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#201 Heywood

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 08:11 PM

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Ron this one’s for you... 140FL #295 adjusting to his new surroundings. You’ll note new owner has a few accommodations to make yet, to include an adequate CW. Never fear, that is all under way.

No resting on new-guy laurels, first light pitted the TEC against a visiting 8” f/7 newt with a kick-@$$ mirror. TEC acquitted self admirably—there’s nothing like a big(ish) refractor—though no denying the aperture advantage of 8 quality inches vs 5.5.

#295 misses his former performance wheels, the Mach 1. But he is pleasantly surprised at the solid visual ride of the GM 8 when dropped on a G11 HD suspension!


Wait a minute. 140FL number 295? Yuri has not made 295 of them already, has he???

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 08:20 PM

Wait a minute. 140FL number 295? Yuri has not made 295 of them already, has he???

That was a typo.  He meant to say 140ED.



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Posted 16 September 2019 - 10:02 PM

There's a nice TEC140ED available now on the classifieds!  It is tempting but I am enjoying the scopes I own ATM. 


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 05:40 AM

That was a typo.  He meant to say 140ED.

Whoops, sorry for the cranial malfunction, corrected!  Guess I’ve got fluorite on the brain... tongue2.gif


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 06:38 AM

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Ron this one’s for you... 140ED #295 adjusting to his new surroundings. You’ll note new owner has a few accommodations to make yet, to include an adequate CW. Never fear, that is all under way.

No resting on new-guy laurels, first light pitted the TEC against a visiting 8” f/7 newt with a kick-@$$ mirror. TEC acquitted self admirably—there’s nothing like a big(ish) refractor—though no denying the aperture advantage of 8 quality inches vs 5.5.

#295 misses his former performance wheels, the Mach 1. But he is pleasantly surprised at the solid visual ride of the GM 8 when dropped on a G11 HD suspension!

It looks awesome, John!  waytogo.gif waytogo.gif 

 

I miss it, but I am better off with a lighter scope these days - there is less chance I will re-injure myself.  Plus I know you will appreciate it and take good care of it.

 

My "Baby" is in good hands!

 

Ron


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 08:52 AM

Whoops, sorry for the cranial malfunction, corrected!  Guess I’ve got fluorite on the brain... tongue2.gif

 

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 12:00 PM

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 02:16 PM

True.  But the cash which was earmarked for the Stowaway was diverted towards the TEC 140 plus a Traveler.  So I've already blown the year's scope budget, and more. grin.gif

it's funny how the astro-equipment equation works - it seems to be an asymptotic curve - no matter how much old gear you sell, it approaches but never quite reaches the price of the new gear!  laugh.gif


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 09:01 PM

You'll be back

Moi?

 

Well, I've been to rehab. Fully restored now thank God. No going back to dark times.

 

Have my dream 'scope;

 

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM

This thread needs a bump in order to keep up with the TAK regime ;).

After some search and a deal, that never came I will most likely acquire a TEC140 with serial 7xx in the coming week. This will (probably) complete my collection of APOs. I will post pictures of the glass.

 

regards

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 09:34 AM

My understanding is that, at TEC, Yuri Petunin's son, Nick, is now chiefly responsible for making the refractor optics.  Those of you who have Nick's optics, what do you think of them?  Are the recent TEC optics as good as they were over the past twenty years?  TEC140FL owners?

 

Thank you!

 

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 11:06 AM

Hi Michael - congrats! "after a quater of a century" laugh.gif

 

...let me guess…. Marcus´s one? smile.gif


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Posted 13 November 2019 - 12:07 PM

Still can't believe I sell my APO140ED, but the APO160FL is getting closer...


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Posted 13 November 2019 - 01:18 PM

 So I've already blown the year's scope budget, and more. grin.gif

 

Wow!  I want to marry your wife, sight unseen!

 

My wife complains are that anything that wasn't spent for cell phones, worthless pets, new carpet, new furniture, or even her weekly movie night out with my daughter is just wasted money...

