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#1 lunardave

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 04:57 PM

I bought a Televue 85 f7 refractor.

 

I haven't got to test it yet.

 

When the TV 85 showed up.

 

So did the clouds .

 

I have a 23mm Celestron Axiom.

 

This is my primary eyepiece for the TV85.

 

I stripped the eyepiece of it's bulbous cover.

 

And made a label with a Brother label maker.

 

That reads Axiom 23mm.


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Posted 22 October 2021 - 06:34 PM

Great scope...what color did you get?


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Posted 22 October 2021 - 07:25 PM

I’ve never owned a TV85, but if I ever get one, I want it in green!


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Posted 22 October 2021 - 08:11 PM

I have a green TV-85 that I love, love, love!  I hope the skies clear for you soon, lunardave. smile.png


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Posted 22 October 2021 - 09:03 PM

I like both colors. I had a white one quite a long time ago sadly. But deep down I absolutely love the green version! Maybe someday.
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Posted 22 October 2021 - 09:25 PM

I like both colors. I had a white one quite a long time ago sadly. But deep down I absolutely love the green version! Maybe someday.

Mel Fisher said "today is the day".  Better go for it now.


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Posted 22 October 2021 - 09:48 PM

I have the 76,   A sweet scope.    Televue makes a pretty decent scope their eyepieces, delos and nagler zoom, both of which have  aren't too bad either.        Joe


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Posted 22 October 2021 - 10:09 PM

Mel Fisher said "today is the day". Better go for it now.


I've said that way too much lately. Haha. It'll have to wait a few years.
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Posted 23 October 2021 - 12:01 AM

I have a green TV-85.  Love it.

 

The most noticeable difference to me was the mechanical

quality vs. e.g. the Orion 80ED in your sig.  Not sure about

the Meade 90mm, but that also might be a decent scope.

 

TV-85 is a great grab-and-go scope, and personally, really enjoy

the mechanics and finish quality.

 

Clear skies.


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 06:16 AM

I coveted a friend’s TV85 for years way back. It was green, as was my Pronto at the time.

All these years later and I went straight to an NP101IS, which of course is white as it’s the only colour they do. I’ve got another thread going discussing a lightweight grab n go option to complement the 101 when it’s doing imaging duty and truth be told I’d have a TV85 or 76 straight away if they weren’t so expensive - but it would have to be in white to match tho..
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Posted 23 October 2021 - 06:40 AM

I have the 76,   A sweet scope.    Televue makes a pretty decent scope their eyepieces, delos and nagler zoom, both of which have  aren't too bad either.        Joe

They make nice refractors. I have a green & a brass Renaissance 85, the latter being an earlier model. Views through both are bright and clear.


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 09:03 AM

They make nice refractors. I have a green & a brass Renaissance 85, the latter being an earlier model. Views through both are bright and clear.

 

 

I have the 76,   A sweet scope.    Televue makes a pretty decent scope their eyepieces, delos and nagler zoom, both of which have  aren't too bad either.        Joe

To everyone here,   please let me translate / explain what I said in this quote above.  

 

  Pretty decent means a good quality scope both optically  and mechanically.  Speaking of my TV76,  value to dollar,  excellent.  When I compare it to my 1999 Questar 7,  on double stars with magnification equaled as best I could,  views were about the same.  Sharpness, clarity equal, brightness Televue.  Eyepieces used were Brandon's.   I was impressed.   I called Televue that next morning, was lucky, talked to Mr Al Nagler and told him that he made a pretty decent scope.  He said pretty decent??  I explained, just as I did here and we both laughed.   He is a GREAT guy and a pleasure to to to.  As is anyone from the Televue camp.  I look forward to meeting those people at NEAF someday.

 

Now you know why I said pretty decent.

 

As for the 8MM Delos and the 3 - 6 zoom I have,  so far the best eyepieces I own.   Sharpness, clarity and FOV,  they are there, provided seeing permits.     Put the Nagler zoom in, dial it down pointing at the Moon, and I am orbiting the Moon. 

 

Months ago I was going to get an AT72,  I found the TV76 in stock,  I'm glad I did.   Televue is first rate in my book.

 

          This is a story of actual events and my honest to goodness opinions,     Joe 


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 10:08 AM

Did your TV76 have a (presumably) hand written pen message signed by AN on its instructions cover?  


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 10:18 AM

Did your TV76 have a (presumably) hand written pen message signed by AN on its instructions cover?  

Yes it did.  That was the glue that sealed it for me.    Not some lithograph,  actual ink, actual hand writing.   That is someone who really cares. They took the time, so I took the time to call.  That is why I had to call and tell them about my experience.   It is not a generic survey either. One thank you goes a long way..like a ray of light..endless.      In my book.   Joe


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 11:59 AM

I’ve had a TV85 since 2000. It gave an excellent star test then and just 3 nights ago gave the same excellent star test. I’ve traveled with it all over the lower 48. I have used it by day and night much more than I ever would have imagined and it has always delivered.  This scope is as durable as it is sharp. Mine is Evergreen to match my Ranger which I got in 1997. Won’t ever part with either even when I add an NP101 or NP127 some day.


