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#1 mewmartigan

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 06:02 AM

William Optics Facebook page just says it is coming soon and provided a trailer (haha) with a nice look at it.

 

https://www.youtube....cKRVrIdwoUc8zxM

 

It looks really nice but I was definitely hoping for a 102/103 or even a 115mm in the Fluorostar line. Maybe its just me but I feel like this is too close to the 81mm GT.


Edited by mewmartigan, 09 September 2020 - 06:03 AM.

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#2 Phillip Creed

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 06:39 AM

Focal length?

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 06:39 AM

Hmm...there was meant to be a WO RedCat 71 & RedCat 91. I wonder if the RC91 has evolved into FluoroStar 91 instead.



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Posted 09 September 2020 - 06:43 AM

And they misspelled it as Flourostar at the end! lol.gif


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Posted 09 September 2020 - 08:07 AM

And they misspelled it as Flourostar at the end! lol.gif

Will there be a gluten-free version?lol.gif



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Posted 09 September 2020 - 08:11 AM

This will help me find aliens lol.gif 

 

It does look nice though.


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Posted 09 September 2020 - 09:42 AM

Strehl of 0.96



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Posted 09 September 2020 - 10:02 AM

Hmm...there was meant to be a WO RedCat 71 & RedCat 91. I wonder if the RC91 has evolved into FluoroStar 91 instead.

I hope it's not a larger version of the RedCat51.  I prefer to buy scopes used, and that saves me a good 30% in most cases.

Most.

Not so with a RedCat.  I could only take so many "here's my used RedCat51 for $50 less than the $750 retail price" ads popping up in CN Classifieds and Astromart before I scratched the WO51 off my wish list altogether.

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Posted 09 September 2020 - 10:57 AM

Focal length?

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F6, 540mm. Same as TS-optics 90.



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Posted 09 September 2020 - 02:01 PM

Pretty pics, but no real info about the scope, except it has a thermometer....



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Posted 09 September 2020 - 02:21 PM

I thought I was watching a Terminator trailer...


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Posted 09 September 2020 - 02:30 PM

And you can see aliens with it.
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Posted 09 September 2020 - 02:35 PM

What's the difference between the Gran Turismo series and the Flourostar series?

 

They're both triplets and uses FPL-53 glass? What am I missing here? Thanks!



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 10:03 AM

What's the difference between the Gran Turismo series and the Flourostar series?

 

They're both triplets and uses FPL-53 glass? What am I missing here? Thanks!

The naming is really the only difference that I can see.  The FLT line was originally their premier line, going back to the FLT132 which was the only really available model in the FLT line.  Both are FPL-53 Triplets as you pointed out.

 

The FLT-132 has been made available with an optional FeatherTouch focuser in the past, at a higher price, but with the new focusers being significantly better now, I don't see that anymore.

 

I'm excited about something high quality in the 91mm size because I think it fits a market need.  WO had an FLT98 that is no longer available, and also has had an FLT 151, and a GT 153 available in very small quantities as well.

 

From what I saw on Facebook, William announced it, and said it would be available worldwide by around Christmas, so I'm going to set up an early meeting with Santa to see if this is something that can be on my wish list lol.gif

 

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Posted 30 September 2020 - 01:35 PM

The naming is really the only difference that I can see.  The FLT line was originally their premier line, going back to the FLT132 which was the only really available model in the FLT line.  Both are FPL-53 Triplets as you pointed out.

 

The FLT-132 has been made available with an optional FeatherTouch focuser in the past, at a higher price, but with the new focusers being significantly better now, I don't see that anymore.

 

I'm excited about something high quality in the 91mm size because I think it fits a market need.  WO had an FLT98 that is no longer available, and also has had an FLT 151, and a GT 153 available in very small quantities as well.

 

From what I saw on Facebook, William announced it, and said it would be available worldwide by around Christmas, so I'm going to set up an early meeting with Santa to see if this is something that can be on my wish list lol.gif

 

Clear Skies!

 

Timm

They also just posted a "Special" Titanium Fluorostar 91. It looks like they took the Spacecat's paint and sprinkled it on. :)

 

I'm looking forward to this coming Christmas. Both the Fluorostar 91 and Redcat 71 are dropping in the December/January time frame.

