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#1 denis0007dl

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:21 AM

I have to say that I am really impressed with qulaity of APM 152 ED APO refractor, that that was my second time I bought it.

First time I bought it, I was so much impressed with sharp, visually colourfree images, excellent mechanic quality, excellent contrast, that I bought Skywatcher Esprit 150 triplet APO, in hope I will like it more.

But this was not case.

Here is some review about that

https://www.cloudyni...hl= esprit 150

 

So, I had to let go Esprit 150, and bought second APM 152 ED APO.

Now I know why people like APM, and I would like to open this thread, and thank to Markus Ludes from APM Germany, to bring this telescope to market.

If I need to have only one telescope, that would be this one, and now it is, and I am pretty sure I did it right.

Feel free to share pictures of your setup and scope, observation experiences, and overall impressions here in this thread about this excellent scope, and tell us how much you enjoy in it smile.gif

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:24 AM

I enjoyed many many nights, and as well observing in daytime, and scope never failed me.

While I do 99% of my observing with all kind of Carl Zeiss premium binoviewers and eyepeices, this scope is amazing here as well, and allow me to use binoviewers like in setup showed on picts without using any glass path corrector, and I still have 3.5cm of free light path in focuser :)

 

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:12 AM

Denis, is that the 3.7" focuser?  Mine is S/N 169 and has the 3.7" focuser.  No false color that I can detect on the moon at 300X using a 4 mm orthoscopic eyepiece.

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:20 AM

Very nice setup!
Yes, mine have 3.7" focuser.
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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:35 AM

Thanks, Denis.  You can reach focus with the Zeiss binoviewer and still have 35 mm of focus travel to spare.  That is great!  I was able to use a William Optics binoviewer with a 1-1/4" diagonal (no OCS) with only about 10 mm of focus travel remaining.  I'm suer I can do better with different diagonals/adapters.  Enjoy your scope; looks like a very nice setup.

 

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:45 AM

Thank you!

I use small Baader T2 prism directly attached bino with Quick Changeer to prism, and then T2 to 2" Baader adapter prism to scope. This save max light path.

I like this light Manfrotto tripod + Manfrotto fluid head, as grab and go setup. If I decide to go with bigger mount, it will be probably SW EQ6 GT alt azim.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:51 AM

I too have the same apm 152 ( serial # 015 ) and yeah lets start a 152 ed apo club, mine has a feathertouch  focuser and I use a stellarvue 50mm f 6.6 apo refractor as a finderscope , love that scope , kevin  ( Canada )


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 12:29 PM

Kcb, did you get the feathertouch option as a replacement for the standard 2.5" R&P when you bought the scope, or did you make the switch yourself?  Just curious.

 

Dom Q.



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Posted 20 November 2017 - 05:54 PM

I think that the APM 152mm ED scope is a great all-around telescope.  My scope is the

Lunt Ser. # 048 APM designed refractor.  I remember I had a question about collimating it and sent an email to Lunt.  I got a reply from Markus Ludes himself. 

 

It has a beautifuly machined rotating focuser and is a amazingly sharp.  I use it on the moon, my favorite object, and even with moderate seeing, can push it to 343X.  I was lucky enough to pick it up used with the case for $2000 from OPT a year ago.  This is

a keeper.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 06:01 PM

Anyone have thoughts on how the APM 152 would ride on a Unistar Deluxe with Berlebach UNI tripod?


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 07:11 PM

Mine is the Lunt Version, fantastic scope!!

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 07:19 PM

Image of Jupiter through the Lunt/APM 152ED

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 07:21 PM

Kcb, did you get the feathertouch option as a replacement for the standard 2.5" R&P when you bought the scope, or did you make the switch yourself?  Just curious.

 

Dom Q.

hi, I made the switch myself, although costly the feathertouch is definitely heavy duty and smooth and looks great on that scope, however, the standard focuser was very nice as well, just my preference , cheers, kevin



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Posted 20 November 2017 - 07:29 PM

Anyone have thoughts on how the APM 152 would ride on a Unistar Deluxe with Berlebach UNI tripod?

 

hi,

I have a unistar deluxe for 4'' refractors and 5'' mak-newt scopes but I find the apm 152 pushes it to the limit, besides using the apm 152 on my cgem dx equatorial I do use the apm 152 on a losmandy az8 alt/az dual mount with another scope balanced on the other side or with the losmandy counterweight bar system when using it by itself for portability , kevin


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 01:07 AM

Anyone have thoughts on how the APM 152 would ride on a Unistar Deluxe with Berlebach UNI tripod?

 

I've always been a firm believer in the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words". wink.gif

 

 

Here's the APM 152 on a G-11 with a Planet tripod, the 80mm Lunt Ha scope is on a GM-8 with a UNI tripod.

 

A couple of others thrown in just because I like threads with lots of pictures lol.gif

 

 

Best regards,

 

Richard

 

 

 

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 02:13 PM

Two things:

 

1) What is that junk piece of furniture on the right side of the first photo?

 

2) You poor guy!


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 05:01 PM

Two things:

 

1) What is that junk piece of furniture on the right side of the first photo?

 

2) You poor guy!

That's just my little 25" lol.gif


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 07:41 PM

 

Anyone have thoughts on how the APM 152 would ride on a Unistar Deluxe with Berlebach UNI tripod?

 

I've always been a firm believer in the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words". wink.gif

 

 

Here's the APM 152 on a G-11 with a Planet tripod, the 80mm Lunt Ha scope is on a GM-8 with a UNI tripod.

 

A couple of others thrown in just because I like threads with lots of pictures lol.gif

 

 

Best regards,

 

Richard

 

 

 

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Beautiful setup.


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:02 PM

Beautiful setup.

 

 

Thanks!



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Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:13 PM

 

Two things:

 

1) What is that junk piece of furniture on the right side of the first photo?

 

2) You poor guy!

That's just my little 25" lol.gif

 

So which one do you use the most?



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Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:38 PM

So which one do you use the most?

 

 

 

My most used scope is my CFF 185 F/6.8 apo. It's on wheels! lol.gif

 

 

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 07:31 PM

Thanks to the VIOLET  FRIDAY  SALE, I have an APM 152/1200 on order, so I'll be joining this club in a week or two...  Really looking forward to challenging my 6" reflectors with this Big APO.

 

Mine will be riding on vintage Meade StarFinder 8 EQ mounts -- on the 5' tall pedestal, or on a Filotecnica surveyor tripod.  The field version has the Magellan DSC system, and both have battery-powered single-axis drives for cord-free movements.

 

At the low price, mine has the 2.5" focuser.


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Posted 24 November 2017 - 08:09 PM

Congrats!! I was sorely tempted by the price for the 140mm, just $2500 before shipping... had to tell myself I don't need it!



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Posted 24 November 2017 - 08:28 PM

Emil alerted me to the APM sale.  I put both the 140 & 152 in my Cart this morning, then spent the rest of the day trying to decide between them.  With all the factors, it was a convoluted flow chart!  But they say go with your first intuition, and that was the 152.


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Posted 25 November 2017 - 01:30 AM

Thanks to the VIOLET  FRIDAY  SALE, I have an APM 152/1200 on order, so I'll be joining this club in a week or two...  Really looking forward to challenging my 6" reflectors with this Big APO.

 

Mine will be riding on vintage Meade StarFinder 8 EQ mounts -- on the 5' tall pedestal, or on a Filotecnica surveyor tripod.  The field version has the Magellan DSC system, and both have battery-powered single-axis drives for cord-free movements.

 

At the low price, mine has the 2.5" focuser.

Congrats! It was great price, and definetly worth to get it!




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