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Thread: First Look: Astro-Tech AT65EDQ "Tiny Rosa"

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    Cool First Look: Astro-Tech AT65EDQ "Tiny Rosa"



    Clearly when I woke up from my 3 month Astro Break I started thinking about what I was happy with and what I wanted to change...

    I added a couple of scopes and will be selling another... This week I was lucky enough to have had the OK to one of the two new scopes, when for a day or so the Astro Tech AS65EDQ came into stock. So I popped on it.

    My Meade 6" SN F6 - 760mm is a nice scope. But even with an APS sensor it was not quite as wide a field I wanted. And since I just added a 1000mm F4 it made sense to get something wider.

    After taking into account budget, features, images I saw on the net..
    I decided on the Astro-Tech AT65EDQ at 420mm and f6.5

    It was an ED APO Triplet I could afford. Comes with an integrated flattner so it is sold as a Quad.
    It comes ready to mount, rings and even vixen finder mount.

    First impressions:

    Astronomics got the scope shipped right away, so even ground it took 3 days to get here. It came well packed. The scopes main white box was packed inside another larger shipping box with about another 1-2 inches of packing.

    It is in a nice custom top and bottom set of softfoam to absorbe shocks etc.

    Center is the OTA, Top and Bottom Rings, Lower left 4 inch V dovetail, upper left [mount pins, focus lock pin and finder mount pin.] and some desiccant packs.

    The rings are nice quality. Dovetail is solid machined.. not cast..



    2" Focuser is three knob rack and pinion with 10:1 ratio.. is is very smooth and solid both the main and 1.25" adapter use brass ring to hold in the EPs. There is focus lock on the bottom and the end of the focuser rotates and has a thumb-screw lock. there are also recessed large brass screws that I assume are used to remove the parts of the focuser. {not taking it apart right now as it works} Its a very smooth solid focuser..{since it wasn't a Crayford like the AS72EDT is was wondering if it was a good focuser.. I am happy}



    The scope is solid and feels heavy when you lift it. Not sheet metal...
    It has a retractable dew sheild with a thumb screw (non scratching)

    It is also a nice metal front cover that fits smoothly but does not lock.. it will fall off if you tip the scope down..



    For now my only AP mount is the CGEM.. good news the bare scope balances with one 11lb weight pushed all the way to the top. I was a bit worried.
    Though it does look a bit like over kill with "Tiny Rosa" mounted on it. I expect I can mount the AT65EDQ on the 4SE mount for easy visual use.



    Just for fun I took a shot with my other "new-to-me" scope "Big Linda"



    I need to figure out how the camera, finder and Guide scope will all attached and find the balance point. I will post shots of that when it happens at first light..
    Also I am not a fan of the 4" dovetail. It works but it is shorter than the CGEM saddle. I am going to change out for a 7" or even 11" so I can put an emergency stop pin in the end and if needed can add counterweights against the camera etc.

    These seem to dribble in and some of the dealers have not had stock on them in months. It was list as out of stock the next morning on the Astronomics site who has an affiliation with the Astro-Tech brand. No buyers remorse yet based on the quality of the build and if I get some nice full frame shots full of round stars.. I will be very happy.
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    Default Re: First Look: Astro-Tech AT65EDQ "Tiny Rosa"

    Congratulations Ken. That looks like a nice scope. I have been toying with the idea of getting an APO refactor. I will be looking forward to your first light report.
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    Default Re: First Look: Astro-Tech AT65EDQ "Tiny Rosa"

    Beauty Ken! This is one I have been looking at for long time now, yet it never seemed to be stocked for past year. Looking forward to images and more feedback!!
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    Default Re: First Look: Astro-Tech AT65EDQ "Tiny Rosa"

    Quote Originally Posted by DaltonSkyGazer View Post
    Beauty Ken! This is one I have been looking at for long time now, yet it never seemed to be stocked for past year. Looking forward to images and more feedback!!
    That's why I popped on it they were all listed as out of stock at my normal dealers.. AMEX lets me pay for it after I have been working for 6 weeks But I always put the scopes on cash or AMEX.. don't want to build debt for the hobby.

    Funny was you PM'd about the scope just as I hit enter on this post... weird as the scope has been in the signature since I got a tracking# Tuesday night..
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    Default Re: First Look: Astro-Tech AT65EDQ "Tiny Rosa"

    Very nice Ken, I would not mind having a refractor again.

    Glad you bought it.
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    Default Re: First Look: Astro-Tech AT65EDQ "Tiny Rosa"

    Almost First Light..
    We got a short clearing tonight so I was able to set up the 4SE mount.

    I can reach visual focus with the 50mm extender installed and I have room to go out of focus in both directions.

    Rigel as nice and sharp
    got a quick look at Orion Nebula in low magnification.. still very pretty part of the sky.

    I looked at the moon. Images was vrey sharp took the zoom down to 8mm and it took up a good part of the FOV. With my ED barlow this little scope can cover all my solar and lunar needs besides widefield AP.
    (Probably going to sell the 4SE, and pick up a light mount that can get to the Zenith better.. just don't know what .)

    I would say if I noticed any fringe at the edge it would have been yellow. but really the image in the Refractor was very nice even on the bright moon and its edge.

    Then the clouds started to come in.. and there were rain showers to the south so I packed it in.

    Hope to get a good night where I can image with it to confirm the flat field the scope is suppose to have.
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    Default Re: First Look: Astro-Tech AT65EDQ "Tiny Rosa"

    Sounds like Tiny Rosa is a keeper Ken! Now I just have to sweet talk the missus and sneak the QYH6 in the back door at the same time! Astronomy....money....Astronomy.....money......... .and never the twain shall meet!!
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    Default Re: First Look: Astro-Tech AT65EDQ "Tiny Rosa"

    Hello Ken,

    congratulations to your new little jewel.

    Looking forward to the rich field astro pics from you,

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