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#451 astro744

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Posted 11 May 2020 - 02:42 AM

Whilst any Tele Vue telescope can act as its own finder with a low power eyepiece it is still more convenient to have a dedicated finder scope as well as a red dot finder for initial pointing.  My red dot finder of choice is the Telrad (red target rather than dot), but not on my TV-101 for which I use a Starbeam as it fits one of the clamshell slots and also fits in the Tele Vue case mounted in position.  As a finder I typically complement my Telrad and main 'scope with an RACI finder but again not on my TV-101 for with I use a TV-60 mounted on a Tele Vue X-Y mount fitted into the other clamshell slot, (X-Y also remains fitted o the clamshell when in the case but not TV-60).

 

This way I can either use low power in the TV-101 and high power in the TV-60 or vice versa, (in fact the TV-101 is capable of a wider field than the TV-60 so which is the finder?  I use either a 60 deg or 90 deg Everbrite diagonal in the TV-60.  It's not RACI but I like the combination of the TV-101, TV-60 and Starbeam.  I typically leave the 24mm Panoptic in the TV-60 and a higher power eyepiece in the TV-101.  This saves me switching eyepieces in the 101 when I need a finder.  I use this on either a Tele Vue Gibraltar, Losmandy GM-8 or AZ-8 as they all the the weight well.

 

If you want an RACI finder so as to match up with a chart more easily then a StellarVue 50mm or 60mm finder would be ideal but I'm not sure if they have a foot to suit the Tele Vue clamshell?

 


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Posted 11 May 2020 - 06:18 AM

New to me, my 4th TV.

 

Now the happy owner of a TV-102 Renaissance brass OTA to go with my tripod. Currently, hopefully, decontaminating naturally in my lounge (of course). Bottle of Wright's brass polish coming from Amazon. I'll post some photos when it's all mounted on its nice Renaissance Gibraltar 4.

 

It is a heavy OTA! TV don't do lightweight, but my 120 Equinox with CNC tube weighs less!  The Renaissance is now my heaviest refractor. 

 

Focuser draw tube is black painted or anodised, not bare brass as for other Renaissance scopes, but it's focusing knobs are brass. Genuine Renaissance focuser, looks like, gold letters on a black label # 1064.  

 

The 102 came in its silver-grey TV case. Brown with red inside would have been good but the catches are better & stronger than my Genesis hard case.        

 

Here's a studio photo of one until mine is ready to pose... 

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Posted 11 May 2020 - 10:45 AM

Thank you all for the advice.

 

Since this is a "show" thread and not an "ask question" thread, I will move all the questions I have to an appropriate thread.



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Posted 14 May 2020 - 12:01 AM

I really liked AZ-GTi mount because excellent functionality.

 

・Televue 85
・Sky-Watcher AZ-GTi
・Linhof Twin Shank Tripod
・Anker PowerCore 20100 + Boost cable usb 5V-12V DC
・Sony Xperia XZ + SynScan Pro + Sky Safari Plus

 

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 05:02 AM

Hopefully I can fondle my Renaissance 102 bare-handed today as the 4th day since delivery.... try it on its tripod.



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Posted 14 May 2020 - 06:55 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

waytogo.gif Great to hear! Just bought one myself, waiting for it to be shipped.

 

Mint, mint, mint...I'm so looking forward to it.


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Posted 14 May 2020 - 07:17 PM

Here are a couple of images I managed tonight using the Tele Vue Genesis (non-sdf) on the Great Polaris DX mount. I used a Sony A7S camera for capture. Each image is a stack of 30 processed in Autostakkert and Adobe Light Room. They are super noisy and grainy because I was pushing the limits of sharpening and clarity, then pushed it even more. Went way too far. Just messing around anyway. But, I still like them. I still have a lot to learn. These were 30 second captures at f/5. Final images were heavily cropped, downsized and converted to jpegs for posting. The purple stars are somewhat exaggerated due to me messing with the color sliders. 

 

The Genesis and GP DX mount are just so easy to use together. I can't say enough good things about this combo!

