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EddWen
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Reged: 04/26/08

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5892648 - 05/30/13 03:00 PM Attachment (133 downloads)

Well, what the heck. Here's a picture of my Traveler finally on a goto mount.

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Tourneciel
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Reged: 03/24/13

Loc: Vannes - FRANCE
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: ngc2289]
      #5892693 - 05/30/13 03:17 PM

Hi Mike!

The mount I purchased for my Halley is the former version of Vixen GP2 Photo Guider (http://www.vixenoptics.com/mounts/gp2photo.html). At the time I bought my Halley new, I was thinking about getting the Vixen Super Polaris mount but it was too big for my refractor. So, that one seemed to fit my needs better.
As for the Mak, I don't think it was made available on the American market (but I may be wrong). The instrument was made in Japan and released here in Europe under several brands, Paralux being just one of them. It's been a p.. in the B.. to find one on the used market but, lucky was I and got it in a like brand new state for just ... 50 Euros ($ 65)! Only another one is still available here but at a collector price (300 euros which is insane).

I am glad to see that these 2 scopes are appreciated!


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UND_astrophysics
sage


Reged: 01/19/13

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Tourneciel]
      #5893651 - 05/31/13 04:57 AM

My iOptron Cube-A with wedge and counterweight - iOptron R-80 refractor with customized Meade 2" focuser, 50mm guidescope Canon Rebel EOS XS. Mounted on Celestron Nexstar-11 tripod



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hottr6
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 06/28/09

Loc: 7,500', Magdalena Mtns, NM
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5893827 - 05/31/13 09:01 AM

A sweet grab-and-go combination: C80ED and Vixen Polaris.


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Doug D.
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 08/23/05

Loc: Virginia
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: hottr6]
      #5895669 - 06/01/13 09:16 AM Attachment (74 downloads)

The versatile and unfortunately, no longer made, TV60is in spotting scope mode with Baader Amici prism, Leica ASPH zoom and Gitzo 2-way birding head.

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

Loc: Alaska, USA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Doug D.]
      #5896545 - 06/01/13 06:24 PM

Such a nice little scope, Doug. And that finder is totally space age terminator looking. Do you know what the largest field possible is with a TV widefield eyepiece?

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SkyHound
sage


Reged: 03/20/05

Loc: Dark Skies Il.
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #5897125 - 06/02/13 12:50 AM Attachment (73 downloads)

heres my new wide field setup...Meade series 6000 130mm ED triplet on a Orion Atlas az/eq pro mount.

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Agatha
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Reged: 06/04/12

Loc: Coulee Region, Wisconsin
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: SkyHound]
      #5897565 - 06/02/13 10:32 AM

Very classy looking.

Best,


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mikey cee
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Reged: 01/18/07

Loc: bellevue ne.
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: EddWen]
      #5897648 - 06/02/13 11:15 AM

Quote:

Well, what the heck. Here's a picture of my Traveler finally on a goto mount.


Ed is that the 8" or 11" lens?? Mike

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FirstSightModerator
Duke of Deneb
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Reged: 12/26/05

Loc: Raleigh, NC
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5897827 - 06/02/13 01:24 PM Attachment (94 downloads)

Here's my TV NP-101, set up at twilight on the rooftop deck at my house down at Sunset Beach, NC. This view is toward the NW, out over the marsh side of the island. The NP-101 is set up on a Universal Astronomics Unistar Deluxe mount and a lightweight surveyor's tripod. That white thing is the top of my Starbound Observing chair, still folded up against the siding under the roof-peak.

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FirstSightModerator
Duke of Deneb
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Reged: 12/26/05

Loc: Raleigh, NC
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5897839 - 06/02/13 01:31 PM Attachment (86 downloads)

Here's the view looking SSE toward the Atlantic Ocean a quarter-mile away (a sliver of which is visible in the left-middle background). I have two facing benches on my deck which are handy for arraying eyepiece cases and scope case (where I stow the scope lens cover, 2"=>1.25" adapter, and eyepiece end caps from whatever ep I'm using). Omega Centauri is currently visible during the early part of the night, about 8 and a half degrees above the ocean/house rooftop horizon (I'm at latitude 33.something here). I have a very nice view to the south, southeast, and northeast, though to the west I have to put up with the light-dome from the Myrtle Beach, SC area.

