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Are you planning to purchase any new or used refractors this year?

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#126 25585

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 07:17 AM

I wasnt planning on getting a new refractor this year.  Was going to keep my modest budget one for a while as I am happy with it.

 

But of course- then an opportunity came up and now I have the most expensive refractor I ever purchased arranged to come to me in march. bangbang.gif  foreheadslap.gif

 

I will think of it as a future graduation present to myself for completing post secondary later this year, and hope to limit the buying and selling of scopes going forward.hmm.gif

Do you still have the NP127?



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Posted 16 January 2020 - 03:22 PM

I might upgrade the focuser on my TSA120 to the FT 3035 (but would keep the OE).

 

Looking into the cost of an adapter, I think it's the same as for TSA102s (A30-1903-4).  

 

 

 



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Posted 18 January 2020 - 10:44 AM

Hadn’t planned on any purchases this year. However, a friend recently announced that he was planning to sell his Takahashi FS-128. I was able to take a look at this magnificent telescope the other day, and pick it up. Surprisingly light. Man!  If I did not already have a TSA120, I could easily be tempted. It’s a decidedly elegant telescope from a more civilized time.
 


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 12:49 PM

Do you still have the NP127?

No I do not. 



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Posted 18 January 2020 - 01:23 PM

I just got the Ok to get a new scope...   Now I have to review all my research I've been doing.

 

The short list...

Sky-Watcher Evostar 72 

William Optics ZenithStar 61 mm

 

... and since they require Field Flattener, maybe a larger scope with a combined FF/Focal Reducer

 

Sky-Watcher Evostar ProED 80
William Optics ZenithStar 81 APO



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Posted 18 January 2020 - 07:46 PM

Really wasn’t planning on any “new” scopes this year. At least I made it to the 13th of January. A scope popped up for a decent price and next thing I know it is headed my way with anticipated delivery on Saturday. Time to let one go. 

Well, the “new” scope arrived safe and sound today. I really didn’t need another 4” refractor, but this is one I’ve wanted for a while. I honestly can’t believe it popped up on eBay with a reasonable BIN price. Scope came with a Scopeguard case and an AP Maxbright Diagonal. I have to admit, this 4” refractor is the smallest 4” refractor I’ve seen. Beautiful black pebble finish, focuser smooth, optics clear.  So, now I own an AP Traveler EDF. Serial number is in the mid 400’s.

 

I’m set for 4” refractors now. AP Traveler f6, TMB 100 f8, and a Unitron 152 (4” ff15). They also weigh light as a feather (AP), holy cow (TMB) and I think I threw my back out (Unitron). 


Edited by Esso2112, 18 January 2020 - 07:46 PM.

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 09:51 PM

Well, the “new” scope arrived safe and sound today. I really didn’t need another 4” refractor, but this is one I’ve wanted for a while. I honestly can’t believe it popped up on eBay with a reasonable BIN price. Scope came with a Scopeguard case and an AP Maxbright Diagonal. I have to admit, this 4” refractor is the smallest 4” refractor I’ve seen. Beautiful black pebble finish, focuser smooth, optics clear.  So, now I own an AP Traveler EDF. Serial number is in the mid 400’s.

 

I’m set for 4” refractors now. AP Traveler f6, TMB 100 f8, and a Unitron 152 (4” ff15). They also weigh light as a feather (AP), holy cow (TMB) and I think I threw my back out (Unitron). 

 No pics??? 4.gif



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Posted 18 January 2020 - 10:26 PM

 No pics??? 4.gif

I’ll take some tomorrow. I’ve been busy cleaning the astronomy room. Trying to get some things ready to sell.  I also worked on my FS-152 focuser getting it all tuned up and operating like it should. I had switched it out for a feathertouch, but the feathertouch doesn’t have enough inward focus travel for the f6 reducer, so I put the original focuser back on. 
 

As promised to Tyson. 

Ruler is 18” long.  

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Edited by Esso2112, 19 January 2020 - 06:13 PM.

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 12:52 AM

Wasn't planning on it but, after about 4 months a good samaritan answered a wanted ad for an FSQ-106EDX (iii or iv). I just took delivery of an EDXiii on Friday and it is mint and beautiful. Per the deal, shipping came with a ton of rain and clouds so it will be shelf bound for the foreseeable future. I am also on the Stowaway list but.... we all know how AP lists go. So I am not expecting anything else this year. To make room for the new glass I will probably have to depart with my well loved Esprit 100 though. Happy and sad days. 


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