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magnahrl

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  1. Hello! I use the Celestron f/6.3 f/r with my old (1973) deforked Orange C8 Pacific together with a 1.25" diagonal for visual. Very pleased with the views. In fact I never take the f/r off!! At "Cloudy Nights" there have been some intressting discussions regarding f/6.3 f/r and as far as I understand you loose aperture if you use f/r + 2" diagonal. Maybe someone knows more about that here? Clear Skies! Magnus 57N. Sweden
  2. Found ES 24mm at 1/2 the Pan 24 price at TS. But ES 18, 24 and 30 are 2" and Iam looking for 1.25". Can`t reach focus with my C8+focalreducer+2" diagonal. Only when I use my 1.25" diagonal focus is possible. /Magnus PS the ES 24 had 82* AFoV, did not find any with 68* at TS (Teleskop-Service)
  3. No sale on ES eypieces here in Sweden I am afraid.. But I will have a closer look on ES 24mm/68*. Thanks for your advice! /Magnus
  4. Thanks all for advices; I´ll do myself a favor and buy a Pan 24. /Magnus Sweden.
  5. What cheaper alternative will serve just as well as the Pan 24 in an f/6.3 scope? I am not buying an eypiece just `cause it has those "green letters" on it. And I don`t have or will ever have f/4 scopes or similar. Regards, Magnus
  6. I have an old nice orange C8 (1973, deforked) which I use with an f/6.3 Celestron Reducer + 1.25" WO diagonal and CG-5GT mount for visual observing. A TV Panoptics 24 mm is tempting for widefield observing. Is this a good choice or waste of money? I also have 8"f/6 OOUK Newt, MK66, C80ED and a ST120. But the main reason for getting this Pan 24 is for my C8. Any advices are most welcome Regards, Magnus Ahrling Sweden
  7. I find this a very fascination double as you can actually follow it from easy split-difficoult-impossible and back again to splitable.Very intressting to observe a star in motion. I have "figured 8" this one last year with my C80ED at 205X. In my OOUK 8" f/6 it is a beutiful split at 320X /Magnus 57*N. Sweden
  8. Thank you John! For sure you do need some mag. to get e real split of this little [removed word] and also decent seeing. I tried this one 20/3 when seeing was a lot worse and I could defenitely not notice any trace or hint that this star is actually a double. /Magnus
  9. With my 8" f/6 OOUK Newt. I could just suspect the companion at 171X, at 240X it was an obvius split and at 320X it was wide open. Very nice view indeed. To me the primary was white and the secondary greyish. Seeing was just above avarange (5-6/10), no wind and -5C Observing was made 25/3-11 at 22:00 - 22:30. Read in the magazine Astronomy Now it was the double of the month so I thought I give it a try as I have never logged this binary before and it was a very nice succes! Clear Skies, Magnus Sweden
  10. Hi! I have an Intes MK66. It´s a nice, good scope and very well built. Works great on my CG-5 mount. The disadvantage is that it has cooldown problems due to the thick meniscus lens I think. Now I have an opportunity to buy a 120ED gold version refractor at a fairly good price. I know these ED:s will deliver very nice widefield views, BUT what do you think: will this 120ED outperform my MK66 on planets and double stars? Thanks for any opinions. Magnus Sweden --------------------------------------------------------------- C80ED, ST120, MK66, OOUK 8" f/6 CG-5, Vixen Porta
  11. Hello! Will a 39mm minor axis diameter flat be too small in an 8"f/6 Newtonian system? I am only doing visual observing and my intressts are general but I want the smallest flat possible. At the moment I have a 55mm flat. Works fine but maybe the diffraction ring would be less noticable when hunting "tight" binaries and a bit better contrast on the moon and planets with a smaller flat, or will I loose unacceptable amount of light for those DS objects....... Happy for advice:) Magnus
