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  1. Jeremy - quite a coincidence, my main rig is C9.25 and Tak FC100DF on AZ-EQ6 and Berlebach Planet, and I sit on Berlebach Nix II. I’m quite happy with Nix, and tend to use quite a wide range of seating heights. To avoid the eyepiece on the apo to get too low when looking near zenith, I keep the mount rather high on the tripod, which means that looking closer to horizon raises the eyepiece quite high, especially on the shorter SCT. FWIW, I’m pretty tall myself, 194 cm. It is true that Nix II is not very compact, less so with the optional foot rest installed (which I do have and like, but it’s in no way necessary of course). But it still fits sideways in the trunk of my old RAV4 with the rest of the gear (and even some bags). Fozzie, If you need me to get some measures from the Nix, just let me know!
  2. Still looking... For clarification, when I wrote ’excellent condition’, I meant mainly optics, normal minor cosmetic signs of use in the barrel etc are ok of course.
  3. Looking for Nagler 16T5 in excellent condition, including box and end caps, shipped to Finland. PayPal payment preferred (I will cover PP fees, of course). Thanks!
  4. Focuser in FC-100D’s is easy to screw off and on without tools for ultra-compact transport if needed - that will shave appr. 10 cm off the length (don’t have my DF now at hand to measure exactly but that’s the ballpark figure), and I presume this will apply also to the DZ. However, with the dew shield screwed off the DF is even shorter than DZ due to its 6 cm shorter f.l. But then you have to protect the lens somehow and pack the dew shield safely to protect it from getting bent out of shape. So I’d feel safer to travel with the new DZ...
  5. Yes, it’s an insulation wrap: two layers of reflecting aluminized bubble wrap with a thin foam layer sandwiched in between. I added it last spring after lot of talk about SCT/MCT insulation on CN, and I have to admit it seems to decrease required cool-down time to effectively zero. Haven’t tried it during really cold winter weather yet, though. I still also use a corrector dew heater band under the insulation (at low power), if I don’t put a dew shield on, since I need battery power for the mount anyway. With an insulated dew shield, insulation is supposed to prevent the cooling of the corrector below dew point, making active dew heating unnecessary.
  6. Tak FC100-DF + C9.25 on AZ-EQ6 and Berlebach Planet:
  7. The max true field of FC-100DF with a 2” EP is 3.6 degrees, quite a bit more than half of NP101...
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