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1 hour ago, GavStar said:

A new acquisition this month, a Takahashi FSQ130-ED, slotting into my existing refractors

I think you have OCD, Observing Collection Disorder.

Lovely set of scopes.

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Don't worry Chris, Frac Pack moral is very high Here are a few of mine, past and present. Will take some better pics soon. Vixen Atlux 150ED with Tak FC-100 as a finder 120ED with Quark Tak FS-60

My Equinox ED120 & Starwave ED80 getting a rare outing.....

Just a selection of my refractors. The piers are self welded and far too massive to lift. For decades I longed for Fullerscopes mounts. I started with a used, driven MkIII and then bought a drive

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1 hour ago, GavStar said:

A new acquisition this month, a Takahashi FSQ130-ED, slotting into my existing refractors

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Seems a bit churlish to ask this question in the presence of so much beauty Gavin. But where’s the TV85? 

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26 minutes ago, Highburymark said:

Seems a bit churlish to ask this question in the presence of so much beauty Gavin. But where’s the TV85? 

In lockdown on the Isle of Wight 😀, Mark. 
The tv85 was my first refractor and I’ve had some great observing sessions with it including one particularly memorable one in Tenerife.

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This is a pic I took yesterday of my SW 80ED in the observatory set up to look for Venus.  The clouds looked fantastic - but then I am a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society 🌝.

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1 hour ago, paulastro said:

This is a pic I took yesterday of my SW 80ED in the observatory set up to look for Venus.  The clouds looked fantastic - but then I am a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society 🌝.

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Great picture Paul those clouds are awesome 

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I bought this from TS as a spotter.  But I immediately recognised this has great potential as a eeva scope and also a grab n go fun scope.  Added some extra tube rings and a vixen bar and sorted.  Used it tonight on the moon and also earlier terrestrial as it has a correct image diagonal that is built into it.  I have to say I am very impressed with the performance at 80/330.  Really good colour, no fringing on the moon and using just a bog standard sw 25mm eyepiece it was sharp accross 80% of the fov.  
 

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Unless I get some sudden aperture fever, this one is staying with me forever APM LOMO 102/800. It's a CNC LW version so it has a Kruppax 50 tube. The best 4" I've ever looked through. 

(dewshield is removed to show the lens cell)

 

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I've read that those Lomo 102 triplets are superb :icon_biggrin:

My TMB/LZOS 130mm F/9.2 was assembled by APM and uses the Kruppax 50 tube as well. One of the benefits is that it seems never to dew up. Even if the outside of the tube is running with it, the objective stays clear.

Do you find that with your Lomo 102 ?

 

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Hi John, 

Yes the LOMO 102/800 is really faultless. Your LZOS 130 is one of those perfect optics as well I've heard. I've only experienced the faster ones myself. 

Never had dew issues with mine. 

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Waiting for first light but as close as it’s going to get to going outside at the moment. 😢

ScopeTech 80 f/15 an old fashioned style refractor made in Japan and should be a great planetary scope. 😁

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1 minute ago, philj said:

Very nice John. I still use my Towa 339 80mm f15 regularly.

The 80mm f/15 is a classic design.  Want to see what difference having the latest optical coatings has on performance. 

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Same telescope, different mount.  I bought my SW 120ED a new present, well, an old present.  I couldn't resist it when a fellow SGLer advertised a Vixen Super Polaris GEM.  The mount could well be around 30 years old or more but it's slow motions are probably as smooth as the day it was made, and much smoother than  the many cheaper clones made over the years outside of Japan.  At any rate, it will certainly last a lot longer than I'm likely to 😄. In the mean time, I'm very pleased to have it.

 

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