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NGC007

baader apo 95/560 caf2 travel companion

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It looks very promising! Looking forward to reading a review on that telescope. At the time I thought about getting one but i eventually bought a tak 100, a fabulous telescope which surprises me every time is out!

I believe that Baader refractor can be another very fine scope. 

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TRAVEL COMPANION

(As posted on Baader website as well) 

First Impressions

Been observing on and off for 40 yrs. and own a SkyVision 20" f3/3 GoTo dob which is a truly amazing scope, but I can't take it with me when I travel on an aircraft for instance, and there is no room for it in the car when we go on holiday. Best scope I have ever owned but not always the right scope in every place. So last year I decided to acquire the best truly Grab & Go refractor I could afford.  It must big enough to resolve planetary detail but small enough to carry on an aircraft overhead (including Tripod) with ease. No small order you may be right in thinking. The tripod and mount had to be as carefully chosen as the scope because a truly Grab & Go setup must consider the setup as a whole.  I knew I needed at least 90mm of aperture and every Apo I researched was either too slow or too fast.  Also, they were all too heavy and not suited to small mounts.  I don’t remember how I stumbled across the Baader 95/560 Travel Companion, but I knew immediately that I had found my dream refractor!  95 mm is big enough to see real detail on Jupiter and the weight was only 3.1 kilos.  In addition, it has an oiled spaced Fluorite triplet objective.  I once owned a refractor with a 110mm TEC oiled spaced triplet and that lens was the most transparent lens I had ever looked through.  However, It needed a hefty mount and was not what I considered Grab & Go so I sold it. 

Back to the Travel Companion, I badgered Johannes Baader to make one for me, I would not take no for an answer and he eventually agreed to add me to the waiting list.  I then purchased the Vamo Traveler mount weighing 1.3 Kilos and a Gitzo Systematic Tripod (18 inches, 457mm when collapsed).  It weighs nothing, I can easily lift it up with one finger and it can hold an Elephant.  I would have even considered buying this scope if it had an air spaced FPL 53 triplet because it fitted my requirements of true portability.

 

I waited, and a few weeks ago Johannes informed me my scope was almost ready and I got excited again.  When it arrived, I opened the box right away, as you do.  I held the scope for the first time and marveled at how light yet robust it felt.  The finish is superb, and the focuser is SOOO smooth and without flexure whatsoever.  Looking down the OTA you see a very well baffled tube.  I ordered mine with the tube rings, dovetail bar and Clicklock on the focuser.  I quickly mounted it on the Vamo Traveler/Gitzo which just happened to be ready in the dining room!  In went the Baader 2" BBHS mirror Diagonal and a Leica 25x - 50x ASPH Zoom with Baader VIP 2x modular Barlow, I was set.  The whole thing could easily be lifted in one hand, but two hands are safer I told myself.   I took it outside in my back garden that afternoon and pointed it at the nearby woods.  The image was razor sharp and the mount was rock steady on max zoom.  The following night the sky was clear.

First Light

 I live in a very light polluted area in the UK and have nearly given up trying to observe from home, but this night was very clear, though cold at 0 degrees C.   As luck would have it I could not attach my red dot finder to the focuser as I had the wrong screws, so it was point and hope. I took the scope out from my warm dining room and pointed it a M42 the great Orion Nebulae as it was hard to miss.  I wasn't sure what to expect but I was not expecting to see the entire nebulae, I mean all of it!  Usually when I observe M42 I see the bat wings spread out and then I attempt to see more but right away I saw the entire shape of it, beautifully framed.  I slowly zoomed in and out in admiration.  I could clearly see 5 stars in the Trapezium and the following night when I put my Morpheus 4.5 barlowed I saw the f star.

I looked at M42 for longer than I have ever looked at it in a very long time, but I was getting cold.  Nearly an hour had passed, and it dawned on me that if I could see so much nebulosity in M42 perhaps M45 the Pleiades might show some.  I swung the scope upwards and found the cluster. Naturally I couldn't fit it all in the field of view even when I removed the Barlow from the Leica but the nebulosity was plain to see, I could hardly believe it!  Most of it was visible around Merope with direct vision and a lot more with averted vision.  Again, I stared at the cluster for ages in awe and all this from 95mm.  An hour and a half had passed on two objects and I was freezing as the temp was falling so I went it feeling very satisfied indeed to say the least. I have observed on two more occasions (red dot finder attached) and I could go on and on about how impressed I am, another time perhaps.

