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Whats your Planet Killer telescope for 2020?

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#226 TG

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 01:25 AM

Barry still with us, then?


Yes, I corresponded with him a few weeks back. Turns out he lived in my town as a teen. Small world.

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 09:39 AM

I am ready for 2020 Planetary viewing. I will be using my 19.8lbs, 49.5"(with CAA), Takahashi FS-152 NSV apo refractor on DM6 mount on Berlabach Planet Tripod in comfort with my TV Nagler 5mm T6 in TeleVue Binovue attached to Baader T2 Zeiss prism diagonal while seated on my Starbound Chair!

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That is such a beautiful scope! And, having owned several FS-152s I know you have a superb planetary system ready to nail the planets! As the old beer commercial said, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”


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Posted 06 February 2020 - 10:12 AM

Jonathan,

Great looking rig! Question; at 250x or so are you still happy with the DM6 (nudging around) or are you beginning to wish for an equatorial?

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Posted 06 February 2020 - 05:30 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies. Cliff the DM6 is very smooth and easy to track even at 480X!

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 01:41 AM

funnypost.gif ... really funny.

 

 

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 02:55 AM

My carry-on friendly Tak FOA-60. Not sure if it qualifies as a planet killer, but at f/8.8, it was certainly designed with planets and luna in mind. I'm hoping to get some good views of Mars near opposition.

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 03:46 AM

My finder is bigger than that - and its a quad APO.

Admittedly it does resolve Uranus little disk nicely, too.


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Posted 07 February 2020 - 04:19 AM

My finder is bigger than that - and its a quad APO.

Admittedly it does resolve Uranus little disk nicely, too.

Hmm did know this was a size competition.



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Posted 07 February 2020 - 07:37 AM

Thanks everyone for your replies. Cliff the DM6 is very smooth and easy to track even at 480X!

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I have a DM6.  I concur.

 

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 08:28 AM

Thanks everyone for your replies. Cliff the DM6 is very smooth and easy to track even at 480X!

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I agree.  Buttery smooth, yet rock steady.  I use it with my AP 130 GT, Tak Mewlon 180 and NP 101. It's so good that I rarely use my GM 8 now. 


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Posted 07 February 2020 - 08:37 AM

Thanks, but my visual acuity really is not all that special. I know this from comparisons with other people. My skill lies simply in spending lots and lots of time behind the eyepiece, training myself hard in seeing faint and difficult things. I see no reason why others shouldn't be able to do the same. 

 

And visual skills and acuity counts for little, when it's overcast two or three weeks at a time... undecided.gif  And I've not had a night of perfect seeing the last decade or so. 

 

 

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Thomas:

 

When you're in your 70's, you may have a different opinion about visual acuity.  I spend a lof of time at the eyepiece but my eyes are not what they once were.

 

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 09:16 AM

Thanks Jonathan, Mike & Rob.

I might just have to order on of those for the opposition.


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Posted 07 February 2020 - 09:37 AM

Lovely setup! I’m impressed you fitted it all into the one carry-on pelican case. I have that same case to take on trips but it holds my binoculars with a few filters! Your setup has hard to surpass portability and no doubt puts up some great views. Now you have tempted me to replicate it before a trip with promising skies this spring! What mount do you use?

 

My planet killer will be my Tak FS-128 with binoviewer on a twilight 2. But when condions allow (once every 11.6 years or so)  I will set up my 12” Dob for planetary. 

 

My carry-on friendly Tak FOA-60. Not sure if it qualifies as a planet killer, but at f/8.8, it was certainly designed with planets and luna in mind. I'm hoping to get some good views of Mars near opposition.


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Posted 07 February 2020 - 10:58 AM

Thomas:

 

When you're in your 70's, you may have a different opinion about visual acuity.  I spend a lof of time at the eyepiece but my eyes are not what they once were.

 

jon

What I meant was that my vision isn't anything particularly special, compared to others of my age. I know people that have WAY better acuity than I do, but alas, they're not into astronomy. 

 

I do have a LOT of training, so I know what to look for and how to look for it, which is of course tremendously important.

 

 

Clear skies!
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Posted 07 February 2020 - 03:00 PM

Lovely setup! I’m impressed you fitted it all into the one carry-on pelican case. I have that same case to take on trips but it holds my binoculars with a few filters! Your setup has hard to surpass portability and no doubt puts up some great views. Now you have tempted me to replicate it before a trip with promising skies this spring! What mount do you use?

 

My planet killer will be my Tak FS-128 with binoviewer on a twilight 2. But when condions allow (once every 11.6 years or so)  I will set up my 12” Dob for planetary. 

Glad you like the setup. The case is actually a Condition 1 18" case. It's smaller than your standard carry on and I think it will fit under a plane seat.

I use it on a Manfrotto 290 Xtra tripod and a Manfrotto MVH500AH fluid head in reverse mode (to help with balance). I don't tolerate shakiness well, and I was surprised at how stable the setup is, even at 130x, which is probably as high as I want to go with this scope on planets and luna. Probably because the FOA-60 is a relatively light scope.

The only mod that I think is necessary for this setup is getting a larger 3/8" bolt to attach the scope tho the quick release plate. The bolt that came with the fluid head is too short for me to trust it with such a nice scope.


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Posted 07 February 2020 - 03:08 PM

A fluid head can be a good mount for astronomy as long as the load is light.  I have a 501HDV that works fine with small scopes like the AT60ED.  Putting on a longer plate helps.  The motion is very smooth.  No need for slo-mo controls, just a pan handle.

 

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