Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home pageAstronomics discounts for Cloudy Nights members
· Get a Cloudy Nights T-Shirt · Submit a Review / Article

Click here if you are having trouble logging into the forums

Privacy Policy | Please read our Terms of Service | Signup and Troubleshooting FAQ | Problems? PM a Red or a Green Gu… uh, User

Equipment Discussions >> Classic Telescopes

Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | (show all)
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5876703 - 05/21/13 06:55 PM

I hate Apple's new version of Preview. You can't tell, until you post, whether the orientation will be right or not.

-Tim.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
terraclarke
Post Laureate
*****

Reged: 05/29/12

Loc: Just South of the Mason-Dixon ...
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5878328 - 05/22/13 03:13 PM

I was saying the same thing in another thread here Yesterday Tim. If I post off of my iPhone or iPad, its invariably rotated and I have to go back in on the iMac and fix the post.

Terra


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5879178 - 05/22/13 10:10 PM

Well, the australopithefrak at the post office didn't deliver the OTA box today. Told my wife that it was too heavy! Can the OTA be heavier than the mount?

No worries, though. I'm off tomorrow after I localize Opportunity, in preparation for packing for my departure to RTMC on Friday, again after Opportunity planning in the morning. So, I can pick it up tomorrow.

-Tim.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5880989 - 05/23/13 07:58 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

The OTA arrove today! Thanks again Neil!!

Pics! Whole scope. It *does* need two counterweights, so I borrowed the one from my P2 mount.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5880991 - 05/23/13 07:59 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

Too:

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5880992 - 05/23/13 08:01 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

Three. MAN, this thing is CLEAN

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881000 - 05/23/13 08:04 PM Attachment (3 downloads)

Weights.

The gray one is the one I bought with the legs from Brian. The hammertone green/gray one is from the P2 mount. Notice that the lock knob is a lot bigger with the P2's weight. That's because the original was busted off when I bought that scope, so I absconded one from my EM-10 mount. To keep this guy all original, I'm going to be looking for another grey weight someday.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881005 - 05/23/13 08:06 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

MONSTER 2.7" focuser, with all kinds of screw in parts for various things. I'll need to investigate these more carefully. For now, I put the 25mm .965 Ortho in the focuser. Stunning eyepiece, but like Neil reported, the secondary shadow is prominent when viewing in the daytime, unless you get really close - then it disappears. Focuser is rotatable (lock knob at base) and travel is lockable with a lock knob on the other side.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881006 - 05/23/13 08:07 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

The finder is cute and also quite sharp!

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881008 - 05/23/13 08:07 PM Attachment (3 downloads)

Finder too

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881010 - 05/23/13 08:08 PM

Tak sharp, in fact!

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881013 - 05/23/13 08:09 PM Attachment (3 downloads)

The saddle is slotted so the scope rings can be off-centered for cameras or guidescopes on the angle on the side.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881015 - 05/23/13 08:11 PM Attachment (2 downloads)

Saddle too. It looks like there are a couple mounting holes for a clamshell like the one on the P2 for the FC-76. But they're under the OTA here, and I doubt it would move far enough over to have them both on at the same time. Hm...

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881020 - 05/23/13 08:12 PM Attachment (3 downloads)

Those arrows are tape that I think reminds you which way to rotate the saddle to get the mount back in the box.

I, like totally dig those olive green knobs!


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881029 - 05/23/13 08:16 PM Attachment (4 downloads)

Power panel. As Neil probably said, there's a battery pack that takes 4 D-cells to run the thing. I've got the hand controller plugged in here. The "light" knob is probably for adjusting the brightness of the polar reticle (I forgot to check the polar finder out!). The "ratio" knobs, labeled up and down must be for adjusting the guide speeds? Seems kind of odd, though. Will need to cogitate and fiddle.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881034 - 05/23/13 08:18 PM

The funny edges on the panel are the protective plastic film still in place after all this time.

I may take this up to RTMC with me to play with. Or maybe not. It's a bit dusty up there and the moon's going to interfere with wide field DSO viewing anyway.

-Tim.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Bill Griffith
professor emeritus


Reged: 08/12/09

Loc: Ca.
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5881056 - 05/23/13 08:33 PM

Tim,

Congratulations! WOW!!

Certainly appears you got a lotta bang for the bucks!

Well taken care of, or hardly used.

Looking forward to a first light report.

That maybe the Joshua Tree grab n go!

What do you think the imaging vs viewing ratio is going to be

Bill


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
tim53
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: Bill Griffith]
      #5881069 - 05/23/13 08:39 PM

Thanks Bill! I'll probably mostly image with it, but I haven't had it out in the dark yet, so I don't know how it does visually.

Definitely going to take it to Cosmic Acres, though!

-Tim.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
starman876
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 04/28/08

Loc: VA
Re: Denver TAK [Re: tim53]
      #5881109 - 05/23/13 09:00 PM

OK Tim We are here now.

Beautiful scope


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Dave M
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 08/03/04

Loc: Ohio
Re: Denver TAK [Re: starman876]
      #5881161 - 05/23/13 09:32 PM

It just screams quality and style, a real beauty..Congrats!

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | (show all)


Extra information
14 registered and 13 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  Rich (RLTYS), Brian Risley 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 2451

Jump to

CN Forums Home


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics