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Darren Drake
Carpal Tunnel
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Loc: Chicagoland
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: Tank]
      #5654357 - 01/31/13 01:44 PM

Quote:

Sergio
Nice scope!
Wonder how the 16" Zambuto would stack up against it in great seeing on Jupiter?
Enjoy




Would be fun but no contest. I've done those to many times and the laws of physics always wins out...


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Dwight56
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Reged: 04/17/10

Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: Darren Drake]
      #5654379 - 01/31/13 01:55 PM

A great place to go with this 175 since your in Miami would be the Winter Star Party in the Key's. If your friend has a DSLR it would be fun to do some Astro Photography with this AP. I've had my AP 175 only to the Wickenburg Star party last Nov and Jan and I've started the beginnings of my M31 with my Hutech Modified 60D got some more work to be done before I can assemble a complete picture. I can tell you this is going to be a fun scope to take to really dark skies and with really good seeing the planets are fun to observe with this instrument. BTW what is the serial number on the lens.

Edited by Dwight56 (01/31/13 02:45 PM)


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Bill Barlow
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/03/07

Loc: Overland Park KS
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5654452 - 01/31/13 02:41 PM

Was that Angel Gomez and his new AP 175? I have delt with him on AM and by phone and he is a real nice guy. Would love to have some observing time with that AP scope!

Bill


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crazyqban
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Miami, Florida
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: Bill Barlow]
      #5655056 - 01/31/13 08:51 PM

Bill, yes, that is Mr. Gomez.

Dwight, believe it or not, my friend is strictly visual guy and he does not plan to do any astrophotography with his scope. Also, since he is only able to go to the WSP for one night, he is not going to take a scope.

Tank - That will be fun and it is definitely something that we have discussed.


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Mike Harden
Vendor - ISTAR Optical


Reged: 05/11/11

Loc: Fort Myers, Florida
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5655200 - 01/31/13 10:24 PM

Sergio, ready for the WSP? Can't wait! Only 4 more days. See you there Buddy!

Mike


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crazyqban
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Miami, Florida
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: Mike Harden]
      #5655288 - 01/31/13 11:13 PM

Very ready Mike, I will be there Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday. Gotta head back to Miami on Wed & Thurs. See you there

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Bill Barlow
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/03/07

Loc: Overland Park KS
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5658280 - 02/02/13 02:36 PM

Sergio,

How far/long of a drive is it from Miami to Key West? Is the WSP near Key West?

Bill


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Julio
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Reged: 01/18/07

Loc: Pembroke Pines ,FL
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5658470 - 02/02/13 04:43 PM

Awesome setup, i live in West Pembroke Pines and the skies are a bit darker up here. But really the best place is off alligator alley, nice and dark!

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Mike Harden
Vendor - ISTAR Optical


Reged: 05/11/11

Loc: Fort Myers, Florida
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: Julio]
      #5658616 - 02/02/13 05:57 PM

Hey Bill, The drive for Sergio is only about an hour and 45 minutes. The WSP is west of Marathon on the other side of 7 mile bridge. You would say the middle keys still a good distance from Key West. Dark and very steady skies. About 4 to 5 hours for me coming from Fort Myers.
Mike


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northernontario
Pooh-Bah
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Reged: 07/01/09

Loc: Porcupine, Ontario Canada
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: Mike Harden]
      #5658668 - 02/02/13 06:19 PM

That's a huge telescope....

and you are wearing shorts and sandles......

jake


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Mike Clemens
Frozen to Eyepiece
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Reged: 11/26/05

Loc: Alaska, USA
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: northernontario]
      #5658792 - 02/02/13 07:44 PM

> and you are wearing shorts and sandles......

I know... wth... it can be dark, OR, you can wear shorts and sandles, but it can not be dark AND you wear shorts and sandles.


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crazyqban
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Miami, Florida
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #5658820 - 02/02/13 08:02 PM Attachment (65 downloads)

Hi Bill, like Mike said. Here is a map to give you a better idea...

