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It’s a New Year friends, what scope do you have your sights on?

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#51 Chuck Hards

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 11:47 AM

Still downsizing, and need to kick it into a higher gear this year.  


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:17 PM

Still downsizing, and need to kick it into a higher gear this year.


Thank gawd I’m pretty much done now! And I’m not buying anymore!! I haven’t bought a scope since last summer.
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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:31 PM

Thank gawd I’m pretty much done now! And I’m not buying anymore!!

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:33 PM

I hadn't planned on buying any new telescopes this year, but have purchased seven in the past three months! Two of them were on my bucket list (3" f/15 and 4" f/15 Edmund refractors), four others purchased were impulse buys, and one that I had been looking for and purchased at a good price.

 

I think (hope!) I'm done for at least a year or two. Then again there is that other special one...  :-)


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#55 Chuck Hards

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:40 PM

Falling down the rabbit hole is all too easy.  Clawing your way back out takes sustained effort.  Saying "I'm done" is said far more often than it's carried-out.  

 

As long as you're having fun and not spending the rent money, why not?  


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 04:25 PM

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Hey, June and it will be a year since I’ve bought one. My buy one get rid of two really helped, I went from 30 down to 15. I do think I’m pretty much cured! Hope, hope, hope...


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 07:27 PM

I had my sights on a Celestron black tube 8 inch f/10 with Starbright coatings and I think

its one of the first with a removable secondary they call Fastar.

Well I guess I won it, I was hoping I'd get out bid because really I think my orange tube

is fine enough.

But this Fastar sounds interesting so I think it will be okay. Its my understanding you remove

the secondary, it detaches from the corrector, and then you plug in a camera and you 

can shoot at some incredible f/1.6 or something close.

The mount I think has worm drive too to go along with this Fastar system.

This is not new, it's been around for 20 years, Celestron's Fastar, you can see I don't get

out much.

 

Robert  


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 08:34 PM

Well I can be honest about this and very specific.  I would like to acquire bremm's Goto 104 and/or strdst's Goto 3" Single Axis Mount kit (both for a reasonable price of course wink.gif ); but a lost cause I'm afraid, so I'll keep looking for other opportunities.  Sigh   lol.gif 


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 09:43 PM

I had my sights on a Celestron black tube 8 inch f/10 with Starbright coatings and I think

its one of the first with a removable secondary they call Fastar.

Well I guess I won it, I was hoping I'd get out bid because really I think my orange tube

is fine enough.

But this Fastar sounds interesting so I think it will be okay. Its my understanding you remove

the secondary, it detaches from the corrector, and then you plug in a camera and you 

can shoot at some incredible f/1.6 or something close.

The mount I think has worm drive too to go along with this Fastar system.

This is not new, it's been around for 20 years, Celestron's Fastar, you can see I don't get

out much.

 

Robert  

I have two Fastar scopes (I don't use the feature, since I'm strictly visual). You need a Fastar (or Starizona Hyperstar) corrector lens system to replace the secondary, and then the camera attaches to that. It's specific to the type of OTA and needs a dedicated adapter for the camera.

 

One tip is that if you do remove the secondary, don't overtighten the ring when you reinstall it. It can be easier than you think to end up turning the secondary assembly and possibly twisting it off center in the corrector plate hole. It just needs to be snug.

 

At one point, I was seriously considering a used C-14HD, and then I realized that the logo on the secondary was about 70 degrees off from its normal orientation. The other tip-off was that the owner said he had to re-collimate it every time he changed back to using the secondary (because he kept turning the assembly).  

 

Regards,

 

Chip


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 09:44 PM

Chip,  What part of Mass? 

I don't have any give-aways in stock right now, but I can certainly keep a watch out for you....

Sent a PM.

 

Chip



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 11:29 PM

Working on getting my own little darker site to use my scopes.


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 09:47 AM

Well I can be honest about this and very specific.  I would like to acquire bremm's Goto 104 and/or strdst's Goto 3" Single Axis Mount kit (both for a reasonable price of course wink.gif ); but a lost cause I'm afraid, so I'll keep looking for other opportunities.  Sigh   lol.gif

https://youtu.be/SeldwfOwuL8. ;) :lol:



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Posted 06 March 2019 - 04:11 PM

I went to the big city and picked up my new C8 at Goodwill.

My first telescope purchase this year.

My auction bid was my absolute max, but I forgot about tax, and that was like cutting off my head with a ax.

I hope my new purchase is nice in the eyepiece.

 

Robert


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 04:53 PM

I truly believe I’ve conquered the classic telescope purchasing addiction. There was an RV-6 Delux for sale at a good price and only an hour from me, and I refrained from bidding on it. I’m an oak! 


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 08:00 PM

I had nothing in my sights for the year.  I thought I had the acquisition bug licked - almost a year without a new-to-me scope.  I have failed.  A scope will be on the doorstep next week.  In my defense, I did hold out for almost a week. 

 

It's worse than going to a cat rescue shelter.


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 09:19 PM

Oh, it's way better, Charlie! Scopes don't need litter boxes!

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 09:59 PM

Oh, it's way better, Charlie! Scopes don't need litter boxes!

  .... unless its a "Cat"! (my daughter has three furniture-scratchers... er, cats; me, I'm a dog guy).

 

Never cared for SCT Cat's myself, but have a keen fondness of MNs and, the next scope I have my sights on is the 10" AP Cat (MCT) I initially expected some 20 years ago.



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Posted 06 March 2019 - 10:19 PM

Oh, it's way better, Charlie! Scopes don't need litter boxes!

Excellent point.  And at least I still have more scopes than litter boxes.  



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Posted 06 March 2019 - 10:40 PM

Lol what's you refractor to cat ratio? I'm a cat person myself, but apartment doesn't allow pets...🐈


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