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 12:02 PM

To everyone here,   please let me translate / explain what I said in this quote above.  

 

  Pretty decent means a good quality scope both optically  and mechanically.  Speaking of my TV76,  value to dollar,  excellent.  When I compare it to my 1999 Questar 7,  on double stars with magnification equaled as best I could,  views were about the same.  Sharpness, clarity equal, brightness Televue.  Eyepieces used were Brandon's.   I was impressed.   I called Televue that next morning, was lucky, talked to Mr Al Nagler and told him that he made a pretty decent scope.  He said pretty decent??  I explained, just as I did here and we both laughed.   He is a GREAT guy and a pleasure to to to.  As is anyone from the Televue camp.  I look forward to meeting those people at NEAF someday.

 

Now you know why I said pretty decent.

 

As for the 8MM Delos and the 3 - 6 zoom I have,  so far the best eyepieces I own.   Sharpness, clarity and FOV,  they are there, provided seeing permits.     Put the Nagler zoom in, dial it down pointing at the Moon, and I am orbiting the Moon. 

 

Months ago I was going to get an AT72,  I found the TV76 in stock,  I'm glad I did.   Televue is first rate in my book.

 

          This is a story of actual events and my honest to goodness opinions,     Joe 

Al and David Nagler are just as nice in person as on the phone....actually even more so. And they are actual amateur observers too!


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 01:00 PM

 Sorry for the delay.

 

My schedule is the pits.

 

4am to 2pm during the week and 4am to Noon on Saturday.

 

I don't get much after work viewing since I go to bed pretty early.

 

Sunday morning, I can get up at 1am and view for a couple hours.

 

The TV85 is Green.

 

I bought it used here on Cloudy Nights.

 

Several hundred less than new.

 

But the previous owner took such good care of the 85 it looks new.

 

Came with a dovetail clamp and a 2" diagonal. And a nice Televue tote bag for the OTA.

 

Things are looking good for first light Sunday morning.

 

My Orion Skyview Pro AZ is waiting!


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 01:05 PM

Sorry for the delay.

My schedule is the pits.

4am to 2pm during the week and 4am to Noon on Saturday.

I don't get much after work viewing since I go to bed pretty early.

Sunday morning, I can get up at 1am and view for a couple hours.

The TV85 is Green.

I bought it used here on Cloudy Nights.

Several hundred less than new.

But the previous owner took such good care of the 85 it looks new.

Came with a dovetail clamp and a 2" diagonal. And a nice Televue tote bag for the OTA.

Things are looking good for first light Sunday morning.

My Orion Skyview Pro AZ is waiting!


You just need a Starbeam for the classic TV setup!
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Posted 23 October 2021 - 01:11 PM

I have a green TV-85.  Love it.

 

The most noticeable difference to me was the mechanical

quality vs. e.g. the Orion 80ED in your sig.  Not sure about

the Meade 90mm, but that also might be a decent scope.

 

TV-85 is a great grab-and-go scope, and personally, really enjoy

the mechanics and finish quality.

 

Clear skies.

That's why I went ahead and spent the Jack on a TV85.

 

The Orion is nice but build quality isn't it's main attribute. Optics are nice.

 

The Meade has been around for about 20 years. The mount is long gone, where? Beats me.

 

The Meade is decent for what it is. Star test reveals a small fan shaped pattern.

 

This is not present in the Orion. Which has a nice round pattern. But not so nice build quality.

 

The Meade is close to the Orion in this regard.


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 01:48 PM

You just need a Starbeam for the classic TV setup!

+1 on the Starbeam.  Enjoy the TV-85. It's a pleasure to use.

 

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 01:50 PM

+1 on the Starbeam.  Enjoy the TV-85. It's a pleasure to use.

 

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And a pleasure to look at with such a setup!


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 01:55 PM

Starbeam will take a little time to $$$.

 

I just spent the most on a item that wasn't a car or motorcycle.

 

That I ever spent on any item.


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 03:49 PM

I have a green TV-85.  Love it.

 

The most noticeable difference to me was the mechanical

quality vs. e.g. the Orion 80ED in your sig.  Not sure about

the Meade 90mm, but that also might be a decent scope.

 

TV-85 is a great grab-and-go scope, and personally, really enjoy

the mechanics and finish quality.

 

Clear skies.

With a diagonal and 2" ep what does it weigh


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 03:50 PM

Congrats on picking up a really nice scope!  waytogo.gif


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 04:23 PM

With a diagonal and 2" ep what does it weigh

With a TV Everbrite diagonal and clamshell, 7" Losmandy dovetail bar and the Starbeam: 9.8lb (4.465kg). Eyepiece weight varies quite a lot so this was excluded.


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