  12. Hi! With my C80ED at 160X & 208X I don`t have a clear split, but it`s sort of elongation. When seeing is relly good I get a clear split. It`s a bit like Izar. With my Intes MK66 around 200X it`s very beutiful. Two well sepereted stars, one bright and the other a shy little one, black space between them. In my OO UK 8" f/6 Europa (1/7 PK) I also see two nice stars just touching att 171X& 240X. Nota bene Orion never gets up high in the sky so Iam very happy & proud to have such a clean sep/ elongation. Also seldom the seeing cooporates. I don`t notice any colours. Izar is easier, `cause it gets higher in the sky but delta Cyg, is harder, though I can observe it at zenith. I guess it`s because the mag differnce is larger in delta Cyg....still I can Elongate/sep in all my 3 scopes Regards, Magnus, Sweden
  13. Thank you all for your WARM welcome:) Summertime here is great; lovely warm nights...but the sun hardly sets, so from late May to late July/ early August there is not much to observe, apart from Jupiter low in the south-east. Still you can nail some nice transits of Europa and Io...not too bad after all:rolleyes: Best observingtime here is August, September and October; darkness has come back and it`s still , well not warm, but far from cold. //Magnus
  14. My name is Magnus Ahrling and I live in a town called Visby on the largest island in the Baltic sea; Gotland. I have been into amateurastronomy for many years. Still I don`t consider myself as very experienced! My main intresst is visualobserving. I don`t do any imagening...yet, anyway. Gotland is a very nice place to do astronomical observing from; very dark and essentially zero lightpollution. Unfortunately the weather has been very bad since last autumn and this winter. Also winters can be very cold, so adequate clothing is just as important as good optics!! Recently I bought a CG-5GT, but I have only had the opportunety to use it once, anyway it seems very promising. Iam used to star-hopping so this goto was kind of sensation. As my fellowSwede from Dalarna I also work as a Psychiatric Nurse but only nightduty. I have a wife and three grown up children:icon_confused: I have had a Cave Astrola 8"f/4,5 Newtonian which I sold a couple of years ago, after using it since -74. It was a pain to collimate and the mirror was only so-so! Now I have an OO UK 8" f/6 Europa, "TS-version" (indeed a Great scope!), an Intes MK66, which I bought used at a good price (fine scope, when cooled down), a C80ED (very nice as a grab`ngo on my Vixen Porta) and finally a Sky-Watcher ST120, which I find magic at low powers for those widefield views. My mounts are, as mentioned, an CG-5GT, an CG-5 manuel and a Vixen Porta. Iam also a forum member of AM, CN and a nationwide Swedish amateur astronomy forum. Well this is me to put it short:icon_salut: Clear Skies, Magnus
  15. My name is Magnus Ahrling and I live in a town called Visby on the largest island in the Baltic sea; Gotland. I have been into amateurastronomy for many years. Still I don`t consider myself as very experienced! My main intresst is visualobserving. I don`t do any imagening...yet, anyway. Gotland is a very nice place to do astronomical observing from; very dark and essentially zero lightpollution. Unfortunately the weather has been very bad since last autumn and this winter. Also winters can be very cold, so adequate clothing is just as important as good optics!! Recently I bought a CG-5GT, but I have only had the opportunety to use it once, anyway it seems very promising. Iam used to star-hopping so this goto was kind of sensation. As my fellowSwede from Dalarna I also work as a Psychiatric Nurse but only nightduty. I have a wife and three grown up children:icon_confused: I have had a Cave Astrola 8"f/4,5 Newtonian which I sold a couple of years ago, after using it since -74. It was a pain to collimate and the mirror was only so-so! Now I have an OO UK 8" f/6 Europa, "TS-version" (indeed a Great scope!), an Intes MK66, which I bought used at a good price (fine scope, when cooled down), a C80ED (very nice as a grab`ngo on my Vixen Porta) and finally a Sky-Watcher ST120, which I find magic at low powers for those widefield views. My mounts are, as mentioned, an CG-5GT, an CG-5 manuel and a Vixen Porta. Iam also a forum member of AM, CN and a nationwide Swedish amateur astronomy forum. Well this is me to put it short:icon_salut: Clear Skies, Magnus
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