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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: stevew]
      #5333999 - 07/24/12 11:35 PM

Nothing wrong with being a little biased. Fine looking scope you have!

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5335145 - 07/25/12 04:20 PM

I am in. Hope to have a 127mm by Sept or Oct though to compliment the 102mm and the C11.

First two are with my 102mm ES APO on the LX80 with the C11. Looking at Saturn in the front driveway and looking at the cars right after setup and balance.

Third and forth are the poser shots in the garage on the CGEM which was it's intended mate up as I got it originally for AP until I fell in love with the fast setup and clear quick views from my LP skies...










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WhoGoesThere
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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Colin exraaf]
      #5339017 - 07/27/12 08:09 PM

Hi guys, some great refractors in this thread! I don't have anything as nice as most of the scopes here but I love mine for what it is. Orion 120mm ST, Skywatcher AZ4 mount, Meade UWA eyepieces - 30mm, 8.8mm, 5.5mm, and a 2x barlow with an Orion V-block filter.

My favorite eyepiece is the 30mm, Gives me 20x/6mm exit pupil, and a larger FOV than my Celestron 20x80 binos! It's like looking through a little window on a spaceship. Love it!





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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: WhoGoesThere]
      #5339065 - 07/27/12 08:43 PM

Nice scope, and welcome to Cloudy Nights!

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: iceblaze]
      #5339095 - 07/27/12 09:11 PM

Thanks Ice, glad to be here.

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: WhoGoesThere]
      #5339927 - 07/28/12 11:55 AM

Welcome to cN & great scope and good eye pieces... do you consider a GoTo mount for that Orion 120mm ST ?

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5340383 - 07/28/12 05:13 PM

Who needs goto when your wider than binos? Getting there ( star hopping) is half the fun.

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5340598 - 07/28/12 08:10 PM

Pretty much my thoughts as well. I sit in the backyard with a current issue of Sky&Telescope's sky map and just star hop to each fuzzy.

I wasn't sure about that 30mm because it was so big but once I looked through it I knew it was worth it. Looking at the moon the other night it was cloudy but you could see the moon through the clouds. Through that 30mm it was like a shot from a movie, the FOV is at least 4 or 5 moons across and with the transparent clouds moving across it, it was just beautiful. I can only describe it like a window VS looking through an eyepiece.


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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: WhoGoesThere]
      #5340632 - 07/28/12 08:40 PM Attachment (101 downloads)

40 year old SYW / Yamamato 108 mm F/15 classic white tube refractor. These are the same optically as the rare Tasco 20-T. The optical and build quality is very high. It gives APO like images. It is over 6ft. long and weighs 170 lbs. with it's pedestal mount. They do not build them like this anymore.

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: charen]
      #5340633 - 07/28/12 08:40 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: charen]
      #5340635 - 07/28/12 08:41 PM Attachment (83 downloads)

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WhoGoesThere
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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: charen]
      #5340639 - 07/28/12 08:43 PM

Oh man it's a work of art!

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: charen]
      #5340640 - 07/28/12 08:43 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: charen]
      #5340750 - 07/28/12 09:55 PM

WOW!! That is just beautiful charen!!!!!!

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: ngc2289]
      #5340776 - 07/28/12 10:20 PM

That is incredible!

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: jmiele]
      #5340945 - 07/29/12 12:14 AM

That is cool how you can adjust the weights. Awesome looking!!

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: WhoGoesThere]
      #5340967 - 07/29/12 12:37 AM

Quote:

Oh man it's a work of art!



As I've said before and I'll probably bore people here saying it again...stupidest decision of my life to sell mine (on tripod) to get a beat up Byers 812 mounting (and those all seem to have 'issues' - mine did, and had to be completely repainted, and there is only a 2 hour track time before needing to be reset). Dumb ...I did this years ago when I needed a good mounting for my 10-inch SCT and had no other way to get one. These scopes are incredible. My TEC140 no doubt outperforms it and is so much more portable...but these are really special.


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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Svezda]
      #5341195 - 07/29/12 06:22 AM

Nice Charen,... how much does the Yamamato 108 mm OTA weigh?

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5341360 - 07/29/12 09:31 AM

Awesome, looks brand new.

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Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: crazyqban]
      #5342314 - 07/29/12 08:18 PM

Hi, thanks for the comments. The whole set up weighs about 170 lbs. The tube is well over 6ft. long and in the photo shown is about 7ft. above ground on that angle. It is a large and solid instrument but I can set it up in several minutes. There is no CA under normal viewing conditions. When you get up to 300x there is minor purple fringing on the moon but you still have to look for it. It easily exceeds my old Orion ED100 for image quality. My now sold ED120 gives a slightly brighter image but again I prefer the image quality of this scope. Ir really exceeds esp. as a planetary and double star scope. One has to see these scopes up close to appreciate the quality of the workmanship. It is a keeper for sure.

Chris


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