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#26 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 05:55 AM

I don't remember if I came up with it but I do remember being the one to define it.  I know I was considered the first SRF since the term was first directed towards me.  wink.gif

 

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I have always enjoyed the term and the self-awareness as well as pride that it represents..  It's too bad it seems to have gone into hibernation, I think we need to wake it up.  

 

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 08:25 AM

What are the qualifications?  Are there F/# chapters, aperture chapters, achromat appreciation, grab'n'goers, finderscope fanatics, equatorial evangelists, imagists, binoscopeers, rich field fiends... ? 



#28 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 09:09 AM

What are the qualifications?  Are there F/# chapters, aperture chapters, achromat appreciation, grab'n'goers, finderscope fanatics, equatorial evangelists, imagists, binoscopeers, rich field fiends... ? 

 

No real qualifications, the term is self-descriptive.

 

SRF. Noun. Slobbering Refractor Freak. If the sight of a refractor makes you slobber, then you qualify. It's just simple.

 

There are signs and symptoms. If you hang out in forums other than refractors and eyepieces, your membership is suspect, you might even be a spy.  I definitely do not qualify though probably qualify for a less formal group, the STFs, Slobbering Telescope Freaks. 

 

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 09:28 AM

Does there need to be actual slobber to qualify for SRF ? I have enough trouble keeping my eyepieces clean already.


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 09:51 AM

Does there need to be actual slobber to qualify for SRF ? I have enough trouble keeping my eyepieces clean already.

 

Realistically, I think virtual slobbering qualifies. 

 

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 11:52 AM

Slobbering Refractor Freak (SRF)  - an amateur astronomer who exclusively owns and utilizes refractors for observing.  The ownership of another type of scope other than a refractor revokes the SRF title.

 

Personal Note:  SRF's miss out on a lot of cool dim fuzzy stuff in the night sky.  wink.gif

 

 

 

 

 

Reasonably Refined Refractor Aficionado (RRRF) - an amateur astronomer who loves refractors more than any other type of telescope, but owns and utilizes at least one scope of a different design.

 

Personal Note:  RRRF's are a smarter version of SRF's.  lol.gif waytogo.gif

 

 

 

 

 

Historical Reference Thread:

 

https://www.cloudyni...-srf-wednesday/


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 12:04 PM

Now back to those amazing G&G 80's!  drool5.gif


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 04:20 PM

OK. The Equinox 80 is like a budget TV 85. Heavy, but nice OTA (CNC). 2" but not so strlng focuser. Sliding dewshield. Undisclosed lens glass. CNC tube rings & photo tripod plate.

 

The SW ED80 Pro has Ohara & FPL53, and is slower but longer, less CA.

 

Got my 80s pre-owned cheap, TV 85 new & not cheap, but how I saw their value and longevity. But all are fun and hassle free. Faster fracs are also useful cheap telephoto lenses. Set your camera to aperture priority, bump up the ASA, and you can take snap shots of the Moon. Use freeware to make good dnough images, amaze friends and family.  


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 07:33 PM

My former SV80L LOMO triplet apochromat:

 

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 11:34 PM

My former SV80L LOMO triplet apochromat:

 

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This was the best 80mm refractor I have ever looked through (along with a 80S I briefly owned).  I love my long focal length scopes.

 

A fellow Canadian now enjoys it.  Told him I'd consider buying it back from him


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 08:27 AM

This was the best 80mm refractor I have ever looked through (along with a 80S I briefly owned).  I love my long focal length scopes.

 

A fellow Canadian now enjoys it.  Told him I'd consider buying it back from him

...and then when you're done with it I might actually buy it back from you one day.  It's that good! :ubetcha:


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Posted 17 September 2019 - 02:41 PM

ED80 and other 80's all together! Night & Day!

 

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Very best,

Love those pictures of your daughter with the scopes!




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