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#26 MalVeauX

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 02:57 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 smile.gif

Thanks, not trying to dig up old dirt, just was curious because the website is the only source it seems.

 

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 03:03 PM

Beautifull telescope!
Congrats, and hope you will enjoy in it!
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Posted 03 September 2019 - 08:50 PM

Thanks, not trying to dig up old dirt, just was curious because the website is the only source it seems.

 

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yup plenty of discussion on here on that subject ifyou have a search on photoline 130 :)



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Posted 05 September 2019 - 08:00 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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https://www.teleskop...r---FPL-53.html

 

All TS Photoline refractors use FPL53. 

 

They make ED refractors that do not specify FPL, but those only go to 110mm. https://www.teleskop...Telescopes.html


Edited by 25585, 05 September 2019 - 08:07 AM.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 08:20 AM

Thanks! Very interesting!

 

Very best,


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Posted 06 September 2019 - 04:51 PM

Does the larger focuser improve the balance of the scope? I have the 2.5" focuser version and the scope is quite front-heavy.

 

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Edited by Jarno, 06 September 2019 - 05:26 PM.


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Posted 07 September 2019 - 08:11 PM

yes I think its pretty balanced - now its just heavy all over :) 


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Posted 10 November 2019 - 08:48 PM

yup 2 months till first light this winter has been terrible for imaging - i can count the number of good nights on 1 hand frown.gif

 

So .. i finally got the 130 operational and got some light under its belt!

 

wow its a light bucket but its a beast!

 

the CEM60 handles it ok though !

 

I bought a second hand flattener and not sure I like it but its ok - and still tweaking the ZWO EAF but it nails the V curve ok 

 

the scope is a delight and v pleased with the detail on a first image 

 

need some more sky time and some nebulas now!

 

8.5hr on TS-Optics Photoline 130+Orion 3" FF - ASI294MC Pro - CEM60 

 

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TS Optics 130 f/7 FPL53 triplet + CEM60

 


Edited by ZL4PLM, 10 November 2019 - 08:50 PM.

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 04:05 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 smile.gif

Indeed it is...

Strange that the 102 mm version sell for about the same price, well is roughly 90 euro in difference...less., or am i missing something?



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Posted 11 November 2019 - 04:09 PM

https://www.teleskop...r---FPL-53.html

 

All TS Photoline refractors use FPL53. 

 

They make ED refractors that do not specify FPL, but those only go to 110mm. https://www.teleskop...Telescopes.html

https://www.teleskop...AP-focuser.html

 

not thisone i believe, this is a FPL-51 triplet



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Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:51 PM

Yep it is large. The total structure to hold a lens set that size completely rigid is by necessity rather large. Very nice.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 11:30 PM

Hello,

Which tripod are you using for your iOptron CEM Mount? Is it iOptron Tri-Pier?

Regards!

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 12:31 AM

Tripier yes

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 05:38 AM

Thank you!

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Posted 24 April 2020 - 04:13 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!

I was wondering whether this scope could provide illumination across a full frame sensor?

And also, whether the SW EQ7-R can handle this beast?



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Posted 13 May 2020 - 09:26 PM

Tripier yes

Hi - impressive images. I have been to TS's store in Munich a few times. Friendly people. Have picked up quite a bit of stuff from them during fly throughs and stays. Just replaced my 115mm photoline with an ES115mm FPL-53 f/5.5 last year.

 

Contemplating on getting the 130. I have seen this one in the store - and it is an impressive sight to say the least. It is a beast! 

 

I wanted to ask you about your experience of the 130 with CEM60. I have the same mount, and currently it runs 115mm ES CF, as well as my EdgeHD 9.25 without any fuss. How does it handle the 130mm Photoline?

 

Appreciate your feedback.

 

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 06:50 AM

Anyone tried this TS 130 f/7 visually?

Any CA on bright targets? 

 

Edit:

I just browsed topics with this scope and it seems interesting despite having some problems (I'm in Europe)...


Edited by orion69, 14 June 2020 - 08:38 AM.


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 09:21 PM

I have done a little visual. I split some double stars at 1.5 arc-sec and another one at 1.1 arc-sec and the scope did quite well [ https://www.cloudyni...r-observations/ ].

 

I have also looked at the Moon and the contrast was outstanding with deep black shadows and lots of very fine details. I was quite pleased with it.



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Posted 17 June 2020 - 06:22 AM

I was wondering whether this scope could provide illumination across a full frame sensor?


I use mine with the TS Flat2,5 non reducing flattener and it covers full frame no problem. I have the 2.5" focuser and ASI6200MM.
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Posted 17 June 2020 - 07:29 AM

How long does it take to cool down?



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 09:12 PM

I am using the same scope and field flattener. I am wondering what is your spacing between the 48mm thread of flattener and sensor. I have found that the lower the better it is!

 

yup 2 months till first light this winter has been terrible for imaging - i can count the number of good nights on 1 hand frown.gif

 

So .. i finally got the 130 operational and got some light under its belt!

 

wow its a light bucket but its a beast!

 

the CEM60 handles it ok though !

 

I bought a second hand flattener and not sure I like it but its ok - and still tweaking the ZWO EAF but it nails the V curve ok 

 

the scope is a delight and v pleased with the detail on a first image 

 

need some more sky time and some nebulas now!

 

8.5hr on TS-Optics Photoline 130+Orion 3" FF - ASI294MC Pro - CEM60 

 

 
 
 

 

 



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Posted 05 September 2020 - 02:10 AM

I am using the same scope and field flattener. I am wondering what is your spacing between the 48mm thread of flattener and sensor. I have found that the lower the better it is!

if its the same flattener then its 55mm as per documentation 



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Posted 05 September 2020 - 01:51 PM

Thanks, I am using it at 44mm and it works well :) I will try 55mm in future and will report it.

if its the same flattener then its 55mm as per documentation 



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Posted 06 September 2020 - 07:20 PM

What are the main advantages of the 3.7" focuser other than more robust build? I see they list the non reducing flattener and the .79x as recommended for the 2.5" version then those plus the .75x reducer/flattener for the 3.7". Can the 2.5" version use the .75x on full frame?

 

I'm thinking ahead on where to go next from a redcat, so if you thought 102 was a big jump...


Edited by xonefs, 06 September 2020 - 07:23 PM.


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Posted 06 September 2020 - 11:15 PM

the 3.7" is a much better quality IMHO - thats enough to make it worthy - optics are fine but the next important bit is focuser!

 

Its so good I did not feel like I wanted to change it out for a moonlite which is what I wanted to do 

 

its says it does support FF yes

 

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