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#26 jay.i

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:01 PM

My latest acquisition, FC-100DF.

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#27 jay.i

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:03 PM

Last one for now... EON120.

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:04 PM

Jay, I really like that FC-100DF (well, truly I like all of your scopes that you've posted pics of)!  Is that dewshield fixed or sliding?



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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:08 PM

Definitely up for revisiting old friends and meeting new ones...and their refractors of course! Here are a few pix of mine:

 

TEC 140 in the observatory with my EdgeHD 1100

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SW100ED Pro at the beach

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Trusty ES 80ED grab-n-go 

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Like Scott, I don't think I ever met a refractor I didn't like smile.png

 

Clear Skies,

Brian snoopy2.gif


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#30 jay.i

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:09 PM

Jay, I really like that FC-100DF (well, truly I like all of your scopes that you've posted pics of)!  Is that dewshield fixed or sliding?

Thanks Scott :) I like them all too, even the ones no longer with me. The dew shield is fixed, but, as much as I like compact OTAs, I accepted the notion that I almost certainly won't be flying with it, and though I technically COULD if I removed the focuser and dew shield, just barely, I don't need an OTA that is carry-on sized. It's more than small enough for car travel, though I haven't had to debate bringing it on a road trip or anything where space would be at a premium. I don't foresee that for quite some time though.

 

Doesn't mean I'm not lusting after the better-corrected FC-100DZ with a sliding dew shield. It came out like 2 weeks after I got the DF... crazy.gif But I will remain strong!!


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:30 PM

No big deal really for a scope that small.  I was mainly just curious.  My FS-102 is just like that, with a fixed dew shield.  At one point I toyed with the idea of replacing it with a FS-102NSV (with sliding dew shield), but don't have any desire to do that any more.  The FS-102 is just too good optically to replace, and if I really want to travel with a scope I've got smaller ones that are better suited for that purpose.



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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:38 PM

LUNT 100 SS Ha Solar Scope.

 

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:42 PM

One of my all-time favorite refractors, the Takahashi TSA 120.

 

The TSA 120 is sometimes used with the LUNT 100 above on a twin alt/az mount for solar white light with the Tak and solar Ha viewing with the LUNT.

 

Bob

 

 

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:43 PM

Bob--beautiful scopes!  You've got the best of all possible worlds, for day and night. :ubetcha:



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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:45 PM

 

 

So, do you think I like refractors or what? grin.gif

 

Jeff

No, I think you have a problem. One I wish I could have.


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 05:53 PM

Bob--beautiful scopes!  You've got the best of all possible worlds, for day and night. ubetcha.gif

Thanks.

 

Here in PA the LUNT 100 gets used a lot in the summer with decent AM seeing, as summer nights can be iffy at best.

 

With its superb optics and very reasonable portability, the Tak 120 is my most used scope. The Tak 120 gets used for lunar, planetary, deep sky visual, deep sky with an image intensifier and for white light observing with a solar wedge. So it’s a real workhorse scope.

 

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:21 PM

Here is an update of my recently acquired Orion 120ST, called Big Red! I modified the ota with Red carbon fiber wrap, a Red  WO 2"-1.25" Rotolock adapter and a WO Red Vixen Dovetail, used as a handle on the top. I applied some Red reflective pinstriping to help locate the scope at night, plus as an added benefit, the reflective pin striping shows the local police that I am at my favorite spot.

 

I took off the included single speed focuser and attached the Orion dual speed crayford focuser instead and attached a Rigel Quik Finder to the WO vixen dovetail at the top.

I am very interested in your tripod extension (nice scope too btw). I need to do the same for my long focus refractor. Is it a DIY, and  how stable/ vibration free do you find it?



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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:30 PM

Thanks Scott.

 

TEC 200ED is the big one, TEC 140ED on the right with a former TMB 152 F8 on the left.

 

A couple of newer ones.  CFF 160 F6.5 and TEC 160ED.  Both excellent samples.

 

So, do you think I like refractors or what? grin.gif

 

Jeff

Jeff,

 

I see you have a Losmandy GM-100.

 

I bought one from Scott back in 1989, I believe from the first run. These days (30-years later) a GM-100 would be too big for me, and my needs, but it sure was great when I had it. Lots of load capacity as well. A classic.

 

Bob


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:53 PM

Last one for now... EON120.

How did you mount the M2 to the Uni24?



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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:55 PM

Jay, I really like that FC-100DF (well, truly I like all of your scopes that you've posted pics of)!  Is that dewshield fixed or sliding?

100DF is fixed


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 07:28 PM

How did you mount the M2 to the Uni24?

The M2C has a 3/8-16 thread and so does the UNI, so I just screwed it on.



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Posted 27 July 2019 - 09:58 PM

The M2C has a 3/8-16 thread and so does the UNI, so I just screwed it on.


Looks like there’s an extension, I ask because I’m looking for one myself I have the same mount and tripod

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 11:17 PM

Looks like there’s an extension, I ask because I’m looking for one myself I have the same mount and tripod

The extension has the same 3/8-16 hole. It affixes to the mount using 4 screws around the base, I believe. 


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Posted 28 July 2019 - 01:54 AM

The extension comes with a choice of 5/8, surveyor's tripod, 10mm, GP, CG5, AVX etc. and 12mm, CGEM threaded in the bottom. The M2C head slips into the top of the extension and fastens with 3 1/4 20 cap bolts.


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Posted 28 July 2019 - 02:08 AM

What scope do you enjoy using more, the 123LZOS or 130 f9 LZOS?  lol.gif   Those are both amazing I am sure.

The LZOS123 is used for astrophotgraphy. I tried it visually and its quite nice. I used it only on the planets very recently. Before I was only doing astrophotography after revisiting this hobby after some 13 years abstinence :D. The 130 F/9 ist king on planets due to its better contrast! Different fields of usage.

 

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 02:51 AM

The LZOS123 is used for astrophotgraphy. I tried it visually and its quite nice. I used it only on the planets very recently. Before I was only doing astrophotography after revisiting this hobby after some 13 years abstinence laugh.gif. The 130 F/9 ist king on planets due to its better contrast! Different fields of usage.

 

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You have the short and the long.

What will you gain with a TEC140? A more portable option than 185 ?



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Posted 28 July 2019 - 04:03 AM

You have the short and the long.

What will you gain with a TEC140? A more portable option than 185 ?

I think I will gain peace of mind angel2.gif. This hobby has also become a collecting thingy. However, I might sell the short LZOS and use a reducer on the TEC140 giving similar focal length.



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Posted 28 July 2019 - 04:17 AM

My latest acquisition, FC-100DF.

Hi Jay,

 

can you reach focus without usomg anything is setup like that?

 

Beautifulll setup BTW!

 

Kind regards

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 08:26 AM

Okay  first off I like everything I see on these posts

 I  have to look into these TEC refractors   must see one or two in person

   So  I had the  FC-100(1990)    and this year  I added my dream refractor the FS -128

     posted some pics in Takitis but they also can be welcome here I would think

 

first pic shows  the FC-100 on the EM-10   a decent size 100

 next pic show relative size of the  100  and the 128

  final pics show the FS-128 on the EM-10 contemplating a bigger mount

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 10:19 AM

Hi,

I don’t think I posted these photos before so here goes.

C102 F at WSP 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me and my last me and my last night telescope Peach state star gaze 2017.

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