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#576 RichA

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 08:31 PM

The scope in your link is a VERY DIFFERENT scope - the price difference is a good hint.., 

 

Best., 

 

skybsd 

Ironic, the mount they have it on there.  Not really the same league.



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Posted 02 June 2020 - 05:50 AM

Ah the price on the link was $2799 then I refreshed it omg..   Yeah the APM 152 ED  doublet seems like the way to go.   Sorry about that.


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Posted 02 June 2020 - 09:16 AM

Ah the price on the link was $2799 then I refreshed it omg..   Yeah the APM 152 ED  doublet seems like the way to go.   Sorry about that.

It's an amazing scope.  Coming up on my 3rd anniversary with mine, and haven't had a bad view yet.  I bought it primarily for planetary, but it's given me the very best view of M42 & the Trapezium of any of my scopes, including my outstanding Meade 8" F6 Newtonian.

 

It ain't cheap, but it's worth it.


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 02:28 AM

The more I use mine, the more I love it. I've recently discovered, that a UV/IR filter is enough energy rejection to protect my Quark Chromosphere on it, even during long sessions. I initially didn't think so, so I didn't dare use the big gun for solar observing, but finally couldn't take it any more and took a peek for a few minutes. The views blew my socks clean off. I checked the Quark, but the nosepiece wasn't noticeably warm. I then saw that Daystar mentions that a 2" UV/IR filter in front of the diagonal is enough protection, even on a 6", so now I've tried it for ten to fifteen minutes and it's still not warm to the touch, so now I happily use it for as long as I want. I do cover the scope up during breaks, of course. The views through the Zeiss binoviewer and Quark are absolutely mindblowing. The details far surpass anything I've seen through smaller, dedicated solar scopes, no matter how expensive or double-stacked they are.

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 04:06 AM

Well I’m using mine today with Zeiss Binos on the moon and Jupiter. It’s up against my Tec MC200/15 for the first time ever. 

 

Well lets just say in mono view on both scopes the TEC MC200/F15 wins the race but add a Bino to 152mm and it takes it to new levels winning the race against a monoview TEC MC200/f15 on this particular night. 


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 08:16 PM

I’m intrigued by the APM 152. I have a Tak FC100DL I use for lunar, planetary and doubles. It’s grab n go, is ready to use in a few minutes, and gives incredible views. I’m interested in getting something for DSOs, open clusters, etc. and a 6” ED or Achro might be the ticket. I do not want to stand while looking in an eyepiece so reflectors are probably not a good option.

 

Also, has anyone used the APM with night vision? This is something I also might considerin the future. 



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 09:30 PM

The more I use mine, the more I love it. I've recently discovered, that a UV/IR filter is enough energy rejection to protect my Quark Chromosphere on it, even during long sessions. I initially didn't think so, so I didn't dare use the big gun for solar observing, but finally couldn't take it any more and took a peek for a few minutes. The views blew my socks clean off. I checked the Quark, but the nosepiece wasn't noticeably warm. I then saw that Daystar mentions that a 2" UV/IR filter in front of the diagonal is enough protection, even on a 6", so now I've tried it for ten to fifteen minutes and it's still not warm to the touch, so now I happily use it for as long as I want. I do cover the scope up during breaks, of course. The views through the Zeiss binoviewer and Quark are absolutely mindblowing. The details far surpass anything I've seen through smaller, dedicated solar scopes, no matter how expensive or double-stacked they are.

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

Thomas - what mount do you us with the 152?



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Posted 28 June 2020 - 11:59 PM

The more I use mine, the more I love it. I've recently discovered, that a UV/IR filter is enough energy rejection to protect my Quark Chromosphere on it, even during long sessions. I initially didn't think so, so I didn't dare use the big gun for solar observing, but finally couldn't take it any more and took a peek for a few minutes. The views blew my socks clean off. I checked the Quark, but the nosepiece wasn't noticeably warm. I then saw that Daystar mentions that a 2" UV/IR filter in front of the diagonal is enough protection, even on a 6", so now I've tried it for ten to fifteen minutes and it's still not warm to the touch, so now I happily use it for as long as I want. I do cover the scope up during breaks, of course. The views through the Zeiss binoviewer and Quark are absolutely mindblowing. The details far surpass anything I've seen through smaller, dedicated solar scopes, no matter how expensive or double-stacked they are.

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

The Quark has the 4.1 x barlow in it. Do you use additional OCAs to achieve focus with the bino? And what eyepieces? I am already having a hard time with 740mm focal length combined with 25mm eyepiece.



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Posted 29 June 2020 - 04:38 AM

I’m intrigued by the APM 152. I have a Tak FC100DL I use for lunar, planetary and doubles. It’s grab n go, is ready to use in a few minutes, and gives incredible views. I’m interested in getting something for DSOs, open clusters, etc. and a 6” ED or Achro might be the ticket. I do not want to stand while looking in an eyepiece so reflectors are probably not a good option.

 

Also, has anyone used the APM with night vision? This is something I also might considerin the future. 

For those coming late to the party, I may be worthwhile knowing that APM decided to discontinue the 152. The currently available scopes are the last ones - unless, of course, APM changes their minds.

 

Emil



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Posted 29 June 2020 - 10:54 AM

Thomas - what mount do you us with the 152?

A Vixen Saturn on a Baader Hardwood tripod. Both discontinued years (decades!) ago.  

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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Posted 29 June 2020 - 10:58 AM

The Quark has the 4.1 x barlow in it. Do you use additional OCAs to achieve focus with the bino? And what eyepieces? I am already having a hard time with 740mm focal length combined with 25mm eyepiece.

No additional OCAs necessary to reach focus with the binoviewer, as the internal barlow/Powermate/teleextender/watchamacallit takes care of that. I use a pair of 40mm GSO plössls and combination gives something like ~130-140-ish power. The resolution is absolutely breathtaking, if the seeing is good enough. 

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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