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  1. The day was fabulous. Very clear and sunny with no clouds. Watched the whole event from my house. Used my Celestron C11 with glass full aperture solar filter side-by-side with a Meade 2047 on a Losmandy GM100-EQ mount and my Celestron C5 with a Hydrogen alpha filter on a Celestron Nexstar 8SE mount. Just spectacular. I didn't acquire any images. My general rule for events like this is to watch them the first time and image them the next time(s). Looking forward to the next transit in November 2019! I plan on taking lots of images of this transit, weather permitting.
  2. To add to this ... the workhorses of my eyepieces: For the C11, the 40mm Wide Field, the 20mm Nagler Type II and the 13mm Nagler get used most of the time followed by the 11mm Nagler when seeing conditions permit. For the C5, the 19mm Panoptic, and the 7mm Nagler get the most use! I use the Celestron Plossl Occulars when I travel with the C5 to distant locations (Chile, Australia, Hawaii, Hong Kong, China). I can carry on the C5 OTA and sometimes the Celestron Nexstar 6SE/8SE drive base with a tripod adapter plate. I can always buy a cheap video tripod when I get to the destination. I can alwa
  3. I have a full set of the Celestron Plossl (Silvertop - all silver with Orange Engraved Lettering - 7.5, 10, 15, 17, 22, 26, 30, 36, 45, 2" 50) that are excellent eyepieces. I also have a full set of the original Naglers (Circle N/J Smoothside 4.8, 7, 9, 11, 13), the 20mm Nagler Type II and the Televue Wide Field 32mm and 40mm (Circle N/J smoothside). In recent history, I also owned a set of the Celestron Volcano Top Orthos (Circle V with Silver Engraved Lettering on volcano slant - 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 18) which I sold. Mostly because they offered no better performance than the other eyepieces
  4. Celestron Classic C8 - 8" SCT (2032mm/f10) Dual 60Hz Synchronous Drive, Orange Tube Celestron C90 - 3.5" Maksutov, (1000mm/f10) Black Tube Celestron Super C8 - 8" SCT (2032mm/f10) 12vdc stepper motor, Black Tube Meade 2120 MCSO GEM - Meade 10" SCT (2540mm/f10) with GEM Mount Meade 107d MCSO - 4" SCT (1000mm/f10) Meade #622 Cometracker - 6" SNT (530mm/f3.5) Home Made 6"/f4 Astrograph (630mm/f4) with oversized secondary for astrophotography Meade ETX-70 - 70mm Refractor (350mm/f5) Meade 10" ACF - 10" SCT (2540/f10) Celestron C11 - 11" SCT (2800mm/f10) Carbon Fiber/XLT/FastarUnitron 128 - 3.1" (
  5. That is what I would have said
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