Refracs, Refracs, Scopes

Lola 095455

A Love Story I recently acquired a Shrine Manon 60 that consisted of the complete OTA and OP assemblies, but nothing from the MA or SA save a slow-mo cable with the alt worm, broken off from the mount, still attached. and the case. I found it to be a wonderfully fortunate auction win, because I wasn’t looking to add…

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Refracs, Tests / First Lights

ES FL-AR127mm

It arrived Wednesday morning – fetched it meself. I opened it last evening. Out of the box, missing the necessary washers, split-ring & spacer to properly fix the mount and eyepiece holder to the tripod. See illustrations 5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 6b of your Twilight Mount ‘manual’ – 3 pages, 1 staple. Also missing:• Smartphone Adapter• One 25 mm Plössl…

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Refracs, Tests / First Lights

Infinity 50

I like to know things – how good or bad this or that is – first hand. After the Skelescope, I wanted to try another very inexpensive scope, to see how it performed. I have other Infinitys, but not the 50.  How much can you expect for $32.27 delivered? We’re about to find out. I skipped the ‘unboxing video’ –…

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Newts, Tests / First Lights

Carlson Skele Scope

Bottom line up front: Only purchase as a visual aid or for low power terrestrial daytime viewing. Where to begin? $31.62 on Amazon, free 2nd day shipping last week. It was at a low, had been for over 4 months. Price on this varies – up to ~$70-$75 for a while, back down to ~$32-$35. I was pretty sure it…

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