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#3951 shredder1656

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Posted 09 August 2021 - 04:31 PM

It will be interesting. The larger diameter will certainly give better results in the case of photography, allowing you to pick out finer details. But what about visual observations? A lot of additional factors are important here - contrast, color, etc..

I haven't forgotten your question.  I just have not had the MN65Q out until last night.  It needs some collimation attention.  It might be awhile, because I do not want to rush adjusting anything, given what, to me, is a very complex process. 

 

My first peek at the moon showed lots of detail, and at Jupiter, there were distinct bands, but everything was very slightly "off" from what I expected.  Last night confirmed my concern that collimation was not perfect.  However, the first time I used it for a few minutes, the seeing was FAR better than last night.  Regardless, I need to take it slow and do a little research and tweaking.


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Posted 09 August 2021 - 05:54 PM

Wow! That is one gorgeous setup Stefan! :bow:


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Posted 09 August 2021 - 06:12 PM

It is beyond my ability to do less than love every post.
Rock on vintage.
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#3954 Kasmos

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Posted 10 August 2021 - 01:20 AM

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Posted 10 August 2021 - 07:45 AM

I haven't forgotten your question.  I just have not had the MN65Q out until last night.  It needs some collimation attention.  It might be awhile, because I do not want to rush adjusting anything, given what, to me, is a very complex process. 

 

My first peek at the moon showed lots of detail, and at Jupiter, there were distinct bands, but everything was very slightly "off" from what I expected.  Last night confirmed my concern that collimation was not perfect.  However, the first time I used it for a few minutes, the seeing was FAR better than last night.  Regardless, I need to take it slow and do a little research and tweaking.

Hi, thanks for remembering :-) I think that reliable conclusions can be drawn after many observing sessions, performed in different seeing conditions and at different heights above the horizon. Different instruments deal with these factors differently, so it may happen that the conditions are more favorable to one or the other telescope.

 

Even the observer needs some time to get to know a specific instrument and learn it's observing tricks. Apparently we know those techniques and tricks well after years of experience, but I have found out many times that my first assessments of a new instrument can change quite a lot after some time.


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Posted 12 August 2021 - 07:01 PM

A rather enjoyable (and relatively smoke-free) night a couple of weeks ago.

 

Bill

 

 

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Posted 28 August 2021 - 12:28 PM

2 Great 80s from the 1980s:

 

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Can't say enough good things about my Mizar GT-80S F7 and Celestron C80P F11, so I'll let the picture do the talking...


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#3958 stevew

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Posted 28 August 2021 - 01:39 PM

I much prefer sonotube Dobsonian's over todays metal tube versions.

If I could find a 10 inch Coulter in my area I would grab it...

 

Steve

HEY!  I resemble that!!

 

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(like my trash bag and gaffer tape scope cap?  hah!   it was supposed to be temporary.  That was in 2013.  I sold that car, the bicycle has been electrified, and I still have the red tube Coulter 10 f/4.5 and it still ahs that trash bag and gaffer tape cap on it.

 


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Posted 28 August 2021 - 03:10 PM

I no longer have this particular scope but it was certainly in my top 5 of classics that I've owned.This cg11 came with the pre-ultima 30mm,the illuminated finder and included polar scope,indicative of the early 90s models.However,it also had the DSCs which came out in 96/97.The early g11 and the c11 were really made for each other and a total hoot to use.Back when I used this scope I also had several other vintage  OTAs that I would occasionally swap out including a meade 127mm ED,a 5" jaegers build and a early 12"lx200.

 

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Posted 02 September 2021 - 04:27 PM

A rather enjoyable (and relatively smoke-free) night a couple of weeks ago.

 

Bill

Wow what a nice classic Celestron refractor !!!


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Posted 02 September 2021 - 06:29 PM

Dak & Tak - My favorite 4" Duo:

 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 05:23 PM

Comet & BN-80 -- All-Original 1980s Mizar Duo:

 

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Posted 06 September 2021 - 11:17 PM

Here's the Edmund 4" on its proper mount, the night I was testing the drive. I think I may adapt some rings to hold it, as I'd like to put the little 60mm HOC Shrine-Manon back onto it, but that will throw the dec balance off. I've taken the rough, unfinished legs off, and will be sanding them smooth, then give them a coat of urethane. Maybe some light stain as a sealer, first. I still need to figure out how to protect the ends of the legs, which are just bare wood. They currently each have a dab of the Edmund gray mount paint on the front edge, which I guess the factory thought would be enough. Once I took them off of the mount, I realized that the maple itself is quite heavy!

