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#1776 vilchez

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Posted 18 December 2019 - 06:02 AM

Four exoticats:

 

Rifflle Mikromak 50mm f/12

Intes M615 150mm f/15

Santel MK91 228mm f/13.5

APM/Wirth 250 f/12.5

 

First light tonight with the APM/Wirth on the Moon, Saturn and Neptune .. but in extremely poor seeing after a hot humid day so a bit hard to judge what it can do. Will post some pics when I have it set up in daylight.

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#1777 vilchez

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Posted 18 December 2019 - 06:02 AM

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#1778 jgraham

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Posted 01 January 2020 - 03:14 PM

This beautiful Celestron C11 is a bittersweet addition to my telescope collection. This particular scope was originally owned by Tom Trusock. I met Tom when he spoke at our local astronomy convention (the Apollo Rendezvous) several years ago and he was just a wonderful persopn. I will think of him every time I use this scope.

 

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For a long time I have been pondering trying to mount a 12” SCT on my Atlas, but I was a bit concerned about the weight. I knew that the C11 weighed about the same as a 10” SCT so when this example became available I decided to err on the side of caution and go with a slightly smaller scope. The scope itself is in fantastic shape! It has been flocked and the rear cell has been modified with filtered cooling fans. I’m still waiting on an AstroZap heated dew shield, so for now I’m using a couple of dew heaters to keep the corrector clear.

 

At the moment, The Plan is to use this scope for visual and high resolution imaging. I have a lot of work to do to become familiar with this new scope and to figure out the best way to set it up. For visual, I’ll add a RACI finder to the rear cell. For imaging, I’ve mounted an Atro-Tech 60mm guidescope/DSI Pro III on the Losmandy D rail. This position helps to offset the weight of the guidescope and camera by locating it closer to the center of gravity of the mount. Tonight will be first-light and given the conditions I decided to start with a basic setup with a DSLR to give me the widest possible field of view with a camera and the imagery will help me to set the collimation precisely. I suspect that it will be too windy to do much imaging, but one the alignment is set I may try to grab some basic images of the Moon and a bright target like M42.

 

Should be a lot of fun!

 


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Posted 01 January 2020 - 04:35 PM

This was an early birthday gift cause I couldn't wait...and was able to use it before the clouds rolled in. Wonderful combination, great views and excellent GoTo/ Tracking.

 

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 01:27 PM

This was an early birthday gift cause I couldn't wait...and was able to use it before the clouds rolled in. Wonderful combination, great views and excellent GoTo/ Tracking.

Is that the iOptron AZ Pro mount? What kind of tripod is that?

I've been wanting to get another mount that would be easier to take to a dark site compared to my Atlas AZ/EQ Pro.. iOptron AZ is at the top of the wish list.



#1781 Tyson M

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 04:01 PM

This was an early birthday gift cause I couldn't wait...and was able to use it before the clouds rolled in. Wonderful combination, great views and excellent GoTo/ Tracking.

Congrats!  180 or 210?



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Posted 05 January 2020 - 04:33 PM

Yes, its the iOptron AZ Pro mount with the Tri-Pier.

 

Rock solid, no wiggles, shakes,, rattles or rolls lol.gif

 

Is that the iOptron AZ Pro mount? What kind of tripod is that?

I've been wanting to get another mount that would be easier to take to a dark site compared to my Atlas AZ/EQ Pro.. iOptron AZ is at the top of the wish list.


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#1783 Xeroid

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 04:37 PM

Tyson M,

 

Thank you! Twas a long time coming but I finally did it.

 

Yes, its the TAK Mewlon 180C. 

 

 

Congrats!  180 or 210?


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#1784 Tyson M

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 05:00 PM

Looks great.  Looking forward to your thoughts on usage with it.

 

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 05:34 PM

Looks great.  Looking forward to your thoughts on usage with it.

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 05:57 PM

Yes, its the iOptron AZ Pro mount with the Tri-Pier.

