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#1 Mike W

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 02:27 PM

I'll start:

I have a Televue 102 on a Gibraltar mount, a Televue Oracle on a Panoramic mount. Since I got the Oracle the weather has sucked here but the 102 has awesome optics but not quite grab and go, that's why I bought the Oracle. Can't wait to stick it on my front deck and look at double stars or the trapezium while it's still visible.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:31 PM

Got 3. TV 85 is the newest. I also have a Pronto and Genesis. They all go on my Panoramic mount, one reason for staying with TV. The other reason is their strong build, very reassuring.

 

85 & Pronto are green, Genesis is ivory. I use the 85 most currently, bought new last year. Great grab & go. Not totally false colour free but good enough. I have bought it a better case, more padded, and it has its own eyepiece assortment.

 

The Genesis was my first refractor. It has served well for 30 years & still going strong.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:42 PM

Original Genesis, very early original 100mm F/5 Genesis... My recollection is that it cost me something like $2600, many decades ago... and was well worth it. I retrofitted a wonderful Moonlite focuser, still going strong.    Tom


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 03:51 PM

TV60, had it about three years, hardly gets used,60mm is just to small, I can set up a bigger scope in the same time thats far more capable, I looked at the TV85, lovely but heckish expensive in Canada, I have the TV60 up for sale now, Dave.


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#5 Mike W

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 05:08 PM

TV60, had it about three years, hardly gets used,60mm is just to small, I can set up a bigger scope in the same time thats far more capable, I looked at the TV85, lovely but heckish expensive in Canada, I have the TV60 up for sale now, Dave.

Aw c'mon, that's primarily a birding scope.



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Posted 22 February 2019 - 05:13 PM

I have a TV85 and it's a great grab-n-go.  Very capable, built like a tank and looks darn beautiful.  Now if I had some darker (and clear) skies, I'd be set.

 

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 05:14 PM

Oracle 3. It had its 30th birthday last October (bought it new in 1988). I have used it mainly on a Tele Pod mount over the years but recently purchased a StellarVue M2C which will become the primary mount.  Visually the Oracle is a treat - sharp, no CA, high contrast views.  I'm not an imager but have taken lots of good, unguided (DSLR) photos through the Oracle of the Moon and Sun using a 2x Barlow.  The scope's a keeper.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 05:17 PM

My TV 85 is still in my head, but hopefully will soon be near my back deck. Having a hell of a time deciding on mount though: a relatively inexpensive goto like the Skywatcher AZ-GTi,
Televue or some other alt/az on an Oberwerk wood tripod? Hmmm
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#9 Mike W

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 05:26 PM

Please don't turn this into a mount fight!


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 07:44 PM

I've been a Televue loyalist for many years. 

I own an original late model Genesis, a Genesis SDF, a late model Oracle, a TV 60 and an original Solaris. All but the 60 have Feathertouch focusers.

They've all proved themselves splendidly over the years. 

They don't get used much these days 'cause I finally pulled the trigger last spring and bought an Astro-Physics 130 F6 EDF as a retirement gift.

I keep saying I'm gonna sell some off but........I'm just a refractor guy.

 

John


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 07:48 PM

TV 102 with my AZ8.  My grab and go setup.  Love it.  Great with the kids.  

 

Cheers!

 

JMD


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 08:22 PM

I've been a Televue loyalist for many years. 

I own an original late model Genesis, a Genesis SDF, a late model Oracle, a TV 60 and an original Solaris. All but the 60 have Feathertouch focusers.

They've all proved themselves splendidly over the years. 

They don't get used much these days 'cause I finally pulled the trigger last spring an bought an Astro-Physics 130 F6 EDF as a retirement gift.

I keep saying I'm gonna self some off but........I'm just a refractor guy.

 

John

AP are great scopes but choose wisely if you off any Televues, you'll probably regret it. Enjoy retirement!



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Posted 22 February 2019 - 08:56 PM

I got a TV Ranger in 1998 and a TV85 in 2001. Got a Newt in between. Still have them all 3 and still use them. The Ranger didn’t see as much use for a while after I got the 85, but my wife likes birding with the Ranger so it still feels loved. I’ve had both scopes all over the lower 48 while traveling for work as well as camping. They have exceeded my expectations, especially the 85. Simple to mount and use, rugged, durable, and with great optics, it’s a lifetime scope. 


