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#26 belgrade

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 08:31 PM

ED 80Sf is now $500 with StarGuy as a CyberMonday week special- if anyone’s interested. The email says that discount is taken on checkout...

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:32 AM

Welp, my new scope is on the UPS truck out for delivery today. Wahoo!

 

Guess what? Its snowing...


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Posted 04 December 2019 - 01:50 PM

It has arrived in case anybody wants to see pictures. One thing I wasn’t expecting, and I actually had no reason to expect was that it did not come with a 1.25 inch adapter so I could use my Tak prism diagonal. Not sure why I thought it came with an adapter to use a 1.25” diagonal. No worries! I’m sure the flip mirror will do just fine until I can get one. The flip mirror is way bigger than I thought it would be.

Images seem pretty bright and super sharp just in my initial daytime alignment of the finder scope.

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 02:16 PM

Congratulations! I like the way it matches the Porta mount. I was using my 80mm scope last night. I decided to leave it setup on a photo tripod as my lazy grab-n-go winter setup. I left the same zoom in it as you have which I never use. Trying to keep it as simple as possible.

 

I hope it clears up for you soon so you can get out with it. I had a C80ED which is optically the same as your scope. I was very nice. You will enjoy the nice crisp views. 


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Posted 04 December 2019 - 02:27 PM

Congratulations! I like the way it matches the Porta mount. I was using my 80mm scope last night. I decided to leave it setup on a photo tripod as my lazy grab-n-go winter setup. I left the same zoom in it as you have which I never use. Trying to keep it as simple as possible.

 

I hope it clears up for you soon so you can get out with it. I had a C80ED which is optically the same as your scope. I was very nice. You will enjoy the nice crisp views. 

Thanks! The scope is actually bigger than I thought which is a good thing. I figured with a Vixen scope, Vixen mount and Vixen Zoom the skies would of opened up the stars would of shone and a bourbon would of magically appeared in my glass. NOPE!   ;)


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Posted 04 December 2019 - 02:42 PM

It has arrived in case anybody wants to see pictures. One thing I wasn’t expecting, and I actually had no reason to expect was that it did not come with a 1.25 inch adapter so I could use my Tak prism diagonal. Not sure why I thought it came with an adapter to use a 1.25” diagonal. No worries! I’m sure the flip mirror will do just fine until I can get one. The flip mirror is way bigger than I thought it would be.

Images seem pretty bright and super sharp just in my initial daytime alignment of the finder scope.

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Sweet. Looks like my Vixen ED80SF!! I told you, you will not regret your purchase!

Cheers

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 02:53 PM

Sweet. Looks like my Vixen ED80SF!! I told you, you will not regret your purchase!

Cheers

Don

You did tell me! You were right!  wink.gif

 

This thing is so much easier to move around than my Mak too. Not retiring the Mak, but it's going to rest in the colder months and share its time with its ED80 brother. I just ordered the WO 2" to 1.25" RotoLock adapter so I can use my Tak prism diagonal with it. Figured that it could then be used later on for my 1.25" EP's when I get the WO 2" diagonal I have my eye on. As for now, no more spending money and I will just enjoy my new scope with my current set of 1.25" EP's.

 

Oh, and as of right now Im thinking I could of gotten away with the regular Porta II instead of the Tall version. I'm average height and even with the Tall mount at its shortest its only about 8 inches shorter than what my Mak on its EQ3 is set at. Maybe looking through a refractor at the Zenith will be a different story. I guess even if I don't raise it too much that's just more stability in the legs.


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Posted 04 December 2019 - 04:08 PM

Great looking Vixen set-up! Buy a Baader Clicklock 2" to 1.25" adapter for such a fine instrument.


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Posted 04 December 2019 - 04:16 PM

Oh, and as of right now Im thinking I could of gotten away with the regular Porta II instead of the Tall version. I'm average height and even with the Tall mount at its shortest its only about 8 inches shorter than what my Mak on its EQ3 is set at. Maybe looking through a refractor at the Zenith will be a different story. I guess even if I don't raise it too much that's just more stability in the legs.

The longer legs will come in handy when you get your next larger refractor smile.gif. Once you look through one you're hooked.


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Posted 04 December 2019 - 04:37 PM

Great looking Vixen set-up! Buy a Baader Clicklock 2" to 1.25" adapter for such a fine instrument.

Thank you, excellent idea but I bought the William Optics RotoLock 2" to 1.25" adapter. It's red. The Vixen logo is red. Yes, I'm that shallow! ;)


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Posted 04 December 2019 - 05:55 PM

Thank you, excellent idea but I bought the William Optics RotoLock 2" to 1.25" adapter. It's red. The Vixen logo is red. Yes, I'm that shallow! wink.gif

I like red too! Primaluce for me!


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Posted 04 December 2019 - 08:40 PM

Beautiful!

But you do realise you are in for a raft of crummy weather, don't you?

Crap weather always comes with anything new.

 

Enjoy!


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