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#326 Terra Nova

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 01:20 PM

I was thinking I needed to get a TV85 but after a couple of viewing sessions of late, I’ve pretty well talked myself out of it. Like the Tak Sky90II that I was offered and decided I didn’t need, I really don’t need a TV85 either. It’s an in-betweener and I have things well covered at either end with scopes that are just as easy to use. For instance, last night, I was happy as a clam using my CNC ST80, humble achromat that it is. The starfields were just lovely in it. So I’m crossing the TV85 off the list. That’s $1400 to $1700 I could just as well spend on a trip, or that pair of hearing aids everybody keeps telling me I need.

UPDATE: It’s funny, within two weeks of writing the post above, I sprung for my newest telescope; not only new-to-me but new, the first new telescope I purchased in several years. Tho it’s not a classic it definitely fit that niche I was looking for- a short, portable, 90mm grab-and-go; not the AT92 or it’s TMB predecessor, not the Sky90ii that had been so graciously offered me, not a TV85, or a Brandon 94; in fact, not an apo at all. After spending most of my astronomical life in the achromat camp, and knowing full well that I wanted a smallish 90mm scope primarily for DSOs (mostly Messiers) or starfields, not planets or the moon (other than maybe a few quick looks), I decided to spend about 1/8 what one of the above mentioned scopes would cost me, and try out a Svbony SV48. After all, I have several nice apo and ED scopes in the roll call, I really didn’t need another. So on a whim, I took an inexpensive gamble that paid off. It was around two and a quarter (hundred, USD) for this little gem, brand new and shipped to my door from their Californium distributor (eBay sale), and I haven’t looked back. It’s a great little scope- heavy and well built, with really very sharp optics, dual-speed focuser, retractable dew shield, rings, rail, and finder show. It’s number 12 in my reduced herd; hopefully there won’t be a number 13. So I know full well it’s not a classic, I’m just mentioning this by way of an update as to what how final outcome of the quest for one turned out.

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#327 Jae

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 06:35 PM

Well I wouldn’t rule out a TV85 yet.  I was shocked at how good it was under steady Florida skies.  I have the 85 and the 76 down there and so far that’s it.  I’d like to bring a classic down there some day.

 

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Posted 02 June 2022 - 07:09 PM

Well I wouldn’t rule out a TV85 yet.  I was shocked at how good it was under steady Florida skies.  I have the 85 and the 76 down there and so far that’s it.  I’d like to bring a classic down there some day.

 

just an iPhone 12 pic

The TV85 is a great scope, but with my Takahashi FC-76 and my Vixen ED102SS it wouldn’t be worth the expenditure for apochromatic views at 85 to 92 millimeters of aperture.


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Posted 04 June 2022 - 07:42 AM

I am done again. Already sold 2 scope this AM and the rest later today. So if i get anything else it will be local only and something very rare or on my dream list like a nice 1980's gray NJP 160 mount or rare stuff you just don't see or can get anymore.  Maybe even something more normal if the price is crazy.


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Posted 09 June 2022 - 12:47 PM

I am done again. Already sold 2 scope this AM and the rest later today. So if i get anything else it will be local only and something very rare or on my dream list like a nice 1980's gray NJP 160 mount or rare stuff you just don't see or can get anymore.  Maybe even something more normal if the price is crazy.

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Posted 09 June 2022 - 02:37 PM

I am done again. Already sold 2 scope this AM and the rest later today. So if i get anything else it will be local only and something very rare or on my dream list like a nice 1980's gray NJP 160 mount or rare stuff you just don't see or can get anymore.  Maybe even something more normal if the price is crazy.

Chas, I see you kept the GP C102 Meade 826. Good call! A 4” longish refractor and a classic 8” Newtonian make a nice classic pair. Enough to keep one busy for a lifetime. I do hope you kept the little ST80. Small scope/big fun, I tell folks there’s always room for an ST80. You need a little grab and go for quick looks.


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Posted 09 June 2022 - 06:33 PM

Chas, I see you kept the GP C102 Meade 826. Good call! A 4” longish refractor and a classic 8” Newtonian make a nice classic pair. Enough to keep one busy for a lifetime. I do hope you kept the little ST80. Small scope/big fun, I tell folks there’s always room for an ST80. You need a little grab and go for quick looks.

That's all i need for now. So nice to be rid of it all. But if something hits my fancy i will jump if close by. Now that i got the money for a 8" APO, i really know i would never use it but maybe 3 times. Just way to much work making 7 trips to set it up. The ST80 went with the ST120. I only used it in the fall when i had darker skies to the northwest.


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Posted 11 June 2022 - 11:25 AM

Hmm. I know we all have our collections, and our preferences, but my “favorite scope” is always the one my eye happens to be behind. Doesn’t even have to be mine! 


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Posted 11 June 2022 - 09:50 PM

Well, I’m almost done with dinner. Does that count?


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Posted 11 June 2022 - 10:41 PM

I thought I was done and then I bought an AZ2000. Now I have room to mount another scope. 


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Posted 18 June 2022 - 12:30 PM

Chas, I see you kept the GP C102 Meade 826. Good call! A 4” longish refractor and a classic 8” Newtonian make a nice classic pair. Enough to keep one busy for a lifetime. I do hope you kept the little ST80. Small scope/big fun, I tell folks there’s always room for an ST80. You need a little grab and go for quick looks.

My ST80 is used as a finder for my 6” refractor, which is also on an 826 mount.



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Posted 18 June 2022 - 02:27 PM

I was done until today.


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Posted 18 June 2022 - 02:28 PM

My ST80 is used as a finder for my 6” refractor, which is also on an 826 mount.

I used my ST80 as a finder as well.

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