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Everything posted by HollyHound

  1. FLO do still have both the normal and “low profile” 2” visual backs available, but no Clicklock 56i in stock right now unfortunately
  2. It’s good they got some stock in, but as you say, supplies are still very limited and will likely remain so for some/most of this year Will be very interested to hear your report on your FC100 when it arrives
  3. This is my finding too, over the last two night I’ve had both the FS-60CB and FC-76DCU out and been focussing primarily on the moon. They both cool down pretty much in minutes and both give sharp, contrasty images, free of any noticeable CA. What amazed me is just how much magnification each could take and still enhance the view. At one point I had the FS60 at 166x (ES 5mm 82 deg with Hyperion 2.25 Barlow), and it was still giving a lovely usable view The FC76 takes it one step further and of course brightens the view further, whilst eeking out more detail still Both scop
  4. Nice... another FC-76, but this one’s a little different, not the DCU variant... presumably it’s the same apart from the split tube Either way, I love mine and I know quite a few are getting these now... Superb grab and go scopes... enjoy
  5. Another FC-76DCU... welcome to the club, they’re awesome If it’s clear, don’t waste anymore time on here, get it setup and get out there
  6. It was such a long time ago and different scopes, so couldn’t make an honest comparison. All I can say is the Ethos and Delos (and Pentax XW) have some improvement on contrast and scatter compared to eyepieces I had previously, but couldn’t quantify it objectively.
  7. I’ve had the Panaview 32 at the same time I had the 38 and it was pretty much the same as I recall. It’s a lot lighter and doesn’t have that massive top that the 38 has. Funnily enough, I recall thinking at the time, how on earth anyone can use an eyepiece any larger, and yet here I am with an Ethos 21 I only really used it in f/10 or higher scopes, but do recall using it once in the ST120 (f/5) and seeing some FC, but that’s expected.
  8. Good point, I did used to have a Panaview 38 and it was a decent eyepiece indeed
  9. That’s lovely to hear... such a nice book and we both have sentimental attachments to them too What is even more amazing is when you think, that when these were published, only a few people had been into space and man hadn’t yet set foot on the moon
  10. That’s is interesting and no apology necessary re expense, as I already have Ethos 6, 8, 13 and indeed 3.7SX and 21 too anyway. I hadn’t really considered trying these in the FC-76DCU, but now just might... although I suspect this will be mounted on the AZ100 rather than ScopeTech, due to the balance issues that may present themselves. I’m still thinking really that I want to keep the this Tak setup as simple as possible though, but if the views are good Just received another Baader 2” Clicklock for the FS-60CB today, so am thinking of trying the XW30 in that... no doubt it
  11. I should add that it’s not really my intention to use anything other than 1.25” eyepieces on the FC-76DCU in normal use, so the Panoptic 24 is a perfect wide angle eyepiece most of the time
  12. Absolutely, I use all of them regularly in my FC-76DCU, StellaMira 80mm f/10 and 6”CC. Despite some FC in the Tak, remember this is still a relatively short focal length refractor and they’re all very usable. The XWs give superb, contrast, sharp views and they are the most comfortable eyepieces to view through and also don’t feel cold to the touch when swapping them. I have the whole set, except for the XW40 (yet) and wouldn’t swap them... the XW14 is the weakest (for FC) but even then, I can and do swap between that and the Delos 14, simply because sometimes the XW does (just) show
  13. Ok, just popped out for 20mins to check this one thing... Unfortunately, I can report that with the XW30 on my FC-76DCU, there is noticeable FC in about the outer 30% of the field. If I focussed on stars towards the edge and then moved those back to the centre, they would become blurry and vice versa. I do also see astigmatism, but that’s because I have removed my Dioptrx to test on another eyepiece and have found my eyes have about 0.75 dioptre of astigmatism anyway. When using the Panoptic 24, I see neither FC or astigmatism in this scope. If I can find a way to get focus
  14. I’ve got the Pentax XW30 and a Tak FC-76DCU, but haven’t yet tried them together and examined closely for FC. I’ll try next time I’m out, as I’m also considering the XW40 to complete the set again I can confirm there is noticeable FC on the this scope when using both the XW14 and XW20. I do also have the Tak 1.04x Flattener, but I can only get this to focus with 1.25” diagonal and eyepieces, otherwise I’d check if that helped with FC too. It was really for photography but have tried it visually too on the FS-60CB, and works well.
  15. I bought this exact scope from @johninderby and it’s fantastic for lunar. I have only used it visually so far and not had a chance to use it on planets. I also have Mak 127, and whilst that is a great scope (I still use it for binoviewing), the 6”CC is just that bit better It is significantly larger and heavier, so I use it on the AZ100, whereas the Mak127 did also work on the ScopeTech Zero. The other big advantage is that it doesn’t dew up, which both the Mak and my C5 will do, without dew shield and heater (needed some nights). It’s a great scope
  16. Not from the postman, but my dad was sorting through some old boxes and found this book of his, which I remember reading avidly as a kid (when I last had a small telescope). He’s now given it to me, to add to my collection of astronomy books. The Observers Book of Astronomy by (Sir) Patrick Moore, from 1962 Unfortunately my sister seems to have scribbled on the front and back page, but it’s pencil and adds to the charm
  17. I was fully expecting to switch to tube rings on my FC-76DCU, but I love the tube cradle. So easy to just loosen with a single knob, very slightly and adjust the OTA back/forth for balance if needed. I also like that they bolt directly to my ScopeTech Zero mount so no need for a saddle or dovetail. I can just swap between FC-76 or FS-60 very easily and quickly I have got the other tube cradle attached to a Tak dovetail so can use that on the AZ100 or AZ Mount Pro, if I want.
  18. Arrived safe and sound today from @Mark at Beaufort, thanks A Fujiyama 9mm Ortho
  19. The Uni 28 legs are 72mm wide by 35mm thick. I have double clamps on mine, which probably helps with rigidity, as it feels very solid, although I would say that my iOptron Tri Pier (which is rated for higher load), feels like it’s concreted into the floor and I suspect the Planet is the same
  20. I haven’t even thought about trying any of my Ethos in the FC-76, but apart from balance issues (I can use the AZ100), it could be interesting I also have the Delos 14mm, so can try it some more too, although of course your FC-100DL has a focal length of 900mm compared to 570mm for the FC-76DCU.
  21. Thanks, I’ll be trying eyepieces from 10mm to 7mm then
  22. Still getting acquainted with the Taks at the moment, so I don’t have a favourite for DSOs yet. It’s possible my XWs (10, 7 and 5) may fulfil that role...will do a full write up when I have more hours on them all
  23. I’ve setup a lightweight set... Panoptic 24 and 15, BGO 12.5, Burgess/TMB 8 and Nagler Zoom 3-6. This lot live in a small eyepiece box, easily carried out with either the FS60 or FC76 for grab and go. I do usually leave the zoom in the FC76 though, ready just for lunar. I’ve got a Fujiyama 9 on it’s way, which may slot in the box too
  24. And most have around 8 colour plates on them
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