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#126 Tom66

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 09:40 AM

Had a chance to attend NEAF yesterday but only for 3 hrs (11:30-2:30). To me, the attendance looked bigger than last year when I was also there on Saturday.



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Posted 07 April 2019 - 10:40 AM

Another question for NEAF attenders: any direct new from Astro Physics about the supposed 2nd run of Stowaway 92 mm in 2019?



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Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:45 PM

Had a chance to attend NEAF yesterday but only for 3 hrs (11:30-2:30). To me, the attendance looked bigger than last year when I was also there on Saturday.

Interesting Tom.  I was there from about 10am to 12:30 and I thought it seemed less crowded than last year.  Maybe it picked up after lunch.  



#129 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 03:12 PM

From Televue literature...

 

“Tele Vue Apollo 11 Specifications*

Development team:  Paul Dellechiaie, Al Nagler, David Nagler

FL:  11mm

AFoV:  85 degrees

Eye Relief:  19mm

FS dis. (Effective):  16.2mm

Coatings:  Glass matched multi-coatings on all surfaces

Barrel dia.:  1.25” with 2” thread-on adapter

Filter Thd.:  1.25” and 2”

Length:  4.8”

Width:  2.13”

Weight:  21.6oz. (1.35lbs.)

Total production: Less than 300

Price: Not available at this time

Availability:  Fall 2019

*Specifications subject to change.”

 

The eyepiece has APOLLO 11 and Limited Edition imprinted on it.

Here's an iPhone shot of the 11mm Apollo II eyepiece prototype with a 2" adapter.

I had a look through the eyepiece and the apparent field of view immediately seemed larger than that of a Nagler (85 degrees versus 82 degrees).

I also took a photo of Uncle Al sighting in the Tele Vue 11mm Apollo 11 prototype eyepiece using a Tele Vue TV-NP101is apochromatic refractor.

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#130 Pat Rochford

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 03:15 PM

From Televue literature...

 

“Tele Vue Apollo 11 Specifications*

Development team:  Paul Dellechiaie, Al Nagler, David Nagler

FL:  11mm

AFoV:  85 degrees

Eye Relief:  19mm

FS dis. (Effective):  16.2mm

Coatings:  Glass matched multi-coatings on all surfaces

Barrel dia.:  1.25” with 2” thread-on adapter

Filter Thd.:  1.25” and 2”

Length:  4.8”

Width:  2.13”

Weight:  21.6oz. (1.35lbs.)

Total production: Less than 300

Price: Not available at this time

Availability:  Fall 2019

*Specifications subject to change.”

 

The eyepiece has APOLLO 11 and Limited Edition imprinted on it.

Seems like a lot of design and engineering for less than 300 units.  Don't suppose this is the first of a new line of Naglers do you? 



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Posted 07 April 2019 - 03:53 PM

Here's an iPhone shot of the 11mm Apollo II eyepiece prototype with a 2" adapter.

I had a look through the eyepiece and the apparent field of view immediately seemed larger than that of a Nagler (85 degrees versus 82 degrees).

I also took a photo of Uncle Al sighting in the Tele Vue 11mm Apollo 11 prototype eyepiece using a Tele Vue TV-NP101is apochromatic refractor.

Here it is from the other side :-)

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#132 CaptKirk

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 04:27 PM

Wish I could've been there but life got in the way. 



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 11:52 AM

They had the new QHY600 there, and quoted it at "over $8000" when released.  I heard second-hand that ZWO had announced a similar full-frame CMOS coming at "over $5000," but it's not clear they are the same chip.  

 

I just got back and did a quick write-up on my blog, where you can see the QHY600 next to its massive medium-format cousins:  https://digitalstars...4/06/neaf-2019/

 

 

Charlie, Thank you, read the blog and nice pictures!

 

Bill, excellent post, thank you.

 

 

Regarding web page announcements, sure I keep up... but imo posting on the web does not always mean there is a real working product ready to field.  Then too, same for viewing prototypes.

 

Always grateful for folks that post in on what they saw, thank you.


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#134 Grimstod

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 01:06 PM

Show was great. Rumors about smallpox were just a hoax. Hope that no one was fooled by them. It was my first time so I cannot say if attendance was up or down.



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 03:40 PM

Al had a role in making optics for the lunar module simulator in the Apollo program, so it's logical he'd want to commemorate the 50th

anniversary of the July 20, 1969 first Moon landing by manned spacecraft.

 

What's unique is a long eye relief (so long, he used it with an eyeguard extender!).

 

Being unique hasn't hurt the sales of the 12.5mm Noblex/Docter eyepiece, or the 12.5mm APM, or the 9mm 120° ES.

Will TeleVue sell all 300 of them?  You betcha.


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 08:28 AM

What debuted at NEAF this year, other than the Apollo 11 eyepiece?  I heard iOptron was debuting the CEM40 mount.  Any others?  Any new telescope offerings?

