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Hello I'm Dave,

I've been practicing astronomy for over 10 years now with a telescope, but always looked up to the sky with my eyes since a young'un. My current kit is very modest. Skylight 60mm F16.7 refractor, which uses Carton lens. I currently have a Skyscan 2001 EQ3-2 mount, which I stripped, cleaned, regreased, and adjusted the worm drives today. My EQ 3-2 mount now has no backlash and moves buttery smooth. I have Baader Zeiss and Parks Diagonals. I have a collection of Brandon, Carl Zeiss Jena, Edmund, Pentax, and Takahashi MC eyepieces. I'm mainly a planetary observer. When I get a chance I will take photo's of my gear.

Dave
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Skylight 60mm F16.7 - Takahashi FS78 F8.

Brandon 8mm, 12mm - Edmund Optics RKE 8mm, 15mm - Takahashi MC Ortho 5mm, 7mm - Pentax Ortho 6mm - Carl Zeiss Jena Ortho 10mm - Carl Zeiss Jena Huygens 16mm, 25mm. 

Baader Zeiss 2" prism diagonal - Parks 1.25" prism diagonal.
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Hi Dave and Welcome to TSS!
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Hello and welcome Dave :)
That sounds like a great setup you are using, one I would enjoy using myself.
Refractors: Antares 105mm f/15 (modified), Bresser 102mm f/13.2, Celestron 150mm f/8 (modified), Homemade 70mm f/10 (LZOS K8/F8 doublet), Stellarvue NHNG Deluxe 80mm f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, Teleskop-Service 102mm f/11, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
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Hi Dave!

Welcome to TSS.

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Hello and welcome!
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Hello Dave and welcome to the group!

Dave
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Hi Dave, and welcome here to the Forum!

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Hello Dave and welcome to the Forum.
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Hi Dave and welcome to TSS! :D A Carton objective; would love a look through that for sure! Nice collection of EP's as well.

All the best,
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Hi, Everybody

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.
@Thefatkitty I see we have similar tastes in kit, yes the Carton objective is to be treasured. I have always said the only 60mm telescope in current production that I recon would best it, is the Takahashi FOA60Q. Its taken me awhile to build my eyepiece collection up. In my 60mm my most used eyepieces at the moment are the CZJ H-16, 25mm.
Skylight 60mm F16.7 - Takahashi FS78 F8.

Brandon 8mm, 12mm - Edmund Optics RKE 8mm, 15mm - Takahashi MC Ortho 5mm, 7mm - Pentax Ortho 6mm - Carl Zeiss Jena Ortho 10mm - Carl Zeiss Jena Huygens 16mm, 25mm. 

Baader Zeiss 2" prism diagonal - Parks 1.25" prism diagonal.
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Hello Dave, :text-welcomeconfetti:

Welcome to TSS. Glad you joined us.

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wellcome to tss .
I LOVE REFRACTORS ,
:sprefac: takahashi 100 dz :observer: sw 120 ed :galleleo: Televue 60 mm ed
EYEPIECES, Delos .

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Welcome to TSS Dave :)
Thanks for joining us 🙂
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Hi Dave. It's great to have you join us here on TSS and that was a nice introduction from you too. Welcome to the forum Dave and the best of wishes on your astronomy adventures.
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Hello Dave, welcome to TSS.
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Unitron48 wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 8:42 pm Hello Dave and welcome to the group!

Dave
That's some very nice classic refractors you have there! How does the Brandon 94 perform?

Thanks to everybody else for the warm welcomes, since I my last post.
Skylight 60mm F16.7 - Takahashi FS78 F8.

Brandon 8mm, 12mm - Edmund Optics RKE 8mm, 15mm - Takahashi MC Ortho 5mm, 7mm - Pentax Ortho 6mm - Carl Zeiss Jena Ortho 10mm - Carl Zeiss Jena Huygens 16mm, 25mm. 

Baader Zeiss 2" prism diagonal - Parks 1.25" prism diagonal.
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Dave1 wrote: Tue Jan 04, 2022 9:18 am
Unitron48 wrote: Mon Jan 03, 2022 8:42 pm Hello Dave and welcome to the group!

Dave
That's some very nice classic refractors you have there! How does the Brandon 94 perform?

Thanks to everybody else for the warm welcomes, since I my last post.
Thanks, Dave! The Brandon 94 is a cross between a Unitron and an Astro Physics. They were manufactured from 1987 to 1990 and used Roland Christen triplet APO lenses as well as a number of parts interchangeable with the Unitron brand (i.e., Nihon Seiko). It performs as you would expect with a quality APO.

Check out my website on the history of Unitron/Nihon Seiko: https://www.unitronhistory.com/.

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Thanks for the welcome guys, very warm .
Skylight 60mm F16.7 - Takahashi FS78 F8.

Brandon 8mm, 12mm - Edmund Optics RKE 8mm, 15mm - Takahashi MC Ortho 5mm, 7mm - Pentax Ortho 6mm - Carl Zeiss Jena Ortho 10mm - Carl Zeiss Jena Huygens 16mm, 25mm. 

Baader Zeiss 2" prism diagonal - Parks 1.25" prism diagonal.
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Hi Dave, meant to get back to you before, but life... :lol: Yes, we do seem to have similar taste; I have to say I do love my old achro's. My best scope is my Celestron made by Vixen C80, with my '61 Tasco 60mm being a very close second.

I'm assuming your avatar is your Skylight; anytime you want to post a big picture of that ;)

All the best,
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@Thefatkitty Yes my Avatar is my Skylight 60mm F16.7 on my old mount and tripod. I have a different mount and tripod now. I do wish I never sold my Berlebach tripod.
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Skylight 60mm F16.7 - Takahashi FS78 F8.

Brandon 8mm, 12mm - Edmund Optics RKE 8mm, 15mm - Takahashi MC Ortho 5mm, 7mm - Pentax Ortho 6mm - Carl Zeiss Jena Ortho 10mm - Carl Zeiss Jena Huygens 16mm, 25mm. 

Baader Zeiss 2" prism diagonal - Parks 1.25" prism diagonal.
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