 

Rock solid, no wiggles, shakes,, rattles or rolls lol.gif

Just ordered one of these yesterday, but with the regular tripod. Sitting here wondering why it's not here yet. :)


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 09:18 PM

Good luck and remember to LEVEL the Tripod then place the AZ mount on the tripod then LEVEL it again when its fully weighted with scope + counterweight (if required).

 

 

Just ordered one of these yesterday, but with the regular tripod. Sitting here wondering why it's not here yet. smile.gif


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#1788 Jond105

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 03:52 PM

My first Cat

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#1789 Migwan

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 07:26 PM

Not as party as some, but I like her.  flowerred.gif

 

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 12:15 PM

I think, I've got too many of them... only one I sold two years ago

Celestron C8 (sold)
Revue catadioptric 114/1000 (vintage telescope, from the 1980s)
Celestron C90 with black tube (but nevertheless a Classic scope from the mid 90s)
Celestron C9.25
Skywatcher MAK 127/1500
Meade ETX 125

and last but not least a Skywatcher MAK 180/2700 (of that I haven't any good photo now)

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#1791 Jeff Lee

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 03:20 PM

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This is my new to me year 2000 white C5 spotter. Added the red dot and a dew shield to it otherwise it was good to go. Cleaned the corrector and then tried it with my ZWO224 and Meade FR3.3, looks good for through a window. This will be my grab and go EAA solution. Got a great deal on B&S here, $220 shipped and just a very small mark on the tube and a scratch on the lens cover. Other the glass and focusing are perfect. Am super excited!!!!!

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 08:56 PM

This is one of my favorite star-hoppers; a classic 8" Meade LX50...

 

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The LX50s were essentially an LX200 without the GoTo, so they are built like a tank. This particular example was assembled from spare parts including the forks and base from an LX50 Mak 7 and a genuine LX50 8" f/10 OTA. The results is a scope that is extremely robust, stable, and very comfortbale to use.

 

Enjoy!

 


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 08:54 PM

Speaking of classics...

 

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...my 'new' Meade 2045 4" f/10 SCT. I've got a little tweaking to do yet, but I have god the collimation pretty close and the optics in this example are fantastic! It's going to make a fine little star-hopper. :)

 

 


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 11:08 PM

Here is my 1997 Meade 8 inch LX200 classic.  I've thought about upgrading several times but this thing has been a real workhorse and really hasn't given me any problems.   I'll probably keep using it until something breaks.  It's definitely built like a tank.

 

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#1795 Peter_D

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 02:59 PM

I currently have a Bresser Pulsar 80/800 Mangin Cassegrain and a recently aqcuired Celestron C6. I have been using the Pulsar a lot more since I collimated it last year - the ota is very light weight and compact. Similarly, I could hardly believe how light weight the C6 is - my slik67 tripod handled it fine. I have also mounted it on a Vixen GP mount as well as the supplied SE mount.

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 04:52 PM

This one is a keeper.  It's my TEC MC200/15M  #002.  It’s mounted on my Losmandy G11.

 

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 10:08 PM

This one is a keeper.  It's my TEC MC200/15M  #002.  It’s mounted on my Losmandy G11.

 

Mark

Nice one,Mark. Where did you get that snug fitting solar filter?



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Posted 31 January 2020 - 07:19 AM

Thank you.  I purchased the solar filter from "Kendrick Astro Equipment" right after I received the scope.  It's a Baader Astro Film, Visual ND 5.0, Classic Ring style filter.

 

http://www.kendricka...withSolarFinder

 

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Posted 31 January 2020 - 08:49 AM

C8 Edge doing it's thang.

 

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Very best,


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 11:58 AM

My three and a half year old Mewlon 210 atop my AVX.

 

The Mewlon 210 sports a Moonlite focuser and 4, rear-mounts fans (2 of the white covers are seen edge-on in the photo) to help with initial acclimation and also keep heat plumes from forming when temperaturs drop.

 

Had it out last night and even with thin cloud cover the lunar views were extremely sharp at 227x As a matter of fact, the Mewlon 210 is one of my favorite lunar scopes; just killer sharp and immersive views.  For deep-sky observing, the Mewlon has superb contrast as well.

 

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