 

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Posted 07 September 2021 - 09:29 AM

Simple, crude, but extremely effective. With a killer lens and made in the spirit of American ingenuity, they capture the spirit of the ATM movement of the time. The can-do Edmund 4” F15 refractor is and will always be my favorite 4” achromat. I truly enjoyed mine while I had it. So easy to set up, it was a pleasure to use. My favorite memories with it were watching Jupiter moon transits. You have a lovely specimen there.


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Posted 07 September 2021 - 10:46 AM

Simple, crude, but extremely effective. With a killer lens and made in the spirit of American ingenuity, they capture the spirit of the ATM movement of the time.

 

So true, and I feel the same way about A. Jaegers.  In fact, I'm still casually on the look-out for a Jaegers 6" F5 RFT -- just to say I tried one.  Now... where are the ATM Suppliers?   Tough Times for ATMers!


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Posted 07 September 2021 - 10:48 AM

The Edmund 4 inch f/15 is my favorite too, it has been since I first laid eyes on her around

1969 with my first Edmund catalog.

I still have that catalog, it's in perfect condition. Its always been a cherished possession of

mine.

 

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Posted 07 September 2021 - 10:59 AM

Simple, crude, but extremely effective. With a killer lens and made in the spirit of American ingenuity, they capture the spirit of the ATM movement of the time.

 

So true, and I feel the same way about A. Jaegers.  In fact, I'm still casually on the look-out for a Jaegers 6" F5 RFT -- just to say I tried one.  Now... where are the ATM Suppliers?   Tough Times for ATMers!

I know what you mean JW. I’ll be on the lookout for a Jaegers 5” F5 at Stellafane next year. If I see one on the swap tables, I’ll break my own rule, scoop it up, and bring it home. I have the perfect mount for one. 


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Posted 07 September 2021 - 11:48 AM

Terra,you mean like this one?

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Posted 07 September 2021 - 01:24 PM

Simple, crude, but extremely effective. With a killer lens and made in the spirit of American ingenuity, they capture the spirit of the ATM movement of the time.

 

So true, and I feel the same way about A. Jaegers

I always thought the same of my Jaegers 4" f/15. Since they only had rough drawings in their catalog, at first I was kind of surprised and dissapointed how crude the focuser was when I bought it. The same thing can sort of be said of the Cave mount with its giant sand cast motor housing. I only had my Mayflower 814 as a referrence for a telescope. It's kind of like comparing American Tractor Parts to a Japanese Sewing Machine.


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Posted 07 September 2021 - 02:49 PM

Edmund and Jaegers are the John Deere of telescopes:

https://www.youtube....h?v=UfDW7Bh6_F0

 

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Posted 07 September 2021 - 05:19 PM

Terra,you mean like this one?

I’ve had several ST120s. I always wanted a full on, old school full 5” F5 ATM scope; Jaegers objective and with an old time 2” Jaegers focuser. A true classic RFT.


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Posted 07 September 2021 - 05:24 PM

Tera.that is actually a 5"f5 jaegers objective in an apogee,127mm ota.  I bet you mean one that looks like this,the second of 4 of these I've had.

 

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Posted 07 September 2021 - 05:59 PM

Yep, that’s very cool. I love those. Here’s another one:

 

https://www.cloudyni...ield-refractor/


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Posted 07 September 2021 - 07:02 PM

Yes     exactly     5 inch f5 sweeper     we can always make room in the back bedroom closet for that

 

Meanwhile    we have been enjoying the longfellow  Jaegers  4 inch   f 15.5

 

 

P.S.   this was the photo from the previous owner that got me all worked up on offering to buy it should ever wish to sell   it    and three months  later he contacted  me   it is awesome on planets 

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Posted 07 September 2021 - 07:37 PM

This is my Sears 90 mm Discoverer from about 1970.  It is on a Unitron AltAz mount. Wonderful scope

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