Refractor Photo Thread (everyone loves pictures)

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Refractor Photo Thread (everyone loves pictures)

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Post by Rainmaker » Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:34 am

:observer: Here is a place to post some pictures of your refractors :observer:

My recent arrival (still waiting for the mounting hardware):

Takahashi FOA60Q 60mm F15 @ 900mm, claimed to be the best corrected offering form Takahashi ever, even bests the magnificent TOA & TSA lineups....
This one is fitted with my custom M47 > T2 adapter as well as the Baader 2" >T2 Clicklock visual back and the Baader T2 Maxbright diagonal
I am hoping to get it up and running by Xmas :Astronomer1:
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Matt in Oz
Rainmaker “Excalibur” 18” F3.5 +SIPS @ 1860mm
TMB-LZOS 152mm F7.9 @ 1200mm
Takahashi FOA 60mm F8.8
Takahashi FC76DC F7.5
Skylight AR101.15
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Post by Rainmaker » Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:06 am

and the Big Brother:

TMB-LZOS 152mm F7.9 @1200mm
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Rainmaker “Excalibur” 18” F3.5 +SIPS @ 1860mm
TMB-LZOS 152mm F7.9 @ 1200mm
Takahashi FOA 60mm F8.8
Takahashi FC76DC F7.5
Skylight AR101.15
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Post by John Baars » Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:43 pm

Hello Rainmaker,
Nice set of refractors.
Below three beauties in order of seniority and one of the Rijswijk Observatory.

The beauty: Vixen ED102S f/9
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Skywatcher Startravel 150 f/5
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Evostar doublet APO 120 f/7.5
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Astrophysics Starfire APO 130 f6.6
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Telescopes in Schiedam : SW 150mm F/5 Achromat, SW Evostar 120ED F/7.5, Vixen 102ED F/9, OMC140 maksutov F/14.3, SW 102MAK F/13 on Vixen GPDX.
Eyepieces: Kitakaru, Eudiascopic, Jena, Panoptic, Nagler, Morpheus, Leica ASPH, Brandon, Parks, Fujiyama, Pentax XO.
Binoculars: AusJena 10X50 Jenoptem, Swarovski Habicht 7X42, Celestron Skymaster 15X70, Swift Observation 20X80.

Astronomical Rijswijk observatory telescopes: Astro-Physics Starfire 130 f/8 on NEQ6, 6 inch Newton on GP, C8 on NEQ6, Meade 14 inch SCT on EQ8, Lunt.

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Post by Refractordude » Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:57 pm

Rainmaker wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:34 am
:observer: Here is a place to post some pictures of your refractors :observer:

My recent arrival (still waiting for the mounting hardware):

Takahashi FOA60Q 60mm F15 @ 900mm, claimed to be the best corrected offering form Takahashi ever, even bests the magnificent TOA & TSA lineups....
This one is fitted with my custom M47 > T2 adapter as well as the Baader 2" >T2 Clicklock visual back and the Baader T2 Maxbright diagonal
I am hoping to get it up and running by Xmas :Astronomer1:
That really is a nice telescope.
Telescopes: Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Post by Refractordude » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:08 pm

Here are some photos of my Meade LX70 120mm f8 refractor, and Zhumell 20x80 binoculars.
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Telescopes: Meade LX70 120mm f/8 Refractor, Vixen 70mm f/12.9 Refractor, Tasco 49N 50mm Red Refractor
Binoculars: Zhumell 20x80 Giant, Levenhuk Sherman 7x50
Mounts: Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial, Orion Versago II Altazimuth, Farpoint Universal Parrallogram Mount
Finders: GSO 8x50 Raci, Svbony Red Dot
Diagonals: GSO Dielectric 2", GSO Dielectric 1.25"
Eyepieces: GSO Plossls 32mm/25mm/20mm, GSO 20mm Superview, Svbony 20mm/15mm/9mm/6mm, Svbony Aspheric 23mm/10mm/4mm, Agena Super Wide Angle 15mm, Few No Name Brand Ebay Plossls
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Post by Rainmaker » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:49 pm

I was wondering where the other refractors were :observer: , great pictures John and 'dude!!! :Astronomer1:
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Rainmaker “Excalibur” 18” F3.5 +SIPS @ 1860mm
TMB-LZOS 152mm F7.9 @ 1200mm
Takahashi FOA 60mm F8.8
Takahashi FC76DC F7.5
Skylight AR101.15
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Post by bladekeeper » Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:03 am

Here are my present refractors:

