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AT102ED - on sale, has anyone used one?

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#1001 Jaimo!

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Posted 06 March 2020 - 02:08 PM

Poor Padres... Sad but true.


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Posted 07 March 2020 - 05:14 AM

Poor Padres... Sad but true.

 

By definition, San Diego fans will always be fair weather fans.  

 

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Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:13 PM

I'll be cloud-dodging tonight with my favorite grab & go kit:  AT102ED + Tak FC-50 + vintage Mizar SP w/ MMD-II drive system.  I got spoiled last night with my APM 152ED.  A cold front came through yesterday morning, so the skies last night were clear & dry -- perfect deep sky seeing.  Crap is drifting up from The Gulf tonight, and I may not get any clear gaps at all -- what a difference 24 hrs makes!!

 

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Between the cloud streamers seeing was 8+, and some gaps were huge.  Spent just a few minutes on the near-full Moon, then moved the rig into the shadow of our house.  Trapezium was easy, bright, & sharp at 48x with all Astro-Tech optics (AT102ED + 2" dielectric + 1.25" Paradigm 15mm).  Switched to a 2" Celestron E-Lux 26mm for 28x.  Zig-zagged from M35 to Meissa, field by field, comparing doubles & star colors between the 50mm F8 fluorite & 102mm F7 ED.  I returned to M35, and switched to my 1.25" vintage Meade Research Grade 20mm Erfle for 36x, and repeated the pattern.  Some CNers say that Nikon made the RG eyepieces for Meade.  IDK about that, but this is a great eyepiece for the AT102ED.


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Posted 14 March 2020 - 07:57 AM

I picked up this padded bag for my 102.,It is made by Neewer,.it's 35"×7"×8".,I got it from Amazon for $34.,It is meant to fold up so it has a soft bottom.,I wrapped some stiff cardboard in a towel and placed it in the bottom.,works all good.,The 102 fits in with rings and diagonal attached.,It seems well made and I think it will protect the scope pretty well from normal abuse.,cheers.,

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 08:37 AM

Dave, was that the only one in stock? I grabbed the last of those in stock and then returned it only because I found the Slinger brand bags. Adorama sells them and they are excellent bags. It was $17 for the 27 inch one. They have heavy duty zippers and canvas. I like the snug fit around the ota.

 

Nice! Glad it works for you!


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Posted 14 March 2020 - 10:04 AM

Erin,

 

Those Slinger's do look nice.  I started wrapping mine in towels and transporting it in a large rolling plastic bin that I use to pack most of my extra gear (got from Walmart).  I think the 102 will still fit in that container while in one of these bags...

 

Looks like you can get the same bag sold and shipped by Adorama but purchased through Walmart's website with free shipping.


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Posted 14 March 2020 - 11:13 AM

Brent-thanks for the tip! Darn-Adorama killed me on the shipping but it was worth it. The 27 inch is nice if you like the snug fit which makes it easier to carry without knocking against stuff. I can fit a 1.25 inch diagonal and eyepiece, but not much else, so if you want the extra room, I recommend going up one size.


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Posted 14 March 2020 - 11:37 AM

The Slinger looks identical to the old discontinued Hakuba cases. I have one and use it when I travel with the AT102ED. Mine doesn't have the retractible dew shield and still fits well. I can get a 2" diagonal and my RDF finder in there too.

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 02:12 PM

I ordered an SRA 26”L, link above, and will report.  48$ w foam block 22 shipping

That's the brand case I bought except in the 34" 43" size.  With the dew shield retracted, the scope fits perfectly without the need to remove either the diagonal or RDF.

 

https://www.sra-case...4-x-11-7-x-10-6


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Posted 14 March 2020 - 05:44 PM

I don't know if it was the last one.,I wanted it because I have a truck toolbox that I keep my 127 and the 102 in.,then I got the 120 and was setting the 102 on top of the others.,not the best set up..Now I am happy,,nothing will get scratched unnessasarily.,The 102 in the bag sits comfy on top of the 127 and the 120.,all is well.,

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 12:29 PM

Hi All, 

I drank the cool-aid here is my first post

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 01:19 PM

Be careful if you swap out the dew shield. When I unscrewed the unbranded dew shield it was on so tight it unscrewed the whole lens cell off of the scope and it was inside the dew shield. I had to push it out and screw it back on. This was after loosening the 3 small screws on the ring that tightens the dew shield. I called Astronomics and they told me to just screw it back on and it would be fine.



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 09:49 PM

Thanks for the heads up....

but after adjusting the Focuser and cleaning and re-greasing 

mine is flawless and absolutely beautiful

Dave


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 08:53 PM

I liked my fixed dew shield 102ED so much, I decided to upgrade to one of the newer sliding dew shield models.  Had it out this afternoon looking at the moon while the skies were still blue.  Even managed a hand held pic with my phone.  I think these are still one the best bargains in astronomy and punch quite a bit above their modest price. 

 

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 04:33 PM

Hi Everyone !  Received my AT102 ED back in early May. I love it, Just getting around to adding my number. Check me into the club ! #171.

         Clear Skies Everyone !

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:14 AM

Hi Everyone !  Received my AT102 ED back in early May. I love it, Just getting around to adding my number. Check me into the club ! #171.

         Clear Skies Everyone !

Does every box have 200 crossed out and replaced with 195.  I've since sold mine but here is the box it came in.

 

Dom Q.

 

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:28 AM

I didn't make any photos of the box, and it's up in the attic now...

 

Wow!  I'm coming up on a year with mine -- time flies!  I have zero complaints with my AT102ED.  Can't recall if I posted this pix...  Here's mine on my DPAC rig:

 

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It had a very good DPAC pattern:  Larger bars than my Tak FC-50, but tighter than my APM 152ED.  No bowing.  No edge curvature.  IOW, an excellent lens -- confirmed by star & sky tests.


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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:33 AM

My box has the 200 crossed out and replaced with 195. I assume the 195 is the number of units in that shipment... maybe they pulled 5 out for parts?

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Posted 28 June 2020 - 10:43 AM

From the first batch with the fixed dew shield.

 

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