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  1. To be honest, I cannot tell the difference between them as far as viewing was concerned. My eyesight is not that finely tuned and maybe I am not that fussy as an observer. I also have a Televue Everbrite 1.25 diagonal and cannot honestly say I can see the difference between that and the prisms. There is a physical difference and by that I mean it is possible to hit the prism with the eyepiece barrel (or in my case binoviewer barrel) in the zeiss prism. You cannot do that with the T2 prism as there is a metal ring that stops it from happening.
  2. I am fairly new to solar white light, but here are my experiences. I bought a latest version of the lunt 1.25 inch Herschel Wedge with the built in ND3 filter. For visual, you need an additional filter otherwise the image is far too bright. I use either a Baader Continuum filter or a Lumicon variable polarizer depending on which colour I fancy viewing in during that session. For imaging, I use a Baader UV/IR cut filter screwed into the Baader Continuum filter. I tried using just the Continuum filter on its own, but I must have one of the versions with the IR leak as the image looks much better with both filters in tandem. The IR filter is on the outside and the Continuum filter on the inside when screwed into the camera nosepiece. I tried using an OIII filter before I got the Continuum filter, but fould the Continuum filter gave better results.
  3. To be honest, not really. Might just be that my eyesight has diminished with age. The Zeiss has a shorter path length and hence offers more flexibility if you use bino viewers.
  4. I have used a Baader prism and a Baader Zeiss prism with an Equinox 80 and never noticed any CA. Both were 1.25 inch.
  5. You should be able to screw the 1.25 Baader filter directly into the black 1.25 nosepiece that comes with the camera. Is that what you attempted to do? You are not trying to screw it directly into the actual camera are you? Tony
  6. At least £8 of the customs charge is Royal Mail slapping their own fees in there. Big rip off, but no way to avoid it. You will just have to suck it up and pay up.
  7. Thanks for the help. That is really useful stuff. Tony
  8. Excellent pictures you posted yesterday, I have a couple of questions. 1. I have just started solar WL imaging with an ASI178mm camera. How do you achieve such good focus? What software do you use to drive the camera? 2. How do you colour your mono images in post processing to produce the pseudo colour image? Tony
  9. I will take the continuum filter plase. Will send separate PM Tony
  10. I am getting the latest version of the Lunt wedge, which has the ND filter already fitted. Should be delivered tomorrow (Woo Hoo). I plan to use an OIII filter initially to help with granulation, but if that does not work well enough I will have to bite the bullet and get a Continuum filter. I fear I may end up going down the same road as yourself in a few years time and get a Ha solution. I have read that the views you get through a Ha scope (Lunt was the example used) may well be disappointing and look nowhere near as good as the photos you see in magazines or on the internet. What is you experience of the quality of views?
  11. The rings I used are 90mm, so the scope has a 90mm outer diameter. I saw a set of cheap 90mm rings on here or ABS today. Mine never came with the bracket foot , but that is only held by a single screw anyway. The later versions of this scope came with a single standard finder bracket, mine is an older version so it does not have a finder bracket. The Moonlite solved that problem for me with double brackets. You need to check wit the seller if the scope you hope to buy has a finder bracket or not.
  12. I have an Equinox 80. I use mine with a set of William Optics CNC rings on an ADM dovetail. Very solid build quality, and the focusser is screwed on and not held by 3 silly little screws like the normal SkyWatcher focussers. Hence better alignment. Having said that, I replaced my focusser with a MoonLite , but the standard focusser was still very good. Works great visually, and is stunning with lunar imaging (I don't do any other kind).
  13. An excellent and informative writeup. I have one of these mounts and love it. I use it on an EQ5 tripod with a Berlebach adapter. Solid as a rock. I tried the tripod and extender you have, but do not trust it so it lives in the garage. I have driven mine using the SynScanPro app on Windows, Android and IOS. All versions work well. I also have a SynScan handset and that works well to. The handset gives you some options that the Wireless app does not e.g. search by SAO reference. Tony
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