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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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#129 Tyson M

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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). 


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#132 Tyson M

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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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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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Posted 30 January 2020 - 10:14 PM

Do you have any new or used refractors on your radar this year to purchase?

.........

 

...Ralph

 

 

No, bawling.gif my wife cut up my credit cards undecided.gif

Well it turns out that I still had one credit card left that my wife hadn't found and chopped up.........

 

Long story short, this followed me home last night......... 

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 10:20 PM

Well it turns out that I still had one credit card left that my wife hadn't found and chopped up.........

 

Long story short, this followed me home last night......... 

Matt, great job on hiding your new acquisition: I'm sure your wife will never see it there!  wink.gif

 

Lovely rig!

 

CS

 

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#137 Tyson M

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 11:20 PM

Matt, great job on hiding your new acquisition: I'm sure your wife will never see it there! wink.gif

Lovely rig!

CS

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Rofl! Totally innocuous there, shining in the corner .

Love that scope Matt.

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 11:58 PM

Had been thinking of adding a bigger refractor to my stable and an ES ED127 popped up in the CN Classifieds.  Got a good first light night in with it before the clouds and rain moved in.  Telescope.gif cloudy.gif  I did thoroughly enjoy the sharp views.



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Posted 31 January 2020 - 03:41 AM

whats the scope? I had a moonraker look to it.

 

...Ralph

 

Well it turns out that I still had one credit card left that my wife hadn't found and chopped up.........

 

Long story short, this followed me home last night......... 



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Posted 31 January 2020 - 04:23 AM

whats the scope? I had a moonraker look to it.

 

...Ralph

Skylight AR101/15, full brass version, Televue 101mm F15 optics, FTF2535HD focuser


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 04:31 PM

I never plan and I seldom if ever have bought new. Things just appear that I need to buy. While I already had a Stellarvue SVA-130EDT triplet, I recently bought a used Parallax Instruments built APM 140 SD doublet just because its somewhat unique (and heavy as it has a 7" tube and a giant Moonlite CFL 2.5" focuser)(the yellow scope in my avatar).



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Posted 31 January 2020 - 04:45 PM

Stowaway.

 

My wife knows me too well.

 

If I would have passed on the notice, she would have probably take up drinkn'.


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:13 AM

New NP101 I hope.



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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:14 PM

Not really, but when somewhere a 180 ED shows up at a reasonable price, well it would be very difficult to resist the temptationgrin.gif 



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Posted 01 February 2020 - 04:25 PM

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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Absolutely beautiful unit!! 



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Posted 01 February 2020 - 05:39 PM

I don’t expect to have the budget for a new or used refractor this year. It’s cool, I’m happy with the one I have. If by some chance a bunch of money falls in my lap I’ve been eyeing the AT72ed II, or one of the many 80mmED options out there. Honestly, even though it’s not a refractor, I would probably pick up a inexpensive, used C8 or 9.25 SCT to replace the CPC11 I had to unexpectedly sell due to a family emergency. 



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Posted 03 February 2020 - 02:48 PM

Until 10th of January I haven't planned to buy anything for my astronomical hobby...

but then unexpectedly there was opportunity to purchase a classic Tasco refractor (102/1000 from the 80s), as shown below.

 

- So: opportunity makes deals!? I am not going to predict if and what I possible will purchase this year.

Just wanna wait and decide spontaneously.
 

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 09:59 PM

LoL!  I'm not planning on any new refractors, which really means I'll be getting something.  What, I have no clue, but that new refractor I did not plan on buying is out there waiting patiently for me to pull that trigger. 

 

I'll let you now what I got that I wasn't planning on getting...

 

CS

 

jason

Well, I bought the refractor I was not planning on buying; a SW 120ED f/7.5...

 

Guess I am forced to add an SW 80ED f/7.5 in the future; might as well complete the SW EVO Trio...

 

All funin' aside, I feel the SW120 is gonna be a game changer for me and a competent astronomy purchase.  And before all of you "you have to change the stock SW focuser" people chime in, I'm thinking of throwing on my GSO unit on the SW120 (a swap with my ST 120), but only because the GSO unit is rotatable.  I like the stock focuser on my SW100, it works well and does what I need it to do!

 

CSS

 

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Posted 15 May 2020 - 04:53 AM

Over a month, but the wait was worth it!

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Posted 15 May 2020 - 05:45 AM

I am full. No intention to buy another scope smile.gif

He, I was wondering if I have answered this thread. Couldn't remember doing so, obviously I had lol.gif . Of course I changed my mind. I sold an Equinox 120ED and got a nice Tak FC100DC instead. But now I am really satisfied, and full grin.gif


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