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#626 Bomber Bob

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Posted 09 October 2020 - 08:17 AM

Joint Pain.  I have ankylosing spondylitis, and I've suffered with inflammation & pain in my right shoulder for 20+ years.  A few months ago, it made its way into my left shoulder & arm.  When it hits a new area, that's when it's the worst.

 

It's actually easier & less painful to load my 8" F6 Newt into its cradle.  It's on a short pedestal, so no lifting above my waist; and, I can use my right hip to help position the scope in the rings.  Gotta have workarounds!



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Posted 09 October 2020 - 08:46 AM

We all need Wheelie Bars!!!
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Posted 09 October 2020 - 09:54 AM

We all need Wheelie Bars!!!

Ain't that the truth. I'm thinking hard about building a new, ultra strong tripod with big, soft all-terrain wheels permanently attached to two of them and a removable handle on the half-pier that would allow wheeling it around like some sort of hand truck (scope not attached). 

 

Something a bit like this:  https://www.teleskop...n-euro-EMC.html

 

 

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Posted 09 October 2020 - 10:59 AM

With regret, I'm no longer in The Club -- just sold my APM 152ED.  Hate to see it go, but I'm sure the new owner will put it to good use.  

 

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Almost 3 years with this amazing Big Six.  Weather kept it in the case more than outdoors, but about every view I had with it was memorable.

Same here.  Sold mine last year with the intention of replacing it with a smaller APO.  I still have my 6" RFT and my 4" f/15.5 Jaegers, but I'm considering replacing both with the Astro-Tech 125 EDL.  I'm trying to get down to one telescope that will be good for lunar/planetary and deep sky.  I guess I have plenty of time as the latest shipment to Astronomics does not include the 125 EDL.

 

The 125 would be better for planetary than the Jaegers, but not quite as good as the RFT for deep sky.  Perhaps an 8" dob to supplement?

 

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Posted 09 October 2020 - 11:24 AM

Perhaps an 8" dob to supplement?

 

If I didn't have my 8" F6 Newt, I'd consider a used / new 8" F5 -- seen a few on our Classifieds at a good price...  I have my vintage Edmund 6" F4 (aka, Stubby), but an 8" would have deeper reach at The Swamp...


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Posted 09 October 2020 - 04:53 PM

Perhaps an 8" dob to supplement?

 

If I didn't have my 8" F6 Newt, I'd consider a used / new 8" F5 -- seen a few on our Classifieds at a good price...  I have my vintage Edmund 6" F4 (aka, Stubby), but an 8" would have deeper reach at The Swamp...

I wish you the best on your joint issues.  I guess those 6" refractors must be fairly heavy and unwieldy to haul out and set up.  My four inch doublet only weighs 8 pounds but if I were to get an APM 152 ED and join the club, I would have it on a permanent mount so I wouldn't have to set it up each time.


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Posted 09 October 2020 - 05:13 PM

I have seen some folks make / use variable height pedestals -- has a hydraulic / mechanical lift mechanism -- lower the cradle to load the scope, then raise to a comfortable height...

 

Maybe when I have my Observatory...  [Yeah, Right!]



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Posted 09 October 2020 - 09:36 PM

I use different mounts at different times, depending on what kind of observing I'm doing, but I have several Wheeley Bars, and I use one of them with my APM 152 sometimes, especially when I'm using an equatorial mount...  Yes, I have rotator cuff and severe back issues, so it can be a lifesaver...  And my age, at 77, is beginning to be a liability as well.  But at least my eyes still work...  Better than 20/20 since cataract surgery...  Heheheh!  

 

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Posted 09 October 2020 - 09:43 PM

it is almost impossible to be part of this club, since apm has decided to no longer market this telescope.
I thought to buy one ...



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Posted 10 October 2020 - 02:17 AM

it is almost impossible to be part of this club, since apm has decided to no longer market this telescope.
I thought to buy one ...

They still have them in stock. 

 

 

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Posted 10 October 2020 - 07:22 AM

I use different mounts at different times, depending on what kind of observing I'm doing, but I have several Wheeley Bars, and I use one of them with my APM 152 sometimes, especially when I'm using an equatorial mount...  Yes, I have rotator cuff and severe back issues, so it can be a lifesaver...  And my age, at 77, is beginning to be a liability as well.  But at least my eyes still work...  Better than 20/20 since cataract surgery...  Heheheh!  

 

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Yeah, right now, it's not the weight that's the problem, it's lifting up & over about shoulder height...  OUCH!  Pain is so bad, it's distracting -- at a moment when I need to be not-distracted (putting the scope in its rings).  My Tinsley 6" Cass weighs a bit more than the APM, but it's short / stubby, and the cradle height on its original mount is over a foot shorter than the APM's.  Lifting height is lower, which makes a big difference.

 

I wonder is the scope curse works in reverse?  I've parted with my largest refractor, so are the skies gonna get clear...


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Posted 12 October 2020 - 08:32 PM

Sorry to see you not able to use the APM 152. People don't realize how big the APM 152 is.

 

Compared to a 120

 

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 02:07 AM

This telescope and the mount is fantastic. I just bought the EQ6-RPro to use with this APM 152mm.

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 09:19 PM

I've got Bomber Bob's old APM 152ED; I've taken her on a few dates thus far (crappy cellphone pic; the stool is what I set my battery pack on):

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 09:25 PM

My main interest is in imaging; here's a crop of M33 from October 17-18, 2020

 

Specs:

Sony A6300 unmodded
APM 152ED 1200mm f/8 APO/ED doublet refractor
Orion 0.8x reducer/flattener (not perfect on this scope; searching for better - any suggestions?)
Lacerta MGEN-II w/50mm guidescope
Hypertuned CGEM
Stacking & adjustments in SiriL, more adjustments in Luminar
84 x 76 sec. lights (a tad over 106 minutes of exposure; had to throw out 9 subexposures due to guiding issues) @ISO1600; a few darks, flats, and bias frames.

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