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#201 mogur

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 10:41 PM

That's why they have "Smileys" here. Makes it much more obvious when one is joking. tongue2.gif 



#202 starman876

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 06:26 AM

That's why they have "Smileys" here. Makes it much more obvious when one is joking. tongue2.gif

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 08:08 AM

In April of 2017 I joined the APM club. The selected configuration was strictly for visual work and to minimize weight as much as possible (e.g. a 2.5" focuser).

 

Thanks to an informative post by jrbarnett, I learned about AYO mounts.  And now the telescope presently sits atop a AYOdigi II that is relatively small, lightweight, easy to transport, but most importantly - sturdy.  I already had a UNI24, which reportedly is not as vibration-free as the more popular Planet, but still does a fine job. There is some vibration but not enough to be objectionable, at least to me (< 2 sec. dampening time). Maybe someday I will add another set of leg clamps (there is presently only one set).

 

The telescope been out on a number of occasions. I even bought a hand truck with pneumatic wheels to cart if from it's dedicated storage locker in a backyard shed to my vehicle. It even went with my to Florida this year. It was here that I had my most memorable observation (so far) and first ever sighting of Sirius B. However, I suspect that the exceptional winter skies from my niece's farm may have had something to do with it. Nevertheless, it was an extraordinarily challenging observation and I now understand why spotting this star is considered to be a significant achievement. 

 

Views of the planets are gorgeous, including the outer gas giants, which were noticeably more colourful (in a good way, I hasten to add). Views of the moon on those good Florida nights are three dimensional. And I will confess that I am not nearly as skilled an observer as many others contributing to this thread, but I'm slowly getting there and at my own pace. 

 

Attached is an photo of the telescope, set up for a magical night of observing at my niece's farm in central Florida. 

 

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 11:27 AM

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They also have capitalization at the start of sentences, and punctuation at the end. flowerred.gif 



#205 starman876

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 12:50 PM

They also have capitalization at the start of sentences, and punctuation at the end. flowerred.gif

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 04:35 PM

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#207 mogur

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:41 PM

Seems you have a new hobby. Melol.gif

Seems you need to get the last word in. I can go on as long as you want, or as someone once said, let's reel this in. wink.gif 



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Posted 13 August 2018 - 07:46 PM

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#209 mogur

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 08:03 PM

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 08:05 PM

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 08:33 PM

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you got that right


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#212 CHASLX200

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 05:12 AM

The rude post are getting old.



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:49 AM

The rude post are getting old.

You are right



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 09:00 AM

With all the kerfluffle over Jim Barnett's Sky-Watcher 150 ED report:  Did any APM 152 owners have shipping damage to their scopes, including lens element mis-alignment?

 

I haven't read of any, but I'm not on CN every day.

 

Mine went from China to Germany to The Swamp and still arrived in pristine condition.  The outer box had rub marks on it.  Honestly, I was pleasantly shocked (yeah, I've seen the video of delivery guy chucking a flat screen TV over a wrought iron fence!)...


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#215 hfjacinto

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 09:12 AM

With all the kerfluffle over Jim Barnett's Sky-Watcher 150 ED report:  Did any APM 152 owners have shipping damage to their scopes, including lens element mis-alignment?

 

I haven't read of any, but I'm not on CN every day.

I didn't



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 10:24 AM

With all the kerfluffle over Jim Barnett's Sky-Watcher 150 ED report:  Did any APM 152 owners have shipping damage to their scopes, including lens element mis-alignment?

 

I haven't read of any, but I'm not on CN every day.

 

Mine went from China to Germany to The Swamp and still arrived in pristine condition.  The outer box had rub marks on it.  Honestly, I was pleasantly shocked (yeah, I've seen the video of delivery guy chucking a flat screen TV over a wrought iron fence!)...

 

I've always been intrigued by this post, which claims some of the APMs have a lens cell that can fix itself after a thump.  If such a thing exists, seems like it would be a big selling point.

 

https://www.cloudyni...back/?p=8182869



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 11:06 AM

You are right

The one line posts that add no value to the thread are getting old.



#218 jay.i

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 11:52 AM

The one line posts that add no value to the thread are getting old.

The bickering itself is getting old. Be the bigger person and leave it alone.


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Posted 14 August 2018 - 01:08 PM

With all the kerfluffle over Jim Barnett's Sky-Watcher 150 ED report:  Did any APM 152 owners have shipping damage to their scopes, including lens element mis-alignment?

 

I haven't read of any, but I'm not on CN every day.

 

Mine went from China to Germany to The Swamp and still arrived in pristine condition.  The outer box had rub marks on it.  Honestly, I was pleasantly shocked (yeah, I've seen the video of delivery guy chucking a flat screen TV over a wrought iron fence!)...

Mine just arrived today. Tjekked the alignment with a chesire. Its spot on as I can see. It is indeed well packed. Great job APM. waytogo.gif 


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#220 mogur

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 05:21 PM

The bickering itself is getting old. Be the bigger person and leave it alone.

You know what, I agree. This will be my last post regarding the issue. Let's hope the other party reciprocates.



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 05:56 PM

Be nice to have a scope you can bump into collimation. It's off a little so lets bang on the OTA and BOOM it is perfect.



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:05 PM

well mine is here.  will unpack it later. Nice big box.  

 

 

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:16 PM

well mine is here. will unpack it later. Nice big box.


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Where have I seen that box before :)

Congrats Johann!!!

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:17 PM

Excellent, Johann!  Unpack that puppy, and set it up!



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:27 PM

Where have I seen that box before smile.gif

Congrats Johann!!!

Thanks.  Looks like it is double boxed.

 

Zygo test report brings it in at .952 strehl.

 

That will work for $2500


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