Can we get a general account of what telescopes everyone has

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Erik
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Congrats on the new scope, OD! When I lived in the SF bay area, I was always thinking that I wanted to go up to Auburn and visit the Stellarvue facility, but I never got around to it. In talking with Vic on the phone though, I've always been impressed with his knowledge and dedication. My little SV 80ED is the best small refractor I've ever owned. :)

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OD, very nice addition. I know more people with these SV 80's. It must be one of the most common amateur scopes these days. And why not!?! Ultra portable, yet visually capable. The SV's are of a quality that surpasses their price, as well. Let us know how you like it (and when you get the 115 :grin: ).

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Well, my scope set has been quite stable right now. Nothing really dramatic has happened.

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Vixen NA140SS, VMC260L
Pentax 75SDHF, 105SDP

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I keep my eyes open on craigslist and the other astro sites for good deals.
I have mostly refractors,but use my dobs mainly,because I haven't bought a really good mount yet.
I enjoy collecting scopes,as much as using them.
My next purchase will most likely be the cgem,then my refractors can get some use.

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Mr. Fire...if you are looking for a new refractor.....look for either:

1) Pentax 150SDP
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2) TEC200
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3) Any AP refractors 6-inch and up

....those are the last refractors you would ever want :evil: :shock: :grin:

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Well,

Selling the 10" Spooner and replacing with a Tak Mewlon 210. Just better and easier to handle for backyard lunar / planetary work.

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My scope list is now complete for the forseeable future.

In addition to my 10" (which definitely needs some mods as soon as I have time to get to them, maybe even a refiguring on the mirror) "Sauron's Other Eye" is now officially operational.

So, I have a 10" dobsonian f/5.6
And a 16" altazimuth "dob-oid" f/4.5

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What? No widefield refractor? :lol:

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Tom, you laugh, but every time I go to buy one, I spend my money on something else. :grin: I still regret not owning one, specifically one of the 66mm variants. The fun of putting a scope in your backpack anywhere you go, that can take all of your pre-existing eyepieces...uh. :lol:

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I second the wide-field refractor as a "must have." I finally acquired a high-quality one and am having a ball with it. In fact, it's all I carried to the last major star party I attended. When an unidentified voice stopped by my spot in the field late one night and asked what I was looking at, the most accurate answer was: "Everything!" The .4? (15x) field of pin-point stars felt that wide.

I'm getting a similar experience though from the MN56 I traded for about 6 months ago. I can get >3? (27x) of pinpoint stars with it and the views are, as they say, "almost" apo like. The little scope also kicks butt on planets, the moon, and doubles.

But for shear ease of use from ultra-wide field to high magnification (minimal waiting for cool down, almost permanent collimation, portability, ease of mounting, and more), the little apos are truly a class of their own (in my ever changing personal opinion).


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So far I'm happy with my 10 x 50 binoculars as my "wide field refractor". Heck, half the time I'm just staring up at the sky naked-eye anyway -- sometimes I even forget to look into the scope!

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Chopin wrote:
Tom, you laugh, but every time I go to buy one, I spend my money on something else. :grin: I still regret not owning one, specifically one of the 66mm variants. The fun of putting a scope in your backpack anywhere you go, that can take all of your pre-existing eyepieces...uh. :lol:
That's where I find the Nikon spotter to be so much fun. It's the perfect size to throw in a backpack, and we often take it hiking with us. It actually does pretty well at night too, though it's a bit aperture limited. :grin:

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Nikon Prostaff 65mm spotter on Trekpod
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Here is my list:

Homemade 8" Cass. 1st scope, don't use it
2.906" Newt. Homemade, Fun scope.
10" Newt. Homemade,being reworked in to a Dob. by a friend
12 1/2" Newt. Homemade, gave it to my friend
Meade 125 ETX
Orion Express 80mm
130 mm Newt. never used
SV102ED2 balanceing problems

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Erik
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Nice list of gear, Tom.

The homemade Cass sounds interesting- did you figure the mirror and corrector yourself? :)

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8" Antares f/5 Newt
SV 80mm ED Nighthawk NG on M1 ALT/AZ
Nikon Prostaff 65mm spotter on Trekpod
Konusvue 20x80 binos/Peterson PipeMount


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nightskystargazer
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Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:37 am
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Erik,

I ground the mirror, figured it to a 1/16 of a light wave.
Then I ground the secondary mirror and figured it.
I do not have a corrector plate it is a classic Cass. scope.
I tried to make a 4 1/4" Schmidt Cass. , I finish the primary, the secondary, and was working on the corrector for months, and I was getting close, then the edge turn, I work on it some more and it was comming back and trun the edge again, so I put it away and that was about 20 Years ago, Do You want It :?: :?: :?:

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Wow, that sounds nice, Tom. I'd love to see pics if you ever get a chance.

Thanks for the offer on the mirror, but I think I've got enough scope projects right now. :grin:

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SV 80mm ED Nighthawk NG on M1 ALT/AZ
Nikon Prostaff 65mm spotter on Trekpod
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Erik,

I don't have any pictures, as I don't have a digital camera. I was at one time into photography, I got a Leica M3, but don't use it any more.

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Presently:
Meade ETX 125PE.
60mm.Japanese refractor. (Sears Discoverer)
Surplus (Stellarvue) 102D F-7 refractor on the way. :mrgreen:

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