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10gauge
sage


Reged: 10/31/10

Loc: Boston
TEC 140 New Arrival!
      #5735792 - 03/16/13 09:41 AM

PHOTOS: http://www.flickr.com/photos/94098724@N03/

After a 13 month wait, I finally received my new TEC 140 directly from Yuri. I was initially supposed to receive the scope in 6 months. The scope arrived in excellent condition. Before placing the order, I didn't own a single piece of astro gear as I started into the hobby from scratch. In the meantime, I collectively received great advice from CN about many topics. Had I previously owned a mount, EPs, BV over the years (a big chunk of the budget), I would've ordered the TEC 160FL. But, the unit cost is $2,000/in. of aperture for the fluorite, whereas the TEC 140 apo is $1000/in. Margin of diminishing returns is a reality. I believe that the TEC 140 is THE ideal refractor for optics, construction, focuser, weight, value, aperture, resale, and support - all made in the U.S. Yuri answers the phone with every call.

After ensuring that this hobby will be an enduring one, I didn't want to suffer from "upgraditis" by constantly feeling the need to upgrade equipment. I don't have the time nor inclination to constantly buy/sell equipment. It was a 2 year decision to finally go with a decent aperture premium refractor.

I have yet to order the GEM and alt-az mount before Spring thaw. I am leaning towards the Atlas Pro AZ. I will post a review once I am able to mount the scope and really examine the optics closely. So far I love the TEC 140!

Having seen an FT, my main concern before order was the new TEC vs the FT focuser. Upon close inspection, the TEC focuser has resolved any initial concerns. The locking collect offers "all wheel drive" traction for 10lbs+ capacity over the FT. Both are smooth, but the TEC has a slighitly heavier action, whereas the FT is a tad lighter.

All my accessories fit in a Pelican 1520 ($125) case, with pluck out foam:
Finder: Baader VarioFinder 10x60
EP: 3.5XW, 5XW, 8Ethos, 13Ethos, 24PO (2) for BV
BV: Baader MkV Binoviewer, 1.25x, 1.7x GPC
Barlow: AP BaradV 2.5x
Filters: Lumicon UHC, OIII, Orion Polarizer
Orion 2" Filter wheel

After examining so many cases, I decided upon a custom case to store the TEC 140 + AP Maxbright Diagonal. Case Technology offers the best value and quality - $318 delivered with 3 handles. The density of foam and latches are better than ScopeGuard and much less expensive. I am very impressed with the quality and the custom silver gray color.

I am indebted to the generosity and knowledge shared by so many on CN. I want to thank many CN members for the great advice I have received during the past 3 years: Bowmoreman, Scott99, jrbarnett, gnowellsct, Tamiji Homma, BKBrown, Starman, GlennLeDrew, Jan Owen, hiro, nofxrx, David Pavlich, Eddgie, Midnight Dan, RAKing, andydj5xp, Daniel Mounsey, blueman, CounterWeight, mark8888, EFT, and others... This new found hobby wouldn't rich fruition without the CN community.

Even through Gallery, I still can't figure out how to post photos directly into CN. I hope you don't mind clicking to the Flickr link instead.

PHOTOS: http://www.flickr.com/photos/94098724@N03/

Edited by 10gauge (03/16/13 02:49 PM)


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Kent10
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Reged: 05/08/12

Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5735815 - 03/16/13 09:53 AM

Congratulations! It looks like you went through the same careful process I did when purchasing my equipment. And I also love this forum and all its members. It is amazing the help you can get here. I started with very little and with the help of the forum I almost feel like an expert now. Of course I have tons more to learn and that is what makes this hobby so great. A lifetime of fun! Congrats again.

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t.r.
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Reged: 02/14/08

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Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5735821 - 03/16/13 09:55 AM

If you just started the hobby with a TEC140...it will be hard to impress you in the future with anything else!

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zjc26138
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Reged: 02/24/05

Loc: Mingo Junction, Ohio
Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: t.r.]
      #5735831 - 03/16/13 09:59 AM

Congrats on a beautiful scope!

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JMW
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Reged: 02/11/07

Loc: Nevada
Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: t.r.]
      #5735843 - 03/16/13 10:07 AM

My used TEC 140 was my 4th visual refractor. You saved a bunch of money not going the multiple upgrade route. I hope you have a chance to get your scope out to a rural dark site soon so you can really appreciate your wonderful scope. You are a very patient person to have this scope in hand and not to have purchased a mount already.

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Ebyl
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Reged: 07/04/12

Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: JMW]
      #5735874 - 03/16/13 10:19 AM

Those pictures are borderline amateur astronomy pornography.

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smallscopefanLeo
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Reged: 01/23/11

Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: JMW]
      #5735879 - 03/16/13 10:21 AM

Nice Dream scope!!

(But what I REALLY want is that well-stocked bar! )


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Paul G
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Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5735945 - 03/16/13 10:49 AM

Great scope choice. You have some very nice accessories to use with it.