Explore Scientific AR127 and Orion ST80 on my Twilight II mount:
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Celestron C6-R on my AVX:
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Celestron Premium 80 and C80 on their original mounts/tripods:
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Same scopes on the Twilight II:
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Stellarvue SV102T on the AVX:
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Unitron Model 142:
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Explore Scientific ED80 on the AVX:
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Meade NG60 looking like a toothpick on the AVX:
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I think that is all of them...:D
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Scopes: Apertura AD12 f/5; Celestron C6-R f/8; ES AR127 f/6.4; Stellarvue SV102T f/7; iOptron MC90 f/13.3; Orion ST80A f/5; ES ED80 f/6; Celestron Premium 80 f/11.4; Celestron C80 f/11.4; Unitron Model 142 f/16; Meade NG60 f/10
Mounts: Celestron AVX; Bresser EXOS-2; ES Twilight I; ES Twilight II; iOptron Cube-G; AZ3/wood tripod; Vixen Polaris
Binoculars: Pentax PCF WP II 10×50, Bresser Corvette 10×50, Bresser Hunter 16×50 and 8×40, Garrett Gemini 12×60 LW, Gordon 10×50, Apogee 20×100

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Post by Lowjiber » Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:25 pm

I have more fracs than the law allows. However, here are two of my favorites that are tricked-out for solar imaging... a WO Z-61 (f/5.9) and a SW 100 (f/9). Both are ED glass and are equipped with UV-IR cut filters in front of the diagonals and Teleview Sol-Searchers.
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John (Urban Astronomer) Apertura AD10 Dob; XLT 150 Dob; XLT 120EQ; Lunt Solar 60 PT/B1200; ES AR102; SW Pro 100ED; 2 SW Pro 80ED's; 90mm Eq; WO Z-61; SW 90mm Virtuso Mak; 2 Orion ST-80's; Quark-C; Cams: ASI120MM-S, ASI174MM & ASI174MM-C
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Post by Aidi » Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:11 pm

Here’s mine..

Esprit 120
Esprit 100
Altair EQD-R Quadruplet
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Post by mariosi » Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:14 pm

Astro Professional Achromatic dublet 152mm f5.9 manufactured by kunming United Optics (China).
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* Altair Astro EDD 70mm f6 * TS Ach.90mm f10 * Astro Professional FH Doublet (kunming United Optics) 152mm f5.9 * Next Star Maksutov Skymax 102mm f13 * Dob 10px Sky-Watcher solid tube * Dob 16" Lightbridge * P.S.T. 40mm * Solarmax T-Max 40mmT5 * Daystar Quark Chromosphere 4.2 model *
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Post by UlteriorModem » Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:20 pm

Might as well add mine since I just recently went back to the APO :D

Orion 130mm APO Triplet f7

Image20200104_145907 by Tom Whit, on Flickr
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Scope: 130mm APO triplet atop a CGX-L mount
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Post by Thefatkitty » Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:54 pm

Well, no comparison to all of these, but this is actually my pride and joy... A 1961 Tasco 60mm :lol:

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Came in the original box with the straw packing (styrofoam was invented in '41, seems it took a while to make it to telescope boxes...;) )

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How do I know it's a 1961 model? There was paperwork from Tasco's HO in Miami inside the box that verified that, but that's another story.
I use an older 1.25 Celestron/Vixen Star diagonal and my KK's with it, and the views are great. The mount is quite solid, as well!

I do have a lot more fracs, but most of them are old with too much "homemade" going on with a lot of them; no need to embarrass myself :lol:

Great thread, thanks!
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Post by Rainmaker » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:27 am

My latest 'Find', bought this a few days ago......... had to drive 1300klms overnight to make sure I got it.......

Skylight AR101.15 101mm F15 by Richard Day of Skylight Telescopes, London.... Full brass tube OTA
Feathertouch FTF2535HD focuser, Televue Gibraltar mount on oak tripod...

makes a fine partner for the little Berry&Mackay c.1890 refractor on Library Stand
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Matt in Oz
Rainmaker “Excalibur” 18” F3.5 +SIPS @ 1860mm
TMB-LZOS 152mm F7.9 @ 1200mm
Takahashi FOA 60mm F8.8
Takahashi FC76DC F7.5
Skylight AR101.15
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Post by Rainmaker » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:29 am

and with these now also in my care, my wife has cut up all my credit cards....... not fair :cry:
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Rainmaker “Excalibur” 18” F3.5 +SIPS @ 1860mm
TMB-LZOS 152mm F7.9 @ 1200mm
Takahashi FOA 60mm F8.8
Takahashi FC76DC F7.5
Skylight AR101.15
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