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About nicoscy

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  1. Thank you all for the gentle encouragement, however my kidneys are still resisting me so I'll stay put, try the full set of Abbe Orthos which are on the way and then consider the zoom...
  2. Sigh, link has been bookmarked. Let's see how long I will resist the sirens' call...
  3. John, I have tried the Baader and Seben zooms, plus TV Delites and Tak LEs and the LEs won hands down. I wouldn't mind at all adding the XF zoom if it's that good! Can I trouble you a bit to expand on scatter and red hue performance of this zoom?
  4. Ah, not many hedgehogs here. A safer place As for rabid star hopping, it will be over in a few years courtesy of light pollution. But I will always have EAA, some limited traditional eyepiece viewing and will probably enter NV territory as well. Plus solar of course
  5. Hey, I am a rabid starhopper by night and only rarely do I do EAA. As for solar, I did buy a camera, but have yet to find the urge to skip the eyepiece and plug in a camera. Maybe in the future, maybe now. I get a full disk at 50x but I think this approaches the limit with the Lunt 60mm in terms of a balance of brightness and magnification. Of COURSE I will try more magnification and see where that takes me. I have a pair of ES 20mm 62°, which will give me a magnification of 65x and see how that goes.
  6. We both work at nearly the same exit pupil, so we have more or less the same brightness. Obviously different resolution and image scale But since 32mm Plossls are so cheap on AliExpress, I ordered them to get slightly less magnification and more brightness. Just to see
  7. Uh, you DON'T want to do solar viewing in the summer. However, we get a ton of opportunities in the winter, which is why I bought the solar scope in the first place. Plus if I can push myself, maybe plug in a camera and try my hand at solar imaging
  8. Hi Mark, Really did not have time to test properly and I am losing interest in doing so, as what I see is perfect for me. I will test weather permitting (when it is not too hot to fiddle around in the heat), but I just don't see me becoming enamored with double stacking (yes, yes, famous last words)
  9. I purchased a few months a Lunt 60 Tilt tuned single stack scope and until a few days ago, I was doing monoviewing. Great for proms, not so great on surface features, although using filters to dampen down the brightness did bring out some surface details. Discovered that simple eyepieces (in my case the Takahashi LEs) had a distinct advantage over more complex designs (e.g. TV Delites), in terms of the ever present red hue, providing a much better contrast. Enter a few days ago, my supercharged Zeiss binoviewers from Denis, with 26mm Plossl eyepieces and a 2.6x GPC, yielding 50x and an effective focal length of 10mm. The sheer amount of surface detail was astounding, hence why I am abandoning the double stack route. I am curious to hear if anybody else has had this experience or if you have any tips to share about binoviewing the sun which will improve the experience further. I did order a set of 32mm Plossl eyepieces to reduce magnification to 40x with effective eyepiece focal length of about 12mm. Anything I am missing? Any tips? Any similar experience set out there?
  10. Also throwing in a Seben 7-24mm zoom with the Etalon. While my price is very fair, near offers will be considered!
  11. Price updated to £1,350 - I finally found a recent sale to see how much these go for when sold pre-owned
  12. Hi All, Having tried both single stack and double stack with my Lunt 60mm, I decided that I am a "proms" kind of guy and do not need the Double Stack etalon for visual. Best I could find new is £2,172. I'd be happy to sell mine for £1,600 £1,350 inclusive of PayPal fees and shipping with tracking and insurance. Will upload photos later
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