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#626 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 05:58 PM

  Yea, I have this running around the house...Everything off the floor....They are not all scope related, just a storage place for em...

Talk about cuteness overload. laugh.gif


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 06:01 PM

Tall about cuteness overload. laugh.gif

 She's a terror !!!



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Posted 04 January 2020 - 07:20 PM

 My Evostar 72ED. All wired up, I only need one USB and one 12v power to the mount.
 
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#629 Jeff L

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 07:27 PM

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#630 joseph07081

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 07:32 PM

William Optic Zenithstar 73, 50mm guide scope, ASIAir, Pegasus Pocket Powerbox, ZWO 120mm mini guide scope, all on CEM40.

Only one 12 volt power cable coming from the mount.

 

And yes, the weather has been horrible since second light when this picture was taken!

 

 

 

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#631 Wouter1981

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 08:10 AM

TS-optics photoline 60mm f6 in a DIY finderscope bracket.

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#632 Eric H

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 12:34 PM

My latest addition for visual use...

 

 

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#633 Scott in NC

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 12:35 PM

Beautiful new scope, Eric!  It should give you a lifetime of pleasure. waytogo.gif

 

No matter what other scopes may come and go, I'll always have room for a 4" apo.


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 12:38 PM

 

 My Evostar 72ED. All wired up, I only need one USB and one 12v power to the mount.
 
 

 

ok but where is the telescope? exactly lol.gif


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 03:58 PM

Congrats on the new Tak, Eric. 


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#636 Tyson M

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 04:27 PM

This scope has surprised me in its views.  I love Lunt PT solar scopes, and regretted letting the 60PT go.   I didn't think I would like tilt tuned, as I thought the pressure tuned was a step up from it.

 

One major disadvantage was that the Lunt was not usable in cold weather, simply giving blank disk views at minus temperatures. 

 

This scope has be usable in minus 10-12C.  That is fantastic, even though the sun is so low it means it still gets some usage.

 

The moonlite was brand new but I couldnt get on with the original helical focuser, it really detracts from my viewing experience even though the unit on this was fairly good.

 

I have always been a fan of large blocking filters, this one is a BF15.

 

The scope is permanently mounted to a quick release plate off of a Manfrotto 410 3-way tilt geared head. No counterweights, just click in and begin observing.

 

It is seen here with a lenscoat hoodie which I enjoy using with all of my refractors.

 

Expensive little scope but I get more solar observing in than night viewing.

 

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#637 Scott in NC

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 04:31 PM

Nice, Tyson!  Tell us a little more about the scope, like its aperture and FR.  I'm pretty familiar with the Lunt H-alpha scopes, but not so much with the Meade/Coronado models.



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Posted 05 January 2020 - 04:42 PM

Nice, Tyson!  Tell us a little more about the scope, like its aperture and FR.  I'm pretty familiar with the Lunt H-alpha scopes, but not so much with the Meade/Coronado models.

No problem Scott. I have owned a LS50THa b400 and LS60PTHa B1200.  This is my first Meade Coronado Solarmaxii 60mm double stacked h-alpha telescope.

Aperture - 60 mm

Focal Length - 400 mm

F/Ratio - f/6.6 

 

It came with a double stack elaton and hard case, for a good price locally which is the only reason I went for it initially. 

 

First thing, I'd like to mention that I think Lunt's build quality is outstanding.  I would take a 60mm lunt in a heartbeat, as the one I had was outstanding with a large sweet spot on the large blocking filter.

 

I was lukewarm to the lunt 50mm, even less so with the basic b400 blocking filter, which was too small for handtracking visual use and had small sweet spot (more on this later).  Nor did I like the helical focuser. 

 

With solar scopes you often get sweet spots, where you have to keep the sun in the sweet spot to stay on band for optimal views.  Here, with the Coronado 60 and its large BF15, pretty much the entire blocking filter remains on band.  I havent noticed a sweet spot, which means the entire view is usable.  Also, the views being great in the winter blew my mind.

 

I wasnt a fan of the double stack elaton, it darkens the view too much for a mere 60mm aperture.   It had great disk details without it, and I got the proms in there too.  Double stack elatons bring out the disk at the expense of proms getting fainter.   I sold it to pay for the moonlite and lenscoat hoodie.

 

I thought initially this was a bit of a gamble with Meade and their future business, but on further thought- it is unlikely I will ever need this scope repaired even if they departed the market (which seems unlikely as well). 

 

I am glad I took a chance on this one. 


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 05:18 PM

Nice and simple... This one stays mounted and covered without an eyepiece ready for rapid deployment.

 

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Vixen SD81S: D=81mm, F=625mm


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 05:29 PM

Craig, your diagonal is a really nice match for your scope (color-wise)! :waytogo:


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 05:49 PM

Craig, your diagonal is a really nice match for your scope (color-wise)! waytogo.gif

Agreed. The Vixen livery seems to be all about the white (with a splash of red) so I thought a matching diagonal and mount would look good. The scope is quite good optically and a pleasure to use.


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 05:59 PM

Agreed. The Vixen livery seems to be all about the white (with a splash of red) so I thought a matching diagonal and mount would look good. The scope is quite good optically and a pleasure to use.

It does look great.  The 81S was one of my fav 80mm class scopes I have used. Razor sharp.


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 06:40 PM

Did I post this one yet? 6" Fluorite triplet by LZOS in APM made tube. 1 of 2 ever made according to Markus.

 

 

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 06:43 PM

Did I post this one yet? 6" Fluorite triplet by LZOS in APM made tube. 1 of 2 ever made according to Markus.

Have you had first light on it yet? 



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Posted 05 January 2020 - 06:49 PM

Have you had first light on it yet? 

Once. For about 1/2 hour or so. Need more time fully evaluate but so far it's bigshock.gif


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 07:44 PM

This is not a new scope but a home built 4" Edmumds lense and eye pieces/ The rest is all home made. It hasn't been used for a few years but hopefully this coming summer it will see the light.

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 07:50 PM

That is amazing craftsmanship! waytogo.gif


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 07:54 PM

Another scope picture. The clock is a homemade copy of a Unitron weight driven clock for my 4" scope and the other pic is of a craigslist $50 60mm Mayflower I bought alongside another 60 mm homemade scope.

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 08:36 PM

6" duel, AP155 and FS152. Remind me of the review by Ed Ting, "Clash of the Titans". Geez, that review is already 20 years ago!

 

Both scopes are winners. I enjoyed the views of moon at the eyepiece of each of them.

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 08:48 PM

I sold this scope a long time ago...but just saw this picture today and it brought back some memories. It actually was a very good scope. The Celestron 102HD with an upgraded focuser.

 

I had one of my most detailed views of Jupiter with this scope.

 

The mount is an Orion Skyview Pro with an Intelliscope upgrade and tracking. While there were a lot of wires, that was kind of a unique setup. Push to finding with tracking...and a 9 volt battery and 4 D cells. The power on that lasted for a very long time. The only negative is the Intelliscope installed where the polar scope would be mounted.

 

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