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Old 04-01-2013, 07:14 PM
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Bino's

Denk II Bino's with Power Switch ...looking to try these out tonight.

Some clouds about ... ...!!

EDIT: went out later ..Jupiter and Orion well up in the Sky .... these Denk's are just outstanding ...Orion was glorious ...it's nebula ' sprayed ' out in full view in the 2 x 19mm Pan's.
Jupiter ... beautiful ...could easily see 3 of the brown bands crossing the planet ...seeing was a bit diminished ( high cloud )....glad I bought these Bino's....yet to try these in my Meade LightBridge.

Flash ..!!
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:34 PM
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Wow absolutely amazing scopes here!

And the one below this.. with the two eye pieces! The thought hasn't even crossed my mind. Now I want it!

I thought I'd share mine anyway..

My two scopes! AstroMaster 70AZ and my recently purchased Sky Watcher 8".
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:31 PM
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here's my Televue Panoptic 24mm

here's my Televue Panoptic 24mm
next to a pepsi can to show the size of it.
I might sell it or trade it
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Old 13-01-2013, 02:26 PM
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Astro-Physics AP175

Just received an Astro-Physics AP175 refractor. A great Xmas present for myself........

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Old 13-01-2013, 03:05 PM
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Hey Col, they look pretty impressive, would love to look through something like that.

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Old 13-01-2013, 08:50 PM
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Just received an Astro-Physics AP175 refractor. A great Xmas present for myself........

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Congratulations and welcome to IIS. I also had the call for this scope but couldn't manage the finances at such short notice. Very envious. It is one big refractor!! Let's see some photos when it's all set up.
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Old 15-01-2013, 08:55 AM
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The new addition to the family....a CF GSO RC8. I need to sort out DEC balance issues as a counterweight is required at the front. My modded Canon 30D is attached. Still using my 60mm Tasco refractor as a guide scope.
This looks freakin awesome
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Old 22-01-2013, 02:34 AM
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New Baby

My HiOptic ED127 Triplet finally arrived this morning, along with the clouds.
There were sucker holes this evening though. So we quickly mounted her up and got her balanced. By the time I'd slotted the camera in, it was wall to wall clouds again.
So I covered her up for the night, and when we were walking back to the house, half the sky was clear again. In 20 minutes it was totally clear again.
stoopid clouds, stoopid new scope curse
The forecast is for cloudy weather for the next 5 days at least.
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Old 22-01-2013, 05:54 AM
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Looks good, JJJ.
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Old 22-01-2013, 07:39 PM
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Just received an Astro-Physics AP175 refractor. A great Xmas present for myself........

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Sorry to be so forward, but when can we share the view? Never thought one of these would get to Australia!
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Old 22-01-2013, 07:44 PM
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My HiOptic ED127 Triplet finally arrived this morning,
Cool! Have you stopped peeking at it through the window yet?

How do you rate the focuser?
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Old 22-01-2013, 10:32 PM
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Cool! Have you stopped peeking at it through the window yet?

How do you rate the focuser?
The focuser is a wee ripper. It arrived with none of the holding screws tightened though, but a few turns with an allen key and it holds very firm.
It takes a fare pull on the focuser to get it to budge. I'd have no qualms about loading a couple of kilo of camera gear onto it. I found no slop at all when I slotted in a 4x Powermate, extension tube and dslr.
It also has 3 locking screws to hold your camera in place which is pretty good I think.
I had first light tonight and will be posting the images once I'm done with the processing.
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Old 23-01-2013, 01:28 AM
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Thanks for that report. Much appreciated.

It sounds like there's no real need to replace it with Feathertouch / Moonlite / etc., which makes the Hioptic ED127 an even more appealing prospect.
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Old 23-01-2013, 06:46 PM
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Thanks for that report. Much appreciated.

It sounds like there's no real need to replace it with Feathertouch / Moonlite / etc., which makes the Hioptic ED127 an even more appealing prospect.
Thats what I think too. Save your $$$ for something else.
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Old 23-01-2013, 07:12 PM
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Theres a need to replace the focuser when it constantly falls apart no matter what you do with it, as mine did. Obviously its luck of the draw whether you get a good one or not.
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Old 24-01-2013, 01:04 PM
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Yes Laurie , I drew a short straw on my ( now sold) NG 127mm triplet , the focuser was rubbish ! so bad it was usuless! , so I got a Feather touch .
Great scope otherwise .
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Old 25-01-2013, 07:53 AM
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Oh, when you asked earlier re. why the scope is late. They had run out of focusers, so this is the first of a new batch.
I have no idea if it is the same as the ones they used previously.
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Old 25-01-2013, 08:46 AM
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They had run out of focusers, so this is the first of a new batch.
I have no idea if it is the same as the ones they used previously.
It looks the same. My focuser is OK, better than some but well short of a feathertouch. For example the focuser tension is not uniform throughout it's travel and the thumbscrews are not as easy to operate as a FT.
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Old 26-01-2013, 03:07 PM
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Tasco 5VTE

This is the latest addition to my stable. A Tasco 5VTE - in relatively poor condition. This is a 60mm refractor that has a fixed eyepiece, with adjustable zoom levels of 15x, 30x, 45x & 60x. It has a dented lens hood, focus is loose, so will need some work. The tripod is metal, but is missing the spreader. I just picked it up today from a guy whose father had bought it in the early 1980's - so about 30 years old perhaps. The older versions of this had a metal focus knob whereas this one is made of plastic.

The objective lens appears clear, but I can see some garbage further down the tube - this one is non-inverted viewing so would be great for landscapes, which was probably one of the main reasons for it.

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Tasco 10TE

This Tasco 10TE is my very first telescope. Bought secondhand in the mid 1980's from a colleague who was returning to the states. He intended to buy another telescope over there, but many years later, I heard that he never did buy another.

This is a 76.2mm (3 inch) with a focal length of 1200mm - made in Japan in 1969. The little Tasco 5VTE OTA is shown sitting underneath for comparison. The 10TE is shown set up for solar projection, however due to the rain - I doubt that I could see anything for the next few days. Those with sharp eyes will spot the metal lens cover and finder cover sitting on the tripod spreader. This 10TE used the 0.965" eyepieces. The RA axis is quite stiff for some reason, maybe from hardening of the grease due to storage, and also there is some play in the Dec axis. The Dec axis is a tangent arm arrangement.
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