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Datapanic
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Reged: 10/17/09

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: starman876]
      #5881167 - 05/23/13 09:34 PM

Really nice! That focuser is honkin' huge!

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Masvingo
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Loc: Ayrshire, Scotland
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: Datapanic]
      #5881598 - 05/24/13 03:31 AM

Wow, Tim, that looks very, um, ..... orange ! Very aTak-tive!

Seriously, it looks immaculate and beautifully engineered and that focuser is something else!

Looking forward to hearing about first light and seeing some images.


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Rich (RLTYS)Moderator
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Reged: 12/18/04

Loc: New York (Long Island)
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: Masvingo]
      #5881658 - 05/24/13 06:22 AM

Tim, good luck with your beautiful new scope.

Rich (RLTYS)


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Nuphy
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Reged: 04/23/08

Loc: Newport News, VA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #5881810 - 05/24/13 09:10 AM

An absolute beauty. Congrats again.

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tim53
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Reged: 12/17/04

Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5882229 - 05/24/13 12:41 PM

Quote:

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




It occurred to me that one could probably adapt a dec
Motor with a belt around the slow mo knob and avoid jostling the scope while guiding.


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tim53
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Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5885528 - 05/26/13 12:38 PM

Had the Tak out under the moon last night up here at Rtmc. Weather is fabulous up here. Sure would have been sweet without the moon.

I found my favorite eyepiece in this scope was my good old Edmund 28mm RKE. Pinpoint stars to the edge of the field and tremendous eye relief - so I could wear my glasses which correct for minor astigmatism. What was really surprising was I would put a 5x powermate under the RKE and get a decent size Saturn image. I also got a good image scale with a UO 4mm ortho. Seeing was poor though. But this shorty nubbin isn't supposed to be a planetary scope anyway, right? It was too bright out to do much with any DSOs, but I did a decent polar alignment with the wonderful Tak polar scope and the drive kept Saturn put even at high power for long periods of time.

I ended up turning in around midnight. Planning on heading home after the raffle tonight. I'll probably take the Tak with me the next time I go to Cosmic Acres to start work on my observatory there. Be fun to hang my canon dslr or other cameras on it to see how it does when it gets dark out!

Tim


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starman876
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Re: Denver TAK new [Re: tim53]
      #5885700 - 05/26/13 02:33 PM

Beautiful scope that is what I call a real classic.

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