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Altair Starwave 102ED-R

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Altair Starwave 102ED-R mounted on a Vixen Porta II with a Vixen Half-pillar and SXG Hal-130 tripod.




I had a session on Wednesday starting in twilight for a rising Jupiter.




Transparency wasn't good but the seeing was about a decent Antoniadi II and when the low cloud shifted I got a pretty good view at around 140x and 180x.




The Porta II holds the Starwave quite well considering the overall weight with accessories is near 5kg.




I only used three eyepieces all night: a 3-6mm Nagler Zoom, a Pentax Zoom and a 28mm ES.




Highlights included the M3, Andromeda Galaxy, Bode's Galaxy, Ring Nebula, Apple Core Nebula (M27) and splitting the Double Double at 89x with the Pentax and 238x with the Nagler.

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Is that the F7 version ?


I've been looking at a 4" class refractor for travel / grab & go, but possibly an F6 'ish'  focal length

to keep it compact and for potential imaging capabilities.


I'm planning on using my existing CF photo-tripod and am looking at a capable, well designed but

lightweight mount.


The AYO mounts, manufactured in Switzerland look nice, something like the AYO 2 or even the Vamo traveller.




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Yes, 714mm focal length for 102mm aperture. The retractable dew shield is fully extended in the pictures so it is actually quite compact for transport. I nearly bought an ES triplet but at 4kg the Starwave doublet was over a kilo lighter. Vibrational return is pretty fast at high magnifications and really only noticeable when focusing. It's not noticeable at all when using the slo mo controls, or at low and medium magnifications. I can easily look up at the zenith with this. The AYO mounts look good. 

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