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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.198.158)
Date: 12/14/2001 04:31:01 am PST
First let me say, this is no Pronto!
The color correction on this scope was on par with a nearby Tak FC76. I spent a good deal of time testing this optic (approxiametly 6 hours total) and I was really impressed. For a doublet that is this fast, the color correction is superb, again on par with the Tak which is an f7.9 (I saw no difference in color correction between the two scopes - no color on the planets - None - some color on the brightest of stars). I am a big fan of Takahashi (which is why I own one) but I saw minimal difference in performance between this TV and the Tak. The only thing I noticed was that stars seem to poinpoint up a little more in the Tak, but I'm not sure it wasn't eyepiece related (I had to use a TV 40mm widefield to get the mag the same as my Tak when using a 31mm Nagler). Also I think contrast was slightly better on the Tak when viewing nebulosity in the Pleiades and Jupiter. But the difference was so very very slight.
Mechanically, I liked the TV better than the Tak. It really is a pretty scope and built like a tank. Very compact also. It is a little heavy though, so mount accordingly.
Only real drawback is the cost. It is so close to a TV 85 that I would probably spend the extra $200 and get the TV 85, which is still airline transportable with greater light grasp.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a compact refractor with superb optics (and mechanics)this telescope is a very very good choice.
Subject: Re: vote by Isobutane
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.34.7)
In Reply to: Isobutane (Original Vote)
Date: 03/09/2004 02:34:15 pm PST
Probably don't need to say this to most folks, but *NEVER* view the Sun through a telescope (or binoculars) without a proper solar filter designed for the purpose. Not sunglasses, not a CD, not smoked glass which appears opaque but can transmit IR.
>I bought this scope, which I have named Kermit the Light Thimble, from a person who purchased it a few months earlier. It is amazing. I sold my Stellarvue AT1010 (Mr. AT) to buy this scope. There is virtually no color, even on the brightest objects. The sun shows the thinnest ring of blue at the very edge, but that is it. Perfect star test on Vega, nice Airy disk with NO visible diffraction rings. The scope is extremely well-constructed with a lot of thought put into the design. It is built for the long haul and is very, very compact. Combined with the T6 13mm Nagler eyepiece, this is a killer scope. My views tonight of the Lagoon Nebula were nothing short of amazing, the Ring was tiny, yet eerily clear and the Dumbbell was more incredible than I have seen in any other scope. This might be regarded as hyperbole, but it is not. You will be stunned what a 76mmm refractor is capable of with this scope. It performed better on those fuzzies than my C5 has with a 35mm Ultima. My next goal? The Double Cluster with the 13mm Nag. I use this scope primarily for solar work, and it excels. On a Telepod head on a Bogen 3036 tripod, it is rock solid and very easy to use. This scope is used pretty much every single day and will likely be used for the next several decades.
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