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#1 CMS1288

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 07:12 PM

So after a brief hiatus, I’m back in it.

 

Recently I moved from Long Island to Florida as there weren’t many housing options for a millennial teacher with student loans such as myself.  My new school was thrilled to have an amateur astronomer offer outreach events, and I was also missing the hobby- so here I am, armed with my new gem, an AT106, courtesy of our very own jag767.

 

This scope was a bit of a guessing game, as I could find much information on it, other than it was one of the last Astro-Techs to be approved (not designed) by TMB.  There was also a Limited Edition made with a smaller focuser; mine is the original 2.7”.  What small number of accounts there were, all have praised the optics.

 

Sure enough, the 106mm f6.5 triplet with FPL-53 is quite simply the best optics I’ve ever looked through, even beating my old Stellarvue SVR102T.  Star tests are perfect, and planets have a nice etched sharpness to them.  The original paint and custom job were chipping in several areas (sorry jag767!) so I had a local shop apply a thin ceramic powder coat in semi-gloss white.  I think it looks phenomenal! 

 

Just wanted to share this forgotten, beautiful piece of glass from Astro-Tech.

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 07:31 PM

That is a sweet scope.  Enjoy the sunny, warm move from NY to FL !



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Posted 17 September 2019 - 07:43 PM

Looks great! Finish was about 4 years old so its bound to happen! Optics on that one are pretty flawless, I hope it serves you well!
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Posted 17 September 2019 - 07:47 PM

Just wanted to share this forgotten, beautiful piece of glass from Astro-Tech.

 

 

I bought the very first AT-102ED in 2007 and I had a lot of fun with that scope.  By 2009, I was so thrilled with the AT-102ED that I was ready for something better.  If I hadn't found my NP-101 at a very good price, it would have been the AT-106.

 

By the way.. in my parts box, I have the ring from an AT-106LE that threads into the tube on one end and mounts the focuser on the other end.  I have no use for it, if someone needs it (unlikely), PM me and I will send it along.

 

Jon



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Posted 17 September 2019 - 08:44 PM

I think it was Sky and Telescope or Astronomy magazine that did an article on the AT 106 in about 2009 you might be able to find it still, I think it was the late Tom T that did the review.


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 03:23 PM

Thanks everyone... so far so good. Seeing is much better down here and going from a white to a yellow/green zone has obvious benefits.

I have not actually read that Sky and Telescope review, but the gist is that it competes well with world-class refractors.

It may not be a Tak, but I got to think it’s darn close. Hopefully it wows my students as well!
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Posted 20 September 2019 - 03:04 PM

You are right. They are fine optics. I had the AT106LE with a moonlight focuser because I had a heavy SBIG camera. I sold it to help me purchase the TMB130SS. I wish I still had them both.

 

Congratulations and enjoy your new adventure!!!!


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Posted 21 September 2019 - 01:44 AM

Congratrs on that wonderful scope, I own its bigger brother the AT130F6 triplet with Fpl53, a fine scope indeed


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