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 09:11 PM

Have had my Genesis SDF on Gibralter mount since 1995...love it!


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 09:11 PM

I owned a TV Genesis SDF, and a Pronto. The SDF is an excellent scope and I would have no hesitation picking up one again.

It can go from about 13X to well over 200x with out flinching. Of course the best part is the ultra low power flat field under a dark sky. Absolutely amazing view of the North American Nebula, Barnards E,  M31 and many others. The TV scopes are over built. I'm sure there will be plenty of them around a hundred years from now.

It makes me laugh when someone posts that their Skywatcher or ES scope is "built like a tank"  Obviously they have never owned a Tele Vue. 

 

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 09:18 PM

Well my Oracle-3 only has 70 years to go to reach 100!

Very nice SDF!


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 10:22 PM

I owned a TV Genesis SDF, and a Pronto. The SDF is an excellent scope and I would have no hesitation picking up one again.

It can go from about 13X to well over 200x with out flinching. Of course the best part is the ultra low power flat field under a dark sky. Absolutely amazing view of the North American Nebula, Barnards E,  M31 and many others. The TV scopes are over built. I'm sure there will be plenty of them around a hundred years from now.

It makes me laugh when someone posts that their Skywatcher or ES scope is "built like a tank"  Obviously they have never owned a Tele Vue. 

 

Steve

Classy set-up!


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 11:01 PM

You can see from my signature that I'm a big TV fan. I view them as modern classics. All have Feathertouch focusers.

The TV76 on a Portamount is my grab-n-go scope. It sees more use than the others put together.

The TV102 and the NP101 are both too big for the Portamount and usually go on a SVP or a CG5 GEM. Am looking for a heavier duty alt-az mount with slo-mo controls that can handle them. So they don't go out unless the effort is justified.

The images in the NP101 are very subdued and clinical compared to the TV102, which is bright and boisterous in comparison. The TV76 images are similar to those of the TV102. The NP101 is used the least, at this time.

I would be remiss, however, if I failed to state that the FS78 shows more than the TV76. On the same night, the Trapezium's E and F stars could be made out in the FS78 but were invisible in the TV76.

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 11:10 PM

It's that extra 2mm!tongue2.gif  No, Taks are very good scopes. Many have both.waytogo.gif


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 11:24 PM

Me too!

 

TV 102 with my AZ8.  My grab and go setup.  Love it.  Great with the kids.  

 

Cheers!

 

JMD

Started with a Ranger on a camera tripod I already had. Eventually went to a TV tripod. Then after getting the AZ8 I picked up a Pronto for cheap to use on the other side of the AZ8 as a finder / wide field scope.


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 11:42 PM

Have a couple NP101’s that I think will become a binocular scope. It’ll make one amazing dark sky MW sweeper.

The TV85 travels well and is really well built.

TV60 real is a fun scope. Yes it’s a 60 but you can take it pretty much anywhere.

 

Enjoy all of them, each have a role and they all are built to last.


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 09:01 AM

 

I would be remiss, however, if I failed to state that the FS78 shows more than the TV76. On the same night, the Trapezium's E and F stars could be made out in the FS78 but were invisible in the TV76.

I think there is a slight sample to sample variation in the TV scopes that I have not seen myself in the Tak scopes. I have an outstanding TV76 that out paces the TV85 on many objects, the Trapezium being one as in your example. I could see the E and F in the TV76 but only the E in the TV85.


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 09:07 AM

 

 

I think there is a slight sample to sample variation in the TV scopes that I have not seen myself in the Tak scopes. I have an outstanding TV76 that out paces the TV85 on many objects, the Trapezium being one as in your example. I could see the E and F in the TV76 but only the E in the TV85.

 

Not a scientific test, sometimes the seeing will affect a smaller aperture less. Also which Taks? 


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 09:10 AM

TV102 - satin finish

Gibraltar tripod - ash 21lb

5 head - larger bearing

Parallax rings, 3"x8" base with a 2" bridge

TV Starbeam - finder

TV eyepiece caddy, DM-18" straight handle, 2" Everbright and 1.25" 60° Everbright diagonals

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 09:13 AM

I figured recently I had too many small scopes to do them justice. So I set up a week long show down to determine which one I was going to sell. My idea back fired, as I had so much fun using them both over those nights that I figured I couldn't part with either of them after that. So I made the decision not to make a decision and just hang on to them both.

 

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