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#26 Fomalhaut

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 05:16 PM

Looks like they are going to offer at least one very soon... FL55SS

 

https://www.vixen.co...roduct/26201_4/

 

Ah, THAT could be where the wind is blowing from... grin.gif



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 06:35 PM

Yes..most definitely

 

 

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 06:51 PM

Been a fan for a long time......I recently got caught at a weak moment and sold my ED102SS to Tyson M which I am sure I will live to regret though if he enjoys it as much as I did that will make me happy. I still have my FL102S which I think I will take with me in the coffin and a recently acquired ED114SS (only reason I was willing to let go of the 102SS) along with a NA140 I have also had for many years.  

 

I had two ED102S's at one point with the intention of making a pair of binos with......When I got the FL102S some years ago I ended up selling both of them with the intention of acquiring another FL102S and making the binos out of them when the opportunity presented itself.....I missed one chance a year or so ago.....But I am sure I will get there eventually :)


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 07:40 PM

That's some nice optics. Do you find the spherochromatism unmixes with a green filter and you're able to get sharper inner rings vs a smear with a filter?

 

"Unmixes" is probably not the right word but I do understand the spirit of your comment.  Using a green filter rejects all colors but green; so you see the spherical correction at one wavelength.  When viewing only one wavelength, practically speaking, there is no such thing as spherochromatism. 

 

The filters you want to use are Wratten 56, 58 and 11.  The first two are green, the last is yellow green.  I sometimes stack 56 and 11.

 

The pattern is cleaned up somewhat with a green filter.


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 08:41 PM

I'm a fan- of the Japanese variants.

 

The 90F was my intro to refractors 20 years ago.  It still delivers the views. 

 

The recently acquired 81 is a super optic.  The views are great.  Getting a clean split on Eta Orionis was pretty cool.   I cannot wait for summer time Milky Way cruising with this tube.

 

What's neat about the 81 is that I can use a super light mount and still  have the superb views. 


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 09:09 PM

Another impressive little Vixen was the 70mm Fluorite. I still miss this one as my grab and go with driven mount.

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 09:26 PM

Vixen 81S doing some solar work in poor transparency. 

 

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 11:58 PM

Been a fan for a long time......I recently got caught at a weak moment and sold my ED102SS to Tyson M which I am sure I will live to regret though if he enjoys it as much as I did that will make me happy. I still have my FL102S which I think I will take with me in the coffin and a recently acquired ED114SS (only reason I was willing to let go of the 102SS) along with a NA140 I have also had for many years.  

 

I had two ED102S's at one point with the intention of making a pair of binos with......When I got the FL102S some years ago I ended up selling both of them with the intention of acquiring another FL102S and making the binos out of them when the opportunity presented itself.....I missed one chance a year or so ago.....But I am sure I will get there eventually smile.gif

 

Same here - sold my ED102SS recently and stayed with the FL. I always used the short ED and the FL stayed sleeping in it´s nice box.

 

 

The ED was very, very good but when comparing them directly there was no question which one is better. Last time when I took the FL out of the box I found it not much more unconvenient and so decided from then on to use it as grab&go instead of the ED - and let the ED go. Looked not back until now wink.gif

 

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... that ED was really a nice scope! 


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 08:43 AM

Yes, i am a big fan of the FL 102S. An amazing refractor ! textbook perfect stars. No colour infocus or out of focus on stars, Venus or anything else. Quick cool down. The only drawback is the focuser is not made to adapt 2" eyepiece older. it is 53mm. Impossible to make an eyepiece older with a 53mm filter thread and a 50.8mm (2") hole.

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 02:29 PM

Lots of folks upgrade the focuser so every once in a while you'll see a 2" Vixen focuser for sale.



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Posted 27 March 2018 - 05:17 PM

I put a Feathertouch 2025 on my FL-80S just so I could use 2" eyepieces as it was the original model with the smaller focuser.
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Posted 27 March 2018 - 05:51 PM

Big fan of Vixen.  I haven't owned their fluorites but, have owned a few of their ED apos.  Great optics!


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 07:26 PM

I sure am! I was hooked when I got my very first SS102ED then the FL102 f/8.8 version followed by the FL102 f/9 and various other Vixen ED models! Below is the f/8.8 version.

Me 2 lol.gif . ED115S & FC100DF that is. Color correction is very close. Hard to beat Japanese steel (glass). 

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 04:37 PM

I love these scopes.  I had a Celestron 90mm Fluorite from the early to mid 90's and sold it to Todd Gross.  You can read his reviews.  Big league planetary performance.  It could go to 550x during the day.  It was amazing, the image got too dim, it never broke down in good seeing.  I got a 102 FL F8.8 years later and enjoyed it even more.  Best 3.5 and 4" optics I've ever looked through.  Pinpoint stars and very little cool down time with very light tube assembly.  What's not to like?  The original focusers were not very good.


