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#51 Jond105

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 11:16 AM

I’ll give my initial impressions here when I can. As a refractor guy, I’m hoping I like it, and with it being a 2” increase on aperture, I’m hoping the lunar, and double stars are extremely nice. I’ll definitely hold on to it until planets emerge again for a good head to head. 



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Posted 04 January 2020 - 06:52 PM

Now, just Insulate it, and you can use it ANY time you want in that Michigan weather, without having to worry about "letting it cool " (especially when it's -5F outside).


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 06:56 PM

Now, just Insulate it, and you can use it ANY time you want in that Michigan weather, without having to worry about "letting it cool " (especially when it's -5F outside).

Thanks. I had thought about that as well. I had talked to punk35 about insulation a few months ago and still have those messages. Definitely will do. 



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Posted 04 January 2020 - 08:03 PM

Congrats Jon! I’m sure you will like it. My 6 inch sct was great for planets and lunar. I thought about Maks too, but went the way of the 100mm f7 ED instead.

 

Enjoy the Kool-aid! waytogo.gif


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 08:37 PM

Congrats Jon! I’m sure you will like it. My 6 inch sct was great for planets and lunar. I thought about Maks too, but went the way of the 100mm f7 ED instead.

 

Enjoy the Kool-aid! waytogo.gif

 

I’m really hoping I love the 150 mak at high power. Very important to me. 


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 01:23 PM

Maybe someone with a mak can help me out. 
 

 

This mak comes with only a 1.25” focuser. I’m ok with that. The point of this scope is for high power observing only for me. 
 

That said, I’m wondering though if I should grab a 40mm or 32mm plossl. It comes with a 26mm already. I’m not trying to spend too much money on lower power eyepieces in the 1.25” range. Unless you guys think of one that may be nice to have under $100. Thanks for any input. 



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Posted 05 January 2020 - 03:59 PM

Maybe someone with a mak can help me out. 
 

 

This mak comes with only a 1.25” focuser. I’m ok with that. The point of this scope is for high power observing only for me. 
 

That said, I’m wondering though if I should grab a 40mm or 32mm plossl. It comes with a 26mm already. I’m not trying to spend too much money on lower power eyepieces in the 1.25” range. Unless you guys think of one that may be nice to have under $100. Thanks for any input. 

If you have the 26mm and like using it, go for 40mm for the brighter exit pupil and max tfov.  32mm and 26mm is too close IMO 

 

I have 48, 32, 24 spacing and the 32, 24 seems a bit close and only useful in certain long focal length scopes.  It is useful still, but I could go with a larger gap.  


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 04:11 PM

If you have the 26mm and like using it, go for 40mm for the brighter exit pupil and max tfov.  32mm and 26mm is too close IMO 

 

I have 48, 32, 24 spacing and the 32, 24 seems a bit close and only useful in certain long focal length scopes.  It is useful still, but I could go with a larger gap.  

Thanks Tyson. That’s what I’ve been thinking as well with the exit pupil going brighter. 


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 07:10 PM

32mm and 26mm is too close IMO

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 04:09 PM

It’s here. I’m nervous about liking it. This is compact. All arrived nicely

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 04:27 PM

This is just to set up. Will hook up my EQ head when I use it. Which will put the finder in a good spot. Problem is the diagonal needs upgraded, and for the first time since owning this tripod, may have to lower it for better eyepiece height. 

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 04:33 PM

I’m going to guess this is Synta made. I would love to know if I could find a diagonal that just screw on to the visual back of this scope though, but I’m not sure if anyone even has this scope here on CN. 



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Posted 07 January 2020 - 04:45 PM

I am guessing that it doesn't accept the standard 2" dia. SCT diagonal? Congrats on the scope arriving safely - that's a victory these days.
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Posted 07 January 2020 - 05:04 PM

Here we go. Tripod legs lowered all the way down. Took more CW than I had thought. But it’s going to be sweet. 

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 05:06 PM

I am guessing that it doesn't accept the standard 2" dia. SCT diagonal? Congrats on the scope arriving safely - that's a victory these days.

I measured the back opening. Only 1.25” of opening. But the threaded area looks big enough for a 2” SCT threaded diagonal. It has me tempted to try one out at least. Though that may have some mishaps. Not sure. My plan is to only use for high powers planets and lunar. If I like those views it’s a keeper. If I like the 100ED more, than I don’t know. 



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Posted 07 January 2020 - 05:21 PM

I’m going to guess this is Synta made. I would love to know if I could find a diagonal that just screw on to the visual back of this scope though, but I’m not sure if anyone even has this scope here on CN. 

If it's Synta made (and I'm pretty sure it is) then the thread should be sct.



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Posted 07 January 2020 - 05:25 PM

If it's Synta made (and I'm pretty sure it is) then the thread should be sct.

Awesome. Thanks. Would attaching a 2” threaded diagonal kill me though do you think. I’d only use the 1.25” eyepieces with it still. But the one screw holding in the cheap diagonal I really truly just don’t like. Or feel safe with. 



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Posted 07 January 2020 - 06:07 PM

I don't like the 1 screw visual backs that Meade uses. On my Meade scopes I use either a click lock or a Celestron visual back. The Celestron has 2 thumbscrews. I found this at Agena https://agenaastro.c...-back-e-15.html It has a compression ring. 



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Posted 07 January 2020 - 06:10 PM

I don't like the 1 screw visual backs that Meade uses. On my Meade scopes I use either a click lock or a Celestron visual back. The Celestron has 2 thumbscrews. I found this at Agena https://agenaastro.c...-back-e-15.html It has a compression ring. 

Wow thanks. So much to learn. Definitely picking that up now. Seems like it will do it for me. 



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Posted 07 January 2020 - 06:14 PM

Yeah, I think I'm going to get one too lol.gif  



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Posted 07 January 2020 - 06:23 PM

Who believes in curses

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 07:16 PM

Man, I really hope you are having fun with the mak.  Your setup looks great.  Looking at how much more compact it is than the 180mm makes me think I would have spent more time with a mak if it were a 150mm.  The 127mm would not have enough aperture for me for sure.

 

That's Venus, right?  Let us know how it goes!


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Posted 07 January 2020 - 07:28 PM

While I have a few passing clouds. Very quick I’ll say, I’ve had a drink of the koolaid. 


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Posted 07 January 2020 - 08:42 PM

The verdict is in. Clouds have come and the night is over. 
 

 

lunar detail. Strictly amazing. The scope is nice and crisp with its view. Beats out the 100ED in detail. As the scope kept cooling , the views kept getting better. I brought it to 268x with my 6.7mm, it was asking for my 4.7mm. I didn’t go any further though. Venus was nice and crescent at the same magnification. I’m awaiting the 40mm plossl I just purchased from classifieds still. So the lowest I could go was 69x. The light it gathers is well above my 100ED with the fainted stars. Collimation seemed very very good. I almost wonder if I should switch out the scope now for one with a 2” focuser at least?  Great first light. 


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Posted 07 January 2020 - 10:04 PM

Maks are unreal if you have the seeing for them!  They really suffer in poor seeing(which is what I tend to get more often then not).

 

Glad you're having fun! 


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