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About Paz

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  1. With mine I orient it so that the bubble level on the ADC is always physically on the top side and levelled and that is the orientation done. Most of the time I find the levers end up close to being aligned with each other. One comment I would add for readers wondering about ADCs is that (for me) the benefit is clear but incremental, it's not a big step change. So whether it is worth it depends on the individual.
  2. I've been using a ZWO ADC for a year or so. I find atmospheric dispersion clearly noticeable on bright and low objects and the ADC can tune this out. Here's my take so far on planets... Saturn... It cleans up atmospheric dispersion but Saturn is quite dim and dispersion is not huge. I can't say I've seen more detail with the ADC, just a cleaner image. Venus has fierce dispersion due to being much brighter but I find an ND0.9 filter usually turns in the best views of Venus for me, for whatever reason. Jupiter is where I have found the ADC has provided the most consistent benefits. Recently the ADC made the difference between me being able to see the red spot or not. It takes a bit of practice to be able to set it up quickly, at first it was quite a faff to use but now I've got the hang of it. I use it on longer sessions and I don't tend to use it on short sessions.
  3. These kinds of reads are right up my street, that thanks for posting.
  4. Nice eyepiece, you should have lots of good times with this. I notice they have changed the cap - they didn't used to look like that!
  5. I have used a Baader mkIV zoom for a while and although its not as good as my other eyepieces for quality of views (it competes with SLVs, Delos, and Naglers) and doesn't have good enough eye relief for me to use with glasses, it is my most used eyepiece as it is so convenient.
  6. Nice scope (and observatory). Its going to be good when Mars to be a bit more sociable.
  7. I think more outright aperture will give the best splitting resolution and the best performance on faint doubles (which is useful of you want to have a much bigger list of doubles to pick from when observing) so a big bucket would be good, but if you want clean and well presented doubles then a refractor would be best.
  8. That's definitely a sun dog. I saw a little rainbow type effect early in the early afternoon near the sun. I was lying on a picnic mat looking up for shapes in the clouds, as one does, and saw this very high up.
  9. Welcome to the hobby. I had a similar start, I was interested in space as a kid but had no idea you could see things for yourself through telescopes and binoculars. I missed out until I was well into my 40's, then saw Jupiter through some binoculars and was hooked. From its position the fuzzy could well have been M11.
  10. I started out with charts until I discovered sky safari and without intentionally planning to I stopped using charts and now only use sky safari in the field. I put red film over my phone as this helps but but most importantly I only use my non observing eye to check out the map so that my observing eye stays dark adapted.
  11. I agree. I've been trying to avoid reading this thread as it is a bad influence and should come with a wallet-warning!
  12. It is a good night out there. I went out with a C8 and concentrated on Jupiter and then Saturn. Not good seeing due to local roof/road heat but saw GRS on Jupiter, and faint banding on Saturn along with variation in brightness of the rings (no Cassini division). I've finally got used to using an atmospheric dispersion corrector. It noticeably cleaned up Jupiter but didn't make so much difference to Saturn. I was concentrating hard on Saturn when the local street lights switched off. The detail and contrast jumped up immediately, and a whole additional layer of stars appeared!
  13. I used 10x50 handheld for a long time (but a monocular in my case), and I "upgraded" to 8x42. This has been an improvement for me in comparison to 10x50 when handheld... wider field of view, lighter, smaller, and less vibes.
  14. Of the 3 scopes you mention, I would recommend not going for a newtonian. Setting up a 10" newt on an eq mount will be a major undertaking that will lose it's novelty quickly, and for visual the eyepiece will swing all over the place forcing you to do a lot of "scope-yoga" and rotating of the ota in the rings to be able to use it. The 180 Mak and c9.25 force you to make choices about observing/imaging objectives. If you want to keep more options open, and there is a lot to be said for that, then the c9.25 wins (it's extra aperture is also winning). But I'm a big fan of maksutovs so don't tell anyone I said that! If I was looking for something like this now I would be very interested in the classical cassigrain, the reasons being cool down time and that they potentially entail taking less of a flyer on quality control.
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