expected showed loads of colour but had the greater resolution. Interestingly, although the GRS was easier to see in the 120mm, it did not show some white ovals that I could clearly see on the southern edge of the NEB with the 60mm Skylight.

Edited by Kevin Ellis (12/29/12 03:06 PM)


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5594546 - 12/29/12 02:35 PM

No no no Kevin.
You're wasting your time with your "poor" choice "one hour" telescope.
60mm..."Hey, nice finder"
For the benefit of some this is called sarcasm at the "so called" telescope experts who belittle 60mm size apertures.


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5594549 - 12/29/12 02:36 PM

As for Richard's new lens I can confirm it's a "Brass Triplet" yes,the lens is made of brass.

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5594611 - 12/29/12 03:22 PM

Quote:

yes,the lens is made of brass.




I hope not!


Clear skies!
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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5594657 - 12/29/12 03:59 PM

Quote:

Quote:

yes,the lens is made of brass.




I hope not!







Who is supplying the f/15 lens?


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5594765 - 12/29/12 05:35 PM

I thought a singlet lens of brass at F15 would be enough to give a colour free image. Think of the dark sky background and no need to baffle the tube. Safe solar viewing as well, Richard thinks of everything....

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5595998 - 12/30/12 11:57 AM

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As for Richard's new lens I can confirm it's a "Brass Triplet" yes,the lens is made of brass.




I can confirm that my experiments with transparent brass have been disappointingly unsuccessful...


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: M44]
      #5596747 - 12/30/12 07:01 PM

I have it on very good authority that the new lens is an exotic brew extracted from an unknown mineral found in moon rocks. Richard forges it in a monstrous cast iron kettle heated over a huge open flame that burns in a deep pit carved into the ground on the site of the old forty inch Herschel telescope. The best lenses were made from the glass that bubbled out of that vaporous concoction on Halloween night.

The only potential down side to the new lens is that if you point it at the moon, the whole scope will dance and quiver when it sees its relatives. You might want to use low magnification for that view.





John


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5597764 - 12/31/12 11:24 AM

Kevin, Thanks for your interesting observation of Jupiter. I was very interested in the comparisons with the 60mm and your other telescopes. I know that the 120mm refractor and 8" reflector can show more detail but I have always found the purity of image in small long focus achromats the most satisfying. I remember comparing a 4" achromat with 10" reflector and althought the 10" showed a much brighter image with more detail it was really surprising how well the little refractor performed.

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5601546 - 01/02/13 04:29 PM Attachment (73 downloads)

Hi Ian

Here are two drawings of Mars with the 60mm Skylight.

Edited by Kevin Ellis (01/02/13 04:32 PM)


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5601551 - 01/02/13 04:30 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

And the other one

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5601663 - 01/02/13 05:54 PM

Hi Kevin, wow, those remind me very much of the view I had many years ago through a little 2 3/4" Dollond refractor which was f18. You were viewing it at a smaller disc size though. I have always been surprised at how easy the polar cap can be to see in a small telescope. The real test of the worth of a telescope comes in spotting the other markings. Great drawings and keep up the good work.

No more news on the new f15 then? I have been watching Richard's web site and Yahoo group but no new details yet.

Ian


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5603631 - 01/03/13 08:01 PM

Hi Ian

I am sure the new f15 will be nice, but I won't be buying one. Why? Because I already have one of the original 100mm f15s. The last one I think.


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

Those Mars sketches are excellent.

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

Where?

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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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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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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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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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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,

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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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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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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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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5613976 - 01/09/13 04:00 PM

There is something to be said for a telescopes about which folks are prone to ask "who died and left you that?"



Congratulations.

- Jim


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5614034 - 01/09/13 04:30 PM

Congratulations Ian.
Will you be attending Astrofest to see it in person?


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5614186 - 01/09/13 06:04 PM

Yes, Mr. Onions, I will be attending Astrofest. I will be the person at the front of the queue on Friday morning wearing running shoes and waiting for the doors to open

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5614674 - 01/09/13 11:05 PM

Steve:

You're a wicked-good photographer. I took a spin through your Flickr gallery.

Well done!

- Jim


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5614901 - 01/10/13 04:11 AM

Ian,don't you go running and knocking those scopes over.

Thanks Jim,the cheque is in the post


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5615399 - 01/10/13 12:09 PM

Quote:

Yes, Mr. Onions, I will be attending Astrofest. I will be the person at the front of the queue on Friday morning wearing running shoes and waiting for the doors to open




And I will be on the inside with my foot firmly against the doors.


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5615625 - 01/10/13 02:20 PM

Take some photos {if you're allowed}.

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5615674 - 01/10/13 02:49 PM

I will take photos and with Richards permission upload them here for all to see. That is providing I can get past Kevin

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5615793 - 01/10/13 04:03 PM

Thank you to everyone here for your enthusiasm.

I have now started a thread in the vendor section where I will post updates over the coming weeks on the build of the prototype. Incredibly, the clouds parted in London yesterday and I was able to test the first lens. I will post my first light thoughts on the vendor thread a little later.

