Early 1980s Oddball -- Kenko SC125L F14.4 SCT:
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Posted 30 November 2021 - 04:15 PM
Last night was kind of a bummer.
I've had this Swift 859 Aerolite for several years and mostly because it's been blocked in storage I've never used it.
There were a few challenges just getting it set up for use and once done, some issues, so I decided to take some pictures and pack it in.
In keeping with the thread
and without (me)
Posted 10 December 2021 - 06:22 PM
Given their cost, I assume they are powered by a small, unlicensed Nuclear Reactor….
Posted 10 December 2021 - 08:16 PM
Okay so we bought this old AP 600 qmd last winter as a better mount for the Tak FS -128 than the EM 10
when we got the Jaegers 4 inch F-15.5 I thought oh yeah it will like the bigger mount as well
finally I set it up in the garage and put the FS -128 on it tonight............one word.......Solid
also Heavy......I cannot explain my propensity for buying things I will need eventually and taking months to set them up but here it is cords not on yet but we like it
Edited by Defenderslideguitar, 10 December 2021 - 08:17 PM.
Posted 11 December 2021 - 08:50 PM
That mount looks more stable than the average C8 mounting. The fork is Ultima? I don't recognize the wedge assembly under it - homemade?
Yes it is on an Ultima fork and a Milburn wedge. It is incredibly stable on the C14 HD tripod. I am about to build a cinder block pier for it for even more stability.
Posted 13 December 2021 - 04:00 PM
I've been using the Tasco 227 OTA on a Unitron mount for the last three evenings.
This scope has really redeemed itself.
It's been fun starting at dusk to view the Moon and planets
If you look at the upper right window on the door, there's a reflection of Venus.
I thought it was a camera artifact until I saw it moving in the series of photos I took from this angle.
I have to admit, that because Venus is featureless I havent observed it in awhile, so it was a surprise and joy to see it's large crescent.
When showing it to my wife, I asked, do you see it? She was slow to respond because for a moment she thought she was only seeing the Moon!
Edited by Kasmos, 13 December 2021 - 04:01 PM.
Posted 18 December 2021 - 05:18 AM
Such a lens probably gives a bit of additional chromatic aberration - I have not yet seen a terrestial spotting scope with a fixed eyepiece with variable magnification, which would not have a larger CA and slightly worse contrast than a classic refractor without additional optics. Perhaps it is worth trying to see if removing this lens does not improve the image quality if it is in doubt?
The objectives on these scopes are 60mm f/7 (400mm f/l). That is why they are colorful at power. The better scopes will have air spaced objectives and the same sort of cell found on the long f/l astronomical refractors. The main problem with the zoomies is the compromise represented by the erecting elements + zoom elements. Tiny field of view (about 30 degrees) and very colorful at power.
Posted 18 December 2021 - 05:26 AM
A beautiful Asahi Pentax 60/800
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