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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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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.

This seems oddly familiar... smile.gif
 



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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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Posted 02 August 2022 - 05:46 PM

Done???  I've hardly started!  Only have 3 scopes, 2 if you don't separately count the AT80 hanging on the Cave8. But I do have competing hobbies and a backlog of work yet do to on the Cave mount so "moar scopes" is not currently on the agenda grin.gif


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 06:07 PM

I am done again until something that hits my fancy pops up close by. Always wanted a 6" F/15 ACHRO on a real mount.


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 06:11 PM

I find twelve to be a very comfortable number! ;)


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 06:14 PM

I was done until today.

That should be on a T-shirt or a badge - just perfect.

 

Starizona has these: Istar 150mm (6") f/15 Objective  - couldn't get the Objs to come up on Istar's site. I've waffled on that Objective more than anything else - it'd take a bit of work to get up and running and I keep shying off. Really tho, one or two adapters, a focuser and a tube of 'length' in single / dual config. I was trying to get on Istar's Obj page to finally order one (probably) and then got Mike's "I'm tired of looking at these ..." email and got sidetracked to the ATF50s. I saw your post and remembered Starizona carries those objectives.  Flusteration...


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 06:18 PM

:funny: :rofl:


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 06:48 PM

There was one for sale on here but in Cali. And shipping that monster would not be cheap sally.


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 06:55 PM

I am pretty well set since we started seeing this thread

 

big long stories told in previous posts here   posts  110    September    post 217    Feb   etc

long strange year it had been   but I got my FC -100  1990 back two weeks ago  having sold it to do the big dreamscope buy last July 2021  and I cannot imagine any need I do not have covered.....so it is on to the rescue10 inch Dob project

 

Surrounded by O P T 's at Stellafane    that's Other People's Telescopes    I had a good chance to look at and look through many scopes     We had time to evaluate and discuss somewhat what I have and what I need or what I want   and I realize I'm good       Yes  I was distracted by the ad JRagsdale posted    Swift 831    best offer this week just 6 miles away.....yes it would have been a fine addition to the collection    and yes a fine display for the NEAF classic booth we love

And Yes I confess driving out to see it after Juvenile court today     But that was a look see for someone else here who really wants to add it to their 50mm Swifts    Hope he gets it  btw

 

So    while I confess there can never be never for me 

presently  there is          I am good......

 

P.S.    Here's to using what I have more often..............


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 06:59 PM

I WAS done, but found it impossible to dress up on the $1.25 (really!) very clean Astroscan on eBay a couple of weeks ago. Shipping was $80 or so, but it had the unobtainable base and a dust cap. I'll have a draw tube substitute set up by the weekend, planned out while in a CN post.

 

Ditto on a $125 (about) Zeiss AK (first, long model, AK prisms so *P not needed)) pair of 8x30 with perfect glass. A prior owner bent a pin in the (cleverly designed) focuser/diopter, I'll have that done in two weeks. The prisms are massive compared to the featherweight Hensoldts, and the 'Brille' oculars have comfy ER.

 

Does it really EVER end?

 

Back to hunting down noise cancelling aviation headsets, time to get a power ticket.


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Posted 02 August 2022 - 07:15 PM

There is always gonna be some scope out there i want. Once i am dead i guess that will be the for real i am done.


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Posted 03 August 2022 - 08:58 AM

When I have an AP Starfire 127....


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Posted 04 August 2022 - 07:12 AM

There is always gonna be some scope out there i want. Once i am dead i guess that will be the for real i am done.

And on that happy note…. :lol:

 

Yes Chas, that’s when we’ll all be ultimately done and at that point we’ll no longer need telescopes nor be bound by light speed to cruise amongst the endless stars. And also, I would imagine that such thoughts of being ultimately done lie at the backs of many of our minds as the reason for downsizing our collections in the first place.


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Posted 04 August 2022 - 07:59 AM

And on that happy note…. lol.gif

 

Yes Chas, that’s when we’ll all be ultimately done and at that point we’ll no longer need telescopes nor be bound by light speed to cruise amongst the endless stars. And also, I would imagine that such thoughts of being ultimately done lie at the backs of many of our minds as the reason for downsizing our collections in the first place.

 

That is certainly a factor.. But in the shorter term, another telescope bought is more than likely just another telescope to find a new home for, an added burden.  

 

When I come back from a stay in the high desert, I have to unload the truck.. Dobs and chairs have homes but eyepiece cases, tools, refractors, binoculars, tripod pods and mounts, these all go back and forth. 

 

When I open the backdoor to haul the stuff into the Scope Room, it always looks so uncluttered and organized.   How nice that is.

 

Jon


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