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nanjason
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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5869970 - 05/18/13 07:11 PM

I have an NP101 and a TV76 (and an 8" dob), and I say buy it. You won't regret it. When I'm at home I mostly use my NP101, but the TV76 is absolutely perfect for traveling. They serve complimentary purposes, and if you have the means it's wonderful having options. Best of luck!

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Jeff Gardner
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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5870224 - 05/18/13 08:59 PM

No question buy the TV 76, the scope's wide field ability will compliment the TV 102 and provide you with a great travel scope.

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Tom and Beth
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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Jeff Gardner]
      #5872181 - 05/19/13 06:39 PM

Well, the TV-76 is too close to a 400MM Lens if you are into photography, making it redundant. Get the TV-85 instead.

Oh well, you already bought the TV-76. A good traveling hardcase for it is the Pelican 1510. With the divider and cargo net for the top lid you can pack the scope with rings and diagonal attached, a few EPs, and room for 3 days of clothes.

Good choice in scopes. I have both the 76 and 102 as well.

Edited by Tom and Beth (05/19/13 06:40 PM)


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Mentor
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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5874857 - 05/20/13 10:35 PM

I didn't get the TV 76. No response from the seller to my offer, and the ad has been pulled.

Well, I'm $700 richer now, and my mind is more clearly made up that I need a travel scope. Yes, I need one.

Thanks everyone for your feedback.


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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Mentor]
      #5874905 - 05/20/13 10:56 PM

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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: MooEy]
      #5892964 - 05/30/13 05:56 PM

Whelp, I caved and placed an order for a new Televue 76! I thought myself foolish for considering it, then last night we had an unexpected clearing of the skies in the evening. I could not get motivated to haul out the TV 102 and GPDX mount with all of the associated miscellanea that is needed to get set up. I reflected on how quickly I could have been out there with the TV 76 and my little unpowered alt/az mount, and the value of having this as a second scope became clear.

My "inverse aperture fever" trend continues.

Pictures to follow....!


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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Mentor]
      #5893013 - 05/30/13 06:28 PM

That's exactly how those small powerhouses fit into real life Ian

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GOLGO13
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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Mentor]
      #5893075 - 05/30/13 07:11 PM

Awesome! I'd love to get one also. I unfortunately will probably need to wait for a good used one, though I'd really prefer to get one new. Enjoy!

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la200o
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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: GOLGO13]
      #5893309 - 05/30/13 09:26 PM

Have you seen Neil English's review of the TV 76 on this site and in his book, "Choosing and Using a Refractor Telescope"?

Bill


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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: la200o]
      #5893375 - 05/30/13 11:38 PM

Yes, I did. This review, amongst others I considered went far towards convincing me to get the 76. Considering his afterword on the long-focus achromat, I had no interest in a slow achromat to fill the slot that the TV 76 will. Portability was a key consideration. An 80 mm F/11 would offer little more portability that my TV 102, and the 102 should meet or exceed the performance of the long-focus achromat.

It is my opinion that Televue has hit the visual-observing nail on the head with their series of ED doublets: the 76, 85, and the now-discontinued 102. These three scopes seem to have the perfect balance of aperture and focal ratio so as to retain visual near-APO performance (I have never noticed CA in my 102) while maximizing FOV and portability. Their owners almost universally love them. I have had my 102 as my sole scope for about a decade and have no desire to part with it, I will pass it on to my son when the time is right. I am looking forward to adding the 76 to the stable.


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Gregg Carter
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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Mentor]
      #5893422 - 05/31/13 12:04 AM

Ian,

That is why I have my TV-76. It's a great grab-and-go telescope. The build quality is fantastic, as are the optics. I love everything about it. I think you will love yours, too.

Gregg


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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Gregg Carter]
      #5893490 - 05/31/13 01:00 AM

Great choice! You won't be sorry. Astronomy isn't the only thing they're good at.

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chaoscosmos
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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: JoeBftsplk]
      #5893640 - 05/31/13 04:23 AM

The TV 85 is a pretty easy to handle size too, but the 76 yields the widest fields of view of the TV scope lineup.

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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Mentor]
      #5893787 - 05/31/13 08:41 AM

Ian,

I have owned my TV76 for more than 10 years. Other 'scopes have come and gone but the 76 has remained. During the day it sits on the Gib mount set up with Ha equipment for solar viewing and at night it is a great cross-over from binoculars and when seeing or weather conditions prevent getting the big guns out.

It is the 'scope that goes on holiday with me and can easily be packed for a night out at dark sky reserve.

Enjoy your new telescope!


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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5893889 - 05/31/13 09:49 AM

'Had the 76 and was so impressed by it, I ended up buying a TV-85 for just a little more aperture . You'll really like it!

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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: tomchris]
      #5894112 - 05/31/13 11:43 AM

Awesome! You'll love it. Last weekend the family and I and several friends of our kids were out roasting marshmallows and I brought the 76 out for them to check out the moon and Saturn, which was a big hit. Perfect for those things - quick grab and go, and for travel. Enjoy it!

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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: nanjason]
      #5894124 - 05/31/13 11:48 AM

Hmmm, lot's of support FOR buying it....SO....

DON'T BUY IT!

There, see how easy that was....


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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Mentor]
      #5894519 - 05/31/13 03:17 PM

Glad you pulled the trigger on it! I think it will come in handy as a travel scope. I've got a Lumicon 80mm Super Finder and the views with my 24 Pan ect makes for a RFT-9.25 vs finder-9.25. At F/3.75 it's CA city for lunar-planetary not so the TV 76. I suspect you'll be happy with it for that. My WO ZS-110 which is about the size of your TV 102 makes for a easy carry out at 35lbs on my Voyager-Oberwerk tripod but it's not a small scope. David

Edited by dscarpa (05/31/13 03:21 PM)


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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: Mentor]
      #5894930 - 05/31/13 07:46 PM

"Talk me out of buying a Televue 76"

Don do eet. Eets too small. Eets only a doublet. Ju already have a TV-102. Save the money and get an alt-az mount to use with that scope for grab and go.

Oh, wait. You bought it. Never mind.

- Jim


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Re: Talk me out of buying a Televue 76 new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5895023 - 05/31/13 08:56 PM

I must be getting old, because I have an alt/az mount and I still don't consider the TV 102 to be grab and go.

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