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7 hours ago, Dean Hale said:

Very happy chap today. Actually dithered quite a bit whether to buy the StellaMira 80mm (crayford focuser) or an alternative however circumstances deemed the StellaMira as the one to be. Ooh it's lovely. Plus a few other bits - Scopetech Zero, ADM clamp and a Baader finder shoe. Thanks to the contributors on the various posts at SGL as to suggestions for appropriate mounts and clamps.

Welcome to StellaMira/ScopeTech heaven 😀

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My very first refractor, the new WO FLT 91, this is going to be my imaging telescope when I can get my hands on a Skywatcher mount.  

Just arrived and amazingly well packed... triple boxed, with spacers 😮 Nestled inside was a gorgeous Takahashi FC76-DCU 😃 I can’t believe how light it is compared to the StellaMira 80mm, and

All the way from Sweden and deposited on my door step by the courier three days earlier than expected - As it was palleted and weighed almost 70kg, it was left out in the rain until I got home from wo

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And here we go.

One box with lots of padding material

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and there is another box inside that:

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And in that box is another box and a foam box with:

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My brand new 125 mm f/7.8 TS doublet.

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Nice.

 

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Happy recycling of all the kitty litter!😁 Sometimes hard to work out who makes stuff for TS but they seem to have achieved some consistent results over time. I liked my 90mmm triplet a lot and so does it's new owner.

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Managed to find these two at a great price thanks to Zoltan at 365 although I like my black and green can’t justify the the Ethos price these days they have gone mad and I already have a couple plus a13mm Ethos picked at a reasonable secondhand price 

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A Vixen HR 3.4mm eyepiece. 🙂

Been curious about the Vixen HR eyepieces so when I saw this one decided to get it. As it was second hand if I don’t get on with it could easily sell it on for what I paid for it. So zero risk. 🙂

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48 minutes ago, johninderby said:

A Vixen HR 3.4mm eyepiece. 🙂

Been curious about the Vixen HR eyepieces so when I saw this one decided to get it. As it was second hand if I don’t get on with it could easily sell it on for what I paid for it. So zero risk. 🙂

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You will enjoy looking at the moon tonight, if it clears up. 🤞

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4 hours ago, garryblueboy said:

Managed to find these two at a great price thanks to Zoltan at 365 although I like my black and green can’t justify the the Ethos price these days they have gone mad and I already have a couple plus a13mm Ethos picked at a reasonable secondhand price 

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To be honest ethos or not they look pretty fantastic. I’m sure they will shine. 

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Bit of a cheeky one. Didn’t really need this but hey. Never had one before.  On the for sale thread on SGL courtesy of @mikeyj1

Orion ST 80 plus case. And clear ish. skies tonight. The Rowan may struggle ??!! 
 

John 

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5 hours ago, garryblueboy said:

Managed to find these two at a great price thanks to Zoltan at 365 although I like my black and green can’t justify the the Ethos price these days they have gone mad and I already have a couple plus a13mm Ethos picked at a reasonable secondhand price ....

 

 

Very nice !

There is really not much between these and the Ethos's. I'm sure you have seen the review that I did a while back:

https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/236613-skywatcher-myriad-100-110-degree-apparent-field-eyepieces/

I understand that optically the Myriad's, Lunt / APM XWA's,  Stellavue Optimus and TS XWA's are the same.

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52 minutes ago, John said:

Very nice !

There is really not much between these and the Ethos's. I'm sure you have seen the review that I did a while back:

https://stargazerslounge.com/topic/236613-skywatcher-myriad-100-110-degree-apparent-field-eyepieces/

I understand that optically the Myriad's, Lunt / APM XWA's,  Stellavue Optimus and TS XWA's are the same.

Hi John yes your review made my decision when I purchased my first one I have a 13 Ethos and there is not that much in it between it and the Myriads I just think now the prices are out of Controll for the Ethos as is the used market in general at the moment 

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8 minutes ago, Barry-W-Fenner said:

The AZ4 mount arrived today so I have finally set up the Bresser. My new grab and go Refractor! Cant wait to see what the views are like through this.

 

Baz

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Takes me back I had a set like this few years back nice grab and go 

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19 minutes ago, Barry-W-Fenner said:

The AZ4 mount arrived today so I have finally set up the Bresser. My new grab and go Refractor! Cant wait to see what the views are like through this.

 

Baz

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I used to use my Vixen 102 F/6.5 refractor on an AZ-4 and it worked very well :smiley:

Nice and portable combination.

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6 hours ago, garryblueboy said:

Managed to find these two at a great price thanks to Zoltan at 365 although I like my black and green can’t justify the the Ethos price these days they have gone mad and I already have a couple plus a13mm Ethos picked at a reasonable secondhand price 

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I think the myriad eyepieces are very good. I sold my 8mm and 21mm ethos which in hindsight I regret. However, I bought the 9mm and 20mm myriad which as John stated is very similar. I have the 13mm ethos and I was going to buy the 5mm myriad but a 6mm ethos came up on the classifieds. It would be interesting to try the 3.5mm.

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2 minutes ago, Mark at Beaufort said:

I think the myriad eyepieces are very good. I sold my 8mm and 21mm ethos which in hindsight I regret. However, I bought the 9mm and 20mm myriad which as John stated is very similar. I have the 13mm ethos and I was going to buy the 5mm myriad but a 6mm ethos came up on the classifieds. It would be interesting to try the 3.5mm.

I was lucky 365 astronomy had them in stock all the usual places were out of stock and no more on the horizon  I brought the 20mm from them 18 months ago  hoping to try them out tonight set up waiting 

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3 hours ago, John said:

I used to use my Vixen 102 F/6.5 refractor on an AZ-4 and it worked very well :smiley:

Nice and portable combination.

Thanks John. I'm really hoping to get some use out of this setup for those brief sessions between clouds.  I am quite surprised at the weight of this grab and go set up. I would say its as heavy if not heavier than my 200p! I am real keen to get my 1st defractionless views and experience the dark contrast I keep reading about 😀

Baz

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5 hours ago, johninderby said:

Fingers crossed.

A completely clear night and 97% full Moon !  Like an all you can eat buffet with just turkey twizzlers 🥴

OK then lets look at the moon and listen to next doors husky howling..................

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5 minutes ago, Stephenstargazer said:

listen to next doors husky howling..................

My neighbour has 4 😱

No...to be fair they are well behaved :)

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