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Received my StellaMira 80 f/10 ED refractor today. 🙂🙂🙂 First impressions are what a solid bit of kit and quite hefty at 4.6kg without finder and diagonal. Beautifully finished in glossy black with

Few moon pics with the smartphone tonight and the StellaMira..          

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10 hours ago, johninderby said:

Welcome to the thread.

Look forward to reading your first light report. 🙂

Well I stayed up and was rewarded with a (mostly) clear sky from 01:30 until 03:00.

First light with the StellaMira on Jupiter, Saturn, and Albireo.

Initial impression... just wow 😃
Will write up more tomorrow sometime...

Gary

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Tested the StellaMira mounted on SkyTee on the Skywatcher 1.75” steel tripod (as photo). Fairly light weight setup and reasonably stable, but I think the the SkyTee works better on the Berlebach Uni 18.

I have also tried it mounted on the AZ5 and same tripod. This combination takes too long to settle during focussing and takes 3 or 4 seconds to settle when the scope is tapped gently.

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I am bringing this thread back from the death some what. I have just placed an order for a SM 104 ED2 and a field flattener. I am excited to receive it! I hope that it will pair with the CEM40 (also on order) fairly well for AP.

I'll update with a first light review when the OTA and mount arrives.

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On 07/02/2020 at 15:22, johninderby said:

There are a couple of nylon grub screws in the mounting flange on  the back of the OTA that  can be removed to mount a finder shoe on the tube.

@johninderby I'm looking to add another finder shoe on the right side of the OTA, as I'm finding that with the (supplied) shoe on the left, that my 9x50 can prevent me from moving the scope fully forward in ADM saddle (mounted on the Zero mount)... all my scopes are setup  to mount on the right of my mounts (ScopeTech Zero and iOptron AZ Mount Pro).

I note that there a number of small grub screws all over the focuser and some on the red ring (flange ?) that mounts the focuser to the OTA itself, but I'm not sure which (if any) of these can be removed to (hopefully) allow me to mount my spare Baader Finder Shoe. Could you possibly enlighten me, before I start unscrewing the wrong grub screws and it all falling to pieces 😬

Also, I note that you've mounted a Rigel to the original shoe in one of your photos... as I'd be retaining that shoe anyway, is there a special adaptor I can obtain that would allow me to do this, as I'd prefer that to sticking the supplied plate on the OTA (I have a spare one of each, as I have two Rigel finders now) ?

Thanks

Gary

 

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There are the two holes on one side where the stock shoes is mounted and a single mounting hole on the other side. You would need a finder shoe with a slot that runs front to back like the Primaluce one. for that. The two holes in the flange are for.mounting a finder shoe.

https://www.365astronomy.com/primaluce-lab-dx-deluxe-finderscope-shoe-for-finderscope-bracket-with-4-long-holes-red.html

There is a printfile on Thingverse for a Rigel to Sytnta adaptor.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2697450

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9 minutes ago, johninderby said:

There are the two holes on one side where the stock shoes is mounted and a single mounting hole on the other side. You would need a finder shoe with a slot that runs front to back like the Primaluce one. for that. The two holes in the flange are for.mounting a finder shoe.

https://www.365astronomy.com/primaluce-lab-dx-deluxe-finderscope-shoe-for-finderscope-bracket-with-4-long-holes-red.html

There is a printfile on Thingverse for a Rigel to Sytnta adaptor.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2697450

 

Thanks John, I knew you'd have the answers and those images/links are very useful 😃

I'll see what I can get sorted out from this... was just worried about messing with the wrong screws, as I guess some of them are for adjusting the focuser too 🤔

Cheers

Gary

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That's a very nice telescope. I was looking for something nice to put on my steel legged AZ4, I think I found it. I talked to FLO today, I just need to be patient till March. I was looking for a planetary scope and something for some double spliting do this fits the bill. I will also use it for white light solar also.  How does the finder shoe fit on to the to the OTA BTW? Thanks in advance.

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You will love the StellaMira 80 scope. Definately worth waiting for.👍🏻

The finder shoe just attches with two screws. Mine came with a finder shoe but replaced it with a nicer Primaluce one which has a curved bottom rather than the common one with a couple short “legs”.

If using the Primaluce needs a small recess drilling in the bottom to clear one of the screws in the focuser.

Also be careful that the screw holding on the new shoe isn’t too long as it could damage a bearing if it pokes through too far.

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2 hours ago, Carl Au said:

That's a very nice telescope. I was looking for something nice to put on my steel legged AZ4, I think I found it. I talked to FLO today, I just need to be patient till March. I was looking for a planetary scope and something for some double spliting do this fits the bill. I will also use it for white light solar also.  How does the finder shoe fit on to the to the OTA BTW? Thanks in advance.

For lunar, planetary and doubles it's a superb scope. Super sharp, contrasty and vivid is how I describe it. My Mak 127 performs in a similar way, but the image is a little less clean... I've heard it described as "slightly scruffier" on cats compared to a good refractor like this, and I could concur 👍

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Like a scene from The Fog here - loads of sea fret so unable to do a nice picture in the garden. The attic/home working office will have to do. Mounted on a Scopetech Zero and More Blue half pier. Vibrations seem minimal so think they will work together well.

Prior to today we have had 4 cracking nights so another picture of the moon - finally managed to get a little colour.  It's a superb telescope.

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7 minutes ago, Dean Hale said:

Like a scene from The Fog here - loads of sea fret

Yeah, We woke up to that this morning 🌫️

Cracking image of the Moon BTW  👍

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