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#51 Kent10

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 01:14 AM

Yes, let us know what that Tec 250 is like.  Wow!  I hope your scope is OK, Sergio.


 

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 10:10 PM

Thanks for the photos Sergio. I'm a bit sad now that I'm not there.

 

Hows your dob?


 

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 11:16 PM

Is Markus Ludes there with the big binos ?


 

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 10:40 PM

I star tested the Tec 250 on Sirius. The Lil pup was very clearly evident and the star test was very good with no color. The star test wasn't absolutely perfect but was very good. The in focus diffraction pattern was textbook. Unfortunately he closed it down before Jupiter got high up. Had to leave Friday so I hope someone here can report back on how it did on Jupiter Friday night. .
 

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:25 PM

Heres Uncle Al checking out the 10 inch Tec on the moon..

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:27 PM

Don Hamiltons radially ribbed 23 inch ULE mirror...

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:28 PM

Another view of Dons scope...

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:29 PM

Dreamy imaging setupps...

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:36 PM

Me and fellow CNer Dave Cotterell. We had a nice visit and both of us spotted Venus naked eye in strong daylight.

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:48 PM

On the way there about an hour from getting there on a whim Dan Joyce and I decided to stop for a quick bite at Burger King. Not 20 seconds after we walked in came my good friend John Pratt. Complete coincidence and we had a great visit and of course I spent many hours at John s 32 in scope..

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:52 PM

Me with John Pratt and Uncle Al...

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:54 PM

While at the 32 Al Nagler had a prototype image intensified eyepiece and amoung other things we put it on the trap. We all saw amazing detail including the G and H components in real time
Heres a pic taken with my cell phone. Video I took is even more impressive. .

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Posted 25 February 2017 - 01:28 AM

Thanks very much, Darren, for your great pictures and the report on the Tec 250.  Was the prototype IE eyepiece something that TV is going to release some day, do you think?  Did you get any information about that?

 

Thanks again!


 

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Posted 25 February 2017 - 01:37 AM

My traveling companions Dan Joyce and Don Hamilton conduct the mirror making sessions in which participants helped grind a 6 inch mirror.

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Posted 25 February 2017 - 01:41 AM

Uncle Al said there may be more info on the electronic eyepiece at NEAF..
 

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 09:54 AM

Oh no, Sergio. Hope all is well with your scope. 

It's all good!!! :D

 

The scope got really wet but no water actually made it inside the electronics. As a precaution I took the electronics apart and put them out in the sunlight to dry. After I put it all back together again, works great!!!


 

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:04 AM

I star tested the Tec 250 on Sirius. The Lil pup was very clearly evident and the star test was very good with no color. The star test wasn't absolutely perfect but was very good. The in focus diffraction pattern was textbook. Unfortunately he closed it down before Jupiter got high up. Had to leave Friday so I hope someone here can report back on how it did on Jupiter Friday night. .

Being that I got lucky and Yuri set up the 250 next to my scope, I was able to get a few peeks through the MONSTER refractor. Jupiter was like a photo in a book. It had color (the good kind, on the planet itself) and overall excellent detail. Festoons galore!!! M42 and other deep sky objects were bright and contrasty. The mount was also really impressive a 10 Micron GM3000.


 

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:28 AM

Another WSP has come and gone and once again it has been a wonderful time. My only gripe is that the weather was kind of summery which made the inside of my tent very hot in the daytime. As a result I did not get as much sleep and rest in the daytime as I needed and by Saturday I was done. I headed back home to Miami and was able to get a good night of sleep even though Saturday night was looking like it was going to be the best night. But it's not all that bad, I was able to observe to some degree every night from Sunday to Friday night. Yuri of TEC set up his MONSTER APO250VT next to my scope and as a result I got to spend a lot of time with him, his son Nick and Giovanni of UnitronItalia. As with other star parties that I have attended the skies take a back seat to some of the incredible people that you meet and friendships that are forged. This was no exception, Giovanni offered to cook for me and teach me how to make an Italian dish, Spaghetti all' Amatriciana. Yuri and his son were like friends that I had not seen for a while and were super welcoming. Speaking of old friends, I got to catch up with Torsten Dalber and Mattias Wirth from Germany, Dave Cotts from Canada, Steve and Harry (thanks for the fish fry invite, delicious is an understatement) from Atlanta, Mike Lockwood, John O'Neil, David Knowlton, Darren Drake, Steven Salloway and many others. Also, I would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to John Pratte and Bob Schilling who helped diagnose and fix a pointing problem that I was experiencing with my scope. Just an overall amazing time and I cannot wait until next year. Hopefully we have more Fall-like weather than Summer-like weather. Here are some aerial shots that I took with my drone.

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:30 AM

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:31 AM

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 12:21 PM

Oh wow.  Great pics.  Thanks Sergio.  Also, glad to hear your scope is fine.  An amazing time, for sure.  Wish I could go!


 

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 05:25 PM

The views through Sergio's fs-152 and dob were awesome! M42 was very "wispy" (inside joke)  through the star structure and the trapezium was was aesthetically the best view I have had of it (fs152). A great time.

 

For those who have never been - you owe it to yourself to attend WSP at least once in your lifetime. 


 

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 09:29 PM

Hi Sergio. Nice reporting and fantastic photos. What drone is that?

 

I'm disappointed I didn't go this year, looks like a lot of good action going on. See you next year though.


 

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 09:54 PM

Hi Sergio. Nice reporting and fantastic photos. What drone is that?

Thank you Allan. The drone is a DJI Phantom 4. Great little gadget.


 


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