Thanks.


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ukcanuck]
      #5616917 - 01/11/13 09:36 AM

Just a heads up, Richard has posted his first light report with the new lens over on U.K. Astrobuysell

http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/

All is looking as expected for a top notch lens of this aperture. It looks as though TeleVue have used the same excellent AR coatings as on their apochromatic refractors. This is great news. As someone else mentioned, it is great having one of the top manufacturers putting their weight behind a classical achromat.


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5623135 - 01/14/13 05:43 PM

Did anyone here with the original F15 buy the wood case that Richard is offering with the AR101/15? If so, any chance of a picture? I am thinking of going for this option but would like to know how practical you find it for storing/transporting your scope.

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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5623420 - 01/14/13 08:57 PM

Hi Ian

I don't think Richard was offering a wooden case with the original F15. I know I wasn't offered one with mine.

I have asked one of my clients, who is a joiner, to make some boxes for my refractors. I just need to give him some dimensions.


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Re: NEW Skylight F15 refractor new [Re: Kevin Ellis]
      #5623867 - 01/15/13 06:24 AM

I've never offered a box for my refractors before, outside of a one-off LOMO build last year.

As I tend to take too long making things out of wood , I may have a local woodworker do these for me as required. However, I do have some concerns over the weight of a wooden box of this size and how it will effect shipping circumstances. I have a meeting later this week to look at this.


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Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5669288 - 02/08/13 03:36 PM

Well, I have just returned from the first day of Astrofest in London and spent some time with Richard and the new AR101/15. He has posted a picture on the vendors forum which is better than those I took on my 'phone. I will try and take a camera up with me tomorrow to get some better shots.

The telescope is a real beauty. The candy apple red color scheme is beautiful. Before seeing it I had considered going for a black and white color combination, but having seen the depth of color on the 'scope I am pretty sure I will go for that as it is Richard's signature color for this model. Looking at the prototype lens close up the coatings look similar to those on my TV127 in that if you look straight down the tube there appears to be no glass present - there was and at an oblique angle the coating manifested a slight purple tint.

The tube on the prototype was fitted with a fine brass 2" focuser by H.N. Irving & Sons of Teddington, London. Also, a sliding tube counterweight, brass tube finder and Parallax ring set. Finished off with Richards lovely brass dew shield. I have to say that it has the finest attention to detail that I have seen on any telescope in a long time. Even the brass screws used are the same wide slot, flat head design that Thomas Cooke used on his refractors.

Richard also had the last three F13's fitted with the Carton lens. These were for sale at a bargain price. When I left today the one with black matt tube had sold but the white tube and another in Candy Apple Red were still available mid-afternoon. If you want one get in quick!

Richard said he will be taking the AR101/15 to NEAF and as I passed to say goodbye to him who should be at the stand but David Nagler! I had a good chat with David at last years Astrofest and thoroughly enjoyed hearing of his insights into the development of the Ethos and Delos eyepieces. He must have been impressed with the use of the TeleVue name linked to this refractor - how could it be otherwise.

I hope those of you across the pond get as much of a kick out of seeing this telescope as I did when Richard takes it to NEAF this year.

N.B. For those of you in the UK please read colour for color

Well, more tomorrow.


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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5670625 - 02/09/13 12:12 PM

Ive just seen the new red colour tube,it looks stunning!

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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5670630 - 02/09/13 12:17 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

Not bad looking!

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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5670741 - 02/09/13 01:21 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

Mr. Onions, I missed you at Astrofest! I took a few pics and had an interesting chat with David Nagler about the objective. They put a lot of work into ensuring they got the best from a two element design using modern coatings matched to the glass types. Attention to detail that fits in well with Richard's approach.

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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5670763 - 02/09/13 01:30 PM Attachment (21 downloads)

Mr. Onions, I missed you at Astrofest! I took a few pics and had an interesting chat with David Nagler about the objective. They put a lot of work into ensuring they got the best from a two element design using modern coatings matched to the glass types. Attention to detail that fits in well with Richard's approach.

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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5670766 - 02/09/13 01:31 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

Pic no 2

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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5670770 - 02/09/13 01:34 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

pic no 3

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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5670835 - 02/09/13 02:17 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

...and a tube handle in brass of course. Nice to have something to avoid pulling the 'scope around by the focuser.

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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5670843 - 02/09/13 02:25 PM Attachment (35 downloads)

Sorry about the duplication, stopped for a bite to eat and forget where I had got up to! Certainly an eye catcher and everyone passing stopped to look. Last one for now:

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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5670955 - 02/09/13 04:00 PM

It's stunningly beautiful! My preference for a handle would be the steering wheel type down near the focuser.

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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: SteveG]
      #5671923 - 02/10/13 07:43 AM

Great photos there Ian.
I was the one giving the lecture on dark matter.


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Re: Just Back From Astrofest London new [Re: Mr Onions]
      #5672263 - 02/10/13 12:21 PM

I thought it must be you, although as you weren't interacting with anyone or anything I thought you were just taking your subject too seriously.

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