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#1 Blair

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 03:07 PM

Its is a well made scope.  One thing though which is good news I guess - I was told it is a FCD 100 lens but mine is marked as being FPL-53. 

 

It is suppose to be mostly cloudy tonight even though it is clear and sunny right now.  The curse looks to be still around.


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Posted 23 April 2019 - 03:22 PM

Congrats!

 

Not that it matters, but in one of the AT92 threads over on the refractor forum Mike piped up and said that the supplier had incorrectly labelled the lenses as FPL-53. It does indeed have FCD 100 glass.


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#3 Jim Waters

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 03:22 PM

Give us a detailed First Light report when you have time.



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Posted 23 April 2019 - 03:52 PM

And some pics.  Congrats.


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Posted 23 April 2019 - 03:55 PM

I know there has been a debate about whether FCD 100 is as good as FPL-53. If I do not see color on the moon and Jupiter above 150x plus it still snaps into focus then I'm happy.  I do not do photography so this triplet may be an overkill for visual use but I'm okay with that too.



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Posted 23 April 2019 - 07:04 PM

had to figure out how to post a photo.  Not sure if I have.

 

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 08:32 PM

I know there has been a debate about whether FCD 100 is as good as FPL-53. ...

 

 

If FCD100 is good enough for Roland's Stowaway, it's good enough for me.  People obsess too much over the glass types around here. smile.gif

 

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 10:35 PM

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#9 Blair

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 10:36 PM

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 05:24 AM

I need to try one out.


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Posted 24 April 2019 - 02:13 PM

Blair

Love to hear how About this scopes visual performance

It's faster than my TV85

I'm toying with this scope as the last of the small // fast Apo's I'll get. Befor I jump to slower // bigger ..Cat

Spoke to Pete today @ Astronomics today about this one

Thx


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Posted 24 April 2019 - 11:55 PM

I'm not an expert but have star tested scopes in the past.  I pushed this scope to 202X on Arcturus (using a 2.5mm Vixen Lanthum) and there were nice circles within circles both in and out of focus.  I didn't pay attention to the color of the star.

 

Even in my light polluted skies I was able to find M3 with a 32mm 1.25" eyepiece.  My eyesight is not the greatest due to age and damage done by diabetes.  So, someone with better eyesight will enjoy this scopes ability to do rich field (about 3 degrees FOV) and then be pushed to powers in the range of 100 to 200x (theoretically). 

 

The moon does not come up high enough to view until about 5 AM so will not be able to test the scope on it for a while.  Plus high clouds have moved in (typical for NC) and it looks to be cloudy and rainy for the next few days.


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Posted 25 April 2019 - 08:18 AM

What tripod are you using for that TW 1?



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 09:19 AM

a vixen tripod that I picked up sometime ago.



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 11:32 AM

I'm not an expert but have star tested scopes in the past.  I pushed this scope to 202X on Arcturus (using a 2.5mm Vixen Lanthum) and there were nice circles within circles both in and out of focus.  I didn't pay attention to the color of the star.

 

Even in my light polluted skies I was able to find M3 with a 32mm 1.25" eyepiece.  My eyesight is not the greatest due to age and damage done by diabetes.  So, someone with better eyesight will enjoy this scopes ability to do rich field (about 3 degrees FOV) and then be pushed to powers in the range of 100 to 200x (theoretically). 

 

The moon does not come up high enough to view until about 5 AM so will not be able to test the scope on it for a while.  Plus high clouds have moved in (typical for NC) and it looks to be cloudy and rainy for the next few days.

Very encouraging.

WF views I'll bet are great

Also nice that @ F/5.5 , you can push the mags up a bit



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 12:07 PM

Moving to Refractors for a better fit. 



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 02:13 PM

If FCD100 is good enough for Roland's Stowaway, it's good enough for me.  People obsess too much over the glass types around here. smile.gif

 

Alex

Its not just the glass. All Roland's lenses are legendary. Others need the better glass to reassure potential buyers. Or go cheap enough for low price to make sales.


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Posted 25 April 2019 - 08:00 PM

Beautiful scope, Blair!  Hope you get plenty of nice clear nights to enjoy it this spring.



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 08:51 PM

 Nice scope! I'd be fine with either ED glass  but it's a bit odd to have the wrong one on the cell. David 



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Posted 26 April 2019 - 12:53 AM

Beautiful scope, Blair!  Hope you get plenty of nice clear nights to enjoy it this spring.

Thanks Scott.  I hope the same for you.



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Posted 26 April 2019 - 06:28 AM

 Nice scope! I'd be fine with either ED glass  but it's a bit odd to have the wrong one on the cell. David 

 

Not the first time that a scope has been mis-labeled.  Remember the William Optics Megrez 90 f/6.9 that was actually f/6.2?



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Posted 26 April 2019 - 05:34 PM

Not the first time that a scope has been mis-labeled.  Remember the William Optics Megrez 90 f/6.9 that was actually f/6.2?

Mine says 6.9. But it is too short to be.


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Posted 26 April 2019 - 07:38 PM

 Nice scope! I'd be fine with either ED glass  but it's a bit odd to have the wrong one on the cell. David 

The issue is the original design called for FPL53.   We started getting it together two years ago which is when the cell was laid out for the laser engraving.  Over the course of two years the design changed to FCD100.  My assumption was that they changed the engraving to reflect that...well you know what happens when you assume.  So my bad for not double checking.  In the end I was just excited to finally have a finished product at the specs we requested. 


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Posted 27 April 2019 - 11:23 AM

had to figure out how to post a photo.  Not sure if I have.

 

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That looks like an amazing grab and go set up!  Easy to get out the door to observe.



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Posted 27 April 2019 - 06:23 PM

Yep.  I'd say right around 20 pounds which even in my weakened state (diabetes and lymphoma) I can manage moving around plus a triplet apo at that!




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