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#21
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I think a better question is WHERE would you like your dream imaging scope.

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maybe im a modest person but think my dream scope would be an oo omc-200 carbon with a nice little 80mm wo frac strapped to it

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in imaging I want flat field, high resolution, even illumination and fast fast faster focal ratio!


Thats everything I want in a dream scope, couldnt have said it better myself :)

Something like a C14 with faststar would be interesting, but to be realistic I would probably go for the MN190.... flat without the faff.

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What are peoples' thoughts on the new Skywatcher 100m F/5 5-element APO (Petzval-like flat field system) that ticks a large number of boxes! Not light at 7 kg.

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What are peoples' thoughts on the new Skywatcher 100m F/5 5-element APO (Petzval-like flat field system) that ticks a large number of boxes! Not light at 7 kg.


Wait & see I guess. Not light but it should be pretty short which makes up for it. My only concern would be it's collimation, my understanding of the petzval design is that it can be tricky to manufacture and get it right.


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Much will also depend on the price of the 100mm F/5

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i have been updating my dream.
a fast newtonian will not survive the bad light pollution i got.

now i dream ( even at daytime ) about a Officina Stellare 152mm f8 triplet apo.
Officina Stellare Workshop of the stars

cost a hell of money, but i think it will be well spend, also a reducer flatner to get f5 can be bought :) , i know what santa has to take with him at the end of 2011 :D

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Edited by Erwin Kats, 16 January 2011 - 03:07 PM.

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I think a better question is WHERE would you like your dream imaging scope.


Right here is fine by me! 21.6 on the sky quality meter. But I'd want a base in the southern hemisphere as well, of course. Atacama or bust...
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i have been updating my dream.
a fast newtonian will not survive the bad light pollution i got.

now i dream ( even at daytime ) about a Officina Stellare 152mm f8 triplet apo.
Officina Stellare Workshop of the stars

cost a hell of money, but i think it will be well spend, also a reducer flatner to get f5 can be bought :) , i know what santa has to take with him at the end of 2011 :D

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F8? Even F7 is a bit slow with our TEC140... 49 mins goes up to 64 minutes.
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Edited by ollypenrice, 16 January 2011 - 03:44 PM.

Run Les Granges Astronomy Holidays, teach and learn imaging, SE France.  TEC140 apo on Avalon Liner FR. 2xTakahashi FSQ106 tandem on Mesu mount 200.  TeleVue Pronto, ZS66, 6 inch achro. Other mounts, Takahashi EM200, 2 x EQ6. TeleVue Gibraltar and TelePod. CCD; 2xAtik11000 full frame, SXVH36, Atik 320E, Lodestar, DMK21. Leica bins. This kit is co-owned owned with Tom O'Donoghue and Yves Van den Broek. Host 4 scope robotic shed. www.sunstarfrance.com

Isn't it great that amateurs can get so close to the universe?


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My TMB is F8 Olly....yes, a bit slow, but a great image scale :)

20 inch RCOS on an AP3600 for me, somewhere very dark with lots of clear skies and no horrible bugs!!

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Minor sticking point: $17,500.00 ... and the waiting list lol

CCD would probably be a Fairchild Imaging (Fairchild Semiconductor) based custom cooled CCD camera.

Edited by NickK, 17 January 2011 - 12:38 AM.

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cost a hell of money, but i think it will be well spend, also a reducer flatner to get f5 can be bought :)


A hell of a lot? It's 9k!!! But I can see why its top of your list.

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F8? Even F7 is a bit slow with our TEC140... 49 mins goes up to 64 minutes.
Olly


i think its the best solution for a light polluted area :)
on f5 it would be great also.

@smoggy, i also found the 9k price now, earlier websites sayed 14k..... big difference.:)
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It's gonna have to be this beauty by officina stellare. :)

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Maybe one day :)


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I guess that would depend on the subject and the image scale you need.

 

(And where you ply your trade.  Not to mention budget and mount).

 

Short focal length APO under 100 mm to get nice wide fields.  That implies a not too heavy mount, a large(ish) CCD chip with small pixels and a lot of money.  But potentially portable.  A Tak or similar.

 

An large RC, Schmidt or astrograph, etc. with a f/l <4 with a lot of light gathering power for the deep sky stuff.  Big accurate mount, lots of money and probably not portable.  Intes and upward. (Stop when to get to Officina Stellare or you'll cry).

 

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You're all too modest :grin:

 

My dream 'scope? Something about 38m aperture on a mountain in Chile :grin:


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Altair 180mm F7 Oil Spaced Triplet Refractor CFF

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Yep, seen that on the Altair-Astro site, it's £11,500* as I recal. Not bad compared with the price ATM would charge.

 

Though TBH I think I'd go for the 160mm f/6.5 with a flattener / reducer.

 

*Edit, £11, 850 actually.


Edited by DaveS, 05 January 2015 - 01:53 PM.

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 Skywatcher Skymax 180 Mak, Explorer 130 PDS / Baader MPCC III coma correcter.

Megrez 90 / Hotech SCA Flattener / WO FR IV/ SX Trius 694 / SX 7 place filter wheel / Baader LRGB and Astrodon NB filters. 

ST80 guide 'scope / QHY5 II guide camera.
HEQ 5 Syntrek / ADM Saddle / Dual Saddle
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Going to cheat and say 2:

An APM LZOS 4" or 5".

 

The other one is odd.

Someone in the US purchased an 80mm APM LZOS scope and received the test pattern results.

A slight mistake as he had no idea what it meant and talked himself into thinking it was poor, so panic ensued. :eek:

When he posted an image of the result people were offering to buy it off him sight unseen and at the full price based on the test results alone of the lens. :grin:

 

To say it was perfect was an understatement, that had to have been one of the best lens ever produced.

Would love to try that specific one.


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Dave,

Of the subject but how are you getting on with the MAK 180?

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