To link a picture using IE, pull it up in a separate tab, right click on the image, left click on Properties, highlight the URL of the image, then Ctrl C (or right click then pick Copy). In Chrome right click the image and left click Copy image URL. Then in the Instant UBB Code box below your message in CN pick Image, then paste in the link to the image. You can place multiple images in one post.


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jrbarnett
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Reged: 02/28/06

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Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5735956 - 03/16/13 10:54 AM

"You have chosen... wisely."

On the mount front, I started with mine on a standard Atlas EQ-G. No dice.





That sent me scurrying for something with more capacity. I ended up with a Celestron CGE. Proper.



The new Atlas AZ Pro might have enough extra mojo compared to the standard Atlas to handle the longish, front-heavy TEC, so you're thinking along the right lines for sure. The CGEM DX, currently on sale for $1799, might be another option (Atlas EQ-G equivalent head on a massive CGE Pro tripod). Other options might be a used Takahashi EM-200 or a G-11, though having owned Losmandy mounts I am not much of a fan.

Enjoy the scope, and hurry up and get a mount! Thaw, schmaw (easily said from California where an overnight low of 38 causes us to huddle in seal skins and bear skins in the field).

Oh, and one additional virtue I'd add is that the relatively lightweight 140mm f/7 is just about the biggest refractor you can consider to be truly portable. While it prefers a G-11/CGE class mount, an Atlas class mount will do in a pinch. As a result, it travels well but offers just enough aperture to suffice as an "only scope" at a dark sky retreat. Any smaller refractor, for me, becomes an "also scope", companion to something bigger with mirrors.

- Jim

Edited by jrbarnett (03/16/13 11:12 AM)


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Scott in NCModerator
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Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5736067 - 03/16/13 11:38 AM

Congrats--you sure picked an awesome setup to start with! Once you get a proper mount for it, be sure to let us know how your first light experience goes.

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mark8888
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 09/24/10

Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5736123 - 03/16/13 12:01 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!! So glad you finally got it. Amazing pics!!!!!
You're gonna love using the scope with that binoviewer. I see you already have a pair of 24 pans for it, awesome.


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etsleds
sage
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Reged: 11/14/09

Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: jrbarnett]
      #5736205 - 03/16/13 12:36 PM

Agreed with Jim, worth getting a stable mount for this scope, it performs so well at high power. Balance is ok vs larger triplets because the focuser is relatively massive vs the lens, but it's still a substantial scope.

Middling performance on my GM8 on Berlebach tripod, very solid and a beautiful combo on the EM200.

Enjoy the new family heirloom!


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niteskystargazer
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/05/09

Loc: 41-43'-28" N 87-42'-39" W
Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5736399 - 03/16/13 02:20 PM

10gauge,

CONGRATULATIONS!!! on your New TEC 140 .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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johnnyha
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Reged: 11/12/06

Loc: Sherman Oaks, CA
Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #5736454 - 03/16/13 02:45 PM

Congrats! If you don't need goto there is a fantastic deal on a G11 head on the other site today...

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Rich_W
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Reged: 09/07/09

Loc: Philadelphia, PA
Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5736655 - 03/16/13 05:00 PM

Congratulations! My TEC 140 arrived from Yuri in fall 2006. It was my "dream scope" then and it still is today.

I mount mine on a Unistar Deluxe on a G11 tripod, very strong and stable set-up, very simple.

Wishing you many years of enjoyment!


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dr.m
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Reged: 03/08/12

Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5736660 - 03/16/13 05:05 PM

Congratulations on the tec 140,though I would rather toast you you with a single malt at that find bar of yours.I have been thinking about talking to Yuri about one. If you don't mind , I was curious what were the shipping charges to the northeast? From what I heard ,Yuri likes to send his scopes first class with a two drink minimum. Again I wish you many years of enjoyment with such a fine scope.

Dave


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andydj5xp
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Reged: 05/27/04

Loc: 52.269 N/10.571 E
Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: 10gauge]
      #5736666 - 03/16/13 05:12 PM

Quote:

After ensuring that this hobby will be an enduring one, I didn't want to suffer from "upgraditis" by constantly feeling the need to upgrade equipment. I don't have the time nor inclination to constantly buy/sell equipment. It was a 2 year decision to finally go with a decent aperture premium refractor.




Congratulations on your new toy.

Very well done! The TEC140 will never disappoint you.

Andreas


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la200o
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 09/09/08

Loc: SE Michigan, USA
Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: andydj5xp]
      #5736688 - 03/16/13 05:22 PM

Very beautiful scope!

Bill


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Tom and Beth
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Reged: 01/08/07

Loc: Tucson, AZ
Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: la200o]
      #5736773 - 03/16/13 06:00 PM

And just in time for Saturn! I've never used the 3.5XW but if it provides an image like the Ethos 3.7, you will be floored.

Best advice I can give you? Don't wear socks the first clear and steady night. You'll never find them.

Edited by Tom and Beth (03/16/13 06:01 PM)


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blueman
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Reged: 07/20/07

Loc: California
Re: TEC 140 New Arrival! new [Re: Tom and Beth]
      #5736864 - 03/16/13 06:36 PM

You made a very good choice for a first refractor. You will get a lifetime of use from it.
Blueman


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