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#26 Robot-Engineer

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 05:33 PM

Does anybody know the diameter of the outside of the lens hood?  I would like to order a solar filter.  Thanks 


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Posted 16 October 2019 - 07:01 PM

How does the SV80 access compare to other entry level refractors for astrophotograpy, such as the AT72EDII or the ES80 triplet?

 IIRC it is an F7 so it might require a reducer while the other scopes you mentioned may or may not.  



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Posted 17 October 2019 - 09:39 AM

Been wanting this for many years - very excited to own my first Stellarvue!


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 11:02 AM

Why would these doublets be preferred over the essential series ES triplets? They are about the same price, especially the 125, but are doublets. Without checking my free-flow of thought I was wondering if I sold my ES 127 Essential triplet for the SV 125 Access. But I would end up with a doublet.


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:11 PM

For visual, i always prefer doublets over triplets due to front heavy. When the aperture becomes 120-125, even doublets are somewhat front heavy.
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Posted 17 October 2019 - 12:14 PM

In addition to the front heavy, fcd1 triplets probably have similar CA to fcd100 doublets.
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Posted 17 October 2019 - 01:58 PM

Does anybody know the diameter of the outside of the lens hood?  I would like to order a solar filter.  Thanks 

Mine measures 4-1/16". 


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Posted 19 October 2019 - 07:36 PM

Too good of a deal to pass up, pulled the trigger so I could do widefiled DSO imging with it.


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Posted 23 October 2019 - 12:40 PM

Checking in...anyone taken delivery yet!?

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 12:48 PM

Checking in...anyone taken delivery yet!?

I received my Access 102 yesterday.


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Posted 23 October 2019 - 03:24 PM

I received my Access 102 yesterday.

 Congratulations! How long was it from the time you ordered it until it showed up yesterday?



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Posted 23 October 2019 - 06:47 PM

 Congratulations! How long was it from the time you ordered it until it showed up yesterday?

I place my order August 26th. This was from the last shipment that arrived here almost 2 weeks ago.


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Posted 23 October 2019 - 06:49 PM

I ordered the SV-80A on Oct 9th and received the shipping notice today, Oct 23rd. 


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Posted 23 October 2019 - 07:51 PM

Why would these doublets be preferred over the essential series ES triplets?

I think the Essential series of triplets is made using Hoya FCD1 glass that I believe is similar to OHara FPL51, and are made to Explore Scientific standards which are diffraction limited.

The Stellarvue Access scopes use Hoya FCD 100 and a Lanthanum mating element  which is their version of Ohara FPL53. The Stellarvue Access scopes are better than diffraction limited.  


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Posted 24 October 2019 - 03:28 PM

Mine is on the way today.


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Posted 24 October 2019 - 04:51 PM

Mine is on the way today.

That’s great.  I also received an email today saying my SV80A has shipped. It’s supposed to be delivered 10/29! Can’t wait until Tuesday. 


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Posted 25 October 2019 - 09:44 AM

Thats great. Mine is scheduled for 10/30. Now i have to get everything else lol. 

 

Next on the list are the mount and stand, thinking about Stellarvue M1 Deluxe paired with Manfrotto 475B. 


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Posted 25 October 2019 - 10:46 AM

Yes, that’s fantastic! I purchased a used EQ2 last year at the Denver Astronomical Society’s annual auction. I bought a Stellarvue Losmandy/Vixen saddle and have installed it on the mount. That will be where my SV80 Access will start off living. I was using the mount with an Orion Astroview 6 inch F/5 reflector. The reflector was too heavy for this mount, usable but it doesn’t work for high magnification. The EQ2 mount should work much better with the lighter refractor. At least to start off with until I get a sturdier Mount. I don’t do AP only visual. 

