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Anyone Purchase A 1.25" Starlight Instr. Feathertouch For Their Celestron C5 (+) ?

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#1 RalphMeisterTigerMan

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 07:44 PM

I knew once I started my Celestron C5+ project that downsizing meant downsizing all the way. Including a 1.25" Televue Everbrite diagonal and 1.25" eyepieces. Many of you are probably wondering "Why the heck would the RalphMeister do something so crazy"? First of all, with the Celestron C5 you really do not gain anything by going with 2" accessories, except vignetting, costing more money and the extra weight which would make the C5 back-end heavy.

 

I have had many years of visual observing with 2" eyepieces, now that I needed to down-size, I decided to go all the way. Besides, there are some really nice 1.25" eyepieces, the TV 24mm Panoptic for example.

 

While the stock focuser that C5+ is equipped with is okay, but I want more back and forward focussing leway. A Starlite Instruments feathertouch, 2-speed with 3/4" travel combined with the ability to move the primary back and forth should give me all the focussing travel I could ever want. The problem is, there isn't much in the way of 1.25" focusers for SCT telescopes available.

 

Also, the Starlite instruments Feather touch is rather pricey for just being a 1.25". Having had several of these focusers in the past, I really do love them and as long as I am able, I would like to stick with my C5+ and enjoy it for as long as I can.

 

So, who out there have purchased a SL Feathertouch 1.25" and do you like it?

 

Clear skies and keep looking up!

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 08:14 PM

I haven't used the Feather Touch 1.25" focuser.  However, I also have a scope I only use 1-1/4" eye pieces with.  I have a MoonLite single speed Crayford for that scope.  Since I only use small, light eye pieces with this scope the single speed works very well.  It is a "native" two speed focuser, but I just leave the adapter in and put my 1-1/4" diagonal in place.  It all works well.

 

Perhaps Ron has some remaining stock of manual focusers?  If not, Starlight Instruments will, I'm sure, be all too happy to send you either a 1-1/4" or 2" focuser.

 

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Posted 22 June 2021 - 11:16 PM

Perhaps it's age catching up with me or all the stress that I've been thru but for the life of me I do not recognize your telescope. Sure looks cool though. Do you have a light-shield attached or is it a really long tube assembly?

 

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Posted 23 June 2021 - 03:28 PM

It's an ATM classical Cassegrain.  The primary is f/4 and the secondary magnification is x5, so the OTA is quite long, but the secondary mirror is quite small: 40mm.  Overall secondary obstruction is 26% because of the baffle.



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Posted 30 June 2021 - 01:52 AM

I have to admit that you have a Rad and sexy looking scope. A little reminiscent a the Quantum 6. I don't know but your scope looks very, very familiar. I'd almost swear that at sometime in my observing history I have seen and looked thru this scope. Looks like a fun scope to own, I hope the optics are as good as the scope looks. I actually have to admit some envy!

 

Great looking scope. Good luck!

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