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microstar
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SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived!
      #5676427 - 02/12/13 06:49 PM Attachment (134 downloads)

My new Stellarvue Raptor 90mm Triplet arrived today -- 2 days ahead of schedule. It's a beautiful instrument. Here are a few pics.

Just out of the box.


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microstar
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5676428 - 02/12/13 06:50 PM Attachment (98 downloads)

On the tripod with DSLR attached.

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microstar
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5676432 - 02/12/13 06:52 PM Attachment (91 downloads)

In the observatory ready for astrophotography.

According to the forecast it might even be clear enough tonight (partly cloudy at the moment) to take a look!
...Keith


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Stephen S
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5676536 - 02/12/13 08:28 PM

Looks fantastic! Probably good to look through as well.

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bouffetout
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5676539 - 02/12/13 08:30 PM

Congratulations Keith !
I just recieved my SV 80mm triplet on saturday...but the Field flattener will take longer to arrive ( back order )
Now I need clear skies !


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microstar
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5676669 - 02/12/13 09:59 PM

Thanks Stephen and Maxx. I was just out fighting the cloud gods to check out the new scope. A bit too much overcast, so about all I could say about Jupiter was that my SVR90T has that snap into focus that you see with a high quality scope. Hope it clears a bit more so that I can see some detail. It sure looks nice piggy-backed on my 190 Mak-Newt. Forecast is for clearing as the night goes on. Be patient...

Still waiting for first light with yours Maxx?
...Keith


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Scott in NCModerator
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5676701 - 02/12/13 10:14 PM

Nice looking scope--congrats!

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microstar
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5676761 - 02/12/13 11:01 PM

Thanks Scott!

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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5677021 - 02/13/13 04:26 AM

Great setup you have there! Just had first light last might with mine as well!!! Lovely scope!

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microstar
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: nicknacknock]
      #5677370 - 02/13/13 10:27 AM

Quote:

Great setup you have there! Just had first light last might with mine as well!!! Lovely scope!




Congrats on your first light!

It did clear later in the evening but there was a strong wind so seeing was poor. Still, managed to grab some views of M45, M42 and Jupiter. Sharp, contrasty views. I also took a few test shots with the DSLR to check out spacing for the reducer/flattener - I can already tell this scope is a keeper - stars are sharp to the edge of an APS-C chip and very even illumination (the only reason to take flats is to catch dust motes, there is no vignetting at all that I can detect).
...Keith


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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5677391 - 02/13/13 10:42 AM

Congratulations on your new scope! These things are onyx jewels.

Since getting mine on 2/1, I have managed to get in a bit of casual stargazing every night save two.

Best,
David


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bouffetout
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5677420 - 02/13/13 10:50 AM

The worst is that saterday when I got my scope ,the night was clear...very clear...but I had a real bad fever
Well...now I wait !
I'm happy that you had a bit of sky at least...by the way ,your kit looks awesome...

Edited by bouffetout (02/13/13 10:54 AM)


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Scott BeithAdministrator
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: bouffetout]
      #5677772 - 02/13/13 02:19 PM

Great looking scope!

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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5678177 - 02/13/13 06:57 PM

That is a very nice looking scope.

- Jim


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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5678393 - 02/13/13 09:29 PM

Thanks David, Maxx, Scott, Jim. This is the first high-quality refractor that I've bought exclusively for imaging (others have been guiding/occasional wide-field scopes). I can't wait for some clear nights!
...Keith


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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5678416 - 02/13/13 09:38 PM

Good choice, I'm waiting on mine to arrive.

What kind of tripod is that in the picture?


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microstar
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: jerry10137]
      #5678465 - 02/13/13 10:09 PM

The tripod is just a Manfrotto that I use for occasional visual, mostly with my Lunt 60 for catching solar views. The primary home of the SVR90T is in the observatory. Lots of happy SVR90T customers with the sale; you will love yours! It's worth the wait.
...Keith


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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: microstar]
      #5678851 - 02/14/13 06:49 AM

Wow! Really amazing setup, Keith. Thanks for posting.

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ghataa
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: bryan242]
      #5678969 - 02/14/13 08:51 AM

Congratulations on the scope. I have the same scope and love it. I see you have the TV 0.8X focal reducer as well. I have it too an it works really well with the Raptor.

Enjoy!

George


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microstar
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Re: SV Raptor 90T - It's arrived! new [Re: ghataa]
      #5679044 - 02/14/13 09:46 AM

Thanks Bryan. George, I'm wondering if you ever tried experimenting with the spacing of the TRF-2008? I know that's hard with a DSLR since standard T-rings put the spacing at 55mm so you can only go longer. I read however that with CCD cameras shorter spacing worked better with the Raptor. I did find a solution for shortening the distance however. If you search on "Low Profile EOS T-ring" you can find one on eBay from the UK. I tried spacings of 55mm (standard T-ring), 52mm (low profile with spacer) and 45mm (low profile T-ring). To my surprize the 45mm spacing seems to give me the roundest stars right to the edge of the field. I have only had one chance to try this though. But 45mm is the spacing I'm going to experiment with further. The T-ring is well made and metal, but not black so I may have to watch for reflections. Still, I'm wondering if others have found such a close spacing (10mm less than recommended) to work well?
...Keith


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