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#76 Nippon

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Posted 03 April 2021 - 01:29 PM

The beauty is new Vixen refractors look just as classic as ones that are decades old.

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#77 Nippon

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Posted 03 April 2021 - 02:10 PM

Both of these were posted recently but since this is a Vixen crazyeyes.gif candy thread here they are again.

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C60 circa 1983

 

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SP-C80 circa 1991

 

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I like these unique left or right swivel finders

The bracket serves as the finder's tube and the adjusters only move the crosshair cell.

And orange flavored Vixen candy at that. Pretty rare these days. I love the Celestron orange scopes but in the same way I love pugs and bulldogs. So ugly they're cute.


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Posted 03 April 2021 - 03:11 PM

And orange flavored Vixen candy at that. Pretty rare these days. I love the Celestron orange scopes but in the same way I love pugs and bulldogs. So ugly they're cute.

I agree. I remember my first thoughts vividly: ORANGE!!! Good grief! Why??? And then they gradually grew on me as I warmed up to the early orange C5 and C8 pumpkins that went from ghastly to cute in my eyes and my heart. As for orange refractors tho.... it’s just plain wrong!!! lol.gif

 

That’s a really pretty ED103 BTW. waytogo.gif


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Posted 03 April 2021 - 04:25 PM

Yes somehow the stubby cats can get away with the orange more so than the refractors.


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Posted 03 April 2021 - 04:32 PM

Thanks for the compliments of my trusty ED103. It's objective lens is so good it has become my reference standard for how optics should perform. Perhaps it's just an outstanding sample or typical for this model. Who knows.



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Posted 04 April 2021 - 07:26 AM

I’ve heard very good things about the ED103. I was on the path to get one and then the minty green Vixen ED102 came up for sale and my heart went pitti-pat. I had almost bought one twenty years ago and as soon as I saw it, I had to have it. Its quite a wonderful scope. It and the Tak FC-76 are my favorite backyard telescopes Spring, Summer, and Fall.


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Posted 04 April 2021 - 04:13 PM

Hey Terra is it the f/8 +- or the f/6.5. I think they were designated ED102S and ED102SS?


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Posted 04 April 2021 - 06:43 PM

Hey Terra is it the f/8 +- or the f/6.5. I think they were designated ED102S and ED102SS?

Mine is the SS, F6.5

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 02:04 PM

This "Classic" Vixen telescope lineup from the late 90s is still my primary galaxy and nebula hunting lineup for photography in 2021. Only 1 of the 3 types remain in production, the trusty ED81s wt.

Vixen A80ss wt - Widefield, Markarian Chain
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Vixen ED81s wt - All Around doublet APO, nebula and widefield.
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Vixen NA140ssf - Galaxy and deep sky
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The deep classics like the FL90s and FL80s are being put to work on visual duty :-) Unless someone has a rare reducer/flattener for the fl90s they want to donate to the cause?

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Posted 06 April 2021 - 02:49 PM

Mine is the SS, F6.5

I see you have the older Vixen 7x50 non illuminated finder too. I found mine in the classifieds and was shocked at how long it is. I like it a lot and it's super sharp except at the edge.


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Posted 11 April 2021 - 04:54 AM

Can i play along? grin.gif

A Vixen 60mm on a Vixen GP. smile.gif

 
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