 

Now the biggest question is... Can I really justify dropping ~$3,000 for 2 scopes? (I am expecting the Fluorostar 91 to be around $2,000 and the Redcat 71 around $1,000)


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Posted 30 September 2020 - 05:01 PM

I already paid about 1192 euro + 180 euro for shipping for a scope, 90mm triplet, now i am thinking about buying second one to complete my dual rig system, i feel like this one is the best match to my 90mm one, the 90mm triplet will be due to 30/Jan/2021, so i am waiting no matter what anyway and can't do anything about it, so while i am waiting i still can shopping around for that second one, and better be a RED color as this one to match my ZWO ASI camera more.



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Posted 30 September 2020 - 05:18 PM

The naming is really the only difference that I can see.  The FLT line was originally their premier line, going back to the FLT132 which was the only really available model in the FLT line.  Both are FPL-53 Triplets as you pointed out.

 

The FLT-132 has been made available with an optional FeatherTouch focuser in the past, at a higher price, but with the new focusers being significantly better now, I don't see that anymore.

 

I'm excited about something high quality in the 91mm size because I think it fits a market need.  WO had an FLT98 that is no longer available, and also has had an FLT 151, and a GT 153 available in very small quantities as well.

 

From what I saw on Facebook, William announced it, and said it would be available worldwide by around Christmas, so I'm going to set up an early meeting with Santa to see if this is something that can be on my wish list lol.gif

 

Clear Skies!

 

Timm

The FLT line goes way back before the FLT132 and includes the even older FLT110 (WO), FLT110 (TEC) and the FLT105 (TMB). The FLT105 was the same optics as the TMB-105/6.2 (LZOS OK-4 triplet). What you could say was the FLT line had the best optics available to WO at the time. I had one of the FLT105s. The one I had was William's personal scope at Riverside one year.


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Posted 13 October 2020 - 10:40 AM

I'm thinking a lot about the FLT91, but no preorder details seem to be available. Anyone have any ideas on when they'd expect more details from WO? Final price, for example?

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Posted 13 October 2020 - 11:33 AM

It looks like a Long Perng product like many of the earlier WO scopes.  Always liked their fit and finish.  question.gif

 

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Posted 13 October 2020 - 04:31 PM

Actually smart move by William filling a spot between 80 and 100mm's. These will blow out fast.



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Posted 29 October 2020 - 02:22 AM

Actually smart move by William filling a spot between 80 and 100mm's. These will blow out fast.

The question is, is it really good idea to fill a gap or spot between 80mm and 90mm? I mean who would like to get 90mm instead of 80mm or instead of 100mm?



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Posted 29 October 2020 - 04:57 AM

WO crafts their scopes in a magnificent way. Seeing such commercial I simply have a desire to owe one. If that was the objective I'm on the hook. Hope for 120mm+ version though.



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Posted 29 October 2020 - 05:22 AM

The question is, is it really good idea to fill a gap or spot between 80mm and 90mm? I mean who would like to get 90mm instead of 80mm or instead of 100mm?

There is definitely a market for 90mm class tubes. Astrophysics, CFF, Astrotech, TMB, Sharpstar, Borg all think so. They are that bit larger than 80mm tubes, while still preserving that bit more portability over 100mm class tubes.



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Posted 29 October 2020 - 08:57 AM

WO crafts their scopes in a magnificent way. Seeing such commercial I simply have a desire to owe one. If that was the objective I'm on the hook. Hope for 120mm+ version though.

That commercial video definitely is sold to me, i want to have one, in fact if i didn't order a 90mm triplet earlier before then i might not think about this one, but i will wait to see more models or scopes new ones at 90mm these days.


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Posted 29 October 2020 - 08:59 AM

There is definitely a market for 90mm class tubes. Astrophysics, CFF, Astrotech, TMB, Sharpstar, Borg all think so. They are that bit larger than 80mm tubes, while still preserving that bit more portability over 100mm class tubes.

Indeed, That was a good idea, i was thinking about 80mm although many already upgraded to longer apertures, i also have achro 80mm, but i want to stay at wide field side, so i decided that 90mm is a good place in that spot between 80mm and 100, as you said, and also the price is very reasonable.




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