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#426 joseph07081

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 07:21 PM

Got my confirmation email today. Scope ships before the statewide Chinese holiday which is a good thing.
I want the scope in my hands but am in no hurry, I want those guys to prime my scope to the nTH degree and if it takes time to get it right, more power to me!
Hoping for clear skies on Allhallows for first light!


I received the same email today. Should only be a few weeks now. I agree about the prep, take their time and get it adjusted before it gets to me.

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Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:42 PM

Got my confirmation email today. Scope ships before the statewide Chinese holiday which is a good thing.

I want the scope in my hands but am in no hurry, I want those guys to prime my scope to the nTH degree and if it takes time to get it right, more power to me!

Hoping for clear skies on Allhallows for first light!

Don't worry, they are worth the wait.

I see you already have a 102 F-7 ED in your signature to keep you busy.

 

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Posted 06 October 2019 - 07:54 AM

I've really been enjoying my SV102 Access.  I had it out the yesterday morning for a look at the winter sky.  It is much more portable than my 120ED.  I can get it in and out the door on the mount without worrying about banging the OTA on the door or door frame.

 

For those that are interested, I happened to check the SV website yesterday and the 80mm 102 Access closeout now has a price of $499 for the remaining stock.  Just insane. 

 

Edit:  The above is incorrect.  It is the 80mm Access that is $499.


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Posted 06 October 2019 - 08:03 AM

I've really been enjoying my SV102 Access.  I had it out the yesterday morning for a look at the winter sky.  It is much more portable than my 120ED.  I can get it in and out the door on the mount without worrying about banging the OTA on the door or door frame.

 

For those that are interested, I happened to check the SV website yesterday and the 102 Access closeout now has a price of $499 for the remaining stock.  Just insane. 

Ok, so does that mean there are more available in this shipment then anticipated or that the final shipment did not sell out? This is now $200 less than the scope that I ordered and have yet to receive.

 

Edit: Oops.... just noticed that is for the 80mm Access, not the 102mm Access. I should have finished that second cup of coffee before posting, my bad!


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Posted 06 October 2019 - 08:18 AM

Ok, so does that mean there are more available in this shipment then anticipated or that the final shipment did not sell out? This is now $200 less than the scope that I ordered and have yet to receive.

 

Edit: Oops.... just noticed that is for the 80mm Access, not the 102mm Access. I should have finished that second cup of coffee before posting, my bad!

I need to start my first cup of coffee because it was my bad ... it is the 80mm.  For some reason I thought that was the 102mm I saw listed last night.  Wrong! 



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Posted 08 October 2019 - 11:32 AM

I just called StellarVue. The sv102-access is IN! They are going to start shipping next week! I am early in the queue and my telescope should arrive by the end of next week! w00h00!!! I just placed an order for the Ioptron AZ mount pro, time to start ordering a few other accessories (like a finder)... (it's my first scope) smile.gif


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Posted 08 October 2019 - 11:40 AM

I just called StellarVue. The sv102-access is IN! They are going to start shipping next week! I am early in the queue and my telescope should arrive by the end of next week! w00h00!!! I just placed an order for the Ioptron AZ mount pro, time to start ordering a few other accessories (like a finder)... (it's my first scope) smile.gif

Nice choice for a first scope!  I like mine more each time I use it. And the responsiveness of the StellarVue folks to a few questions I’ve had has been excellent, much better than the norm. 



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Posted 08 October 2019 - 11:57 AM

Good to hear that they are in and being worked on. I am not sure where I am in the queue but I can be patient. I ordered the flattener to go with it as well.

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 11:57 AM

So far, I’m 100% satisfied with my SV102 Access.

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 10:00 PM

When comparing my Stellarvue Access 102 with my buddies TV 102 at similar magnifications I can honestly say that there was little to no difference.

 

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 05:54 PM

Just received the shipment email this afternoon. My scope should arrive next Wednesday. I am on call all next week so probably will not have a chance to get it out until the following week.
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Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:10 PM

Mine is apparently waiting for me at home. Not great timing for this business trip! 🙁
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Posted 21 October 2019 - 07:31 PM

Cool, if Fedex's shipment information is correct, my scope will deliver a day early smile.gif

 

Edit: just picked it up....


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Posted 22 October 2019 - 07:15 PM

Cool, if Fedex's shipment information is correct, my scope will deliver a day early smile.gif

 

Edit: just picked it up....

What do you think of it?



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Posted 22 October 2019 - 08:15 PM

You know how this goes... many cloudy nights to come before first light! 😁

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 08:45 PM

What do you think of it?


I had to work late and it is my on call week, so I only had a few moments to unpack it and check it over. It is very well made and the finish is flawless. Too tired to take it out tonight but I will have it out on the next clear night. Very happy about my purchase.
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Posted 22 October 2019 - 10:03 PM

I had to work late and it is my on call week, so I only had a few moments to unpack it and check it over. It is very well made and the finish is flawless. Too tired to take it out tonight but I will have it out on the next clear night. Very happy about my purchase.

You are going to love it - I know I love mine!


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Posted 23 October 2019 - 08:13 PM

Since I am on call, I could not spend much time with the new acquisition tonight. Put it on my Voyager mount and just surfed around the sky a bit with my 18.2mm Delite. Stars were sharp across the field with no visible color. I centered Vega and put in my 5mm Delite to do a quick star test. Perfectly concentric rings inside and outside focus, no sign of pinched optics or any other issues that I could see. 

 

The only issue that I could find was what felt like slightly rough spots while racking the focuser in and out. When I went inside I checked the rack and there were no signs of debris or damage. I did a slight adjustment on the screws holding the pinion and it is now buttery smooth. Overall I am very happy with my purchase.


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Posted 23 October 2019 - 08:25 PM

Received my SV102A today and was actually able to have a delivery day first light! I’m very impressed with this telescope. Pinpoint stars. Albireo and Achird looked fantastic and the Double Cluster was an absolute treat.

 

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 10:20 PM

I received my SV102A and want to attach an Orion 6x30 RACI finder. It looks like this will not fit in the dovetail base supplied with the scope.

 

Is there a suitable replacement base? The base sold by Orion requires screws set side by side in the scope while the screws in the SV102A are front and back.


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Posted 31 October 2019 - 07:08 AM

I use an Orion 9x50 RACI finder and it does attach securely to this base. It doesn’t have the cut out in the back for the finder stem lip, but it is long enough to be held by both screws and it doesn’t budge. I hope that helps!



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Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:02 PM

I use an Orion 9x50 RACI finder and it does attach securely to this base. It doesn’t have the cut out in the back for the finder stem lip, but it is long enough to be held by both screws and it doesn’t budge. I hope that helps!

You're right, thanks! I was basing my question on my old Orion finderscope. Looks like that didn't fit because it wasn't machined well. The new 6x30 RACI fits fine. It does stick out a bit because there's no back notch on the Stellarvue base, but both base screws still catch on to the finder stalk.



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Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:07 PM

Good! I am glad it works. waytogo.gif



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Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:21 PM

As the scope has a short focal length, I just use several low power eyepieces that give me anywhere between 2.8, and 3 degree field and a red dot finder.


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Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:56 PM

As the scope has a short focal length, I just use several low power eyepieces that give me anywhere between 2.8, and 3 degree field and a red dot finder.

Yeah - I just use the 30mm APM UFF with mine which gives a 3.0 deg TFOV so no finderscope. 


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