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: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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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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and the Big Brother:

TMB-LZOS 152mm F7.9 @1200mm
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TMB-LZOS 152mm F7.9 @ 1200mm
Takahashi FOA 60mm F8.8
Takahashi FC76DC F7.5
Skylight AR101.15
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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 Achromat F/5, SW Evostar 120ED F/7.5, Vixen 102ED F/9, OMC140 Maksutov F/14.3, SW 102 Maksutov F/13 on Vixen GPDX.
Eyepieces: Kitakaru, Eudiascopic, Panoptic, Morpheus, Nagler, Leica ASPH zoom, CZJena, Brandon, Parks, Fujiyama, Pentax XO5 and XO2.5 .
Binoculars: Kasai 2.3X40, 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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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
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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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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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I was wondering where the other refractors were :observer: , great pictures John and 'dude!!! :Astronomer1:
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TMB-LZOS 152mm F7.9 @ 1200mm
Takahashi FOA 60mm F8.8
Takahashi FC76DC F7.5
Skylight AR101.15
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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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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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Here’s mine..

Esprit 120
Esprit 100
Altair EQD-R Quadruplet
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Astro Professional Achromatic dublet 152mm f5.9 manufactured by kunming United Optics (China).
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Might as well add mine since I just recently went back to the APO :D

Orion 130mm APO Triplet f7

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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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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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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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and with these now also in my care, my wife has cut up all my credit cards....... not fair :cry:
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Takahashi FC76DC F7.5
Skylight AR101.15
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Some closeups of the Skylight AR101.15 showcasing Richard Day's beautiful craftsmanship:
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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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A beautiful refractor Matt!
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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
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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
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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...
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TMB-LZOS 152mm F7.9 @ 1200mm
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That looks really good Matt.
If there is room inside the tube I like to place the counterweight internally to preserve the lines of the telescope but that is really nice.
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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
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Wow! What a fine bunch of refractors on this post! I don't have any premium fracs, but here are 3 of my 4 . The first one is my Meade Adventure Scope 80mm f/5, just like the Orion ST80, and a Meade 127mm f/9 on my latest acquisition, the Twilight ll mount, along with a Meade 60mm on what I think is a Jason EQ mount. The other photos are of the 127mm on a pier extension and the 80mm, both on the LXD-55 Go-To mount.
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SCOPES: Two Meade 10" f/4 Schmidt Newtonians, Meade 127mm f/9.3 and AS80mm f/5 Refractors, Jason and Meade 60mm f/11.7 Refractors, Meade 2045D 4" f/10 SCT and ETX90-EC , Galileo 120mm f/8.3 Reflector.
ATM Projects: Home-built 8" f/2.9 Reflector, 65mm f/10 reflector, Binocular Sky-Scanner
MOUNTS/TRIPODS: ES Twilight ll mount, Meade LXD-55 Go-To, Galileo Tri-Pier Alt/AZ, JMI Megapod, two 60mm EQ mounts
BINOS: Celestron 20x80 & Tasco 10x50
EP's/Barlows: Meade 9.7mm, 12.4mm, 20mm, MIJ 26mm, 40ml Super-Plossls, two 14mm UWA 4000 Series, one smoothie and one with eyecup, Celestron 32mm plossl, BCO 18mm, Agena 27mm Starguider & BST 16mm flat field, Orion 9mm Expanse & 2" MIJ 50mm plossl, Televue 4mm & 10mm Radians, Televue 2.5x Barlow, Meade #140 triplet 2x barlow, 2x Shorty Barlow
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StarBru wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 5:47 pm
Wow! What a fine bunch of refractors on this post! I don't have any premium fracs, but here are 3 of my 4 . .......
Bruce, That's the beauty of this hobby, it doesn't have to be from the top shelf to be enjoyable. Looks like you're well catered for as we approach planet season :observer:
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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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