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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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2 hours ago, Highburymark said:

Have a few book tokens to spend - this looks great, so thanks for posting

Someone posted the all time current low price of £38 which spurred me on. Was £58 but have seen as high as £72. Lovely map though.

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This is my first upgrade for my 8" f6 Dob after quite a bit of research and insight from you guys.

A rebranded Explore Scientific 82 24mm from Opticstar (first class dealers as John said, highly recommended). 

 

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7 hours ago, amaury said:

This is my first upgrade for my 8" f6 Dob after quite a bit of research and insight from you guys.

A rebranded Explore Scientific 82 24mm from Opticstar (first class dealers as John said, highly recommended). 

 

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A very good eyepiece 👍

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Last Saturday, the awfully nice courier - no, seriously he was great, delivered this little baby to me. I could not resist getting it. Originally wanted a 4 inch frac on an eq mount but lost out on a nice little Celestron - Vixen one last autumn.

160 quid from fleabay plus 52 for courier service because I don't drive.

I gave it first light yesterday with sunspot and lunar shots.

Photos are from the listing, but it is in great condition, lens lovely and clear. Only niggle I really have is focuser being a basic rack and pinion, shifts with the crazy load I've put on it. 

 

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AA* Meeting Minutes 20th April:

My name is Mr Thingy and I'm an addict - I can't stop buying astronomy equipment.

Despite already owning a new and decent mono camera (ZWO ASI183MM GT), I decided to purchase a ZWO ASI533MC-PRO, which I told myself I must have for extra utility.

However, despite this setback, today I have managed to go a whole 5 hours without looking at the FLO website. Tomorrow I promise only to look at dovetails and cable options and I definitely will not be looking at APO refractors. 

*Astroholics Anonymous (AA)

Thank you for your support 🤭

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Great things come in absolutely enormous packages (60" TV for scale)...

Note how the certificate alone was packed in a dedicated box of packing peanuts!

I present to you the last Takahashi FC100 in the western hemisphere (well, for a few months at least)...

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Our postman just delivered the Observers book of Astronomy as mentioned several posts back. 6th edition so not collectable but only a fiver from world of books. 

Graeme

 

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1 hour ago, Mr Thingy said:

AA* Meeting Minutes 20th April:

My name is Mr Thingy and I'm an addict - I can't stop buying astronomy equipment.

Despite already owning a new and decent mono camera (ZWO ASI183MM GT), I decided to purchase a ZWO ASI533MC-PRO, which I told myself I must have for extra utility.

However, despite this setback, today I have managed to go a whole 5 hours without looking at the FLO website. Tomorrow I promise only to look at dovetails and cable options and I definitely will not be looking at APO refractors. 

*Astroholics Anonymous (AA)

Thank you for your support 🤭

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That’s the first step towards recovery.. admitting that you have a problem 😂

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3 minutes ago, Stardaze said:

That’s the first step towards recovery.. admitting that you have a problem 😂

My problem is sneaking stuff past the wife 😄

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1 minute ago, jacko61 said:

My problem is sneaking stuff past the wife 😄

The actual ‘stuff’ isn’t my problem, it’s the paper trail of the ‘stuff’ that I need to be creative with 😉

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36 minutes ago, Commanderfish said:

Great things come in absolutely enormous packages (60" TV for scale)...

Note how the certificate alone was packed in a dedicated box of packing peanuts!

I present to you the last Takahashi FC100 in the western hemisphere (well, for a few months at least)...

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Welcome to the DC owners’ club!

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Does it count for this thread if I had to go and pick up the package myself from the paketshop? Also, it's actually a repair so not even a purchase 😂

My Lynx Astro 4-port dew controller had to be sent back due to a minor manufacturing issue but is now back and better than ever! Thanks @FLO for the speedy turnaround!

File format is an uncommon .TRAPEZOID 😎


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1 hour ago, Stardaze said:

The actual ‘stuff’ isn’t my problem, it’s the paper trail of the ‘stuff’ that I need to be creative with 😉

If my wife ever sees the 'Order Information' page on FLO........... nice knowing you all 😱

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4 hours ago, Mr Thingy said:

If my wife ever sees the 'Order Information' page on FLO........... nice knowing you all 😱

I saw in this Ed Ting video that someone got away with buying an expensive rig because when asked the price by his wife he just quoted the mount price only because “I only thought she was pointing at the mount” 😂

 

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I received a parcel from FLO today, posted yesterday, so well done FLO & RM.

It contained 2 ADM dovetail clamps, marked for Tak but bought as the holes were 35mm spaced and just what was needed to replace the existing economy style clamps. Not a fan of these 'cheap' fixed width clamps with the small central moving part as you have to slide the scope in by the dovetail, which can be tricky.

 

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The ADM ones come with 2 bolts (M8 I think) but the existing bolts were smaller and fitted just as good.

I've posted a picture of them in case anyone else is looking to replace one of the 'standard base clamps'  with something better. The ADM are dual support and similar to the ones used on the AZ-GTi replacement kits (only cheaper and no intermediate adapter needed).

Apologies though  - I grabbed the last 2 in stock at FLO.

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Yesterday the postman brought the missing piece of my puzzle:

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So finally I could get out side and look at something!

 

Spent a happy hour lining everything up so both scopes and the finder point in the same direction...

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Not much to look at other than the moon, which was stunning. Navigating the stars is obviously an art I'll have to learn with the view being flipped and was confusing with one scope having a diagonal and the other a 45° erect-image.

 

Now to start browsing the world of filters and diagonals and eyepieces...

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22 hours ago, chrispj said:

Yesterday the postman brought the missing piece of my puzzle:

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So finally I could get out side and look at something!

 

Spent a happy hour lining everything up so both scopes and the finder point in the same direction...

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Not much to look at other than the moon, which was stunning. Navigating the stars is obviously an art I'll have to learn with the view being flipped and was confusing with one scope having a diagonal and the other a 45° erect-image.

 

Now to start browsing the world of filters and diagonals and eyepieces...

Nice, I fancy a small frac and certainly thinking sky tee and the SW tripod, is that an 80ED and 127 Bresser?

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22 hours ago, chrispj said:

Yesterday the postman brought the missing piece of my puzzle:

20210421_183129.thumb.jpg.fa883659eb6db011d8588e8b57a31a79.jpg

 

So finally I could get out side and look at something!

 

Spent a happy hour lining everything up so both scopes and the finder point in the same direction...

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Not much to look at other than the moon, which was stunning. Navigating the stars is obviously an art I'll have to learn with the view being flipped and was confusing with one scope having a diagonal and the other a 45° erect-image.

 

Now to start browsing the world of filters and diagonals and eyepieces...

I thought at first the chalked marks were some ancient invocation for clear skies, but perhaps in reality a reminder from self/partner!! 😉

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