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#2251 Bkmiller4463

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Posted 22 November 2021 - 01:46 PM

I previously posted this scope, but this is a better background. 

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#2252 dpippel

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Posted 22 November 2021 - 03:46 PM

On a recent two night trip to a favorite dark site...

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#2253 Bkmiller4463

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Posted 22 November 2021 - 04:28 PM

Great shot! Where were you? 
 

Mine was in Torrey UT. 
 

 

On a recent two night trip to a favorite dark site...


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#2254 dpippel

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Posted 22 November 2021 - 07:45 PM

Great shot! Where were you? 
 

Mine was in Torrey UT. 
 

Near Quartzsite, AZ.


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#2255 Old Man

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Posted 24 November 2021 - 02:29 AM

Here is a pic of my C8. It was born as an Evolution C8 on a Evolution mount, have no idea of the year or how many previous owners there were.

  It was alienated from the Evo Mount, and seemed no one wanted it. I acquired this about 2 years ago as a bare bones OTA. Just the evo vixen rail and dust covers.

The optics are great, it has the Starbright XLT coatings. It turned out to be a great scope. This is a keeper for me.

 

  I nick named it "The Alien Grey". I have added a lot of accessories in the last 2 years. top and bottom "D" rails, FarPoint carry handle, Celestron 9x50 RACI,

Baader SCT Clicklock, Celestron 2" diagonal with twist lock and Pinty GLP. Also a Rigelsys n'Focus setup.

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#2256 Old Man

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Posted 24 November 2021 - 11:14 PM

Well it is cloudy and rain is expected in the next few hours. So I thought I would also post a pic of my C5+ Cat. I purchased this new in 1996, my very first scope.

 

With this and a planisphere, I learned the sky, no help, no computer, just determination. This scope took me on many a journey through the night sky and still does.

 

  It is still as new, with added accessories. JMI Dec motor, Celestron 9x50 RACI and Pinty GLP, Thousand Oaks solar filter, Rigelsys n'Focus setup. This scope has very sharp optics, as Charles would say, Freaky, razor sharp views. This is my baby cat, but it is a cherished piece of my astronomy journey.

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#2257 vtornado

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Posted 24 November 2021 - 11:35 PM

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Sorry I could not help myself.


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#2258 erin

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 06:13 PM

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Cutest cat in the thread, VT! Happy Thanksgiving!


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#2259 vtornado

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 11:00 PM

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Cutest cat in the thread, VT! Happy Thanksgiving!

For those who don't own a cat, I did not put the cat in the bag.

For those who do own a cat, you already know you can't put a cat in a bag.


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#2260 Bomber Bob

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Posted 27 November 2021 - 08:22 PM

Just picked this one up on ZEN Market -- an early 1980s Kenko SC125L F14.4 SCT + NES EQ:

 

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#2261 Dwight J

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 03:26 AM

Just picked this one up on ZEN Market -- an early 1980s Kenko SC125L F14.4 SCT + NES EQ:

 

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Sweet!!


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#2262 charlieb123

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 09:19 AM

Added an EAF, 294MCPro and OAG for long FL.

Some time later added a Hyperstar V3 and made a mount for a guide scope.

 

I've had very few clear nights ever since getting the 294MCPro.

 

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Do not like this pic because my wire management is much better than it appears here.
 

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Edited by charlieb123, 01 December 2021 - 09:21 AM.

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#2263 alnitak22

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 11:32 AM

Just picked this one up on ZEN Market -- an early 1980s Kenko SC125L F14.4 SCT + NES EQ:

 

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Sweet scope and mount! Have you had a chance to use it?


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#2264 MHamburg

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Posted 01 December 2021 - 12:54 PM

Isn't the Northeast an astronomer's paradise?

 

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#2265 Echolight

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 03:40 PM

Back with my new grab and go wide angle C8 on a manual mount. There’s a .63 reducer inside the Moonlite.

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I’ll be trying this setup out for the first time tonight. The mount, focuser, and reducer are all new to me. That’s an XW40, which is not supposed to work behind a reducer. We shall see. Not sure of the focal length with the Moonlite. Hopefully it will be wide enough.

