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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.

Scopes: Celestron GP-C8, APM 80mm F/6 Triplet APO, Lunt LS35THa B1200, SkyWatcher ST80, home-brew Alt-Az mount, 4.5" F/4.3 MiniDOB (for the kids)

EPs: Pentax XW 7mm and XW 10mm, Televue Delos 8mm, Naglers 12 mm,17mm, and 22mm T4, and 31mm T5, Vixen LVW 42mm, 2x MaxVision 24mm 68°, William Optics Zoom 7.5-22.5mm, William Optics 2" Dielectric diagonal, Orion Optics 2" 90° Amici prism Denkmeier filter-switch star diagonal with O-III, H-beta, UHC and moon filter

Imaging stuff: Meade S5K TeleXtender 2x and 3x, TeleVue PowerMate 2.5x, TeleVue TRF-2008 0.8x reducer/flattener, ZW-Optical ASI130MM and ASI120MC, The Imaging Source DMK 21AU618.AS, Brightstar filter wheel, LRGB+IR filter set, modded Canon EOS 450D.

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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

Scopes: Celestron GP-C8, APM 80mm F/6 Triplet APO, Lunt LS35THa B1200, SkyWatcher ST80, home-brew Alt-Az mount, 4.5" F/4.3 MiniDOB (for the kids)

EPs: Pentax XW 7mm and XW 10mm, Televue Delos 8mm, Naglers 12 mm,17mm, and 22mm T4, and 31mm T5, Vixen LVW 42mm, 2x MaxVision 24mm 68°, William Optics Zoom 7.5-22.5mm, William Optics 2" Dielectric diagonal, Orion Optics 2" 90° Amici prism Denkmeier filter-switch star diagonal with O-III, H-beta, UHC and moon filter

Imaging stuff: Meade S5K TeleXtender 2x and 3x, TeleVue PowerMate 2.5x, TeleVue TRF-2008 0.8x reducer/flattener, ZW-Optical ASI130MM and ASI120MC, The Imaging Source DMK 21AU618.AS, Brightstar filter wheel, LRGB+IR filter set, modded Canon EOS 450D.

Bins: Helios Apollo 15x70 HD, TS 15x70 (repaired, for kids), Bresser 10x50, home-made P-mount Mk-III

Observation summary: Messier: 110/110, Caldwell: 97/109, RASC Finest NGCs: 93/110, Herschel: 306/400, Brightest Planetaries: 60/100, Planets: Mercury to Neptune (inclusive), Minor planets: 2, Lunar: 55/100, Comets: 12, Supernovas: 9, Novas: 1, Quasars: 3


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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.
Olly

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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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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