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#226 Scott in NC

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 12:42 AM

It was a cosmetic upgrade, but an optical equivalent.


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Posted 15 November 2019 - 06:32 AM

I am waiting for the new ZWO or QHY FF mono camera to connect the TEC.9x flattener, so I do not know yet how it performs. Have you emailed the TEC io user group about this configuration? https://groups.io/g/tec-scopes

Thank you for the link! Looking forward to your first light, hopefully you will get soon a new camera.

 

It has been a while that I have posted on the Yahoo groups. I will try if I can post on the TEC group.



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Posted 15 November 2019 - 02:30 PM

It was a cosmetic upgrade, but an optical equivalent.

Just poking at you Scott.  poke.gif

 

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 02:33 PM

As part of another evaluation, I revisited this combination.

 

I had forgotten just how nice these two classic guys compliment each other.  

 

What a satisfying system.  

 

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Posted 15 November 2019 - 04:02 PM

the 140 is one of the most compact scopes of it´s size

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 15 November 2019 - 10:55 PM

I recently joined the TEC family HARD. Just bought a TEC140ED and WO FLT-110 with the TEC lens over the last 2 months! Still like a little kid on Christmas every time I have one of them out:)

 

 

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 01:45 AM

To add some info´s about 140ED - #279: it was bought by the first owner in 2007 from the general importer here in Germany - so I guess it was made around end 2006 - early 2007 and still is in great condition - I´m the second after the first one sold it by aging reasons.

 

Weight is straight 10kg including rings, cover and TEC-dovetail - what is exactly the same as an AP130EDT f/8 but offering 10mm more aperture. Views are stunning and I like a lot that it can be grabed just with rings and dovetail straight out of the box what speeds up setup time a lot.

 

A test on an optical bench showed a very good correction and surpricingly low color - it´s a keeper!

 

It´s not too big and not too small and cools quiet fast - just right for a short session after a long working day smile.gif

 

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 02:24 AM

Chris,

 

didn't you want to decrease your number of scopes. Can't remember a TEC140 being one your scopes goodjob.gif



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Posted 16 November 2019 - 02:41 AM

I definitely decreased... ;)  that 140 (everyday scope since just some time) together with a first run AP130EDT (collectors scope) are the only 5" survivers :D let me see...

 

FS-128 - gone just before I got the TEC

Vixen ED-130SS gone

AP-130EDT #2 - gone

AP-130EDF-GT gone

AOM 130 - gone

 

have just too many but much more less then before a year :)

 

a well ok a Lichtenknecker 125/1300 arrived in between too - of course collectors scope and not comparable with the above :)


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 11:22 AM

Here's my 200ED with its new ride.

 

A very nice combination.

 

Jeff

 

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 01:39 PM

OK. I am going to come out of the closet here. I am thinking hard about a TEC 180. It would replace all but one of my reflector scopes (after all mirrors are for shaving) which are the Mewlon 210 and 250, and Celestron EdgeHD 14. I would keep the EdgeHD 11 for outreach. I do about 3-4 outreach events each month and it is TINY compared to the 14, which I can lift and mount but don't enjoy doing so.  I am assuming that it will perform at about a 8-9" Dob level accounting for contrast loss and central obstruction. 

 

Am I right on that performance level? How hard is it to lift and mount? How heavy is it actually? I am no wall flower but I don't want to face the same problems I had with the 14".



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Posted 16 November 2019 - 02:10 PM

TEC-180FL - let me think about it... - ah! yes - it´s just the perfect scope - the one to rule them all :D

 

With a long AP dovetail, rings and dustcap mine is point 19.8kg. So 0.5kg more then a CNC-LZOS 152 and 1.2kg more then a TOA-150B without it´s counterweight.

 

For visual just a DM-6 is enough if you are a bit tolerant. 

 

And it cools fast compared to a 200mm ;)

 

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 04:52 PM

Thank you Chris. I have a TOA-150 so I am familiar with it. Ditto with the DM6. I use the TOA on the DM6 actually. I will lift it later today and see how my bad shoulder feels getting it up to where I can put it on a EQ mount.

 

And thank you Kent for privately answering my similar questions I asked you in PM.

 

The reason I am asking is I am about to sell several nice reflectors and spend the equivalent price of a Honda Civic on a telescope so I am nervous and am seeking validation of my choice. ;) because I am being self deprecating but am serious about validation of the choice from the standpoint of peer review by those who have the scope.

 

Oh and a big dob isn't in the cards. I have owned them. They don't work for me. 


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Posted 17 November 2019 - 03:57 AM

Go for it doc, the TEC180 is the stuff dreams are made of. You only live once.



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Posted 17 November 2019 - 01:41 PM

Here's my 200ED with its new ride.

 

A very nice combination.

 

Jeff

Might I suggest a fence?.... Or else some lasers to defend that beauty from the mongrels and miscreants. grin.gif



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Posted 17 November 2019 - 09:07 PM

Cheers Alan.

Not lasers Jeff! Dig a moat and fill it with sharks with lasers! Will take care of any mongrels, miscreants, stray cats and wildlife that is coming to scent mark the pier too... wink.gif

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 01:05 AM

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Thanks to Marcus.

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 01:26 AM

finally waytogo.gif  - congrats!!!

 

...and more pics please laugh.gif 


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 02:06 AM

thanks Chris, will do :).

I see some changes in the overall design of the OTA/rings and the lens assembly compared to my former 2xx or 3xx scope. The optical quality of the lens itself by looking AT it is unrivaled by any scope I own.

 

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 03:00 AM

Can't wait till I have the "replacement" for this scope...
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Posted 22 November 2019 - 06:37 AM

Can't wait till I have the "replacement" for this scope...

So what's the replacement going to be?  Unless you're going up in aperture, this will be hard to beat.



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Posted 22 November 2019 - 06:40 AM

So what's the replacement going to be?  Unless you're going up in aperture, this will be hard to beat.

Never mind.  I just saw your previous post about your upcoming TEC 160FL.  Yep...that'll beat it. :grin:



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Posted 22 November 2019 - 07:01 AM

The first TEC I ever looked through, and I was hooked. I was lucky to have many nights with Bill's beautiful TEC160.

 

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 07:04 AM

The first TEC180 I looked through. It belongs to Tom Peters and I've had a few nights with this one.

 

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 07:06 AM

Another fine example at Okie-Tex.

 

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