Refractor Photo Thread (everyone loves pictures)

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I'd forgotten about this thread... Nice scopes! I notice the pic for my old Tasco is missing. A word of advice: Do not let your not-so-nice nephew use your computer, especially if TSS is still up and you're signed in... :flame:

Anyways, a repost of that and a few others:

My '61 12TE Tasco f/11.6 and the proof it's a '61:

A Jason 80mm f/15 and a Sears 60mm f/11.6:

My '97 Celestron C80-HD at f/11.4 on its CG4. This was the last C80 made that had Vixen optics, and made the year before Tasco bought Celestron :eek:

On the same mount rides my orange tube Celestron by Vixen, bought as an OTA only. One of the first, if not the first, model of C80 made. Dates from the early '80's. I see why they are legendary ;)

And for good measure, my CG4 also takes a Vixen 70mm A70LF at f/12.8. My only complaint about this scope is the focuser; all plastic. I really need to find a better one...

And last (I think) is my "Towatron", the combination of an objective from a Tasco 55VTE and a cut down Celestron 60mm Astromaster LT tube that comes in at f/7.
The cap on the dew shield is actually the lid from a goldfish container; Celestron orange :lol:

I really do like Japanese glass :D

All the best,
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A lovely group of refractors Mark :)
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Bresser 102 f/13.2, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Berlebach Planet w/ pier, Celestron AS-GT, Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss
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Celestron Omni 150mm F5 achro and Celestron Onyx 80mm F6.25 ED doublet on SkyWatcher SkyTee2 mount (with 8" SCT in the 3d position)
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Stelarvue 102mm F7 ED doublet on SkyWatcher AZGti mount
Meade 80mm F5 achro set for solar projection
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
Mounts: ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; UA: MicroStar.
Binos: Orion: Little Giant II 15x70, WorldView 10x50, Nikon: Action EX 16x50 & 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs & XFs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic & Plossls; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Russell Optics: SuperPlossls.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS silver mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
Observing: DSOs: 1805 (Completed: Messier, Herschel 1, 2, 3. In progress: H2,500: 1377, S110: 77). Doubles: 1304, Comets: 15, Asteroids: 75
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Here's my 80mm sat on top of my SCT and making sure I don't wander off target!



Celestron 9.25 f10 SCT, CGX mount.
Canon 600D, IDAS LPS-D1 Filter, Altair GPCAM2 290C, 0.5 Reducer.
Celestron 80mm Guidescope, QHY5-II Mono
Miranda 10x50 Binoculars.
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Post by DeanD »

Rainmaker wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 9:09 am
Lady Fraktor wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:06 am
A beautiful refractor Matt!
Thanks Gabby, my wife even allows it to be set up in the lounge room !!!!

I also finished my big refractor setup today, the final item was to make a counterweight for the OTA to help balance the heavy Russian optic up front.
The counterweight near the focuser allowd the scope to move forward in the rings 2" and thus avoid any clash with the tripod legs...
I just found this thread: some great set-ups all round! I love your herd Matt! That counter-weight, not to mention some of your other work like the Tak binos and your amazing "Excaliber" reflector, makes my add-ons, builds and "fixes" look very agricultural. They (generally) work, but they aren't pretty like yours...

Keep up the good work!

- Dean

(PS: Looking at your brass scope reminds me how every so often I open the Moonraker site just to have a bit of a drool. For those who don't know it, here is a link: ... range.html We can dream, can't we...)
Telescopes: 12" f5 dob, Celestron CPC800, 150mmf5 Celestron achro, Tak TSA102, TV76, ETX125...
Binos: Tak 22x60, Swarovski 8x30 Habicht, FB 25x100, Orion Regulux 15x70...
Eyepieces: way too many (is that possible?), but I do like my TV 32mm plossl, 13mm Nagler T6, 27mm Panoptic and 3-6mm Nagler zoom, plus Fujiyama 18mm and 25mm orthos and Tak 7.5mm LE
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Post by mbenjaminz28 »

My William optics flt132
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William optics flt 132, WO 0.72 reducer, Sbig Aluma U694/FW8G/AO-8a, 36mm LRGB 3nm Ha Oiii Sii, Cem120 non ec, Celestron CGX, Meade 12"F8 ota, Meade 70mm astrograph, Meade 6sn, TSflat2
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