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Posts Made By: Larry Thaxton

April 28, 2006 10:54 AM Forum: Refractors

Astreya Refractors

Posted By Larry Thaxton

A fellow observer recently sent a website for AstoTech carbon-tube refractors using Astreya objectives. The objective is described as a four-element SuperAPO. The carbon tube assemblies are beautiful and overall the scopes with the Astreya lens looks very interesting. Anybody out there actually using them?

May 12, 2006 07:14 AM Forum: Eyepieces

Re: What are your 3 most used eyepieces?

Posted By Larry Thaxton

12.5" F/5 Portaball - 5mm Pentax XW on planets, 14mm Meade UWA for medium power and a 30mm Leitz 88 degree for wide field.

Takahashi FS-152 - 4mm or 5mm TMB mono or Pentax SMC ortho, 7mm SMC Pentax ortho or XW, 30mm Leitz

Takahashi with Mk V binoviewer - 6mm or 7mm Pentax SMC orthos, 14mm Nikon APM Widefields (the moon through these is a near religious experience!), 25mm Pentax SMC Kellners

C-10 Celestron Pacific - 10mm Pentax XW, 14mm Meade UWA, 19mm Panoptic. (Excellent old classic scope!)

C-8 Quick-grab: 10mm XW, 19mm Panoptic and 30mm Ultiman (limited to 1 1/4" at the moment)


September 10, 2006 06:59 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Re: 10" Newtonian.....Finally Finished

Posted By Larry Thaxton

WOW! I am switching to COLD BEER!

October 1, 2006 08:00 AM Forum: Maksutovs

10" Mak- APM/Wirth Custom on NJP

Posted By Larry Thaxton

Recently picked to replace my FS-152. It is a 10" F/12.5 from APM, custom made by Wirth around Sital optics reportedly having supersmooth surfaces. Now if the darned weather will let me have a chance to see what it will do I can post a performance report.

October 8, 2006 09:02 AM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Old and new cats

Posted By Larry Thaxton

C-10 and 10" Mak/cass. Need to take both out for a walk.

December 21, 2006 05:42 AM Forum: Eyepieces

Interesting Site w/ eyepiece tests

Posted By Larry Thaxton

I ran across this site recently and found it contains useful eyepiece test results. Not sure yet how to navigate the site to reach all of the tests but here are a few to start:

http://www.astro-okulare.de/English/indexe.htm

http://www.astro-okulare.de/English/pentax/penxw5e.htm

http://www.astro-okulare.de/English/pentax/penxo5e.htm

Note -More eyepiece tests are listed in the German language site.

December 30, 2006 07:09 AM Forum: Mounts

NJP Discontinued

Posted By Larry Thaxton

Just read a post by a Japanese friend mentioning that Takahashi has discontinued the NJP mount. Too bad, it is a fine piece of equipment and an excellent platform for many uses. The EM-400 certainly overlaps it in terms of performance, but the NJP looks so much better.

December 30, 2006 07:10 AM Forum: Takahashi

NJP Discontinued

Posted By Larry Thaxton

Just read a post by a Japanese friend mentioning that Takahashi has discontinued the NJP mount. Too bad, it is a fine piece of equipment and an excellent platform for many uses. The EM-400 certainly overlaps it in terms of performance, but the NJP looks so much better.

December 30, 2006 05:17 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Eyepiece dust cap source - not Orion

Posted By Larry Thaxton

I am looking for a source for plastic caps for various eyepieces. Orion has many sizes, none I am looking for though. I need 39mm- 40mm range caps for a couple of old Galoc eyepieces and a UO Pro series ortho. Any suggestions?

January 14, 2007 10:17 AM Forum: Eyepieces

CUSTOM EYEPIECE CASE

Posted By Larry Thaxton

I am considering a custom wood case for my planetary eyepieces and am wondering who folks might recommend. Wood is preferred and something nice as well- fancy wood but a durable finish. Any suggestions?

THANKS!