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#101 jag32

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 01:34 AM

Can anyone confirm if this finder bracket will work with the APM 152? https://optcorp.com/...se-only-fs50bkt

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 05:42 AM

Ok, Wednesday looks partly cloudy, although there is a good chance seeing won't be great. I'm going to set up the 152MM for visual. Here are the objects I am going to go to:

Moon

Saturn

Vega

Epsilon Lyra

IC 7662

M39

 

I'll also try to image the moon (as I won't be able to do visual and DSO AP).

 

I'm planning on using the following eyepieces:

31MM Nagler

20MM ES 100*

9MM ES 100*

5.5MM ES 100*

3.5MM Nagler

 

The diagonal will be the Baader Max Bright.

 

I might use a Celestron OIII filter for IC 7662

 

I'm not going to do 600 power or look for faint fuzzies, I'm 17 miles west of NYC the moon is a faint fuzzy wink.gif

 

Thoughts?

600 would never work north of FL.



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 05:43 AM

I also ordered an APM 152 tonight.

Who you get it from?



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 06:57 AM

Can anyone confirm if this finder bracket will work with the APM 152? https://optcorp.com/...se-only-fs50bkt

It might work but due to the curvature, the bracket is tight. I ended up ordering this for my finder
https://agenaastro.c...cuser-50mm.html

The finders without dual rings have flexure.

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 07:18 AM

Pearlescent white! Very nice.

 

It's like this scope just came out, with the level of hype and all. Between this and the SW 150 threads, I think most of us have been brainwashed into thinking we can simply not do without a 6" ED apo. 

 

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Syed, 2 orders have been placed yesterday. Did you order your yet?



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 07:32 AM

Considering that the APM has been around for a few years I’m surprised at all this interest recently. I believe that Sky Watchers release of the 150 rekindled interest in a large 6” ED scope. Coupled with a few issues that Sky Watcher had with the first samples and Markus price reduction really made it a good time to buy.  Considering the size of the scope I think there will be market saturation quickly otherwise lots of people are going to be getting new mounts smile.gif

 

I know I posted pictures but I want to stress a 6” apo is not small. The minimum mounts (for me) are something along the lines of a CGEM DX or G11. This is not grab and go smile.gif But man does a 6” APO look sweet smile.gif

 

 

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 07:53 AM

Now Markus can feel better. Would like to hear reports about optical performance though. 


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 07:57 AM

Now Markus can feel better. Would like to hear reports about optical performance though. 

I live in NJ,  this is my weather forecast. Wednesday looks good for a first light.

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 08:09 AM

For observing mine does quite well on my CGEM, and it is good combo for planetary imaging. 


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 08:12 AM

Yea, I’d go crazy. You guys have amazing tanacity with weather and we’re spoiled to the core here on the west coast. My Burnham’s Celestial Handbooks would have even more wear if I was on the east coast.  Btw, the color correction on Markus’s scopes is very good once they’re in focus. The main thing people need to understand now is the figure is what matters for any of these scopes, the SW as well. The issue is not the color correction so much.


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 08:20 AM

Considering that the APM has been around for a few years I’m surprised at all this interest recently. I believe that Sky Watchers release of the 150 rekindled interest in a large 6” ED scope. Coupled with a few issues that Sky Watcher had with the first samples and Markus price reduction really made it a good time to buy.  Considering the size of the scope I think there will be market saturation quickly otherwise lots of people are going to be getting new mounts smile.gif

 

I know I posted pictures but I want to stress a 6” apo is not small. The minimum mounts (for me) are something along the lines of a CGEM DX or G11. This is not grab and go smile.gif But man does a 6” APO look sweet smile.gif

I think my G8 can handle it since it has the G11 tripod.



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 08:39 AM

For observing mine does quite well on my CGEM, and it is good combo for planetary imaging.


I should have phrased for imaging :)

For visual an Atlas or CGEM should work, I would recommend against mounting it on an AVX
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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:17 AM

It might work but due to the curvature, the bracket is tight. I ended up ordering this for my finder
https://agenaastro.c...cuser-50mm.html

The finders without dual rings have flexure.

