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.