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#1 Compressorguy

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:35 PM

Not sure if this qualifies as “classic” as I’m not sure how old it is but I did trade classic scopes for it. TeleVue Renaissance 101mm x 550mm F5.5. I think this is an earlier one? S/n is 1093 and has the rear mounted cemented doublet/corrector in the tail piece. Traded the Fecker Celestar 6 and the 114mm ToHo(Eikow) folding reflector for it. Not sure how we each came out but we were both happy soooo......Also for me this seemed a lot more user friendly! The objective is beautiful, just some slight dust and the screw on cover was signed by Al Nagler, kinda neat. It also came on a TeleVue Panoramic Mount with an Orion Sky Wizard 2 and a nice fitted Orion hard case. I just threw on an old meade 1.25 diagonal and Vintage Celestron circle V 20mm erfle as I don’t have any 2” at this time. Should be a fun setup. Anyone have experience with this scope/mount?

 

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 05:38 PM

very cool :)



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Posted 07 February 2019 - 06:03 PM

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:17 PM

very nice looking scope.  Congrats



#5 Mr Magoo

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:58 PM

Sweeeet!



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Posted 07 February 2019 - 08:21 PM

Definitely a classic, I think those came out mid 1980s and were the first popular scope from TV.  They had the MFT for a little while before the Renaissance but don’t recall ever seeing one in person.

 

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 08:30 PM

Polished then balanced the tube in the clamshell. Tube seems to have some flocking material in it and is completely black on the inside. Had the scope out and the views were spectacular with a 8mm TeleVue Radian. Caught M52, M35, M37, Pinwheel and Starfish clusters, Pleiades, Sirius-some purple hazing around it. Collimation seems to be spot on. I’ve never used a mount of this type before and must say I think I like it. It was very easy and smooth to maneuver and the scope was very easy to just point at each target, no finder needed. 

 

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 10:09 PM

Nice, really nice.



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Posted 07 February 2019 - 10:13 PM

Definitely a classic, I think those came out mid 1980s and were the first popular scope from TV.  They had the MFT for a little while before the Renaissance but don’t recall ever seeing one in person.

 

Dave

Actually the MPT came out in 1982. (Multi Purpose Telescope)


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Posted 07 February 2019 - 10:16 PM

Televue flocks their optical tubes instead of using baffles. Beautiful scope, I think you made a good trade. 



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Posted 07 February 2019 - 10:16 PM

Years ago I acquired a TV Panoramic mount with my Pronto and I like it. I just wish there is some stop mechanism or bumper pad to avoid the front bottom of the OTA to touch and get slightly scratched the rare times that it gets accidentally tilted forward. If interested check online if the optional control handle that can be bolted to the mount is still available anywhere.

 

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 10:39 PM

Congratulations Scott! You will enjoy that setup! I have the Panoramic mount on the ashwood tripod that I use my two Taks with and the Gibralter mount and bigger ashwood tripod that I use with my TV Genesis SDF F5.4 (the one just before the TV101). I like both mounts a lot! I love the smooth motions and find them very stable.

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 10:44 PM

The "Renaissance" came out at the same time as Halleys Comet (1984) and interestingly a 550mm f5.5 with slightly better color correction than the Genesis 500mm f/5 that came out in 1988. Then came the Genesis SDF 540mm f5.4 (1993) with special dispersion front and fluorite rear elements for much better color correction. Then the TV101 and now the NP101. There was also a TV102 Renaissance.


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Posted 08 February 2019 - 12:41 AM

Trades are great.

 

That's a very nice telescope, but I have to ask, how did you upload such large photos?



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Posted 08 February 2019 - 01:00 PM

Trades are great.
 
That's a very nice telescope, but I have to ask, how did you upload such large photos?


I totally agree Chris. That’s how I my TV Gibralter mount, two eyepiece caddies (1.25” and 2”), heavy ashwood tripod, triangular tray, and pelican case. I traded my Unitron 128 Gem, clock drive, slow motion cable, and tripod. We were both very happy.
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Posted 08 February 2019 - 02:45 PM

Congratulations Scott! You will enjoy that setup! I have the Panoramic mount on the ashwood tripod that I use my two Taks with and the Gibralter mount and bigger ashwood tripod that I use with my TV Genesis SDF F5.4 (the one just before the TV101). I like both mounts a lot! I love the smooth motions and find them very stable.

Scott, that panoramic mount is marginal for the 4" Renaissance. Having sad that, if it works for you so be it!. However do NOT forget to pop the little plastic caps (It may not have the plastic caps) off the allen screws that hold the legs to the casting and tighten them! The panoptic I just got they were very loose, probably never adjusted.

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 03:13 PM

Here’s my 75mm x 1200mm Unitron OTA set up for H-alpha and riding on my TV Panoramic mount, (and also set up for white light viewing in the second picture) I put a Vixen saddle on the Pano and it has greatly facilitated its adaptability. I use if for quite a few scopes actually, but the 3” Unitron is the longest.

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 06:26 PM

I just wish there is some stop mechanism or bumper pad to avoid the front bottom of the OTA to touch and get slightly scratched the rare times that it gets accidentally tilted forward. 

I realized the same thing pretty quickly as well. Dug through the junk drawer and came up with a thick felt stick on furniture protector/slide. This will do for now until I can get a black one to match.

 

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 06:33 PM

 

That's a very nice telescope, but I have to ask, how did you upload such large photos?

Hi Kasmos, I use the imgur photo app on my iphone. I then copy the picture link and paste it into CN. It resizes it automatically. Easy peazy.


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Posted 08 February 2019 - 06:34 PM

However do NOT forget to pop the little plastic caps (It may not have the plastic caps) off the allen screws that hold the legs to the casting and tighten them! 

Thanks for the heads up Mike, I’ll be sure to check those!


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 02:46 PM

Televue flocks their optical tubes instead of using baffles. Beautiful scope, I think you made a good trade. 

That's why everyone flocks to Televue!!!!!!!!!!!!!bow.gif 


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 12:02 AM

Is it also why some people are baffled by Takahashi optical systems?


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 09:53 PM

Scott,  thanks for sharing! Certainly is a classic in my book and a beautiful one. Wow! Just gorgeous! Please update when you get a chance to use it more. There is something about TeleVue scopes. 



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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:50 PM

The double double fit completely in the field of view with a 8mm Radian and was gorgeous with pin point stars to the edge. Castor and Pollox were also nice as well as a couple other clusters the other night. Can’t get enough of how EASY this scope is to use. Even without a finder, hoping from target to target is relatively easy. Just aiming down the barrel gets me pretty close. Like a big finder!


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 06:25 PM

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