 

V/R

 

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Wow! Just stunningly gorgeous. Far beyond what I would have expected.


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Posted 14 May 2020 - 07:25 PM

Here are three photos of my Oracle 3.  The first photo shows the hard case that it came in at purchase, the second has the included product literature and the last shows it on my home built pipe mount, paired with the Meade 8 inch SCT.  The eyepiece that was included with the purchase is a TV 26 mm 1 1/4 inch Plossl.  The Oracle makes a nice team with the SCT on that double mount.  

When I get my Genesis, I want to dual-mount it with my 1992 Celestron C8 on this: https://kwtelescope....mount-w-tripod/

 

As heavy and sturdy as possible, is what I want.


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Posted 14 May 2020 - 07:36 PM

Wow! Just stunningly gorgeous. Far beyond what I would have expected.

 


 

Wow! Just stunningly gorgeous. Far beyond what I would have expected.

Imaging at f/5 is soooo nice. Plus the flat field....the Genesis will spoil you in that regard. And the view through the eyepiece is mesmerizing due to the large, crisp field of view. You're going to really enjoy it. And thanks for the compliments on those images! 

 

Here is one of the Andromeda Galaxy I took with the Genesis last year I think. These were no more than 30 second captures from a dark site and run through Deep Sky Stacker and Lightroom to create one final image. IMG_4483.JPG Thanks again!

 

V/R

 

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 07:38 PM

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 09:21 PM

waytogo.gif Great to hear! Just bought one myself, waiting for it to be shipped.

 

Mint, mint, mint...I'm so looking forward to it.

Ahhh... nice! Mine is terribly beat up, from use... the "good kinda beat up"! And it still keeps working fine. The MoonLite focuser was a great upgrade, undoubtedly blasphemous... but functional upgrade. I still love and use that scope. Here's the retrofit pics, no doubt I've shared them before. By the serial #1010, I'm guessing mine may be the tenth one made?!    Tom

 

~click on~ >>>

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Posted 15 May 2020 - 05:02 AM

waytogo.gif Great to hear! Just bought one myself, waiting for it to be shipped.

 

Mint, mint, mint...I'm so looking forward to it.

For wide field viewing the originals are great! With higher power I use a Baader semi-apo filter which gives more CA filtering.

 

I would grab a SDF if I saw one for sale. 


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Posted 15 May 2020 - 08:41 AM

For wide field viewing the originals are great! With higher power I use a Baader semi-apo filter which gives more CA filtering.

 

I would grab a SDF if I saw one for sale. 

Hi 25585,

 

What kind of filter to be precise? I've seen those on the KW Telescope site, but they come in different "intensities."



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Posted 15 May 2020 - 10:40 AM

Hi 25585,

 

What kind of filter to be precise? I've seen those on the KW Telescope site, but they come in different "intensities."

This particular filter https://www.baader-p...apo-filter.html


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Posted 15 May 2020 - 04:39 PM

Hi Mike, 

 

I have a Comet Halley Commemorative Renaissance. Mine is F/5.5, on an early version of the Televue mount that looks more like the Panoramic today. There is no attachment provided for a finder on this scope and the tripod legs do not telescope, for the lack of a better word. Did all of the Messier and Herschel 400 lists with it.


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Posted 15 May 2020 - 04:54 PM

I sold my Genesis SDF awhile ago and immediately regretted it. I picked this almost new NP101 up recently and really like it. The vivid bright views are mesmerizing. 

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Posted 16 May 2020 - 05:16 AM

I sold my Genesis SDF awhile ago and immediately regretted it. I picked this almost new NP101 up recently and really like it. The vivid bright views are mesmerizing. 

That looks 100% mint.


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Posted 16 May 2020 - 05:24 AM

Hi Mike, 

 

I have a Comet Halley Commemorative Renaissance. Mine is F/5.5, on an early version of the Televue mount that looks more like the Panoramic today. There is no attachment provided for a finder on this scope and the tripod legs do not telescope, for the lack of a better word. Did all of the Messier and Herschel 400 lists with it.

My 1990 Genesis original has a clamshell with no mounting points, I use a 55mm Plossl 9x that makes the scope its own finder.