 The scope with rings and tripod as well as the Vamo Traveler (dismantled) all fit in my Peli 1510 carry on airline case, luckily it has wheels. At last, I think I have found my ideal Travel Companion.  Don't tell the wife!

 

Clem

 

 

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Oh dear. Drool everywhere. :o

Many congratulations. That is just the absolute business.

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Great report and even greater new scope Clem. Many congratulations. Sounds like the perfect carry-on travel companion.

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Very nice setup indeed! Great to see that one of these very rare scopes has got to the UK.

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On 26/11/2017 at 21:20, iPeace said:

Oh dear. Drool everywhere. :o

Many congratulations. That is just the absolute business.

Thanks, exceeded my expectations and my over-draught!!!

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On 28/11/2017 at 08:27, GavStar said:

Very nice setup indeed! Great to see that one of these very rare scopes has got to the UK.

Thanks, be taking it to Kelling in the Spring along with the Dob.

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I like the look of the Vamo mount. Have you tried it on the Vamo for manual tracking at higher magnification? E.g. planets, lunar detail? I don't suppose the Vamo will make one forget about slo-mo, but how well does it do?

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16 hours ago, iPeace said:

I like the look of the Vamo mount. Have you tried it on the Vamo for manual tracking at higher magnification? E.g. planets, lunar detail? I don't suppose the Vamo will make one forget about slo-mo, but how well does it do?

The Vamo works wonderfully.  I have tried it with the Travel Companion including the Binoviewer and it's fine.  With this load it can take a second or two to settle but it moves really smoothly.  The bottom picture above is the Vamo mount.  It is the lightest mount I could find that will go in my airline case (dismantled) along with the scope and tripod.

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48 minutes ago, NGC007 said:

The Vamo works wonderfully.  I have tried it with the Travel Companion including the Binoviewer and it's fine.  With this load it can take a second or two to settle but it moves really smoothly.  The bottom picture above is the Vamo mount.  It is the lightest mount I could find that will go in my airline case (dismantled) along with the scope and tripod.

Thanks. I've decided to try one. Shot the e-mail off to Beat just now.

:happy11:

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3 hours ago, iPeace said:

Thanks. I've decided to try one. Shot the e-mail off to Beat just now.

:happy11:

Great!  What do you plan to put on it?

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9 minutes ago, NGC007 said:

Great!  What do you plan to put on it?

My new Borg 71FL.  :happy11:

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6 minutes ago, iPeace said:

My new Borg 71FL.  :happy11:

It will handle this with ease.  A great portable setup.

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1 minute ago, NGC007 said:

It will handle this with ease.  A great portable setup.

I'll make sure to report.

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23 hours ago, iPeace said:

Thanks. I've decided to try one. Shot the e-mail off to Beat just now.

:happy11:

The Vamo mount is excellent, holds my Tak 75 with ease; am learning to not need the Slo-Mo controls, is a quality bit of kit. 

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6 hours ago, Cjg said:

The Vamo mount is excellent, holds my Tak 75 with ease; am learning to not need the Slo-Mo controls, is a quality bit of kit. 

I considered a Slo-Mo mount but they were all not as portable as the Vamo.

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2 hours ago, NGC007 said:

I considered a Slo-Mo mount but they were all not as portable as the Vamo.

I regularly travel by air with the tripod and mount in the hold. Is that something you would consider?

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"One and a half hours on two objects"

That's real observing! And the scope sounds like an excellent performer as well as looking great too! ☺

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10 minutes ago, mikeDnight said:

"One and a half hours on two objects"

That's real observing! And the scope sounds like an excellent performer as well as looking great too! ☺

I couldn't fit the red dot finder that first night so I had to point at anything big and hard to miss.  The sky was most unusually and amazingly transparent that first night, one in a thousand for this neck of the world.  So M42 was so revealing I couldn't stop looking at it and partly because I thought I might not find much else without panning all over the place.  A night I wont forget, like the night I first saw Saturn's rings when I was 15.   

 

Clem

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1 hour ago, R26 oldtimer said:

A-ha, that's why it is so expensive. It brings transparency instead of clouds, upon delivery!:happy11:

Only for one night.

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