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Just ordered an Astrotech AT80ED!

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#26 scotsman328i

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Posted 15 February 2021 - 10:09 PM

Hi James,

 

The eyepiece is a Televue 27mm Panoptic. It is a wonderful low power eyepiece. It is fantastic!

 

For my high power eyepiece, I am trying out the Televue Nagler Zoom (3-6mm), per recommendations from a couple CN members. It is a supposed planet killer.

 

My "sweet spot" viewing (through all my fracs) is between 21 to 86x.

 

Clear Skies!smile.gif

If you get the chance, also try the 35 Panoptic. Wide swathes of star fields will knock your socks off!


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#27 James1996

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 01:07 PM

Just got a call from the guy's at Astronomics they just shipped my AT80ED it should be here by the end of the week. smile.gif  I still need to get a freaking mount and diagonal for it though... bangbang.gif


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#28 duck2k

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 02:15 PM

Just got a call from the guy's at Astronomics they just shipped my AT80ED it should be here by the end of the week. smile.gif  I still need to get a freaking mount and diagonal for it though... bangbang.gif

Hi James,

 

I use an Astrotech 2in dialectric for mine. They are perched on an ES Twilight I (Astrotech Voyager equivalent).


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#29 Mitchell M.

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 03:01 PM

+1 on the ES Twilight I. That is what my at80ed is mounted on.


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Posted 22 February 2021 - 06:42 PM

Just got a call from the guy's at Astronomics they just shipped my AT80ED it should be here by the end of the week. smile.gif  I still need to get a freaking mount and diagonal for it though... bangbang.gif

They call you on the phone when they ship your order?



#31 James1996

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 06:55 PM

They call you on the phone when they ship your order?

Well I was a total dork and didn't give my full address when I made my account on their website. lol.gif Had to give him, Ken I think he said his name was my full address. I've since fixed the problem on my account. Just got an email saying I'll receive the scope on Thursday. smile.gif


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#32 BRCoz

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 06:59 PM

Just think if you did enter your address you may have missed getting the scope by someone else adding it to their basket.  LOL


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#33 Dave Cook

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 08:49 PM

Got my AT80ED a few days ago too after constant stock-checking for a couple of months; it seems super nice.  The tube assembly is very sturdy and the focuser smooth with ~96mm of travel.  Tested it out standalone on a tripod with a Mead 2" dielectric diagonal and a TV 19 Panoptic.  I'm pretty sure my eyes are now the weak spot in the optical path.  It's going to get mounted on my Cave 8" as an aux/guide scope with a bunch of ADM rails-n-rings.  The stock Vixen bar was nice and has tripod threads on the bottom too.  I didn't particularly feel the need for a finder.  At the current price point it's definitely a winner.


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Posted Today, 12:01 PM

According to the specs, the AT80ED is 18" long with dew shield retracted and 21.25" long with dew shield extended.  Does this mean that the extended dew shield affords only 3.25" of protection?  The dew shield looks pretty long, but much of that length is wasted in covering the cell.  It would be much more effective if it simply screwed onto the end of the cell.  But I may still get one when they are back in stock; my Altaz Unitron mount needs a rider.

 

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Posted Today, 04:40 PM

Dom: i can measure mine tonight if someone else doesn't do the same first.

#36 Don Taylor

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Posted Today, 08:48 PM

Dom: I just measured mine and had a bit of a surprise!   I used a paper strip to keep hard measuring tools away from the optics.

 

The dew shield extends 4" from the objective trim ring (with the Astro Tech lettering etc.) when extended but does not fully retract. The dew shield retracted still extends 3/4" past the trim ring. So the change in length from retracted to deployed is indeed 3.25" but the protection is 4".




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