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#26 izar187

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 09:32 AM

Few more examples of what can be done.

 

https://www.cloudyni...for-refractors/

 

https://www.cloudyni...pe-mount/page-4


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#27 roycej

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 10:33 AM

Thanks for all the replies! Of course I'm keeping the scope, what was I thinking? And I have sufficient carpentry skills to build a tripod and mount, either a pipe mount or a Berry. Now I can start saving for eyepieces.


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 11:00 AM

Unless I've missed it, I'm dying over here to know what you paid for it!



#29 roycej

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 01:08 PM

Unless I've missed it, I'm dying over here to know what you paid for it!

Let's just say <$1000


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#30 Vic Menard

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 01:19 PM

Let's just say <$1000

Nice!

 

(Skip the pipe mount and build a Berry--I'm not kidding, it's what you want.)


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Posted 04 March 2021 - 01:20 PM

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#32 roycej

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 02:08 PM

That is a great scope. You've aroused my envy wink.gif  I'm surprised, if it was an estate sale, that the mount wasn't around there somewhere. Even so, it is possible to build a perfectly usable visual mount for it. The main consideration will be storage and how easy it will be to use.

I looked for eyepieces too, and didn't see any. The scope came with a dew shield, 2 inch diagonal, spotting scope and a case big enough to hold a body--but no eyepieces. I doubt all the items in this sale came from the same "estate", they were all in a huge warehouse. I believe they think that "estate sale" sounds classier than "public auction". 



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Posted 04 March 2021 - 05:56 PM

Nice scope but a 6" refractor is gonna be a pain to mount, an expensive pain at that. I'd sell it and get a 10 or 12 inch dob that will blow the doors off of it, at a fraction of the price.



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Posted 04 March 2021 - 09:08 PM

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#35 clearwaterdave

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 09:34 PM

I'd like to try a 6" on Frank.,My 5" floats very stable on it.,as does the longer 120.,

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 12:28 AM

Keep it...  It's nice.


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Posted 05 March 2021 - 07:05 PM

You could have a lot of fun just taking pictures of the AP guys' faces when you tell them you spent under $1k on a 6" carbon fiber tube APO. LOL!

 

That is an amazing find. If it were me, I'd buy some nice EPs, a star diagonal and maybe a go-to mount for it. I'd enjoy it until I had that dark sky home you were talking about, then I'd probably trade it in for a massive dob. 


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#38 JoshUrban

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Posted 06 March 2021 - 09:40 AM

You got a 6" APO triplet for under a grand???  Oh YEAH, buddy!  Now THAT'S a deal!  I'd keep that.  The visual views will be stunning, you can do imaging with it, and someone else mentioned that it even makes a cool living room decoration.  

 

  A 10" dob can be had for five hundred bucks off a slow boat from China.  I'm a dob fan,  but man, that would be like selling a porsche for a minivan.  If you're looking to smoke a cigar and enjoy the universe - you've got the dream rig.  And, if you don't want it, I'll give ya $1500 for it.  ;)  


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#39 Echolight

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Posted 06 March 2021 - 12:16 PM

That's a fantastic looking scope!

 

I've considered building a heavy mount with an elevating central column made from either a geared trailer jack or a long ram hydraulic jack. I'd probably put a couple of wheels on it to roll it around.

 

My cheap 6 inch achro works pretty good on a relatively lightweight tall alt/az mount. But it's maybe a little less heavy on the objective end being only a doublet. I can pick the whole thing up and move it around pretty easily.

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#40 AZ49

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Posted 06 March 2021 - 05:55 PM

That is a great scope. Especially for your first one. I remember my first being an ETX 70. Having a 6” triple would have been a dream. The only downside is that now you will be spoiled lol. But definitely save up for a good mount. 


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Posted 07 March 2021 - 02:03 AM

Let's just say <$1000

 

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#42 BKBrown

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Posted 09 March 2021 - 11:16 AM

Too much scope? No way! When I was first getting into the game in the early 70s a 6" was considered perfectly suitable. Of course that was a 6" f/8 Newtonian...and you have an APO refractor. Totally awesome!

 

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