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First night with Baader


RobertK

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Telrad fitted. Baader zoom has to be used in place of the 1.25" focuser, straight into the 2" focuser.

Had a go at collimating first and managed to mess it up. All I could see after pointing at Vega first was a blob of light. Collimated again and was better, but realised it's too far from the secondary mirror. Removed the 1.25" focuser and fitted straight into the 2" one and that's perfect. Need to grease the focuser.

Found Double-Double but was unable to split the 2 stars into 4 at 162x.

Jupiter at 162x fitted 4 moons in the fov and shows nice banding.

Saturn at max zoom a bit fuzzy but still can see the rings very nicely. Forgot to look for Cassini division but probably need Barlow for that.

Was still to bright for Andromeda and was getting late so looked at Mizar but haven't seen the second star, I think. Need to check sky maps. (Turns out my zoom was too big and missed Alcor)

 

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Great piece of kit, absolutely love mine. An interesting side benefit too that is not immediately obvious. The eye relief and FOV makes it much easier for people who are not familiar to scopes to observe. When showing family members, they all remarked how much better this was than my plossl eyepieces. I suspect the difference is the nice big FOV and eye relief made observing easier.

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1 hour ago, Conor Casey said:

Great piece of kit, absolutely love mine. An interesting side benefit too that is not immediately obvious. The eye relief and FOV makes it much easier for people who are not familiar to scopes to observe. When showing family members, they all remarked how much better this was than my plossl eyepieces. I suspect the difference is the nice big FOV and eye relief made observing easier.

Absolutely. Looking through Plossl initially confused me as it was very difficult for a newbie like me, let alone completely unaware family mambers, to see anything. Viewing through the Baader piece is so much nicer. I may be losing a little bit of view quality but it still makes it much more accessible.

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