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Istar Objectives

Post by mikeinfortmyers » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:10 am

Hello guys, some have been wondering about getting Istar lenses. Although we have dealers worldwide, all lenses are sold and shipped from our US distribution center in Fort Myers Florida. I ship all over the world via USPS with good success (usually 7 to 10 days). We have regular achromatic doublets in stock. We can also produce lenses especially for H alpha use. These special lenses are not much more than our standard doublets but are designed specifically for H alpha transmission. JP Brahic and his latest creation is a good example, although quite large, of what our lenses can do. Anything from 127 to more than 250mm can be made. Of course we have complete OTAs available also. I have a personal interest in H alpha viewing and imaging. I currently use a Lunt 60 dbl stack 1200 with a Feathertouch. However, I am going to build a much larger scope. Probably a 180mm or 204mm TCR. Any questions or quotes? Email to: mike@istar-optical.com

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Post by marktownley » Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:16 am

Welcome Mike and thanks for the heads up :)
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Post by swisswalter » Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:24 am

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Post by astroshot » Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:51 am

Mike,
Welcome to the site.
I see on JPs scope that he has a little door in the side to insert the D-ERF. Is this something that you could incorporate into your OTAs?
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Post by Derek Klepp » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:12 am

Welcome Mike I missed out on a 2nd hand 150mm down here.Glad to see you,re into Solar as well.
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Post by peter drew » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:14 am

Welcome to this forum Mike. I am a happy user of an Istar 150mm F10 objective for a solar telescope. :thanx:

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Post by mikeinfortmyers » Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:24 pm

Thanks for the welcome guys. I'm really enjoying looking over all the good posts. Like finding a hidden treasure if you're as interested in all things solar as I am.

Hmmmm door on the side... I'll talk to production and see what they say. I don't see why not.

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Post by Montana » Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:57 pm

A very sunny welcome from me :) what a super picture, please show more :)

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Post by mikeinfortmyers » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:12 pm

Thanks Alexandra. I added a couple of images but I doubt it's anything you haven't see before. I'm still pretty amateurish ;)

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Post by Montana » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:07 am

They are super, especially the filament :thumbsup: very smooth!

We are all amateurs remember :)

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Post by mikeinfortmyers » Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:59 pm

Wow Alexandra! :woohoo: You have been busy. I just visited your Flickr site. I thought I had a lot of images stored. Some really nice pics.

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Post by p_zetner » Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:03 pm

Hi Mike.

I've been using my Istar 100mm f12 with a Daystar QPE 0.6A and am very happy with the results. I do have my eye on a larger aperture lens ...... someday! Welcome to the site.

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Post by mikeinfortmyers » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:36 pm

Thanks Peter. Glad your happy with it. Any images to post?
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Post by Astropaolo » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:33 pm

hi, i received the istar 150 lens just the day before the office closure, all perfect. :)

Now I'm waiting the workshop that is making my alluminium parts for the solar telescope, i will play with it in september.

if all go well i could pass to a 180, let see. :mrgreen:
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Post by p_zetner » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:37 pm

Hi Mike.

Most of the images in this gallery were taken with the Istar 100mm f12 and Daystar QPE 0.6A.

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Post by mikeinfortmyers » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:59 pm

Great images Peter. Hope you don't mind if we put a link on our web site's new H Alpha page. Can I say I think the images taken with the Istar are better? :thumbsup:

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Post by mikeinfortmyers » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:04 pm

Hey Paolo, Glad everything worked out. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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Re: Istar Objectives

Post by p_zetner » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:30 pm

Sure Mike.

That's great.

Cheers.
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