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#1 astro42

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 08:37 PM

Been wanting to try a longer focal length achromat for a while.

As these seem to be getting harder to find I checked with my dealer to see if Antares (Local here in Canada) still stocks these and low and behold Antares/Sky Instruments had one in there warehouse apparently the last one and they offered to upgrade the scope from a single speed to a dual speed focuser.

I'm very much looking forward to trying an achromat as I have never owned one before.

I'm realistic about the performance as it ain't no $2500 Takahashi but it has a different almost nostalgic appeal to me.

I'll update this thread when I get the scope and share my thoughts on it.


Edited by astro42, 15 February 2020 - 10:04 PM.

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:22 PM

HI,

 

If Galileo had one that big it would have changed history with all of the new discoveries he would have made using your 93mm scope. He would have been doing cartwheels all night long. There is something magical about owning and using a long refractor, it's like going back in time two hundred years. They're fun to view through and are actually quite sturdy and powerful. Good luck with yours when it arrives, I hope the moon and planets look spectacular through it, I'm sure Deep Sky Objects will.

 

Cheers, Dan cool.gif


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:03 PM

Thanks AstroDan,

It's something a little different to keep the hobby interesting for me.


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 09:43 AM

Love those Antares scopes vs the quality vs the $, I own or have owned 3-4 of them, of various sizes !  Clear Skies !


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 03:45 PM

Congratulations. A good quality achromat can be an excellent scope.

Keep is updated.



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 02:19 PM

I own long (or longish) achromats, ED doublets, and Apo triplets. My impression is that the long-focus achromats have flat fields and pinpoint stars that much more expensive instruments cannot top. I am quite willing to put up with a tiny amount of residual chromatic aberration for that. 


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 02:25 PM

Thanks for the input Keith.

I'm anxiously waiting for the scope to arrive.


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 03:16 PM

I recently sold my Antares Vixen Spec 105/1000 achro-- it was a real stunning performer that was razor sharp across the field, with only minimal CA on the brightest targets; other bright targets needed defocus to see the CA.  I replaced that achro with a Televue 101 apo-- while my new-old TV is a bit brighter and has no detectable CA, the Antares had such shockingly good performance per dollar that I kind of regret selling that scope.  


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 03:46 PM

Been wanting to try a longer focal length achromat for a while.
As these seem to be getting harder to find I checked with my dealer to see if Antares (Local here in Canada) still stocks these and low and behold Antares/Sky Instruments had one in there warehouse apparently the last one and they offered to upgrade the scope from a single speed to a dual speed focuser.
I'm very much looking forward to trying an achromat as I have never owned one before.
I'm realistic about the performance as it ain't no $2500 Takahashi but it has a different almost nostalgic appeal to me.
I'll update this thread when I get the scope and share my thoughts on it.


Congrats! I love my f15 80mm Towa. A lot of fun to use!

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 08:54 PM

I know that long focus refractors are no longer popular, but they sure can give nice views.

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 09:02 PM

That's a long one.


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 09:54 PM

That's a long one.

Uh...yea sure.....lol.gif

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 10:02 PM

Time to get hyped ahead of getting your Antares achro!  Good times with this one

 

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 04:58 PM

Here is my TMB/BOC Planet Hunter 80 f/11.25 telescope. Since the snapshot, I have moved and no longer have the houses overlooking my backyard, thank goodness. Also, in this photo, I placed a William Optics 2-inch extender on it so it would work with the one and a quarter-inch diagonal I placed on it. The scope works just fine without the extender when using a 2-inch diagonal. Love these classic-looking old-school refractors. Have fun with yours!

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 05:17 PM

Thanks for all the photo's.

UPS tracking says scope will be in my hands on Monday.waytogo.gif


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 05:38 PM

Now you're gonna be thinking about it all weekend!  Usually they fly by but in cases like this, a weekend can seem like an eternity! : )


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 06:21 PM

Hi astro42,

 

Mamas & The Papas...Monday, Monday...https://www.youtube....h?v=h81Ojd3d2rY

 

Enjoy, Dan cool.gif


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Posted 22 February 2020 - 04:14 PM

Thanks Danlaugh.gif



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 10:32 PM

So UPS showed up today with something but not the Antares 93mm F11 elite scope I ordered.

Whatever this is it was ordered right from Antares in Vancouver, BC. Canada.

Not sure if this is a joke but I'm not too happy.

Emailed the dealer that ordered it for me this evening.

I didn't attached the after market focuser after I seen what they sent.

 

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 10:58 PM

What does the front cell look like?  It looks like they didn't use the usual front shroud adapter / cell holder and just screwed on a length of same diameter tube



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 11:12 PM

Objective has lots of dust and mark's on the inside almost looks like streaks of glue or something.



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Posted 25 February 2020 - 01:26 PM

Talked to the dealer and he reluctantly agreed to take it back.

What happen to customer service.

Plus I'm going to be out shipping cost back to them.


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Posted 25 February 2020 - 02:10 PM

Sorry to hear that you're going through this.  I wouldn't pay return shipping cost on something that isn't your fault.  What they sent you may very well have the Antares/Vixen objective that can clean up, but it certainly isn't a complete Antares Elite with correct shroud and shroud adapter.   Perhaps if you could confirm that it's a good condition authentic objective, you could get a significant price offset, or maybe even be able to keep it for free. All you would need to have fabricated is the adapter for the shroud, and the shroud tube.

 

These Antares refractors used cheap tubing-- all of the value was in the objective, the focuser, and not much else.  

 

 

The objective should look something like this:

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this was advertised as a 105mm, but the cell design cuts the aperture down a bit, effectively down to 93-95mm



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Posted 25 February 2020 - 02:23 PM

The objective doesn't look like that at all.

But the dealer was told it was the vixen glass.

Not sure what to think.

I agree with you on the shipping but the dealer was being difficult and was putting the onus on me saying I didn't give the proper order information which is BS.

I even sent him a link to Roth Valley Optics in the UK so he could see exactly what I wanted.

I will not be buying anything from them again.




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