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New TS Optics Photoline 130 f/7 FPL53 - Experiences and thoughts

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#1 ZL4PLM

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 07:08 PM

Well it arrived!

 

OMG its HUGE!!!

 

ever thought of going from 102 to 130 ??

 

Well this is what your up against!!!

 

TS Optics Photoline 130 f/7 with 3.7" focuser
 
First thoughts:
 
1. TS Express have been awesome to deal with so far - good comms and very helpful
 
2. extremely well packaged - no case supplied these days with them but still very nicely double box 
 
3. Out of the box - wow this is nice - feels like quality instrument - the 130mm triplet lens cell looks nice and is well coated and the tube has more baffles than hot dinners!
 
4. Def glad I went with the 3.7" focuser - very smooth and robust - has adapters to bring the focuser down from 92mm to 68 and to a 2" and 1.25" EP adapter - it even has a very nice roto lock style EP holder!
 
5. Tube has a nice rotator fitted to the focuser - very nice and smooth with some teflon looking material inside it I can see to allow easy turning 
 
6. Tube rings are CNC machined and very nice - the V style bar is a waste of space for this size tube - good job I have a long ADM one to fit 
 
7. Weight is about 11kg bare tube and focuser - not light but not too big to handle
 
8. Dew shield is nice and tight and does not slip 
 
9. Cover for lens is tight and will need a loop glued to it like my ES102 to make it easier 
 
10. paint finish is good 
 
 

Overall - first impressions are good - looks very well made and a quality instrument - def can recommend that 3.7" focuser though - v nice 

 

I'll post more as I commission :) 


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Posted 30 August 2019 - 08:10 PM

Beautiful scope, congrats!

 

Looking forward to your first light report. A 130mm f/7 apo is a killer scope to have. :)


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Posted 30 August 2019 - 08:46 PM

Simply awesome! Congrats!
Looking forward to your first light report...
BTW... which mount will you be using?

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Posted 30 August 2019 - 10:14 PM

Lovely , congratulations on a dream scope !

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 12:04 AM

Congrats , very nice . I loved my TS scope.
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Posted 31 August 2019 - 04:41 AM

Simply awesome! Congrats!
Looking forward to your first light report...
BTW... which mount will you be using?

CEM60 and side by side on my CEM120


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Posted 31 August 2019 - 09:11 AM

Congratulations.  Those are great telescopes.  Can't wait for your first light report.  I do feel sorry for your neighbors and all the clouds you've brought ;)


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Posted 31 August 2019 - 09:16 AM

CEM60 and side by side on my CEM120



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Posted 31 August 2019 - 09:17 AM

Nice! Very nice indeed :):):)
I wish you lots of clear nights with still air and awesome seeing conditions!!
Enjoy!!

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 09:58 AM

as if you were reading my mind. I also tempting to buy the exact same scope but I have yet to pull the trigger. Don't know when this will happen.



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Posted 31 August 2019 - 10:23 AM

Looks great, I've been watching this one!

 

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 04:36 PM

yes I was too it was this or something like an Esprirt 120 but glad I went for the bigger aperture!

 

I'll put some pics of the focuser up too 



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Posted 31 August 2019 - 04:37 PM

TS Optics Photoline 130mm f/7 3.7" focuser
 
TS Optics Photoline 130mm f/7 3.7" focuser
 
TS Optics Photoline 130mm f/7 - 3.7" focuser

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 04:48 PM

TS Optics Photoline 130 f/7 - 3.7" RP focuser
 
TS Optics Photoline 130 f/7 - 3.7" RP focuser
 
TS Optics Photoline 130 f/7 - 3.7" RP focuser

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 06:58 PM

Well done.

now we need photos of owners holding 130/9.2, 140s, 150s and 165s.

 

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 08:47 PM

if theres anything you want to see or know about it then request away ill try post a pic or measure it or have a look on my tube!


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Posted 01 September 2019 - 08:14 AM

if theres anything you want to see or know about it then request away ill try post a pic or measure it or have a look on my tube!

How does the focuser feel? Any give or sag?. I'm currently owning the TS-photoline 80/560 f7 doublet and the focuser is not the best but not the worst. It has a little sag and around 60 steps of backlash.



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 08:54 AM

How does the focuser feel? Any give or sag?. I'm currently owning the TS-photoline 80/560 f7 doublet and the focuser is not the best but not the worst. It has a little sag and around 60 steps of backlash.

I have the rebranded 3.7" focuser from the same OEM. My imaging train (CCD+FW+reducer) weighs about 8 lbs in total, and I get absolutely zero sag on it. It's also very smooth. Not as good as the feathertouch 3.5" in terms of how well it keeps its position, however. I find that I occasionally need to refocus from one night to the next, whereas I did not have to do so for the FTF (if you're wondering, I live in the tropics, so there is negligible temperature change). 



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 09:03 AM

I would love to hear if your CEM40 can handle that monster, if you can find the time.



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 01:36 PM

How does the focuser feel? Any give or sag?. I'm currently owning the TS-photoline 80/560 f7 doublet and the focuser is not the best but not the worst. It has a little sag and around 60 steps of backlash.

no sag - can't see any backlash until I fit the EAF

 

what I can say its that its a quality feel to the focuser

 

very sturdy and quite a beast 

 

glad I went with the 3.7" focuser



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 01:38 PM

I would love to hear if your CEM40 can handle that monster, if you can find the time.

jeeez no - its far tooo big a tube

 

cem60 will handle it - CEM40 def not - weight maybe in its  but its long and I wouldn't consider that on a cem40 even for visual!



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Posted 01 September 2019 - 04:37 PM

Very interested in visual performance on planets and everything else.

 

Very interested in performance with focal reducer on galaxies and OSC sensors.

 

Very best,



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Posted 02 September 2019 - 02:10 PM

EAF fitted to the focuser last night - literally 5 mins to fit and everything you need is in the box :)

 

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 08:51 AM

I'm curious, is its really FPL53 in the triplet? I'm curious because of the AT130EDT F7 triplet not being FPL53 and being similar in price, usually similar/same scopes.

 

Any thoughts on this?

 

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 01:45 PM

this has been discussed time and again here on CN with statements direct from the supplier and is clearly marked on their website - yes it is FPL 53 :)


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