 

Sometimes in a fit of insanity I wonder what telescope I might own today if I didn't own her...


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Posted 13 November 2019 - 10:42 PM

Buried underneath all of this is gear lies my TEC140ED getting ready for a long nights work. I love this thing.

 

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 01:03 AM

Hi Michael - congrats! "after a quater of a century" laugh.gif

 

...let me guess…. Marcus´s one? smile.gif

 

Still can't believe I sell my APO140ED, but the APO160FL is getting closer...

Ha! The world is small. Nice to see Marcus around here too :)



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 08:10 AM

I'm thinking of a flattener or reducer for my TEC140ED.

I was wondering what the TEC users are using with their TEC, a flattener or reducer. And which one would you get.

- TEC 140ED flattener

- Or the new TEC Focal Reducer Corrector 0.9x



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 10:50 AM

For a reducer, I use the A-P QuadTCC. .72x. Not cheap, but worth every penny. I also have the new TEC .9x filed flattener, but I have yet to install it. If you get the TEC FF get the new one because it leaves about 115mm of backspacing, the older FF has about 30mm less backspacing. A-P also makes a FF that I hear works great with the TEC140 and the advantage to that unit is that it mounts in the same A-P dovetail as the QTCC. 


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 11:10 AM

I also use the AP QTCC reducer+flattener. Imaging at f/5 is pretty amazing. It’s expensive and heavy, but worth it I have no regrets. The weight of the QTCC balances the TEC quite well in the saddle plate.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 11:31 AM

Buried underneath all of this is gear lies my TEC140ED getting ready for a long nights work. I love this thing.

 

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I noticed how you have the tripod set up.  Looks a bit like a mountain goat on the side of a cliff.  lol.gif

 

Jeff


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 01:05 PM

Thank you! I have seen beautiful images taken with AP QTCC and the TEC140. If I'm not mistaken, the stars in the corners are pin points with a full frame camera.

 

I wonder how the new TEC .9x filed flattener performs on the TEC140ED. Would appreciate if someone could share a picture of the corners with a APC or a Full frame chip.



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 05:55 PM

I noticed how you have the tripod set up.  Looks a bit like a mountain goat on the side of a cliff.  lol.gif

 

Jeff

lol.gif It was actually quite like that. The rear (SW and SE) facing legs were on a rock precipice about 6' above the path. I had to walk a tightrope around the gear to avoid falling.... So so so worth it. The sky there was perfect. Highest visibility and darkest sky I have been to yet. The west (towards SF) was even dark until about 28 degrees above the horizon. So I could image until about 6am. 



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 05:58 PM

Thank you! I have seen beautiful images taken with AP QTCC and the TEC140. If I'm not mistaken, the stars in the corners are pin points with a full frame camera.

 

I wonder how the new TEC .9x filed flattener performs on the TEC140ED. Would appreciate if someone could share a picture of the corners with a APC or a Full frame chip.

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


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 07:28 PM

My understanding is that, at TEC, Yuri Petunin's son, Nick, is now chiefly responsible for making the refractor optics.  Those of you who have Nick's optics, what do you think of them?  Are the recent TEC optics as good as they were over the past twenty years?  TEC140FL owners?

 

Thank you!

 

Heywood

Not that a sample size of 2 means much, but I previously owned TEC 140ED #295, and now own #724.  I can't tell any difference in the optics (for visual use only, no AP).  The only reason I sold the first one and bought the second was that I came across a good deal on a newer model in mint condition, and as I considered this a long-term "keeper" scope, I couldn't resist the chance to upgrade.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 11:47 PM

Not that a sample size of 2 means much, but I previously owned TEC 140ED #295, and now own #724.  I can't tell any difference in the optics (for visual use only, no AP).  The only reason I sold the first one and bought the second was that I came across a good deal on a newer model in mint condition, and as I considered this a long-term "keeper" scope, I couldn't resist the chance to upgrade.

Ah, but was it really an "upgrade"?  smile.gif


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