Edited by FirstSight (06/02/13 01:32 PM)


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Mentor
professor emeritus


Reged: 09/30/10

Loc: Ontario, Canada
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5897898 - 06/02/13 02:04 PM

Nice setup Chris. Do you have issues with vibration when observing from that deck?

Are those railings up to code? looks like one could topple off your roof either in the dark or in a drunken stupor


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Chassetter
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Reged: 07/08/09

Loc: New Brunswick, Canada
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Mentor]
      #5897956 - 06/02/13 02:32 PM

Don't say anything, it's a trap! Dem gubmint men is EVERYWHERE!!1 :P

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BCNGreyCat
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Reged: 08/06/12

Loc: Virginia, USA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Doug D.]
      #5898253 - 06/02/13 05:47 PM

Doug, I like your setup. What is the red dot finder and its base?

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Doug D.
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 08/23/05

Loc: Virginia
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: BCNGreyCat]
      #5898361 - 06/02/13 07:00 PM

Thanks - it is a Stellarvue branded RDF, similar to the decent quality Chinese ones sold by others. I'm not sure I remember about the base - I'll check and see if I can find my paper trail. It is meant to fit into a TV clamshell though as far as I remember (but there is no channel on the TV60is dew shield, still works though using the screw holes TV provides for QuickBrite).

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Garfield
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Reged: 02/02/04

Loc: South-Western ON Canada
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: Doug D.]
      #5898854 - 06/03/13 12:54 AM

I bought this SV90TBV used as a quick-look scope. A triplet is a tad overkill for visual, but I figured what the heck. Unfortunately the telescope had a damaged lens cell that Vic was unable to repair. It took him a few months but he managed scrounge a replacement lens which he made available to me for a good price. I haven't had it out since getting it back but will be looking to test it as soon as the weather clears.

I have it setup as a dedicated binoviewing scope with a Baader Maxbright w/prism diagonal on a Takahashi Modified Teegul and Gitzo tripod. Even without a compensator, the Maxbright+prism has such a short light path I had to add a 55mm extension tube to get it to focus! The FT focuser is really sweet.

It's a little on the heavy side for a quick-look scope, but should take the power nicely. I realize prism diagonals aren't the best choice for short FL refactors but I want to give this a chance since the prism diagonal marries nicely to the Baader BV and reduces the overall size of the entire package by quite a lot.

Cheers!




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RolandosCY
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Reged: 01/02/09

Loc: Nicosia, Cyprus
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: EddWen]
      #5898955 - 06/03/13 02:45 AM Attachment (83 downloads)

Hi folks,
Several months ago I posted a photo of my two refractors, a Takahashi FS102 and an ED80 (it was in part 5, link).

Well, they now have been joined by a small "pig", the Telescope Service 152 f5.9 (also known under the brands Astrotelescopes and Canadian Telescopes 152). There was a very lengthy discussion about this scope a year ago started after a review by JBarnett, but it certainly fit my requirement for a fast, wide field 6" refractor that is manageable by one person, and had nice views on deep-sky objects. I got this scope from fellow CN member and observing buddy nicknacknock (thanks Nick!), so I had several opportunities to view through the scopes before commiting to it. I already know it is going to be a nice companion and complement to both my smaller refractors as well as to my beloved 18" Obsession!

Edited by Scott in NC (06/03/13 10:32 PM)


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AstroSteve
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 08/17/04

Loc: Kissimmee, Florida
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: Chris G]
      #5899932 - 06/03/13 03:00 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

Vixen ED80Sf with Moonlite focuser

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AstroSteve
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 08/17/04

Loc: Kissimmee, Florida
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: AstroSteve]
      #5899936 - 06/03/13 03:02 PM Attachment (51 downloads)

Another angle

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dcbrown73
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Reged: 06/23/12

Loc: Lower Connecticut
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: AstroSteve]
      #5899996 - 06/03/13 03:50 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

Explore Scientific 80mm Triplet Apo with inline illuminated finder scope and a 50mm guide scope with a QHY5L-II camera guiding.

Since the ES 80mm Apo doesn't come with rings or any way to mount a guide scope, I'm using an ADM Side-By-Side Vixen style mounting kit. The guide scope is black and kind of hard to see in this image.

Edited by dcbrown73 (06/03/13 03:51 PM)


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