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#26 NHRob

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 03:18 PM

Congrats.  

A 6" refractor is a powerful instrument.

The planets and nebulae cower in anticipation of your first light.   : )


 

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 03:19 PM

I've not received it yet. The scope on the mount in the picture is my 4" f/11 ED.

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

Sorry Thomas,

 

it has been just my "mental" projection.

Best,

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#28 stevew

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 03:18 PM

Wonderful news.. Congratulations.

That scope is on my list as well.

Looking forward to your first light report.

 

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#29 Steve Allison

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 03:38 PM

Wonderful news! And may I say once again how much I love your Vixen Saturn mount?

 

Putting the two together should make for a dream setup. Congrats!


 

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 04:30 PM

It would be a 140mm for me, both scopes to yearn for!  


 

#31 drd715

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 05:50 PM

Most interesting to hear your comments on the image view between the 6 inch F-7.9 and the 4 inch F-11. Mainly how the different F numbers effect the sharpness of the image and size of the stars. Also the contrast of the background if noticable.

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 06:17 PM

The weather will probably be abysmally poor, once it arrives, so my apologies to everyone in southern Scandinavia. 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

So... it was your new scope the reason of our bad weather in Jutland..... I see...  mad.gif

 

But seriously, congratulations Thomas!!  A scope with those specifications in your hands will provide a valuable source of joy, information, experiences and nice reports for the community! bow.gif waytogo.gif

 

All the best and prompt clear skies!!

Carlos


 

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 07:30 PM

"PS: No, I haven't saved for a quarter of a century, but I've wanted a 6" apo for that long."

 

... only a quarter of a century?  ;)

 

Congratulations! looking forward to your reports.

 

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 07:31 PM

I've not received it yet. The scope on the mount in the picture is my 4" f/11 ED.

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

But that one looks great too!!!


 

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:42 PM

If it has the resolution, contrast and brightness of my 6" f/8 newtonian, but the steady, sharp views of my 4" f/11 ED, I will be a very happy camper. 

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

You are going to be a very happy camper......


 

#36 Astrojensen

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 01:17 AM

"PS: No, I haven't saved for a quarter of a century, but I've wanted a 6" apo for that long."

 

... only a quarter of a century?  wink.gif

 

Congratulations! looking forward to your reports.

 

- Dean

Give or take a couple years. I'm actually not all that old, certainly not as old as some of my scopes and observing reports may have led some of you to believe... grin.gif

 

I'll be 43 next march. I began observing seriously in about 1992-3, when I got my first 60mm and for the first couple of years, just getting a good 80mm refractor seemed like a very lofty goal, if not a dream. In 1995, I visited my mentor and friend Per Darnell (who gratuitously loaned me his old 85mm Zeiss A apochromat for life, so that took care of the dream of getting a good 80mm!) for the first time and saw his Meade 178mm ED and realized that maybe, just maybe, getting a large refractor myself was not impossible. I've been dreaming ever since and yesterday, the dream finally became a reality. 

 

An astronomy life goal achieved. 

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark 


Edited by Astrojensen, 20 October 2019 - 01:20 AM.

 

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:04 AM

Hope you have dreams left.


 

#38 RAKing

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:11 AM

Congrats, Thomas!  I hope it works well for you. waytogo.gif 

 

I always wanted a 6-inch apo, but old age caught up to me before I could buy one.

 

Please share some photos with us when you get it!  flash.gif 

 

Cheers,

 

Ron


 

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:57 AM

Hope you have dreams left.

Oh, don't worry about that. I'm very good at dreaming, so plenty more where this one came from. There's always that 8" apo...  

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


 

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:01 AM

Congrats, Thomas!  I hope it works well for you. waytogo.gif

 

I always wanted a 6-inch apo, but old age caught up to me before I could buy one.

That is the situation I wanted to avoid! 

 

 

Please share some photos with us when you get it!

Rest assured that there will be photos.

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


 

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:18 AM

Congratulations with "The Beast", Thomas!!

Any plans for building an observatory now? biggrin.png

 

     -- Allan


 

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:33 AM

Congratulations with "The Beast", Thomas!!

Any plans for building an observatory now? biggrin.png

 

     -- Allan

Not any immediate plans, but the idea has been ruminating at the back of my head for some time, long before the acquisition of the new APM refractor.  