Clear Skies,

Phil


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 10:03 AM

the moon hat

https://www.youtube....yPXfH_y8ec&t=5s

 

cloud break optics alt/az mount

https://www.youtube....V5Op2ONQw&t=13s

 

 

lunt's laviathon

https://www.youtube....h4Mf_eBhok&t=3s

 

Hercules Telescope Mount

https://www.youtube....h?v=Xxa442ro8qA

 

Ioptrons CEM40 mount

https://www.youtube....h?v=HfcMcvHpKf8

 

SB's Taurus mount

https://www.youtube....h?v=xhXQX5h8Sn0


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 11:40 AM

Thank you for the links to the great video's, nice work!, that last one (SB Taurus) seems to direct me to a google log in of some sort.

 

That huge scope from Lunt is amazing!  A truss refractor design, very portable.

 

Field de rotator for the Panther looks great.

 

Interesting seeing the CEM 40 and Lunt color scheme seeming to imitate the SB color scheme.

 

Before I clicked I thought that moon hat must be like getting a meteor helmet?

 

 

Much appreciate these great videos, thank you.


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 01:28 PM

I had a great time.
My purchases were made preshow and I went there to soak in the atmosphere and catch the lectures.
I actually won the first raffle on Saturday. A 9x60 Oberwerks binoculars.
My drive is 4 hours to get there so I left my house at 1:30 in the morning and slept in the back of my Honda Pilot about halfway. There was a few inches of snow on the ground in the mountains.
I have all the Televue that I need, so I wasn't caught up in the blem frenzy.
It was nice to spend 2 days attending the presentations and meeting good people from all over.
It was also nice to pick up my purchases and bring them home.
Total cost $60 for gas, $113 for a nice room in Mawah Saturday night, $49 for 2 day attendance admission and $20 for raffle tickets. Food was brought from home and free breakfast at my hotel.
So $242.The last time that I was at NEAF I parked in the vender lot without realizing it and held the door open for Howie Glatter.
It was his last year :(
I am happy to see that his products are still around.

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 01:43 PM

 

I had a great time.

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 01:53 PM

Great to see you as well.
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Posted 21 September 2019 - 07:23 PM

Hello,

 

 I may have a chance to go to NEAF next year and it looks the best two airports to fly into would be Stewart International or maybe White Plains. 

 JFK would be another option too.  Any thought on this?

 

Joe Wheelock



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Posted 21 September 2019 - 09:22 PM

Hello,

 

 I may have a chance to go to NEAF next year and it looks the best two airports to fly into would be Stewart International or maybe White Plains. 

 JFK would be another option too.  Any thought on this?

 

Joe Wheelock

Stewart to NEAF is about an hours drive, very direct all highways, should be trouble free (light traffic). If you can get a direct flight without paying a lot it's a good option. Westchester Airport (White Plains) isn't bad either if you can get a direct flight without paying a lot it's a good option, maybe the shortest distance, but a more populated and heavier traffic. JFK would be a nightmare. Your other option is Newwark airport, very busy, high traffic, but usually a cheap option. Last year and the year and the year before I volunteered to drive NEAIC speakers to and from the airport and the all arrived and departed from Newark, I think because of cost.

 

JMHO

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 10:09 PM

Stewart to NEAF is about an hours drive, very direct all highways, should be trouble free (light traffic). If you can get a direct flight without paying a lot it's a good option. Westchester Airport (White Plains) isn't bad either if you can get a direct flight without paying a lot it's a good option, maybe the shortest distance, but a more populated and heavier traffic. JFK would be a nightmare. Your other option is Newwark airport, very busy, high traffic, but usually a cheap option. Last year and the year and the year before I volunteered to drive NEAIC speakers to and from the airport and the all arrived and departed from Newark, I think because of cost.

 

JMHO

steve

Thanks for the information!



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Posted 19 October 2019 - 07:30 PM

I already reserved my hotel for next years NEAF. I think I may try to make it to the Friday events too. 



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Posted 20 October 2019 - 12:10 PM

Which Friday events are you referring to? The astroimaging workshop is usually considered to be a Thursday-Friday event, and are really a separate albeit related show called NEAIC. I think the other NEAF events on Friday are pretty private, for vendors and such, are they not?

 

Alex


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Posted 31 October 2019 - 11:42 AM

Which Friday events are you referring to? The astroimaging workshop is usually considered to be a Thursday-Friday event, and are really a separate albeit related show called NEAIC. I think the other NEAF events on Friday are pretty private, for vendors and such, are they not?

 

Alex

 

Yes - I've attended NEAF for 4 years as a vendor (Mag1 Instruments - Portaball) and Friday's activities are mostly setting up the display booths and vendor equipment.  Sky and Telescope sponsors a happy hour that evening for the vendors.  But its mostly a long day of travel and setting up.  Friday is not open to the public.


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