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#1 Scott in NC

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Posted 04 July 2019 - 04:14 PM

Let's see if this TEC-itis thread takes off like NHRob's Takitis thread did (which is still going strong after 5 years!).

 

I'll start it off by showing something that you don't see everyday.  And no, I'm not well-to-do enough to own two of these simultaneously for an extended period of time.  One of them is going to its new home on Saturday. 

 

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Posted 04 July 2019 - 04:22 PM

Astronomy Technology Today magazine April 2008. Photo of my TEC Mak. 

 

Wait, this is the refractor forum, sorry shrug.gif


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 04:43 PM

I hope this thread has much longevity.............

   who wouldnt want a TEC 140?

     I know I would        someday


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 04:49 PM

I hope this thread has much longevity.............

   who wouldnt want a TEC 140?

     I know I would        someday

I bought my first TEC 140 a few months ago.  A few days ago I found a good deal on a newer model, and the guy from whom I bought my first one wants his back.  Although my new one is 10 years newer, they're virtually identical, both optically and mechanically.  I guess when Yuri makes a good thing he's smart enough not to mess with it.  This is my favorite scope that I've ever owned, and is a big part of the reason why I just cancelled my AP 92 Stowaway order.


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 05:19 PM

Astronomy Technology Today magazine April 2008. Photo of my TEC Mak. 

 

Wait, this is the refractor forum, sorry shrug.gif

No worries.  There are plenty of pictures of Mewlons (Dall-Kirkham Cassegrains) in the Takitis thread in the Refractors forum, and so far no one has objected to that. :)



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Posted 04 July 2019 - 05:27 PM

I certainly want to contribute to the fun.  Here is a picture of my first TEC 140 back in 2010.

 

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And I definitely want to include my favorite little Mak.  These are what Yuri made first and they are still incredible telescopes!  bow.gif

 

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Cheers,

 

Ron

 


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 05:34 PM

And here is TEC #295, my current TEC.  Yes, I have bought and sold a couple of these due to medical issues, but I keep coming back to them because they are so good.

 

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Cheers,

 

Ron

 


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 05:35 PM

I miss my TEC-140.  I bought mine new years ago … #004.



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Posted 04 July 2019 - 05:35 PM

Wow...really nice, Ron!  Thanks for contributing to this thread.  I used to think that I didn't like the original black font on the first version of the TEC 140s, as I thought it looked a little too plain.  But it's kind of growing on me, and I kind of like it now.  As long as the optics are the same though, that's what really matters. 

 

And I'm glad that I've had the chance to directly compare a TEC 140 with serial # in the upper 200s (circa 2006) to a later one with serial # in the low 700s (circa late 2016 or early 2017).  As expected, they're optically and mechanically identical.  Sure, a comparison "study" with n=2 doesn't provide statistically significant information, but it's good to know just the same that there was consistency in both the models that I've been lucky enough to own.


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 05:57 PM

Ordered my TEC140FL in February.  Hopefully will come in by the end of the year. So much looking forward to it. 


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 06:28 PM

 

I'll start it off by showing something that you don't see everyday.  And no, I'm not well-to-do enough to own two of these simultaneously for an extended period of time.  One of them is going to its new home on Saturday.

 

Hi Scott,

 

I see a pair of TEC140EDs everyday since March 2018 :)

 

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I settled down with this configuration since Jan 2019 for daily use.

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Tammy


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 06:40 PM

What a shameless show off you are Tammy.

 

But I love it.

 

My heard, all ED versions but I did have the 140 ED and FL samples at the same time for evaluation.

 

First the 140 and 160 ED's

 

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Posted 04 July 2019 - 06:43 PM

Then the big guy, the 200ED followed by the "runt", the TEC 7 Mak.

 

I also use to own the TEC 6 & 8 maks as well.

 

I like Yuri's stuff.  grin.gif

 

Jeff

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Posted 04 July 2019 - 06:45 PM

Wow--Tammy, that binoscope is nice!  Since both OTAs have the same serial number and they say "binocular" on their lens cell inscription rings, I'll assume that TEC custom-made that binoscope for you?



