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kepler22
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What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new
      #5660476 - 02/03/13 05:57 PM

i remember seeing the sky and telescope video about
it on youtube and saying whoo at the right price that
will be a real challenge to the big apo makers.

in europe their is the TS 150 Apo thats looks a
great scope too but not many have bought it their
just one guy with nice pics its around 5800 dollers
but when you have that money are you going to buy
that scope.

one use FPL-53 the other hoya FCD1 which is just
like FPL-51 it seems many americans tend to buy
brand names even if it means getting a smaller
apo and europeans go for best glass type then brand.


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Mike Wiles
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Loc: Goodyear, AZ
Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: kepler22]
      #5660520 - 02/03/13 06:21 PM

The ED152CF is alive and well and just beginning to show up in stores. I know that Woodland Hills Camera has them in stock and I've heard it said that Astronomics has them in stock as well. I have one that I haven't been able to really work with a whole lot due to time and weather.

It's a very nice telescope. I hope to post first light images soon.

Mike


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kepler22
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5660528 - 02/03/13 06:25 PM

mike can you please post some images of the scope
or a video of it have you got a youtube account.


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Mike Wiles
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: kepler22]
      #5660799 - 02/03/13 09:59 PM Attachment (322 downloads)

I do have a couple of photos.....

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Mike Wiles
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5660804 - 02/03/13 10:01 PM Attachment (321 downloads)

Here's another standing away from the scope......with 4.5 pounds of camera gear attached on my AP900. Note that there's only a single 18 pound counterweight. While the scope is physically really large...it's lighter than it looks. I weighed it as shown here and it tipped the scales at 29.2 pounds. So with a diagonal and finderscope as it's shipped - the published 27 pound weight is accurate.

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kepler22
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5661134 - 02/04/13 04:42 AM

that touched the spot thank you hahaha

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orlyandico
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: kepler22]
      #5661484 - 02/04/13 10:41 AM

hm. this means a Mach1 can carry it for imaging?

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Mike Wiles
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5661648 - 02/04/13 12:18 PM

Quote:

hm. this means a Mach1 can carry it for imaging?




Technically, it probably can. The telescope is physically quite large, something the Mach 1 might find difficult if a breeze is stirring.


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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5661674 - 02/04/13 12:31 PM

I believe that one of the ES 152mm telescopes was a door prize at Astronomics grand opening last fall. I sure would like to have scored that puppy!

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Don Taylor
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5662451 - 02/04/13 08:33 PM

There was one in their showroom mid December. It seemed to be slightly different than the prototype I looked through at Okie-tex 2011

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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Don Taylor]
      #5662616 - 02/04/13 10:24 PM

Gotta' love the carbon fibre!

David


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Ennis
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5662697 - 02/04/13 11:29 PM

Quote:

Gotta' love the carbon fibre!




But how durable is the carbon fiber? How will it look in ten years? Numerous scratches, maybe? Personally, I'll stick with powder-coated aluminum, which has a good track record for durability.


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dr.who
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Ennis]
      #5662751 - 02/05/13 12:23 AM

Ah! YOU'RE the one, Mike! I have heard about you from Kevin! You lucky lucky guy! It's a lovely bit of kit but it is HUGE isn't it? Look forward to your first light then me scrounging up the $6k to buy one...

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Alan S
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5664324 - 02/05/13 09:11 PM

What is the height of the pier...or, more to the point, is it mounted in the shallow or deep end of the pool

Nice looking scope Mike!


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Mike Wiles
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Reged: 02/04/09

Loc: Goodyear, AZ
Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Alan S]
      #5664426 - 02/05/13 10:20 PM

Quote:

What is the height of the pier...or, more to the point, is it mounted in the shallow or deep end of the pool

Nice looking scope Mike!




The pier is 48".....but I'd probably find it easier to use if I mounted it in the shallow end of the pool. Just like with people....it looks taller when I'm standing next to it.


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Wilsonman
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5665930 - 02/06/13 07:51 PM

Amazing scope! I'm looking forward with great anticipation to read about its performance.

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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Wilsonman]
      #5666165 - 02/06/13 10:32 PM

Gorgeous scope! Do you have a photo of the glass?

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Mike Wiles
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5668590 - 02/08/13 09:35 AM Attachment (114 downloads)

Quote:

Gorgeous scope! Do you have a photo of the glass?




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Mike Wiles
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Loc: Goodyear, AZ
Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Scott Beith]
      #5668595 - 02/08/13 09:36 AM Attachment (96 downloads)

Quote:

Gorgeous scope! Do you have a photo of the glass?




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Scott BeithAdministrator
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Re: What happened to the Explore Scientific 152mm Apo new [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5669011 - 02/08/13 01:16 PM

Nice!

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