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I confess I’ve always wanted one of these since they came out.  When one came up for sale recently I was quick to act!  Such an epic looking camera!

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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.  

Thank you FLO, I love it Mr Bresser Messier was just delivered now.    

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

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3 hours ago, tooth_dr said:

I confess I’ve always wanted one of these since they came out.  When one came up for sale recently I was quick to act!  Such an epic looking camera!

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Looks superb 👍🏻
I’m always impressed by CCDs with handles 🤣

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HaHaHaHa!

No, really! Ha, as in Hydrogen-alpha!

The postman brought me a nice new diagonal, a solarquest mount, a Three-Legged-Thing punky tripod.....and a Daystar SolarScout 60mm Ha telescope. Bits and bobs arrived during the week, had first light this morning. I'm seriously impressed!

 

 

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My head said no, but my heart said yes.

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It's well packed with partitions between the major parts.

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And here it is

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And here again, with a tripod, scope and Nexus.

 

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Another AZ100 owner. 👍🏻

Looks like the bottom of the mpunt has been changed. Mine is a lot different or has a new plate on the bottom. 🤔

Edit: Of course that is the EQ5 / pier adaptor. 

 

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New "Alpine Innovations Bino Bandit" arrived today, courtesy of Auntie Flo''s usual prompt service..

Such a neat, simple idea. Easy to fit on my Orion 9x63 mini giant binoculars and daytime testing looks very promising.

Regarding fitting, the material stretches well, and you just need to push them back or pull them forward on each eyepiece until you get to the point where you only see the view of the object and all around in every direction is just really dark.

Operating with a 7mm exit pupil, I'm hoping that night  use with these will help my eyes get the best possible dilation to maximise the performance of these lovely bins 👍.

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2 hours ago, F15Rules said:

New "Alpine Innovations Bino Bandit" arrived today, courtesy of Auntie Flo''s usual prompt service..

Such a neat, simple idea. Easy to fit on my Orion 9x63 mini giant binoculars and daytime testing looks very promising.

Regarding fitting, the material stretches well, and you just need to push them back or pull them forward on each eyepiece until you get to the point where you only see the view of the object and all around in every direction is just really dark.

Operating with a 7mm exit pupil, I'm hoping that night  use with these will help my eyes get the best possible dilation to maximise the performance of these lovely bins 👍.

Dave

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They look comfy, Dave

i just hope they are not the same as Lady Gaga ordered

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12 minutes ago, JeremyS said:

They look comfy, Dave

i just hope they are not the same as Lady Gaga ordered

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Not a good look, Jeremy..

But loving the "hair handles"!👌🥴😜

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My ZWO EAF has finally arrived.  It was well worth the wait.  Very straightforward to install and set up on the TS152 and works like a charm with SGP.  Now contemplating one for the C8 as well...

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1 hour ago, AMcD said:

My ZWO EAF has finally arrived.  It was well worth the wait.  Very straightforward to install and set up on the TS152 and works like a charm with SGP.  Now contemplating one for the C8 as well...

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Nice setup. Looks small against that monster refractor. 

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19 hours ago, Oldfort said:

John, mine has the add on for an M10 thread, and an EQ5 type post.

The mount looks great and you've inspired me finally to order one last night 👍

As I have a Berlebach Uni 28 with EQ5 head, I presume this adaptor would work for that ? I do also have the option to mount it on my iOptron Tri Pier, but would prefer to use the Uni 28.

Did you get that adaptor direct from Rowan, as I notice @FLO don't seem to stock them ?

Thanks

Gary

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2 minutes ago, HollyHound said:

The mount looks great and you've inspired me finally to order one last night 👍

As I have a Berlebach Uni 28 with EQ5 head, I presume this adaptor would work for that ? I do also have the option to mount it on my iOptron Tri Pier, but would prefer to use the Uni 28.

Did you get that adaptor direct from Rowan, as I notice @FLO don't seem to stock them ?

