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ken spencer

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  1. Thank you First Light Optics for getting my scope to me so soon. Last night looked at Mars and Saturn using a 2X Barlow (celestron) and got beautiful views. Mars and Saturn with the 10mm and 2X Barlow were very clear. Could see detail on both planets and the position of Saturn made it tilt look lovely.  Can't recommend this scope enough. Will be using it more than my 10inch Dob as a pick up and go scope.

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  2. Mars was bright and the moon was behind some trees so decided to get my Dob out and have a quick look at Mars using 23mm, 8mm and 7mm lens. Having waited a good 30 mins for the scope to cool down I still have to say I was disappointed. There appeared to be a flare effect around the Planet and the detail was poor. However I was determined to get a good look at Mars. Out came my Skywatcher 127 Mak with my binoviewers!! All I can say is WOW. Clear, Crisp image, lots of detail against an obvious pink background.  The Mak was the clear winner tonight for planetary observation. 

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  3. I have two telescopic instruments 1 ) a 127 Mak and and 2) a 10" Skywatcher Dobsonian Telescope.  I find with Planets my 127 Mak  gives me better and sharper images than my reflector while the reflector  gives me much better light and detail looking at deep sky objects. I guess you need both although if I had to keep one it would be the reflector as an old rounder. Last night Jupiter was a revelation through my 127 Mak especially with the binoviewers!! I cant recommend binoviewers enough :-) 

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  4. Yes when I had the 8" DOB it was a pain to collimate because I had to use a Philips screw driver. When I got the 10" DOB it has knobs that can be turned very easily and therefore the operation is quicker and much easier to do. I collimate mine every time I go out and observe.


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