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


 

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:49 AM

Congratulations and good luck!

A 6” Apo was my dream scope for many years. Finally got one last February. I had a good 6” f/8 achro for 18 years. The most improvement in views will be noticed on planets. Not quite so much on dimmer double stars.

Keeping it set up in a small dome is a huge improvement also.
 

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 06:27 PM

Congratulations, Thomas, and lots of happy observing!!! waytogo.gif

That manual Vixen Saturn mount is just the ticket -- wish I had one too!


 

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:53 PM

Congrats Thomas.  And very sure you will be exceedingly happy with the view thru this vs. the 6" Newt!!  grin.gif


 

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:25 PM

Congrats Thomas! Good to see such an instrument getting in hands of a great observer. Great price btw. Thougth these were 3.5K when they came to market, weren't they?

 

On planets a F6 F8 Newton is very good and gives top end 4-5 inch apo's a hard time as i know you know. Interesting to see where they stand against the  6" refractor.

 

What EP's do you plan to use with the 6"refractor?


 

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 02:24 AM

Congratulations with "The Beast", Thomas!!

Any plans for building an observatory now? biggrin.png

 

     -- Allan

 

Not any immediate plans, but the idea has been ruminating at the back of my head for some time, long before the acquisition of the new APM refractor.  

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark

That was precisely my idea when I read about the size and weigh of the scope. Thomas, if you have the land, the skies and the equipment is big, a basic shelter with a pier to set either your beloved Zeiss 85mm, 4" f11 or this new 6" sounds really good as it will save you hassle and time with the setup and you will have more comfort, especially during our winter windy nights.... It will be a kind of a 21th Century Uranienborg :-)

 

Please do not forget your loyal Telemator when the new one arrives!! smile.gif

 

All the best!

Carlos


 

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 03:50 AM

Congratulations, Thomas

 

Reading your posts over the years, it has become clear to me that you utilize your astronomical instruments expertly.  I admire the way that you extend them to their limits of performance.

 

I hope that you will keep an informal diary of your thoughts, impressions and revelations etc. that you will form as you progress through the process of bonding with the powerful and elegant, new addition to your armamentarium.

 

Those of us who dream of the satisfaction that gazing through such an advanced telescope can bring would love to read about your journey with it.   It's important to jot down your thoughts in order to remember them.  Each subsequent adventure with it will tend to make you forget the nuances of the night before.

 

Best wishes for your astronomy adventures.

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 10:28 AM

Please do not forget your loyal Telemator when the new one arrives!! smile.gif

There is no chance of that happening. The Telemator is my main solar scope, but there will also still be many evenings, where setting up anything bigger will be too much of a hassle. 

 

Unless, of course, I get an observatory. 

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


 

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 10:45 AM

Congrats Thomas! Good to see such an instrument getting in hands of a great observer. Great price btw. Thougth these were 3.5K when they came to market, weren't they?

 

On planets a F6 F8 Newton is very good and gives top end 4-5 inch apo's a hard time as i know you know. Interesting to see where they stand against the  6" refractor.

 

What EP's do you plan to use with the 6"refractor?

Yes, these were around 3.5k euros, when they first came out. Still an excellent price for what you get, really, and I am sure I would eventually have got one, even at that price. Now Markus just decided to make the decision so much easier for me. grin.gif

 

My 6" f/8 newtonian basically destroys any 4" apo on the Moon and the planets, no matter how perfect or expensive it is. I had an extremely nice 4" f/8 TMB on loan, that I was offered at a heavy discount, but I just couldn't justify the price, considering that the $200 6" f/8 newtonian always, reliably and easily outperformed it on so many targets.

 

What it doesn't quite have are the very steady views the refractors have and this will likely be the difference between it and the 6" APM. That and cleaner airy disks on bright stars. And that I can use the APM for solar H-alpha, which the newtonian is useless at. 

 

I have a myriad eyepieces. I primarily use a Zeiss binoviewer with Zeiss surgeon's microscope eyepieces and 30mm and 40mm plössls for lunar/planetary. For deep-sky, I use a 40mm ES68, a 30mm ES82, 17mm ES92 (oh boy, I am SO looking forward to trying that one out in the APM!), 9mm ES100, various ES82's, etc. 

 

 

Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


 


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