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#26 barbie

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 08:03 PM

I had one when they first hit the market and really enjoyed it.


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Posted Yesterday, 02:01 PM

Terra Nova: Thanks much! Is Universal Astronomics out of business?!? That would be a terrible loss to amateur astronomers. 



#28 Mike W

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Posted Yesterday, 02:21 PM

Yes, I also have the "Planet Killer" 102mm f/11 from Kunming. Though "only" an inexpensive achromat, I always thought the views were terrific. I have not used it in a while because it just is not stable on my alt-az mounts. Can anyone recommend an alt-az mount that would be sturdy enough to hold it steady? 

The TV Gibraltar 5 with Berlebach tripod will handle it nicely:

 

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Posted Yesterday, 05:29 PM

Today I bought & took home a Vixen A102m, F10. It will be interesting to compare it with my F9 apos. The Vixen is lighter than my 100 Equinox, but heavier than my Tak DL. It will fit fine on the Tele Gizmo Ercole atop an EQ6 tripod.    


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#30 John Huntley

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Posted Yesterday, 05:43 PM

Today I bought & took home a Vixen A102m, F10. It will be interesting to compare it with my F9 apos. The Vixen is lighter than my 100 Equinox, but heavier than my Tak DL. It will fit fine on the Tele Gizmo Ercole atop an EQ6 tripod.    

I used to have one of those back in the early 1990's. Very nice achromats. My current Vixen ED102SS is essentially short tube version with an F/6.5 ED doublet in it.


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Posted Yesterday, 08:49 PM

I used to have one of those back in the early 1990's. Very nice achromats. My current Vixen ED102SS is essentially short tube version with an F/6.5 ED doublet in it.

Got the green finish, nostalgic as I wanted one when first starting in the hobby, but could not afford new.  

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Posted Yesterday, 11:15 PM

Terra Nova: Thanks much! Is Universal Astronomics out of business?!? That would be a terrible loss to amateur astronomers. 

Yes, unfortunately they are. However, they do come up periodically in the used market.




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