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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, deejay said:

Here's my vintage £58 GBP ebay buy TOWA 80mm, stripped of its scratched worn paint job and the red vinyl covering I put on it as a temporary measure. I have taken it down to the metal on the tube and polished it, as I did with my Tasco 550 featured earlier in this thread. I may have it professionally Chromed on the main tube and finder tube and possibly brass finished on the Dew shield and finder dew shield. It looks great in the corner of my living room as it is  even my wife approves!!

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That looks beautiful! :thumbsup::thumbsup:

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Here's a quick phone flash snap of my 115mm Apo. It's been gathering dust of late :(

 

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If it wasn't for the flash you'd see the street lights and floodlight (during the week there's a whole batch on until after 10pm) more clearly...

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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 driven MkIV as well.

Vixen 90M f/11 on a MkIII. Celestron CR150HD on MkIV.  iStar 180 R35 f/12 with stumpy dewshield very under-mounted on the MkIV.

And finally, the same 7" lens "folded" with two 1/20th wave, optical flats in a DIY Porsa framework on my home made GEM with 2" shafts on a temporary test stand.

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2 hours ago, Rusted said:

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 driven MkIV as well.

Vixen 90M f/11 on a MkIII. Celestron CR150HD on MkIV.  iStar 180 R35 f/12 with stumpy dewshield very under-mounted on the MkIV.

And finally, the same 7" lens "folded" with two 1/20th wave, optical flats in a DIY Porsa framework on my home made GEM with 2" shafts on a temporary test stand.

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Wow! Plenty of choice there! 

Louise

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13 hours ago, jabeoo1 said:

Rusted :Envy:

Hi

Many thanks for all the positive comments and the "likes."  :icon_biggrin:

Most of my collection of astro "bits" was bought secondhand except for the 7" iStar objective.

 

My heavy duty GEM was built almost entirely from scrap metal to cope with the long and heavy load.

 

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14 minutes ago, swag72 said:

The official photoshoot.......

TMB152/1200 on a Mesu 200 .... I can't get far enough back with the camera to get it all in comfortably :D 

 

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Blimey Sara, another beast on a beast :)

Steve

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12 minutes ago, sloz1664 said:

Blimey Sara, another beast on a beast :)

Steve

I couldn't resist it!!! It's a monster for sure! ...... Which is better though? TMB or ODK10? ............... There's some imaging to be done :) 

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27 minutes ago, swag72 said:

I couldn't resist it!!! It's a monster for sure! ...... Which is better though? TMB or ODK10? ............... There's some imaging to be done :) 

Bring it on....We love a duel :)

 

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6 minutes ago, sloz1664 said:

Bring it on....We love a duel :)

 

I do need to do some comparison - It makes no sense to have both scopes........ One will need to go 

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4 hours ago, swag72 said:

 

I do need to do some comparison - It makes no sense to have both scopes........ One will need to go 

Does the 152 / 1200 have a LZOS objective lens Sara ?

Superb looking setup, whatever :smiley:

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6 hours ago, John said:

Does the 152 / 1200 have a LZOS objective lens Sara ?

Superb looking setup, whatever :smiley:

Oh yes!!! Original paperwork and serial number 109 :)

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19 hours ago, sloz1664 said:

Blimey Steve, that's a beast on a beast :0

Steve

Thanks Steve.  it is a very fine visual scope as well.  Best views of the moon I have ever had are though this scope and a Nagler 17mm.  The contrast is amazing. Aperture is not everything!

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19 hours ago, swag72 said:

The official photoshoot.......

TMB152/1200 on a Mesu 200 .... I can't get far enough back with the camera to get it all in comfortably :D 

 

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Fabulous!  I considered one of those but went for the TEC in the end.  It was a long wait!

That horizon view is great, wish I had that.

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18 hours ago, swag72 said:

 

I do need to do some comparison - It makes no sense to have both scopes........ One will need to go 

I have made the decision to keep to refractors for AP.  Sure, for very small objects I may not get the ideal image scale but there is enough in the sky to accept that "limitation" I think. 

I have a C925 and a 12" Dob for visual.  However, I do all lunar visual, and sometimes Jupiter, through the TEC as above.  It is an astonishing scope for that, just as Olly told me it would be.

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