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Posted 04 July 2019 - 06:48 PM

I really like that TEC 200, Jeff.  It's way too big for me to want one for myself, but I sure wish I had a friend who lived next door to me and owned one! :ubetcha:



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Posted 04 July 2019 - 07:56 PM

I certainly want to contribute to the fun.  Here is a picture of my first TEC 140 back in 2010.

 

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And I definitely want to include my favorite little Mak.  These are what Yuri made first and they are still incredible telescopes!  bow.gif

 

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Cheers,

 

Ron

Ron, what are the two screws on the right side of the Mak? I'm guessing that they're for attaching a finderscope.



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Posted 04 July 2019 - 08:04 PM

 

Wow--Tammy, that binoscope is nice!  Since both OTAs have the same serial number and they say "binocular" on their lens cell inscription rings, I'll assume that TEC custom-made that binoscope for you?

Hi Scott,

 

Yes, I  believe Yuri made 5 sets of TEC140ED binoscope from the last (?) 10 TEC140EDs before TEC140FL.

Other CNer has #1 and mine is #2.

 

In case you missed the thread.

 

https://www.cloudyni...40-binoscope-2/

 

 

 

What a shameless show off you are Tammy.

But I love it.

 

Hi Jeff,

 

Yeah, I was sick of other TEC bashing thread :)  Now I feel good now :)

 

TEC makes excellent scope.  If I were moving up aperture, I definitely go with TEC.

I enjoyed talking to Yuri during binoscope troubleshooting.

 

Isn't it awesome APO250VT binoscope some day :)

 

Tammy


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 08:08 PM

I hope to own a TEC 140/160 in a year or so! Love seeing everyone’s great experiences with the scope.
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Posted 04 July 2019 - 08:16 PM

Hi Scott,

 

Yes, I  believe Yuri made 5 sets of TEC140ED binoscope from the last (?) 10 TEC140EDs before TEC140FL.

Other CNer has #1 and mine is #2.

 

In case you missed the thread.

 

https://www.cloudyni...40-binoscope-2/

 

Thanks for the link to that thread, Tammy.  I must have missed it, but now look forward to reading through it (especially if it contains plenty of pictures)! 



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Posted 04 July 2019 - 08:18 PM

 

Yeah, I was sick of other TEC bashing thread smile.gif  Now I feel good now smile.gif

 

LOL.  Now that you mention it, that's part of the reason why I started this thread.  I needed to cleanse my palate. :grin:


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 08:42 PM

Then the big guy, the 200ED followed by the "runt", the TEC 7 Mak.

 

I also use to own the TEC 6 & 8 maks as well.

 

I like Yuri's stuff.  grin.gif

 

Jeff

 

"Refractors get prime real estate... Maks are relegated to the potatoe fields!"

 

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Beautiful scopes guys! waytogo.gif


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Posted 04 July 2019 - 11:51 PM

I used to own a TEC140ED for about 1 or 1.5years before I sold it to partly finance my CFF185. Now I am looking for another TEC140. It was foolish to sell. The new owner won't sell me scope back bawling.gif



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Posted 05 July 2019 - 12:56 AM

Great idea for a thread! smile.gif I have Taks, APs, Baaders, Televues but my TECs are my favourite refractors.

I started with a new TEC 140ED (number 709) in December 2016 and it was so good that I upgraded to a new TEC160FL (number 84) in November 2017 after only a six month wait. My TEC160FL is a truly fantastic scope. I have seen E and F stars on the trapezium so clearly and seen 10 craterlets within the Plato crater. I love it!

 

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Posted 05 July 2019 - 04:32 AM

I find it particulary interesting, that the painting on the end of the dew shield of every TEC seems to be kinda incomplete. It is visible in the pictures of each of the 140s.



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Posted 05 July 2019 - 06:17 AM

That's not incomplete painting. Those are blackened edges to eliminate possible reflections.
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