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Kunama
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Reged: 10/22/12

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: WolfTracks]
      #5921727 - 06/15/13 05:19 AM

A very nice grab and go system. Very nice indeed!!!!

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WolfTracks
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Reged: 07/06/12

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Kunama]
      #5922640 - 06/15/13 06:06 PM

If I had it to do over I would probably have went with the TSA120 which is just as portable as the TSA102 but with an extra 18mm. However the TSA102 is all that I really need--but that TSA120 sure looks nice!

I have done a lot of night programs for the National Park Service using SCTs and DOBs with tracking and GOTO. They work great but you have to set them up well in advance. They are big & heavy, seem to require constant maintenance for everything to work right and (in my experience) seldom does a C8 or anything smaller give as good a a view as that little Takahashi TSA102.

It is hard to beat the performance and simplicity of a quality refractor on a quality AltAz mount. It is what made me start enjoying astronomy again.


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keeyc
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Reged: 11/18/09

Loc: Seoul, South Korea
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: WolfTracks]
      #5923276 - 06/16/13 06:12 AM Attachment (136 downloads)

Here is a picture of my TEC140 on a DM6 and a Pinnacle pier, which is a rock solid foundation.

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Scott99
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 05/10/07

Loc: New England
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: WolfTracks]
      #5923562 - 06/16/13 11:02 AM

Quote:

If I had it to do over I would probably have went with the TSA120 which is just as portable as the TSA102 but with an extra 18mm. However the TSA102 is all that I really need--but that TSA120 sure looks nice!

I have done a lot of night programs for the National Park Service using SCTs and DOBs with tracking and GOTO. They work great but you have to set them up well in advance. They are big & heavy, seem to require constant maintenance for everything to work right and (in my experience) seldom does a C8 or anything smaller give as good a a view as that little Takahashi TSA102.

It is hard to beat the performance and simplicity of a quality refractor on a quality AltAz mount. It is what made me start enjoying astronomy again.




very nice, a 4 inch apo on a light alt-az is a great setup.

What is the big peak in the background?


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WolfTracks
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Reged: 07/06/12

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Scott99]
      #5924309 - 06/16/13 07:46 PM

That is Grand Teton.

I do like the Takahashi TSA102. Maybe one day I will have a TEC140 like Kunama, or a TSA120 like keeyc, or a AP130...etc. I doubt I will ever be able to look through any of those so you always wonder how big the difference would be. For me the important thing is to just pick something you will use otherwise it is a pretty expensive decoration.


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Niklo
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Reged: 03/29/13

Loc: Bavaria
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: WolfTracks]
      #5925776 - 06/17/13 03:29 PM

Here is picture of my FH Vixen 80L on a Celestron ADM mount.



Edited by Niklo (06/17/13 04:00 PM)


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niteskystargazer
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Reged: 10/05/09

Loc: 41-43'-28" N 87-42'-39" W
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Niklo]
      #5944766 - 06/28/13 01:08 PM

[image]Tom Machtemes/Desktop/1 st Pic's/P1000077.JPEG[/image]

Scope By : Tele Vue
Mount By : Tele Vue
Chair By : Manny Myles

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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PowellAstro
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Reged: 10/14/09

Loc: Tennessee
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #5944896 - 06/28/13 02:32 PM Attachment (118 downloads)

The newest addition!! It is pretty big!

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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: PowellAstro]
      #5945193 - 06/28/13 04:57 PM

Nice Pic Glen, setup looks sweet.

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SkyHound
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Reged: 03/20/05

Loc: Dark Skies Il.
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #5945568 - 06/28/13 08:53 PM Attachment (87 downloads)

Here is what I call a perfect match.. Meade seires 6000 130mm riding a Orion AZ/EQ Atlas Pro

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Traveler
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Reged: 08/19/07

Loc: The Netherlands
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: WolfTracks]
      #5945886 - 06/29/13 01:31 AM

Quote:


It is hard to beat the performance and simplicity of a quality refractor on a quality AltAz mount. It is what made me start enjoying astronomy again.




+1

Nice Tetons as well. You're lucky with such a view!


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PhilCo126
Post Laureate


Reged: 01/14/05

Loc: coastline of Belgium
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) new [Re: Traveler]
      #5947976 - 06/30/13 12:35 PM

@PowellAstro
What are the specs of that Explore Scientific (152 mm aperture or larger ?)


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niteskystargazer
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Reged: 10/05/09

Loc: 41-43'-28" N 87-42'-39" W
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5948556 - 06/30/13 07:34 PM Attachment (127 downloads)

Hi,

Scope By : Tele Vue
Mount By : Tele Vue
Chair By : Manny Myles

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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PowellAstro
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Reged: 10/14/09

Loc: Tennessee
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: PhilCo126]
      #5948680 - 06/30/13 08:59 PM

@ PhilCol126

The scope is a F/6.5 988mm 6" Achromat Refractor. The unit comes with Fully Multi Coated optics, 2" Dual speed 10:1 crayford focuser with 5 inches of travel, 8 x 50mm Finder and 2" 99% Diag. The tube is made of AL and Stainless Steel and weight is 23.5lbs.

AR152 Specs


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Andreas_Roerig
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Reged: 06/25/12

Loc: Westerwald / Germany
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: PowellAstro]
      #5950146 - 07/01/13 06:34 PM

Here are my two Equinox 120mm and 80mm:



Andreas


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zjc26138
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Reged: 02/24/05

Loc: Mingo Junction, Ohio
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: Andreas_Roerig]
      #5950174 - 07/01/13 06:58 PM

Great pics everyone!

Andreas- Beautiful setup! What mount is that?


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Andreas_Roerig
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Reged: 06/25/12

Loc: Westerwald / Germany
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: zjc26138]
      #5950210 - 07/01/13 07:25 PM

Quote:


Andreas- Beautiful setup! What mount is that?




This is a Millenium-Mount (http://www.millenniummount.de/1024/startseite.htm) . An excelent mount for this kind of setup. It was produced in smaller numbers here in Germany but as far as I know the guy who designed it died a few years ago.

Best regards
Andreas


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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) [Re: Andreas_Roerig]
      #5950447 - 07/01/13 10:11 PM Attachment (74 downloads)

The two OTA passed within a stones throw of each other again today, so this time here is the front end. The TEC200 has been in the obs for a year and is ready for spring cleaning.

Big pic
http://www.pbase.com/mclemens1969/image/151103801/original

and +4 stops to show the dirty lens
http://www.pbase.com/mclemens1969/image/151103802/original


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EddWen
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Reged: 04/26/08

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #5950670 - 07/02/13 01:18 AM

Hey!! I thought it was not permissable to own two quality refractors larger than 6" !!!!

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BarrySimon615
Pa Bear
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Reged: 03/01/04

Loc: New Orleans, LA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 6) [Re: EddWen]
      #5950713 - 07/02/13 02:37 AM Attachment (74 downloads)

Here is a collection of 4 from 10-7-10. Out on the driveway with the TAK TSA 102 and TAK EM-10 mount. Just getting my sea legs back under me after a 2 year battle with cancer when the series of photos were taken. (I won! )

Camera set up and taking a photo every 10 seconds or so. Some show me as a ghost or very fuzzy. Not a bad night considering and allowing for the fact that from home a naked eye magnitude of 4.5 is pretty good.

Barry Simon

Edited by BarrySimon615 (07/02/13 02:39 AM)


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