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crazyqban
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Miami, Florida
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5658823 - 02/02/13 08:03 PM

The distances are not long but the speed limits are slow and STRICTLY ENFORCED!!!

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crazyqban
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Miami, Florida
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #5658835 - 02/02/13 08:07 PM

Quote:

> and you are wearing shorts and sandles......

I know... wth... it can be dark, OR, you can wear shorts and sandles, but it can not be dark AND you wear shorts and sandles.




That was just for a quick peek. One of my dark sites, Anne's Beach, in Islamorada, I would not only be wearing shrots and sandles but observing right on the beach and have pizza delivered!!! Oh of course, this is all after I stuffed my face with stone crabs!!! LOL!!! It's a rough life but someone's gotta live it.


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Paul Hyndman
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Reged: 07/13/04

Loc: Connecticut Shoreline USA
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: Julio]
      #5658867 - 02/02/13 08:27 PM

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..But really the best place is off alligator alley, nice and dark!




A chill runs up my spine when I think of being at a dark location that goes by the name "alligator alley"!

Years ago while having the pleasure of visiting David and Wendee Levy in Arizona, I noticed some chicken-wire like fencing running behind the house. I asked if it was to protect a garden from varmints, and he responded without missing a beat "Nope, its to keep scorpions out of the observing area". Double yikes!

Maybe I'm just a wuss, but now consider myself fortunate to share my backyard observing area with nothing more intimidating than the occasional raccoon, skunk, or flatulent deer!


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crazyqban
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Miami, Florida
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: Paul Hyndman]
      #5658912 - 02/02/13 08:53 PM

Paul, it's not as bad as it sounds. I have observed at a place called Area 51 which is right off of Alligator Alley and has a canal running next to it. In the canal you can see alligators poking their heads out but they really don't bother anyone. Of all of my observing experiences in wild Florida locations, I have not had any issues with wildlife whatsoever. The only animal that concerns me is if I would run into a raccoon with rabies.

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jrbarnett
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Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF new [Re: northernontario]
      #5660105 - 02/03/13 02:32 PM

You think so, eh?

I'll try and get you a shot of an Astro-Physics 206mm in action. There will be one in these parts shortly. The 175mm looks big enough. I can only imagine how huge the 206mm will be.

Even the 175mm, though, is too big for routine travel, IMO. Love these big scopes, but over 6" for me begs for a permanent installation - or a kayak rack on top of the car and missle nose-cone shaped dust caps.

One day I'll have an observatory...*sigh* Until then, I'll admire folks with more gumption than I have for transporting truly large refractors.

Regards,

Jim

Edited by jrbarnett (02/03/13 02:39 PM)


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junomike
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 09/07/09

Loc: Ontario
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5660281 - 02/03/13 04:19 PM

Jim, The 206mm seems quite un-photogenic. I was curious after your post, but could only find one with a person in the pic as reference. Second pic from the bottom!

Mike


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Paul G
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Reged: 05/08/03

Loc: Freedonia
Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF [Re: junomike]
      #5660682 - 02/03/13 08:39 PM Attachment (115 downloads)

Quote:

Jim, The 206mm seems quite un-photogenic. I was curious after your post, but could only find one with a person in the pic as reference. Second pic from the bottom!

Mike




Here's Marty's 206 on the showroom floor at Company 7. I'm 6' 2" for reference, it's definitely a two person setup and takedown scope.


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JJK
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 04/28/08

Re: First Light Astro-Physics 175 EDF [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5661156 - 02/04/13 06:03 AM

Quote:

You think so, eh?

I'll try and get you a shot of an Astro-Physics 206mm in action. There will be one in these parts shortly. The 175mm looks big enough. I can only imagine how huge the 206mm will be.

Even the 175mm, though, is too big for routine travel, IMO. Love these big scopes, but over 6" for me begs for a permanent installation - or a kayak rack on top of the car and missle nose-cone shaped dust caps.

One day I'll have an observatory...*sigh* Until then, I'll admire folks with more gumption than I have for transporting truly large refractors.

Regards,

Jim




I have the 175 f/8. It never complains about traveling in my station wagon.


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