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Posted 28 March 2018 - 04:45 PM

I have the 1980's Celestron version of the 80mm. Takes 250x plus on doubles with ease.

 Gerry



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Posted 28 March 2018 - 08:07 PM

A while back I had three ED's

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Posted 28 March 2018 - 10:18 PM

Oh yes.

First serious scope was an FL102S. It is 100% responsible for my fluorite fervor.

Then I had the very uncommon DED108SS.

And an 81Ssf

Loved them all. The 108SS was plagued by the bloated star issue, but it was still something special.

But... then the Tak Monster bit me....
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Posted 29 March 2018 - 09:09 AM

I traded a wonderful Takahashi FS-102 for a C102F years ago. The Celestron fluorite became my most used scope for quite a while. It was on an old, well traveled Vixen Super Polaris and could be carried outside in a matter of minutes. The optics are superb in every way. I did add a Moonlight focuser at some point which was a step up from stock. My only complaint is the rather easy to cross thread dew shield. Every indication is that it will be here for life! 

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 11:13 AM

I traded a wonderful Takahashi FS-102 for a C102F years ago. The Celestron fluorite became my most used scope for quite a while. It was on an old, well traveled Vixen Super Polaris and could be carried outside in a matter of minutes. The optics are superb in every way. I did add a Moonlight focuser at some point which was a step up from stock. My only complaint is the rather easy to cross thread dew shield. Every indication is that it will be here for life! 

My scopes have frosted up before when bringing them inside from the cold, but that much frost on a lovely scope while it's outside would make me uncomfortable. Did you leave that out all night or what?


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Posted 29 March 2018 - 11:58 AM

I traded a wonderful Takahashi FS-102 for a C102F years ago. The Celestron fluorite became my most used scope for quite a while. It was on an old, well traveled Vixen Super Polaris and could be carried outside in a matter of minutes. The optics are superb in every way. I did add a Moonlight focuser at some point which was a step up from stock. My only complaint is the rather easy to cross thread dew shield. Every indication is that it will be here for life! 

Nice scope Larry.

 

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 05:09 PM

Rolo - recognize it? 

 

Jay.i - it may well have been out all night. The seeing here often improves in the late night/wee morning hours and i get up, check it, and often wait a while and check again. Bringing the scope in and out repeatedly is not realistic as the house is in the low 60s and the deck the 30s or less. Plus, I often find myself still at the eyepiece as dawn begins. Everything is capped and I have never had an issue with the optics except an eyepiece occasionally fogging up when my eye is too close. This summer I am building a rolloff observatory and the scopes will Remain closer to ambient temps!but have better protection from dew. 

 

It was far far worse when I lived a hundred yards from the Ocean in So Cal. When I left a scope out to cool to ambient temperatures I often ended up soaked from the dew pouring off of the tube. I almost installed a drip ring.....


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Posted 29 March 2018 - 05:45 PM

My 1995 Vixen FL80S is my most versatile grab & go -- especially with a 6-eyepiece UNITRON Unihex attached -- on a vintage Vixen Polaris mount (only needs one counterweight):

 

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From 15x to 300x, the views are probably as perfect for its aperture as I'll ever see.


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Posted 29 March 2018 - 05:59 PM

I traded a wonderful Takahashi FS-102 for a C102F years ago. The Celestron fluorite became my most used scope for quite a while. It was on an old, well traveled Vixen Super Polaris and could be carried outside in a matter of minutes. The optics are superb in every way. I did add a Moonlight focuser at some point which was a step up from stock. My only complaint is the rather easy to cross thread dew shield. Every indication is that it will be here for life! 

This scope and mount bring back lots of wonderful memories.

 

Thanks for sharing your photo!  waytogo.gif 

 

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 07:39 PM

Hi Ron,

 

I enjoyed your comment, and it really hit home. Astronomy is a very personal adventure, and yet for me it is not only the many nights I have been out alone at the eyepiece marveling at the night sky, but also the memories of sharing the adventure with friends, family, and strangers. The C102F has been a part of so many shared experiences that I have lost track, and just looking at it takes me back to so many memories. One was the night a friend and his wife flew up and she looked at Saturn for the first time through the Celestron. She actually gasped at the image! Another was the last minute decision to haul it along for the total eclipse last July. It did double duty with my good friend Andy Sedlacek doing sky tours at night, then as a solar scope with a Herschel wedge during the day. My friends Oleg (from Ukraine) and Sasha  (Russian astrophysicist at the eyepiece) enjoying a look at the sun.

 

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Posted 29 March 2018 - 11:08 PM

Very nice collection of Vixen's here!

 

Maybe it is common knowledge but I wonder why Vixen decided to stop using Fuorite in their scopes? Maybe they didn't with the ED80SF but i can not find anything about the use of fluorite or not. I think when they do use fluorite, the would mention it, wouldn't they?


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