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#251 Allan Wade

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 07:08 AM

They start getting imposing in the 200 size. Big refractors are almost more beautiful to look at than through, almost.

 

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 07:13 AM

As much as I love the view through a big dob, I've never seen a telescope look as good as this big TEC.

 

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#253 Allan Wade

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 07:27 AM

So if you could own any size TEC, what would you choose? I think the 200, and definitely the 250 deserve an observatory, but the 180 is quite portable. I think it's inevitable I will buy a TEC one day because I like the brand, the optics and the build so much. Until then I'll keep dreaming about a big refractor and enjoy everyone else's experiences.


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:11 AM

While I don't doubt that the views through a larger TEC would be awesome, the TEC 140 hits the sweet spot for me.  It's large enough to give great views of planets as well as dimmer DSOs under dark skies, yet the focal length is short enough to still be able to give great widefield views with a 21mm Ethos or 31mm Nagler.  And it's still short and light enough to be very portable (especially if equipped with a handle).  It's honestly the largest refractor that I want to own, yet not so large that I dread setting it up.  I've only owned one for just over 6 months, but in that time it has become my most used and favorite scope. I can't see myself selling this one for a long, long time, if ever.


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:24 AM

Scott, I think refractors hit the sweet spot in the 4" and 5" size, and become more specialised as aperture grows. I like my 130mm apo and can't ever see selling it, because it has a lot of great qualities. I'm sure Yuri sells more TEC140's than all the others put together, for good reason.  


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:59 AM

Alan, if I had the cash, it would either be a TEC 160 Binocular Telescope, or, for a permanent setup, a TEC 180 BT


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Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:38 AM

Well, I'm a decade older than I was when I purchased my 140 (as a 40th birthday present to myself)...and I seriously considered an upgrade for my 50th...but life has a way of intervening and I am quite satisfied to keep the 140 until the end...but if money and other circumstances were not a consideration, I was thinking about a 160...

 

In the meantime, here is an old shot from out in the desert one night ca. 2015-

 

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 01:46 PM

Nice shot, Alan!  I'm glad to see that you're still enjoying that fine scope.  I think I've told you before, but yours was the first TEC 140 that I had ever looked through.  At that time I never dreamed that I'd one day own one myself, but 9 years later I was finally able to make it happen. :grin:



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 11:59 PM

My TEC140ED is just the right size for my budget. This is a life scope for me and I would never part with it - unless I were to win the lotto, in which case I would immediately put in an order for a TEC200FL (wouldn't have room in the observatory for BOTH! - of course, if I won the lotto I could build a bigger roll-off too!).

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 02:05 AM

My for me new and second TEC (after selling the first..) got a prominent place. The TEC has a weight of 10kg (+- 0.1kg) with rings/plate/handle and is really easy to carry/put on the mount.

The bigger CFF is 19.6kg and really heavy also due to its length. It is no match to the TEC and compared to my smaller scopes is a perfect blend of size weight and portability.

 

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 05:52 AM

Wunderbar!!!



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Posted 25 November 2019 - 05:43 PM

What I really like about these 'TECitis and Takitis' threads is that one can just drool over some of the finest examples of optical art, objects that not so long ago could only be bought by universities and government departments etc, without the usual argumentative banter that happens on some threads.  We really live in great times for this hobby of ours, to have scopes of this calibre within reach of hobbyists who appreciate the maker's art is fantastic.

 

Unfortunately for me, my budget for equipment has been spent and my wife won't give me any more money undecided.gif  ....... so I will enjoy these TECs through your pictures.... flowerred.gif Thanks for posting waytogo.gif


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Posted 28 November 2019 - 02:24 PM

I am on the list for a TEC140 and was wondering what owners who image use for a flattener on their OTA?

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 04:07 PM

QTCC from A-P is a FF+.72x reducer. This is a superb combination. I also have a TEC FRC.9xFF that I have yet to get going.



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Posted 28 November 2019 - 04:57 PM

QTCC from A-P is a FF+.72x reducer. This is a superb combination. I also have a TEC FRC.9xFF that I have yet to get going.


The TEC one is what I have in order with the scope. Might have to look at the AP one or Baaeder as well.

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 07:06 PM

I'm thinking of the TEC FRC.9xFF as well for my TEC-140ED. I haven't seen first light of the new TEC reducer. Not sure how it will perform.



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Posted 03 December 2019 - 01:28 AM

Repost from the CCD forum, but here is my second light image with my TEC140 and a QuadTCC. NGC281 Pacman Nebula in the Hubble palette. 

 

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 01:35 AM

Out of sequence.... but my first light with the TEC 140. NGC 6888 The Crescent Nebula in bicolor (Ha+Oiii). 

 

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Posted 28 December 2019 - 01:17 PM

Just got the notification from Tec that my TEC160fl should be shipping this month This is a great way to start the year.
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Posted 28 December 2019 - 01:32 PM

Congrats, Mike!  Hope you have plenty of clear, dark, steady skies in 2020 to enjoy it! :refractor:



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Posted 28 December 2019 - 09:52 PM

I am patiently waiting for April/May for my 140.

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Posted 30 December 2019 - 09:53 AM

Thanks Scott, I'm praying for many cloudless nights.
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Posted 31 December 2019 - 02:12 PM

After reading this thread I have all of you to blame for what I just did this morning.  I put a order in for a Tec140fl with Tolga!  Scott


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 07:40 PM

Happy New Year!  TEC 140 #295 on FTX V.2 #032, January 1st in the West Virginia mountains.  Classically nice transparency and LM, albeit pretty crummy seeing.  Hopefully an auspicious beginning to 2020!

 

 

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 01:03 AM

Happy New Year!  TEC 140 #295 on FTX V.2 #032, January 1st in the West Virginia mountains.  Classically nice transparency and LM, albeit pretty crummy seeing.  Hopefully an auspicious beginning to 2020!

 

 

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Nice looking setup! What mount head is that on you Losmandy tripod?




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