 

TV's original yoke mount was & is the Panoramic before it was named, mine still good as new. A Gibraltar 5 might be next.


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Posted 20 May 2020 - 12:09 PM

Installed a Televue Focusmate on my new to me Genesis. Feels very smooth and at 6:1 should make focusing the f/5 even more precise at higher powers. Now if I could just get a clear night to try it out.

 

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Did have to move the scope forward in the clamshell about 3/4” to rebalance the scope as the new focuser has quite a bit of heft. This will give you an idea of its size. It’s definitely solid!

 

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I have one of those on my TV-85. Came with it. I love it! Ultra precise for sure. Much appreciated on lunar / planetary.



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 12:27 PM

Agree. I have loved my TV85  like a family  member for about 10 years now, and will have it my entire  life. I would never part with it.

Same here!

 

 

Something about TV refractors that goes beyond their optics.

Yep. That unquantifiable something...


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Posted 22 May 2020 - 09:01 AM

Received my first Tele Vue 85 one week ago today.  It’s brand new, and my first refractor.  First light was Venus in deep phase.  I didn't know Venus was in phase, and thought something was amiss.  After a quick google, I laughed.

 

I sold my Meade 10” several years ago because it grew heavier with age.  This past week has bestowed several fine nights.  The TV85 reveals visuals so sharp and crystal clear.  Now I see.  I just don’t remember that kind of sharpness with the Meade.  Makes me question my ability with the Meade.  Really happy with the TV85.  It's surpassed my expectations!

 

Cheers!

 

Jim

 

 

 
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Posted 22 May 2020 - 09:10 AM

Received my first Tele Vue 85 one week ago today.  It’s brand new, and my first refractor.  First light was Venus in deep phase.  I didn't know Venus was in phase, and thought something was amiss.  After a quick google, I laughed.

 

I sold my Meade 10” several years ago because it grew heavier with age.  This past week has bestowed several fine nights.  The TV85 reveals visuals so sharp and crystal clear.  Now I see.  I just don’t remember that kind of sharpness with the Meade.  Makes me question my ability with the Meade.  Really happy with the TV85.  It's surpassed my expectations!

 

Cheers!

 

Jim

 

 

Gorgeous set-up! Will give you years of fun. Have had mine 20 years and never grow tired of it.


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Posted 22 May 2020 - 09:58 AM

Received my first Tele Vue 85 one week ago today.  It’s brand new, and my first refractor.  First light was Venus in deep phase.  I didn't know Venus was in phase, and thought something was amiss.  After a quick google, I laughed.

 

I sold my Meade 10” several years ago because it grew heavier with age.  This past week has bestowed several fine nights.  The TV85 reveals visuals so sharp and crystal clear.  Now I see.  I just don’t remember that kind of sharpness with the Meade.  Makes me question my ability with the Meade.  Really happy with the TV85.  It's surpassed my expectations!

 

Cheers!

 

Jim

 

 

 

Received my first Tele Vue 85 one week ago today.  It’s brand new, and my first refractor.  First light was Venus in deep phase.  I didn't know Venus was in phase, and thought something was amiss.  After a quick google, I laughed.

 

I sold my Meade 10” several years ago because it grew heavier with age.  This past week has bestowed several fine nights.  The TV85 reveals visuals so sharp and crystal clear.  Now I see.  I just don’t remember that kind of sharpness with the Meade.  Makes me question my ability with the Meade.  Really happy with the TV85.  It's surpassed my expectations!

 

Cheers!

 

Jim

 

 

Bought mine  1 year ago (on May 23/19).  #4116.  Have loved every minute with it.


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Posted 22 May 2020 - 05:37 PM

 

Bought mine  1 year ago (on May 23/19).  #4116.  Have loved every minute with it.

My serial is #4131.  Not that far apart.



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Posted 24 May 2020 - 08:00 AM

Attached File  IMG_1638.pdf   33.87KB   32 downloadsMy Oracle3 is still a great grab and go scope. Especially if the clouds roll in, or roll out. 

 


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