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2 minutes ago, F15Rules said:

F8 reflector, Stu? Nice - looks almost refractor like!🤭:rolleyes2::)

Dave

If you ignore the diffraction spikes, the views almost are too 👍👍

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4 minutes ago, John said:

No problem at all Dave - it may clear later but if not I think the prospects later this week might be hopeful  :smiley:

 

Hope so John..I'd love a session with those exceptionally steady conditions everyone seemed to enjoy last night 🙏..

Sirius sounded wonderful last night, and it was a thrill to hear that Steve had seen the Pup several times on the one night with Foxy the Vixen!👍

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20 hours ago, Sunshine said:

[...] I'm not sure if I feel awe at your setting or I just want to cry. 😂

Plus the architecture plus the palm trees plus the blue sky.  I must have lived somewhere in North Africa in a previous life.  😉

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5 hours ago, jjohnson3803 said:

Plus the architecture plus the palm trees plus the blue sky.  I must have lived somewhere in North Africa in a previous life.  😉

Don’t forget the rugs 😉

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I'm with you on that Dave .

Just me and Andromeda tonight.  The wind has completely dropped here.

Have fun...:smiley:

Beautiful set up BTW.

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Last posted on here back in September, and have since upgraded to the 130PDS, with new supplies to heaters, USB hub, fancier 3D prints for cable management, and only 1 cable going from the ground to power everything I have!

Here's last night where we got clear skies for the 3rd night in a row!

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Taking flats, using old white baby vest, holding on the end with elastic!

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Single cable to power the lot!
4x GX12 connections, individually fused to Mount, RPi power (via buck converter), USB hub (also powering the USB dew heaters on guidescope & 130PDS) and DSLR (via 12-8V reducer cable)
Rpi to USB hub, feeds from guiding, DSLR, mount & USB wifi dongle.

Rather chuffed with the cable management!

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41 minutes ago, Dean Hale said:

In the dumping room and relative warmth tonight. Think it could do with a tidy up.

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A tidy up? well that would defeat the purpose of a "dumping room" I think its just fine and cozy!

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On 19/01/2022 at 22:00, mikeDnight said:

Genesis 101 SDF & FC100DZ playing happily together.

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One question Mike. Given you have a NP101 @ F5.5 Why not add a barlow and just need one scope. Ignoring the fact you want to look side by side or like collecting them? 

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1 hour ago, Deadlake said:

One question Mike. Given you have a NP101 @ F5.5 Why not add a barlow and just need one scope. Ignoring the fact you want to look side by side or like collecting them? 

  That's a really good question and easy to answer. No matter what Dickenson and Dyer would have you believe, or Televue for that matter, none of Televues refractors throughout the decades even approach the Takahashi in performance as far as lunar, planetary, and stellar observation goes. The two refractors are really both specialist instruments, in that the Tak is a high performance, high definition telescope, where as the Genesis SDF, like all its siblings, is the ultimate rich field comet seeker. The Genesis SDF at F5.4 will do something the Tak could never do, which is give a near 5° true field or ten full moons wide. On the otherhand, the Takahashi will deliver tack sharp views of double stars at 500X, and lunar views at 200X  that are so sharp you feel like you're viewing the Moon from just a few miles above its surface. So apple's and oranges really. Both complement each other perfectly without falling out. As for the idea of barlowing the SDF,  well it would still soften out at 200X. Even the NP101 IS loses steam as the power touches 200X. At 200X the Takahashi is just warming up.

  I learned the hard way that Televue scopes are not the All Things To All Men that the advertisements would have you believe. I bought one back in 2007 along with all the Naglers and a couple of powermates. I sold it within a year after a friend's Vixen 102 F6.5 ED left the multi thousand pound TV in a cloud of dust while observing Saturn. From a visual perspective the TV scopes are everything Al Nagler initially intended them to be. They really do give an unbeatable Space Walk Experience, and give pleasing views of moon and planets. The Takahashi's are surgical!

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29 minutes ago, mikeDnight said:

  That's a really good question and easy to answer. No matter what Dickenson and Dyer would have you believe, or Televue for that matter, none of Televues refractors throughout the decades even approach the Takahashi in performance as far as lunar, planetary, and stellar observation goes. The two refractors are really both specialist instruments, in that the Tak is a high performance, high definition telescope, where as the Genesis SDF, like all its siblings, is the ultimate rich field comet seeker. The Genesis SDF at F5.4 will do something the Tak could never do, which is give a near 5° true field or ten full moons wide. On the otherhand, the Takahashi will deliver tack sharp views of double stars at 500X, and lunar views at 200X  that are so sharp you feel like you're viewing the Moon from just a few miles above its surface. So apple's and oranges really. Both complement each other perfectly without falling out. As for the idea of barlowing the SDF,  well it would still soften out at 200X. Even the NP101 IS loses steam as the power touches 200X. At 200X the Takahashi is just warming up.

  I learned the hard way that Televue scopes are not the All Things To All Men that the advertisements would have you believe. I bought one back in 2007 along with all the Naglers and a couple of powermates. I sold it within a year after a friend's Vixen 102 F6.5 ED left the multi thousand pound TV in a cloud of dust while observing Saturn. From a visual perspective the TV scopes are everything Al Nagler initially intended them to be. They really do give an unbeatable Space Walk Experience, and give pleasing views of moon and planets. The Takahashi's are surgical!

If I had run into your posts regarding refractors ten years ago I would have saved myself thousands in bought and sold telescopes over the years, you certainly know your refractors. Reading your first light CN report on your DZ last night was great! almost made me want to click the “buy” tab on local Astro shop website. 😂 then I remember I don’t need two 4” refractors but you made it so utterly tempting.

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27 minutes ago, Sunshine said:

If I had run into your posts regarding refractors ten years ago I would have saved myself thousands in bought and sold telescopes over the years, you certainly know your refractors. Reading your first light CN report on your DZ last night was great! almost made me want to click the “buy” tab on local Astro shop website. 😂 then I remember I don’t need two 4” refractors but you made it so utterly tempting.

Thanks Sunshine. You're not alone in spending thousands only to find you could have saved thousands. I'm sure many on SGL and on CN would be quite wealthy by now if only they'ed found the right thread in time. I did roughly calculate what I'd spent over the years only to find myself pretty much back where I started, with a small refractor. I think it may have been in the region of £60,000.00. If I'd gone for a 6" top end Tak right at the start I'd be around £50,000 better off.

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4 minutes ago, mikeDnight said:

Thanks Sunshine. You're not alone in spending thousands only to find you could have saved thousands. I'm sure many on SGL and on CN would be quite wealthy by now if only they'ed found the right thread in time. I did roughly calculate what I'd spent over the years only to find myself pretty much back where I started, with a small refractor. I think it may have been in the region of £60,000.00. If I'd gone for a 6" top end Tak right at the start I'd be around £50,000 better off.

Oh my gosh that is an awful lot of dough, somehow I think we all end up where we started.

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6 minutes ago, Sunshine said:

Oh my gosh that is an awful lot of dough, somehow I think we all end up where we started.

There may be some truth in that.

My first telescope was a 60mm refractor and so is my most recent.

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2 minutes ago, JeremyS said:

There may be some truth in that.

My first telescope was a 60mm refractor and so is my most recent.

Then I should be terrified as my first was a 60mm Safari brand shakes like a tuning fork god awful refractor.....NOOOOOOO!

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