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When Was The Stellarvue F-7 Nighthawk Produced?

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#1 sojourneyer

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 07:25 PM

When was the 80mm Achromat  Stellarvue  F-7 Nighthawk produced and sold?

Was it a good scope?



#2 Olhado

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 08:12 PM

I believe it came out in 2004-2007, though near the end it was tweaked to be 560mm focal length (it was slightly shorter at start I believe). It became the SV80ED, though I don’t know that anything changed other than the name, to be aligned with a new naming scheme from Stellarvue.

(I bought my in 2007).

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 08:15 PM

Oh man, I thought you were talking the night hawk next gen. The nighthawk and night hawk 2 were obviously prior to 2004. There is also the predecessor to the nighthawk, named the Stellarvue 1010, I think.


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#4 sojourneyer

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 08:52 PM

I believe it came out in 2004-2007, though near the end it was tweaked to be 560mm focal length (it was slightly shorter at start I believe). It became the SV80ED, though I don’t know that anything changed other than the name, to be aligned with a new naming scheme from Stellarvue.

(I bought my in 2007).

I do not think this was an ED.  Just an achromat.



#5 Olhado

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 09:08 PM

Yes, you are right. I misread the topic. The original nighthawk was pre-2004, possible even late 90s.

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 04:52 PM

I have a SV7 80mm f/7 Aplanat refractor serial number 157 with a 2 speed Crayford that I bought in 2008 IIRC.

 

Nice low power wide field views especially from darker locations.  Decent high power 150x for moon and planets.  Some CA but not too bad.


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Posted 21 January 2020 - 10:18 AM

I don't remember the date but my SV Nighthawk Achro provided me and my wife with a view of Saturn being occulted by the Moon

about 11 0/clock at night on top of Haleakala Volcano on Maui.  It was a nice achro for travel.  Sometime  around 1996-1999.

Wes

 

EDIT

I looked up Lunar Occultations and Saturn was occulted in November 1997.  It was very cold that night in my memory.  The

telescope was not new but maybe one year old IIRC.  BTW years later I purchased the SV 102edt  and it performed very well also.


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