Thanks

Gary

Gary, the Rowan website says its fits with EQ5, and that's what my tripod top is (I think - it says Vixen GP, but I also use an AZ EQ5 on it).  The UNI 28 is good and stable.

I got the whole kit (other than the Nexus, which I had already) direct from Rowan.  I ordered it last weeekend, got a confirmation on Monday and delivery Thursday.

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1 hour ago, Oldfort said:

Gary, the Rowan website says its fits with EQ5, and that's what my tripod top is (I think - it says Vixen GP, but I also use an AZ EQ5 on it).  The UNI 28 is good and stable.

I got the whole kit (other than the Nexus, which I had already) direct from Rowan.  I ordered it last weeekend, got a confirmation on Monday and delivery Thursday.

That's brilliant, just what I hoped. My Uni 28 is the EQ5/Vixen Gp model, so it confirms this will work perfectly 👍

Yes, as my Uni 28 is really doing very little, since selling my SkyTee, I'd like to put it back to good use and it's a good solid tripod for all the scopes I intend to mount with this and the AZ100. I do have the iOptron AZ Mount Pro and Tri Pier, which are great and quite quickly setup/aligned, but most of the time these days, I'm either using the dob or want manual Alt/Az (my new StellaLyra CC6" is just a bit too much for the little ScopeTech)... the AZ100 will fulfil this need perfect and should I want "push to" or tracking that's an option anytime 🤔

I'll put in an order for that adaptor with Rowan now, thanks for your help and good luck with the new mount too 😀

Edit: EQ5 Adaptor ordered direct from Rowan, thanks for the heads up about this... it belongs on the Berlebach 🤣

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1 hour ago, tooth_dr said:

Nice setup. Looks small against that monster refractor. 

Thanks tooth_dr.  It does look pretty tiny!

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A handle for the TecnoSky 125. Now the handle “borrowed” from Big Red can go back. 👍🏻

It’s actually a “motorcycle handlebar adjustable balance bar” but just happens to make a great telescope handle. And being intended for use on a motorcycle it’s solidly made. It is a bit long but just fits with a StellaMira Losmandy plate. It can be extended much longer by loosening some grub screws and pulling out the end sections but not needed for a telescope. Just blotted out the brand name with a permanent marker and will leave that on the bottom anyway.

And under 10 quid if you don’t mind waiting for it to come from China. I paid more as I didn’t want to wait though.

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A few things from FLO... 

StellaMira 1.25" 90º Erecting Prism Diagonal to use on the moon... I've tried a WO previously and the quality wasn't great, but as it rattled, I think the prism may be loose on that one, so hopefully this is better 🤞

Footrest for my BerleBach NIX II Observers Chair... even being quite tall, I should find it more comfortable when the chair is fully raised 😀

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9 minutes ago, HollyHound said:

Oh and the final piece of my new Ethos trilogy... the Ethos 8mm... so I can now go 21, 13 and 8 👍

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Congratulations on the Ethos 8mm. It's one that I use very often with my 12 inch dob. It gives 199x in that and still shows half a degree of sky :icon_biggrin:

I've often said that I skip straight from 21mm, over the 17mm focal length, to 13mm, but in all honesty the "skip" is quite often straight to the 8mm.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, John said:

Congratulations on the Ethos 8mm. It's one that I use very often with my 12 inch dob. It gives 199x in that and still shows half a degree of sky :icon_biggrin:

I've often said that I skip straight from 21mm, over the 17mm focal length, to 13mm, but in all honesty the "skip" is quite often straight to the 8mm.

Thanks. I've read various posts (yours included) that indicate the same, and indeed TeleVue talk about the sets of 21, 13, 8 or 17, 10, 6... so after playing with just the 21 and 13 over the last few nights in my 10" dob, I'm convinced I should be able to manage with just these three for most of my viewing in that scope... switch to XWs for anything else 👍

I've also got a couple of Hyperion 2" extension rings, so that I can keep them all as 2" eyepieces, which will also help in a session... just need to work out if I need to adjust the Paracorr now for those 🤔

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