 

The tripod is a 3068 with an old 116 head. Scope is mounted backwards to reach zenith. I used a bungee for a counter-spring and a piece of a broken extension cord for a forward stop. lol.gif 
Gotta go to the hardware store and get a couple of screws to mount the finder bracket.

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I estimate the weight at around 35 pounds. Not too heavy to carry around. And I’ll love being able to just poke around and see what I can see.

Trying to make this one of my favorite and most used scopes. And it wasn’t going to happen with the AVX as the only option.


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#2266 Echolight

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Posted 04 December 2021 - 09:05 PM

Back with my new grab and go wide angle C8 on a manual mount. There’s a .63 reducer inside the Moonlite.

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I’ll be trying this setup out for the first time tonight. The mount, focuser, and reducer are all new to me. That’s an XW40, which is not supposed to work behind a reducer. We shall see. Not sure of the focal length with the Moonlite. Hopefully it will be wide enough.

 

The tripod is a 3068 with an old 116 head. Scope is mounted backwards to reach zenith. I used a bungee for a counter-spring and a piece of a broken extension cord for a forward stop. lol.gif 
Gotta go to the hardware store and get a couple of screws to mount the finder bracket.

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I estimate the weight at around 35 pounds. Not too heavy to carry around. And I’ll love being able to just poke around and see what I can see.

Trying to make this one of my favorite and most used scopes. And it wasn’t going to happen with the AVX as the only option.

Yeah, that didn’t work with the reducer inside the focuser and two inch diagonal. The light path is too long to reach focus. grin.gif  Must be an imaging thing.

 

And my only 2 inch visual back is too long also (Celestron), with the reducer. I can only reach focus with long focal length eyepieces. My Baader zoom focused down to about 22mm on Jupiter . Soooo, I’ll either get an SCT nosepiece for my WO Durabright diagonal.... or... a Baader Maxbright sans nosepiece with SCT lock ring is what I always wanted.

 

Here’s the current configuration. My night time phone pics are low-res.

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Much lighter now. And I’ll be able to slide the scope back about an inch in the mount without that two pound monstrosity hanging off the back. And easier to carry around too. The glass is half full.

 

The XW40 is a little fuzzy at the edge behind the reducer. But still a useable wide field. And I didn’t even notice until I thought to look for it. The APM 20-100 was sharp to the edge, but unable to focus on Jupiter.


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#2267 Bomber Bob

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 10:50 AM

Sweet scope and mount! Have you had a chance to use it?

I have, and it performed well with laser collimation.  Secondary Holder slipped while trying to tweak out the last bits of alignment error, so it's back inside (I never work on bare optics in my dusty shed).

 

Based on what I've seen so far, performance will be at least as good as the C5s that I've owned.  Potentially... a large aperture & light weight 90mm - 100mm achro refractor equivalent (without the CA!).


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#2268 mlyoung83

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Posted 05 December 2021 - 02:41 PM

My Meade 12" LX200GPS, on a GEM nowadays.  Ran into some random high schoolers this past summer and showed them Saturn. 

 

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#2269 Greyfox_MT

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 07:52 AM

She's old but still works nicely....

 

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 07:31 AM

some vintage

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#2271 DouglasPaul

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 11:38 AM

some vintage

I just picked up a mid 80's C8 on a SP mount that the owner said he bought for Halleys comet and never used again. It looks like it's almost brand new so I believe him. At any rate, your picture is providing me with an idea, I have a 10VR that would make a great finder and complimentary wide field scope if mounted on that C8.  


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#2272 ETX2112

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 12:39 PM

My ES 127mm...fully flocked and wrapped! 

 

For visual only and that's the way I like it! 

 

It's a NFO model -->  No fuss observing!

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#2273 dpippel

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 07:38 PM

My helper and I decided to roll out the '75 tonight for some views of the Moon and Jupiter...

 

 

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#2274 dpippel

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 07:38 PM

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Posted 08 December 2021 - 08:43 PM

And the obligatory handheld iPhone through the eyepiece (17.3mm Delos) shot. Seeing is pretty swimmy, but still managed to catch Europa disappear behind Jupiter:

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