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  1. Nice shot. Nice earthshine, too. I wish my back yard had a low horizon for rising and setting things.
  2. 22 mm Panoptic takes a Dioptrix, according to the table on the Tele Vue website. Discontinued but available used. Stunningly sharp eyepiece.
  3. Hi, Is the 95 mm solar filter threaded, with 95 mm threads? If so then I'm interested. If it's 95 mm aperture then I'll leave it for someone else.
  4. Every time my wife and I go by Windsor Castle we share the same running joke. At the statue of Queen Victoria one of us will say, “Is that Queen Victora?” And the other answers, “No, it’s just a statue of Queen Victoria.” Now, when looking at a picture of M31 on a screen, is that M31? No, it’s just a picture of M31. If you want to look at picture of M31 on a screen you might just as well stay home and look at a better hand-tweaked, stacked, long-exposure photograph on t’internet. However, if you want to see the real M31 you can look through an eyepiece, and use your retina to personally inte
  5. I just came across this old thread. When I look at planets they are almost never on a sharp velvety black background. They always have at least a little haze around them from light scatter in the atmosphere, the eyepiece, or the mistiness/floaters in my own eyeballs. I was viewing Mars a few weeks ago through my ETX 90, with a 13 mm Ethos, and the planet was showing noticeable haze around it so I switched to a 12 mm Brandon. The haze was much less, which improved the view. Maybe my dodgy eyeball multiplies whatever haze is being produced by the atmosphere or eyepiece, but the difference was no
  6. To my knowledge, the 1.25" Powermates are available in 2.5x and 5x, and the 2" Powermates are available in 2x and 4x. T-rings are available but not necessarily swappable between the various Powermates, so make sure you get the right T-ring adapter.
  7. My experience was bad, terrible in fact. I ordered a new one, a 50th Anniversary model no less, four and a half years ago and it had multiple, severe quality issues that they couldn't sort out in five attempts. After 18 months of waiting, returns, hassle, worry, and eventually confrontation I got my money back. After I told my story over on the CN Questar thread, only one person there has bought one in the last three years, and they didn't report back. So can they still make them like they used to? Who knows? They couldn't for me. Worst experience and biggest disappointment ever.
  8. It's an ETX90, Jim, but not as we know it.
  9. I've just seen the travelling Museum of the Moon exhibition in Leicester, and I highly recommend it. It's a high resolution 7 metre diameter 3D model of the moon that you can walk around, and it's simply gobsmacking. I took along my Vixen 2.1 x 42 super-wide angle binoculars, and Pentax Papilio 6.5 x 21 close-focussing binoculars and spent hours looking it over - great views of both near side and far side. I think it's in Leicester for another week, and in Glasgow for an extended period starting some time in May. If you're into lunar observation you'd be crazy to miss it.
  10. People do buy them for some of the reasons mentioned in the original post, but they also have a peculiar combination of features no longer found on other scopes, like fast setup time, usable setting circles, clock drive, 25-hour battery life on a simple 9-volt battery, lever to switch between main scope and finder without leaving the eyepiece, lever to switch between barlowed and unbarlowed view without leaving the eyepiece, lever to reroute the light path to the camera or another eyepiece, table-top legs so you can polar align and do a session sitting at a picnic table with a cup of hot choco
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