What do you mean by curvature? Thanks



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:18 AM

Who you get it from?

Direct from OSO.  It was $2600 shipped ($2500+$100 shipping).


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:31 AM

What do you mean by curvature? Thanks


I have the 3.7” focuser, it’s curve causes the finder shoe to bend in s little, if you loosen the base the finder fits in fine but is slightly loose since I need a tight tolerance (no flexure for imaging) I have a tight base which makes the Synta shoe finder tight. I’m not happy with the finders I have so I ordered the new finder scope which fits as it’s the same shoe as my guide scope.

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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:38 AM

Who you get it from?

My God man how many people have to tell you where you can get one from.  


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:39 AM

I have the 3.7” focuser, it’s curve causes the finder shoe to bend in s little, if you loosen the base the finder fits in fine but is slightly loose since I need a tight tolerance (no flexure for imaging) I have a tight base which makes the Synta shoe finder tight. I’m not happy with the finders I have so I ordered the new finder scope which fits as it’s the same shoe as my guide scope.

Ah, I understand!  I ordered mine with the 2.5" focuser. Do you think it will have the same issue?



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:41 AM

That would have been my scope but they never called me with a price like i asked them to do.

The price with shipping is listed on their website. . Ijust ordered it from their website, entered my credit card, and it'll be at my doorstep in 72 hours.  It's 2018, no need for phone calls.


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:43 AM

I got an email from APM that the APM 152ED indeed uses uses Ohara FPL-51. The USA website is not correct in stating it uses a glass like FPL-51.


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 09:44 AM

As far as I know, the APM is manufactured in China but with specs produced by APM. Owning one I can state that the build quality is one of the best I have seen on a China made scope. The components used are not cheap.

 

 First biggg congratulations  on the new scope !!         IT will give you amazing joy moments.  

 Talking about who manufactured:  i looked at it and saw almost my TS 152 mm achromatic refractor. Everywhere same knobs , same dew shield and same d.s. cap, same handle to carry scope  smile.gif      So it's clear who manufactured... Kuming Optics and quality is  great ,  same like yours and mine,  we just  have different glass and focusers. 

 

  Cheers! Looking for detailed first light! 


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 10:14 AM

The price with shipping is listed on their website. . Ijust ordered it from their website, entered my credit card, and it'll be at my doorstep in 72 hours.  It's 2018, no need for phone calls.

When I called OSO they called me right back and I placed my order. Mike, who runs OSO has been sick and it is now getting better.  Maybe Chas called Mike when he was still sick. Mike is a great guy to talk with.  You can also order the scope on line.  The scope is in stock so thinking that someone else got a scope you would have ordered is complete bull.   However, you better hurry before the special price ends.  


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 10:16 AM

Considering that the APM has been around for a few years I’m surprised at all this interest recently. I believe that Sky Watchers release of the 150 rekindled interest in a large 6” ED scope. Coupled with a few issues that Sky Watcher had with the first samples and Markus price reduction really made it a good time to buy.  Considering the size of the scope I think there will be market saturation quickly otherwise lots of people are going to be getting new mounts smile.gif

 

I know I posted pictures but I want to stress a 6” apo is not small. The minimum mounts (for me) are something along the lines of a CGEM DX or G11. This is not grab and go smile.gif But man does a 6” APO look sweet smile.gif

Great looking scope.  After lugging around C14's for the last 15 years this scope will be grab and go for me.smirk.gif


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 10:59 AM

The price with shipping is listed on their website. . Ijust ordered it from their website, entered my credit card, and it'll be at my doorstep in 72 hours.  It's 2018, no need for phone calls.

 

The price with shipping is listed on their website. . Ijust ordered it from their website, entered my credit card, and it'll be at my doorstep in 72 hours.  It's 2018, no need for phone calls.

I had some Q's to ask.



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 11:25 AM

Hey, as I read the Intellicast forecast, tonight should work just fine for the planets.  I'm just saying. grin.gif



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Posted 12 August 2018 - 11:44 AM

Chris have you ordered yours yet ???

I gotta time it so I don't upset the CFO. ;)  But you've sold me.  :)


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