I just received a Lunt 102ED refractor today that I bought off a fellow CN'er used. Absolutely gorgeous piece of equipment!
It came in its own foam padded case and double boxed.
Of course I just had to open it and admire it for a while. The only refractors I've owned have been fast achromats (nice, but loads of CA of course). I can't afford an APO, but this is a 102ED that, according to reviews is very "apo-like" at f7. I've never owned a refractor this nice so of course I'm excited with my new acquisition...
A very nice, solid aluminum, padded case. Just as the previous owner modded the case to fit the 6X30 finder, I modded it a bit further to be able to include my diagonal and Zoom EP (my most used EP) since the case isn't long enough to accommodate the OTA with the diagonal in it. No biggee. Just a piece of foam between the diagonal/EP and the OTA and all is good. I could still find room for an additional EP or two and my 2X shorty Barlow. I need to look into a really nice wide FOV EP.
Of course I had to take it out and examine/admire it before mounting it on my Stellarvue M2C mount. Beautiful fit and finish. It has some heft to it for an f7 ED doublet.
Took me a while to find a perfect balance point with everything loaded, but once mounted it rides very smoothly on my mount. I can see I'm going to have to make a handle I can put on the rings as I want to be extra careful when mounting/dismounting it. The lens cap is a very heavy steel screw-on cap. The dew shield is quite long and retractable. Doesn't slide when pointed straight up. The dual speed focuser is very smooth and I love having the ability for micro-adjustments. The terrestrial view on anything at my highest power is extremely crisp, sharp and clean. Can't wait to get it out under the stars for a look through it.
Edited by MarkMittlesteadt, 04 August 2020 - 12:53 PM.