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Old 09-07-2013, 12:12 PM
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Sounds good, Col. Televue stuff is always first rate
Larry....She's a beauty ...very pleased with it.

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Very nice Colin , good to see TV's build quality has not changed between the Pronto and TV76 , nice gear .
Brian.
Brian.....Always satisfied with TeleVue's quality and Craftsmanship.

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Old 09-07-2013, 12:21 PM
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Here's my setup ready for a night out.

The ED80 usually is mounted on top, it's always interesting to see two views of the same object. closeup and widefield.

Cheers

PS. It was a lovely cold clear night as well.
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:32 PM
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The TeleVue 76mm Scope v my TeleVue Pronto.
Coatings are obviously different by the pic's.
Had a look using a Orion Ultrascopic 35mm 1.25 eyepiece ( not the one in the pic's )....I've seen some very sharp and crisp views with the different Scopes I have owned ... but this TV76 ( in it's class ) is simply ' outstanding ' ...I doubt I've seen anything as clear and sharp as this Scope....as good as the TV85 IMHO.
The Focus Mate 10:1 is ' silky ' smooth....build quality is just superb....solid as...good ' feel ' to it all round.

Weight ...very similar ...TV76 maybe a ' touch ' heavier.
If I wanted to be ' picky ' ...the Pronto would be the ' runner up ' in a viewing contest....but there would be very little in it between them.

Yet to see the sky at night ....tonight I hope...weather permitting.
Very pleased with my purchase.

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Hi Flash,

That's great Colin, yet another thoroughbred added to the stable.

I hope to see a few TV's, at you know where (I don't dare mention it again ). Only four more sleeps. I love my TV Ethos and Delos ep's, but have yet to see through any TV scopes, unfortunately. The best refractors I have seen to date are two Taks (130 & 106ED) and an AP (130), but my bank account says No! That's why I have a mere FLT110, but I too am very happy with it.

Cheers Peter
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:44 PM
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Hi Flash,

That's great Colin, yet another thoroughbred added to the stable.

I hope to see a few TV's, at you know where (I don't dare mention it again ). Only four more sleeps. I love my TV Ethos and Delos ep's, but have yet to see through any TV scopes, unfortunately. The best refractors I have seen to date are two Taks (130 & 106ED) and an AP (130), but my bank account says No! That's why I have a mere FLT110, but I too am very happy with it.

Cheers Peter
Thanks for the comments Peter ....nice addition for my addiction to small ' frac's '
Just as well I'm ' not ' going to Stellafane eh ....couldn't help myself

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Old 09-07-2013, 02:17 PM
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[SIZE=2]]Just as well I'm ' not ' going to Stellafane eh ....couldn't help myself

Col.....
That's what I am a 'little' worried about.....what the hell will I bring home The temptation may just be too great

Nah, probably not. As it is, I have the AT65EDQ to pick up anyway at OPT, on the way home, along with some other stuff. Can't bring too much back, otherwise I will have to pay even more GST. That begs the question; does one pay GST on second hand goods when re-entering Australia?

But, I do expect to come back with a big wish list

Have fun with your new scope Col.

Cheers Peter

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Old 13-07-2013, 05:59 PM
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My new (well ok secondhand) Plettstone 18" F4.2 Zambuto fresh off the boat. Had a quick first light last night, Saturn was tremendous. The scope itself is very well made, solid, light and a joy to use.
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Old 13-07-2013, 06:32 PM
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My FL102S, astrophotography ready (not cabled up as yet) out under the stars in my side yard.

SOLID guidescope set up (minimal flexure), Takahashi finder, Vixen GPD2 mount with Synscan GOTO added. I made a large dewshield for it as you can see, and no, it does NOT impinge in the view.

Mount tracks like a dream, scope is stunning visually (and AP too).
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:42 PM
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Here is a pic of my 130SLT setup. Was trying to test out my modded webcams on the Sun today therefore this is a typical setup for some solar observing.
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Old 21-08-2013, 05:58 PM
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PMX Tripod & Astro-Physics Portable Pier

Finished machining the PMX adaptor for the Astro-Physics portable pier today, it certainly is a very rigid setup. The PMX dedicated pyramid tripod looks somewhat insignificant in comparision however it is very light and rigid as well.
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Old 21-08-2013, 06:50 PM
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Finished machining the PMX adaptor for the Astro-Physics portable pier today, it certainly is a very rigid setup. The PMX dedicated pyramid tripod looks somewhat insignificant in comparision however it is very light and rigid as well.
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Old 21-08-2013, 06:52 PM
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Nice one Steve. I did the same thing with my AP portable pier
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Old 16-09-2013, 06:04 PM
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Bought a little brother for the TSA120: The FS60CB which will ride on a Manfrotto Carbon tripod will be a great little replacement for the binos.
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Old 16-09-2013, 10:08 PM
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The FS60 is a bit under-mounted there, isn't it?
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Old 17-09-2013, 10:49 AM
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The FS60 is a bit under-mounted there, isn't it?
Better now ?????
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Old 17-09-2013, 11:34 AM
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Wow. Nice setup
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Old 19-09-2013, 12:30 PM
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Hybrid Mount

Something a little different......a bit of ' Vixen ' a bit of ' TeleVue ... and a bit of ' Astro-Tech.

Flash.....
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Old 22-09-2013, 10:20 AM
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My 12" work horse. Fits easily in the car behind it with a lot of room to spare.

What you see here is a Skywatcher collapsible 12" Dobsonian - flocked in all the right places, Telrad + raiser, an assortment of dew shields and light shields I made myself. 10K AN encoders and mounting kit, a Astro Systems Nexus Wifi unit, 20ah battery, my hand built eyepiece rack with some eyepieces in it and a 120mm LED fan on the back of the mirror for cooling purposes.. I also worked over the focuser and removed any slack or slip.
The scope is sitting on a hand trolley I made so the scope can be just wheeled out of the garage.

What isn't included in the pictures is mounting hardware I am fabricating for my nexus 7 tablet to sit just above the focuser and the light shroud for the OTA.
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Old 22-09-2013, 10:56 AM
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Old 22-09-2013, 12:47 PM
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My lightly modified Explore Scientific AR102. Looking sleek in CF. Heck I was bored and even did the finder scope too. I'm waiting for some flocking material to arrive. When it get it I will flock the entire ota, the dew shield and the focuser tube. A semi-apo filter is also in transit. Looking forward to it. I am thinking of getting a William Optics CF diagonal to complete the look.

The dew shield for the finder and scope I made as well.

The eyepiece is the Explore Scientific 30mm 82. No.99
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2 not-so-common Vixen sisters together. Note the all-Vixen setups

Can you tell I like Vixen stuff?????
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