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#26 clamchip

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 12:20 PM

It seems most every scope I've owned has in someway given me a wow moment or two, or more!

Not all of them but I'd say most.

When they leavebawling.gif wowness doesn't seem to make a difference.

Probably the biggest WOW's came from Bluey, a Coulter 17.5", Woody, a 14.5" Starsplitter and

Mr. C14, orange vintage. All gone now.

Life here is a merry-go-round when it comes to telescopes.

I seem to have enough of them to keep me rotating over and over again, and it's like seeing a old friend.

When one leavesfrown.gif  there is no rhyme or reason, I just flat out have like a unconscious mini stroke or

something, kisses then good bye. 

 

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 01:22 PM

So do you disclose to the new owner the scope lacks the wow factor?

I think the 'wow' factor is a very personal, intrinsic kind of thing. What wows me my not wow you. So in effect, to answer you directly, No. :lol:


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 01:42 PM

I think the 'wow' factor is a very personal, intrinsic kind of thing. What wows me may not wow you.

Sometimes i'm not wow'd by performance, it may be colour scheme like my two tone sears, being a complete boxed set like my carton and towas. It may be just having a great evening with a particular scope that makes a wow memory.. i guess wow factor comes in all shapes and flavours :)


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 01:50 PM

Our Daughter wasn't Wowed! by this Classic...

 

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... but neither was my Wife -- no Living Room Display Privileges for the Vixen FL80S.

 

Wanna know how serious I am about down-sizing?  There ya go!


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 02:18 PM

Our Daughter wasn't Wowed! by this Classic...

 

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... but neither was my Wife -- no Living Room Display Privileges for the Vixen FL80S.

 

Wanna know how serious I am about down-sizing?  There ya go!

JW,

 

If I hadn't had my FC76, I would have had a very tough time letting that one go! I'm very wowed by my two Vixens.


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 02:35 PM

One night I had my Smorgasbord (1970's 10" newt built with all the finest parts of the time) set up

and tracking Saturn, just a perfect view, I went to get my wife so she could see.

She looked in the eyepiece and said,

"but it's no bigger than a pencil eraser, is that it?"

I still own Smorgasbord, it has a very high wow-factor.

I can't seem to get my wife interested in astronomy.

She can't get me interested in quilting.

 

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 04:32 PM

I think the 'wow' factor is a very personal, intrinsic kind of thing. What wows me my not wow you. So in effect, to answer you directly, No. lol.gif

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Posted 16 June 2020 - 04:33 PM

One night I had my Smorgasbord (1970's 10" newt built with all the finest parts of the time) set up

and tracking Saturn, just a perfect view, I went to get my wife so she could see.

She looked in the eyepiece and said,

"but it's no bigger than a pencil eraser, is that it?"

I still own Smorgasbord, it has a very high wow-factor.

I can't seem to get my wife interested in astronomy.

She can't get me interested in quilting.

 

Robert

You built to small a scope. Bigger image scale would have provided that required WOW factor.


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Posted 16 June 2020 - 04:41 PM

My little Tasco 9t wowed me. My VC200L was, at that time, new and it was getting all my time. But I was not happy with it and had sent it back to be checked out. After weeks of clouds, a clear night came, and, in desperation, I cut a piece of wood to fit the GP, taped the Tasco to it and went out to view. WOW! Solidly mounted, the views were outstanding compared to the VC200L! Jupiter and Saturn nice and sharp! Stars that focused down to points. Just blew me away. Other scopes have come and gone, but this little scope is a keeper.
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Posted 21 June 2020 - 02:58 PM

Wow factor concerning optics:

RV6

Unitron 142

Televue Genesis 

AP 6 inch f/8 triplet (twas a fool to part with it.)

 

Wow factor concerning mechanics and appearance:

Unitron models 142 and 128

Bill

Still have my original, still love it, 30 years on. I went from 7x50 WW2 binoculars to Genesis, what a blast!


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 03:28 PM

Putting aside a lot of 'first wows' and thinking about 'still wow', it's this Telementor that I got from Allan Dystrup about six years ago.  Millimeter for millimeter, it's likely to be the best scope I'll ever own.   Still wow.

 

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 05:09 PM

This morning my wife walked into my Studio and actually said WOW!

It's been in the attic so long she was kind of shocked and had completely forgotten I had it.

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Jaegers 4" on Cave mount 1978

 

I said it to myself when I set it up last night.

Now I need to see if it will indeed still WOW me?


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#38 Russell Smith

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Posted 21 June 2020 - 05:36 PM

WOW


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 06:52 PM

This morning my wife walked into my Studio and actually said WOW!

It's been in the attic so long she was kind of shocked and had completely forgotten I had it.

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Jaegers 4" on Cave mount 1978

 

I said it to myself when I set it up last night.

Now I need to see if it will indeed still WOW me?

Definitely a WOW telescope. Congrats!

 

Guido


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 07:36 PM

Definitely a WOW telescope. Congrats!

 

Guido

Yes WOW!


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 07:37 PM

This morning my wife walked into my Studio and actually said WOW!

It's been in the attic so long she was kind of shocked and had completely forgotten I had it.

attachicon.gifJaeger-Studio.jpg

Jaegers 4" on Cave mount 1978

 

I said it to myself when I set it up last night.

Now I need to see if it will indeed still WOW me?

wow


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 07:42 PM

Thanks fellas.

 

It's funny how setting it up put me in a very good mood.

 

Sometimes the telescope you want is the one you already have. wink.png


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Posted 21 June 2020 - 08:09 PM

Thanks fellas.

 

It's funny how setting it up put me in a very good mood.

 

Sometimes the telescope you want is the one you already have. wink.png

It's fabulous.

When you have some spare time you need to tell us more about it.

 

Robert


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 01:39 AM

It's fabulous.

When you have some spare time you need to tell us more about it.

 

Robert

Thanks Robert, I'll give it it's own topic showing it's details and the history of building it.


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 09:11 AM

Hi Forum,

 

Looking at Jupiter during its first light with a 25-H eyepiece  ".....is this performance true for this aperture?  am i seeing well? "

 

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Carlos


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 09:36 AM

my 1960 6"f8  rv6   $199.99


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 10:08 AM

I wow other peoples vintage scopes. Most all the older ones in my collection offer a similar performance between what I personally got.

 

The first wow moment I had was with my dob, but strangely enough I still use  my smaller vintage 60mm scopes a heck of a lot more often. They are just easier to move around for a quick peak, and i am still  happy with what I am able to see.

 

Almost any scope is better than no scope at all, and beginners do not have to invest big dollars to first get started.


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Posted 22 June 2020 - 10:09 AM

Three spectacular 50mm scopes.  All things considered, the NK is the pick of the litter, but each one has its strong points.  All three have superb optics.

 

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 08:45 AM

Jupiter being closer this year should give all of us some WOW moments.  I am going to drag out the 12.5" porta ball and see if I can recreate the WOW moments this scope has given me of Jupiter.   Feels like you are orbiting the planet.  


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Posted 23 June 2020 - 09:27 AM

I'm expecting some WOW moments for Mars / Jupiter / Saturn with my improved Meade 826:

 

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- AND -

 

Anticipating some WOW Side-By-Sides with my APM 152ED:

 

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The Winner?  We shall see...


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