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#1 Jeff Young

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 03:52 PM

Clave's most recent Para-Cassegrains look very interesting. Anyone out there using one and care to share your experiences?

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 06:09 PM

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#3 jonbosley

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 07:16 PM

Clavius? That's the large crater near the south pole of the moon. I have a nice picture of it :flexible:

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 03:40 PM

Jon --

Well, I suppose that's better than the zero replies I got the first time around. ;)

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 08:48 PM

Hmmm...I didn't even know Clave was still in business, let alone producing telescopes. It certainly appears to be an excellent item, but much like the Vixen Cassegrain its probably not 'trendy' enough so consequently has a limited exposure in the market.

Too bad. My 8" classical cassegrain is a great scope.

I'd be interested in hearing reviews as well.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:06 PM

I've made a couple of inquires over the past few months on Astromart. The scope seems rare in Europe, and even more so in the States. It has everything I'm looking for in a compound scope, except a decent price.

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 12:03 PM

APM has a used Clavé 166 for sale, 2695 €.
http://www.apm-teles...58&choice=58#41

Clave's home page is
http://www.clave.fr/index.php

There is a test report here
http://favre.didier....Clavius 166.htm

and another here
http://www.cieletesp...es/2241_clavius,166,essai,transforme,pour,clave.aspx

Only the APM link is in English, the rest are in French. Try Google Lanuage Tools or Babelfish for a translation.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:51 AM

there was a couple weeks ago one for sale in france for less than 2000€ (~$2500).

Clave is no longer in business as Clave; the Paris company Astronomix had purchased the brand name and used it for this new scope.

There was a lot of talk in France surrounding this scope a few years ago, but it turned out to be at least partly vaporware (it appears only a few 166mm scopes got out, and the larger models only existed as specsheets on a website), and astro-imagers complained that images were sharp, but that the illuminated field was narrow (about 1/2°, narrow given it's a 6.5" f/6 scope).

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 01:51 PM

Well, that's too bad. I was interested in the larger versions, but it's not clear to me that any have actually ever shipped.

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 03:40 AM

I saw the Clavé booth Friday at the RCE "meetings of sky & space" trade show in Paris. They were still exhibiting the lone 166mm tube (which they were describing as a "second generation prototype" in 2004), and larger diameters were still a couple powerpoint slides.
you can have a look at their website: www.astronomix.com


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