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#376 weis14

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 08:03 PM

I joined the club today.  Not my first premium refractor, but definitely the biggest!  Can't wait until I get the chance to get it outside and take a look.

 

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 08:10 PM

Very nice—congrats!  I drooled over that ad on AM for a while. :)


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 08:15 PM

Very nice—congrats!  I drooled over that ad on AM for a while. smile.gif

 

Harmless drooling is how it started for me too.  Then, after about the 10th time I looked at it, I could no longer resist.  Thankfully, I have a very forgiving wife. smile.gif

 

I had been thinking I wanted a bigger APO for a long time, which is one reason I sold my 130GTX about a year ago.  Now I have the Stowaway and this, so I think my refractor needs are covered!



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 08:17 PM

Please give us a report once you finally get a chance to view through it.


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 11:48 PM

Harmless drooling is how it started for me too.  Then, after about the 10th time I looked at it, I could no longer resist.  Thankfully, I have a very forgiving wife. smile.gif

 

It’s an early symptom of Tecitis. When I visited Yuri’s shop in July and saw those 4-250’s lined up for final assembly, I needed a bib. Congrats on the 160FL, that’s a dream scope deluxe!


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Posted 19 October 2020 - 01:08 PM

You got the 160FL from the classified ad!  #50.   good job, it looks to be in pristine condition.  



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Posted 19 October 2020 - 06:57 PM

When I decide I need a bigger refractor then my NP 127 I want to try a TEC.



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Posted 19 October 2020 - 06:59 PM

When I decide I need a bigger refractor then my NP 127 I want to try a TEC.

If you do, you won’t be disappointed, unless the weight proves to be too much for you or your mount.  The TEC 140 isn’t especially big or heavy though IMO, but it is the largest refractor that I care to own.


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Posted 19 October 2020 - 07:29 PM

... so I think my refractor needs are covered!

Famous last words...  I have said that 3 times this year already.


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Posted 15 November 2020 - 09:43 AM

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.

I bought a TEC160 (actually two, an ED and an FL) recently and yesterday I placed an order for a ZWO ASI533 to try EAA in my Bortle 7 back yard. Are the AP and TEC reducers my only choices for the 160? Does a .9x reducer really get me much? 
 

One of the TECs has to go, soon. After several nights comparing the two visually, I saw no difference in optical performance. I was set on keeping the ED. Now, with this diversion into EAA, I’m thinking about keeping the FL. 

Is there a good reason to keep the ED instead of the FL?

TEC 160ED

86C88E5F CDD2 43FE 8A1C E35197356806
 
TEC 160FL
B86C71FE EEFE 4479 9C1C 6D8616ECD7DA

 


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Posted 20 November 2020 - 11:15 PM

I finally got a chance to take the 160FL out that I bought a month ago.  I was a bit delayed because the objective was quite dusty and I decided to remove the objective and send it to Yuri for cleaning and re-oiling (his suggestion).  Turnaround at TEC was only a couple of weeks and I finally had clear (ok - mostly clear) skies tonight.

 

I mounted the scope for visual on my GM811 mount on the Losmandy standard tripod.  It looks like the mount can handle it for visual (at least until my budget recovers enough to buy an AP 1100 or a Mach 2), but the tripod is not stable enough for my taste.  Luckily, the Losmandy HD tripod is pretty common and I've decided to ask Santa to bring me one.

 

Observing conditions were less than ideal.  There were a number of fast moving clouds rolling through and both seeing and transparency were below average.  I saw some surface details on Mars at 140x, but attempts to increase magnification beyond that were limited by the seeing and by the shaky tripod.  The Double Cluster and Pleiades both were great in my 35mm Panoptic and I quickly looked at a few other Messier clusters from my back yard before the clouds completely rolled in.  All in all, the scope looks like a keeper and it was an enjoyable night despite the poor conditions.  

 

Here is a pic of the scope mounted and ready to go.  Notice how small the tripod legs look with that behemoth on top!

 

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