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Old 08-05-2019, 10:12 PM
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Tak FS60Q and FC60 Setup

Not exactly a Binoscope but much fun with these two squaring off against Jupiter.

The FC60 at F8.3 and the FS60Q at F10

Mounted on an FTX-1, sitting on a Samson quickset tripod, using a TV zoom eyepiece and Takahashi LE 25 and 18mm eyepieces.

Jury is out until Jupiter gets a bit higher.
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:55 PM
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Takahashi FOA-60Q

My latest acquisition is this superb f15 refractor from Takahashi. Reputed to have a Strehl ratio of over 99% (with the extender) I can well believe it after viewing Jupiter and Saturn these past couple of weeks. Has also been outstanding at splitting double stars.
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:00 PM
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sensational Steve, congrats the FOA looks a winner
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:31 PM
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My truly final rig, after years of swapping, trading, selling, trying out them all.
You will have noticed I haven't sold anything in a LONG time...here is the reason. Nirvana. Tak EARLY FSQ-106 (it's even pre-N - scarcer than scarce) on Vixen SXP - portable, precise as hell, and the optics of the FSQ are the best of ALL the scopes I have had (and that is a LOT)
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Old 18-07-2019, 09:10 AM
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C5 & Unitron 75mm

My C5 and Unitron 75mm set up for observations last night.

The Unitron gave better images of Jupiter and Saturn.

With the C5, I did find the Mag 8 globular NGC 5927. (Under the Full Moon).
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Old 18-07-2019, 04:33 PM
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Tak FC100D

My Tak is ready for the evening.
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Old 18-07-2019, 07:02 PM
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My recently acquired Pronto, now giving excellent images since the lens retaining ring was tightened up.

In the diagonal is a Meade Series 4000 SWA 24.5mm I just got from Gary in NZ.

These two kids from yesteryear play rather nicely together.
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Old 24-07-2019, 09:20 AM
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My truly final rig, after years of swapping, trading, selling, trying out them all.
You will have noticed I haven't sold anything in a LONG time...here is the reason. Nirvana. Tak EARLY FSQ-106 (it's even pre-N - scarcer than scarce) on Vixen SXP - portable, precise as hell, and the optics of the FSQ are the best of ALL the scopes I have had (and that is a LOT)
Trade the old FSQ for a new Redcat Lewis?

Another little astrograph arrived yesterday (Sharpstar 61EDPH: 60mm f/5.5, f/4.5 with reducer) - very interesting to see how it compares to the Redcat when I get a chance.
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Old 24-07-2019, 11:31 AM
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My current Astro set ups

6 f6 GSO Bintel newt on a HEQ5 mount in main residence Sydney

8 f5 GSO Bintel newt on an EQ6-R Mount at holiday home south coast near Ulladulla

Both cabled from mount to Laptop workstation enclosure ( I usually leave set up for a week or 2 at a time )

Maybe a permanent Obs down the track ??
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Old 24-07-2019, 02:44 PM
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pronto gone whaleing loving this little scope so portable .
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Old 24-07-2019, 04:48 PM
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pronto gone whaleing loving this little scope so portable .
Nice background for a nice scope Graham - green grass, blue ocean and warm sunshine
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Old 24-07-2019, 05:05 PM
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JUST preparing to GO OUTSIDE YES with the big CPC 925 AND 130mm TS Triplet 910mm Apo..and about to pop in some Tak Abbes and Meade Astrometric and trusty VIXEN
ZOOM

BOTH with OUTSTANDING OPTICS..
for some quick Double Star Measurements tonight
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Old 24-07-2019, 06:39 PM
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Hi all , just thought I would show off my latest refractor , its a Saxon ED100 that I got here for just over $300 .

It was missing a Focuser , Rings and diagonal but never to worry as i have all these parts in my box of bits so here it is completed sitting on the Mizar mount all on a Celestron 2 inch s/s tripod .

Looks rather handsome don't you think ? and its very solid , but it's raining here so unless it clears up I won't be testing it tonight , yep the new scope curse is alive and kicking around here .

Another thing is that the lens in this Saxon has blueish/purpleish coatings , a lot like the EMC coatings on my iStar 127mm and every site I have visited on the ED100's ( and there are 1000's ) shows the typical ' China Green ' coatings so I wonder why this Sazon seems to have coatings a step or 2 above the SW and Orion ED100's ? , comments welcome .

The tube and dew shield is also flocked , a nice bonus .

Brian.
Looks nice Brian You have also a BIG CPC 925 /C9 AND large refractor like me ..A Great Combo I find..

I'm now in the hunt for A lil Tak 78 to mount on top of my CPC 925 for when the seeing is bad.
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Old 24-07-2019, 07:13 PM
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Nice background for a nice scope Graham - green grass, blue ocean and warm sunshine
it was a lovely afternoon ..cape byron in the background .. no whales till i packed up .
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Old 30-07-2019, 01:45 PM
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Just an Update ....

Col...!!
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Old 30-07-2019, 02:31 PM
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Why do you always do this to me AFTER I make a major astro-outlay Col? There's 5 FS-78's here
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Old 30-07-2019, 02:37 PM
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Why do you always do this to me AFTER I make a major astro-outlay Col? There's 5 FS-78's here
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Old 30-07-2019, 02:47 PM
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:39 PM
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Alter mn56

Picked up this piece of Russian Voodoo up Sunday.

ALTER MN56 ...I've yet to get this on a Mount to try it out ...!!

Very pleased with the Condition of it .... rave reviews on CN and elsewhere ...!!

Col...
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:50 PM
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Picked up this piece of Russian Voodoo up Sunday.

ALTER MN56 ...I've yet to get this on a Mount to try it out ...!!

Very pleased with the Condition of it .... rave reviews on CN and elsewhere ...!!

Col...

Nice! Heavy?
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