 

I also bought a Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod. It’s rated to hold 22LBS/10Kg which is higher than the EQ2, I think. It has a multi angle center column that can be raised up about 13 inches. I will put a M2C mount on the tripods 3/8” attachment bolt and see if this is usable as a grab and go setup. Though I will probably wind up buying an extension column from Stellarvue since it’s probably going to be much more solid than the extension on the tripod. My ordered M2C is still waiting fulfillment, so I will have to wait on trying out the tripod. 

 

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Posted 25 October 2019 - 07:36 PM

Doublets also acclimate faster than triplets.


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Posted 25 October 2019 - 09:20 PM

I actually ordered one today. Been thinking about a small scope to carry my dslr+lens piggyback and to shoot through on occasion. Alex and I talked about ways to address potential balance issues but I probably wont have a solution until I get mine in hand. Should arrive in a couple of weeks.
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Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:50 AM

I pulled the trigger and ordered one too, this will be my first foray into AP. I'm planning on getting an HEQ5 for it soon.

 

Question about hardware: If I want to mount a guide scope like this AT 60mm on top of the scope rings, would I use a rail like this? What kind of screws would I need to attach it?


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Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:31 AM

I pulled the trigger and ordered one too, this will be my first foray into AP. I'm planning on getting an HEQ5 for it soon.

Question about hardware: If I want to mount a guide scope like this AT 60mm on top of the scope rings, would I use a rail like this? What kind of screws would I need to attach it?


I believe the OTA ring holes on top are 6mm. Be careful not to use screws that are too long. Many OTA rings are threaded all the way through and could allow the screw to dig into the OTA.

I've used a dovetail bar mounted on top, upside down. This allows attachment of various devices using a dovetail clamp. The guidescope rings are pre attached to it's own dove bar so I'm not sure how I would attach to the OTA rings or extra top bar or even to finder clamps. Check with Astronomics about attachment suggestions using that guide arrangement.

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 11:11 AM

I pulled the trigger and ordered one too, this will be my first foray into AP. I'm planning on getting an HEQ5 for it soon.

 

Question about hardware: If I want to mount a guide scope like this AT 60mm on top of the scope rings, would I use a rail like this? What kind of screws would I need to attach it?

I ordered the William Optics saddle handle bar for my 125 and it accepts standard dovetail for finders or guide scopes. You can also buy it with the rings for guide scopes.


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Posted 29 October 2019 - 08:04 AM

I had mine out last night. Quite a versatile little scope. With my ES68º 24mm I was able to just fit the North America Nebula. With an Agena 70º 38mm I get a whopping 4.75º. More than than you can get with an ST80 and the 1-1/4" focuser. After scanning around enjoying the wide field views I took it up to 203x and split the double double. The stars were still nice sharp pinpoints. I didn't see any color on nearby Vega. I think those that ordered one are in for a nice surprise. It's nice and light too. Out the door with it in one hand mounted on a Manfrotto tripod and fluid head. 


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Posted 29 October 2019 - 08:17 PM

Checking in...anyone taken delivery yet!?

My SV80 Access arrived this afternoon.  It came doubleboxed, well packed and was labled Fragile, Delicate Instrument.  UPS treated the package with kid gloves. You would never have known it had traveled to Denver from Auburne, CA.  Unfortunately it has been snowing for the last 2 days and isn't suppose to quit until sometime tomorrow.  The scope looks beautiful though.  It seems pretty secure on the used EQ2 mount and aluminum tripod. It is a pretty light scope.

 

Here a few photos before it's completely set up with the 2" diagonal.  These photos show it with the 1.25" StellarVue diagonal I bought inexpensively of the other site when I thought I couldn't afford the 2 inch one.  This year Santa must bring a couple of 2 inch eyepieces!  I can't wait to compare views of the Mercury transit next month with the ETX105.

 

Unboxed SV80 Access
 
SV80 Access “First Snow”
 
SV80 Access “First Mount”
 
SV80A Super ED Apo
 
Snow, Snow, Go Away!

 

 

 


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