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  1. Thank you Louis! The one I have is a Nikon, from a Nikon microscope and the fellow I got it from says it is coated, but not easily seen. It may be an older version with what he called 2-layer coatings. The eyepieces from AmScope also have a light 2-layer coating on them. He says the folks using microscopes with these BVrs and eyepieces must have very natural color reproduction so the dyes they used are identified properly. In any case, the Nikon has excellent light throughput, no apparent scatter or ghosting or internal reflections. So whatever is on there is working for me! Plus
  2. Even though the atmospherics havn't cooperated, and the altitude of Jupiter is dismally low (down in the weeds as we say), I'm getting good views of it with the new (to me) Celestron Omni XLT 102 ED, f/8.8. I was fortunate to get a Vixen mount and a dual-speed focuser by way of trade and kindness of a friend who thins the herd at times to my advantage. I'll get a photo posted soon. It's been horribly hot outside and I can't even walk out there for a few minutes to take a photo. The weather broke today, but some rain still falling. How it works here is we will have a week or more of a hea
  3. Excellent report Alentejo! 8” f6 is a great scope and would show a lot with a binoviewer. Plenty of light available and fine detail. Some try binoviewing and change to it totally. Some like it but go back. If you can do both and find which kind of objects you like with each, you’ll have the best of both worlds. Thank you for the very nice comments, my friend! I’ll have to admit, Pingster, if I had an eyepiece kit consisting of premium eyepieces, I would be reluctant to ditch them or buy a second of each. That could get rather expensive. But the experience is so com
  4. Very good points made Moonshane! The comfort difference is huge and very likely a significant part of the reason more detail is seen. Both the eyes and brain are operating in a more normal mode. I always prefer magnification on the lower side. The sharpness and contrast are stunning. Overpowering a scope, while some like to reach the upper limits, is just too mushy for my liking. And, depending on the quality of the scope, of course, getting the correct focus becomes more difficult. Another plus for binovision is that at a given magnification, the object you're observing appears larger.
  5. Thank you, Rusted. I have to admit, I was concerned about its existence. Good to hear, Peter! Sounds like the traffic folks are doing some thinking! I've been a crossing guard for the last four years, even though retired. My post was very, very busy as both students from the high school and middle school crossed there. Over last summer, the principal of the middle school decided to move the starting time up to coincide with the high school to gain 20 minutes of additional instructional time per day. The police dept, who I worked for, was strongly against it citing the traffic proble
  6. Thank you for the kind words, Rusted. You know, the last two or three weeks have seen an unusual number of clear evening skies! One in particular was extraordinary. But we’ll pay! We always do. So, yes, I can confirm through the use of empirical observation, the existence of those two extraordinary and lovely objects. What I can’t confirm and am growing suspicious of, Rusted, is the existence of that which is called the Milky Way! Now I have an open mind. I’ve seen photos of this. But even when the skies are totally clear, I’ve not seen it in decades! Not a trace. It may have exist
  7. I’ll report for last night and tonight, trying not to drag it on. Last night I tested a couple filters with the binoviewer viewing Jupiter. I really have to say I did not feel there was any advantage using them (medium blue and light yellow). I’m not a filter person anyway. It may require practice to notice differences, or maybe they work better in larger scopes, with more light. Today, the new (to me) scope arrived! It’s a Celesrptron Omni XLT 102 ED. It’s very nice, good condition and sat okay on my Celestron Alt-Az scope. It’s an inexpensive but decent mount. With the 102 m
  8. A flash of lightning usually freezes me as well, Rusted. You know, I've watched some vids on lightning. What an interesting topic that is. Seen in ultra slow motion, numerous 'feelers' come down from the cloud to the surface. When the best path is found, sometimes as close as 50' from the strike point, the main strike follows its path, and none of the others! Fascinating. Peter, I have an adjustable bracket and they help a great deal, I just get lazy and do it the hard way. Also, I found an app that allows for full control of the focus, shutter and ISO. Called 'YAMERA' for iPhone. There a
  9. That sounds like a great technique, Louis! I will definitely do that next time I use the phone for images. My hand was dancing all over the place and even when I had the moon in view it was moving all over the screen. So much for steady hands! I'm surprised a few came out with any sharpness at all. I guess the brightness of the moon kept the shutter speed fast enough to freeze the motion, but I'd rather use your technique and take no chances! Thank you very much Louis.
  10. Thank you, Stu! It does work well. Though my hand shakes holding it since there is nothing to hold it against. I have one of those brackets and next time I'll use it. 6AM here! Can't sleep at night and can't stay awake during the day. My clock is out of sync.
  11. Thank you so much Stu... and everyone! Interest has been wonderful for this topic. Often my topics are so bad I have to reply to myself, just for the numbers! . I took a couple pix of the areas I was looking at last evening; the Plato area and the Straight Wall and Lunar Highlands. These are only single frame images taken with a handheld iPhone, so nothing special, no stacking or the like. I'm not an AP-er by any means. The images some of those folks get are unbelievable! Thanks again Stu, and all! joe Just an added tidbit about the Straight Wall. I read a while
  12. I ventures out again last night with the 80mm refractor, bringing a 4mm Vixen eyepiece to do some monovision and the Nikon binoviewer. Seeing was unsteady. Starting with the moon, I made an attempt to see any hints of craterlets in Plato, a difficult task from my experience. Plato had just come into daylight and the floor was 90% illuminated. With the single eyepiece, I may have glimpsed one of the three largest, just about in the center of the crater floor. Results were not buch better with the binoviewer, but there were a few more occasions where I thought I may have seen the centr
  13. That is an important factor for many situations, Steve. At my location I'm very limited to planetary and lunar observing and thus far the small prism size has not been a factor. In fact, the converted microscope unit I have is a Nikon brand and nothing is antireflection coated! Yet they seem every bit as bright as the fully multi coated Arcturus model! Some aspects in the use of these are counterintuitive but somehow they work! That is an excellent suggestion, Rusted, and I know exactly the mount you are speaking of! In fact I have plenty of the PTFE pads from an old DOB.
  14. Thank you very much AdeKing! Everyone who has one has nothing but nice things to say and the seller assured me this would be no different a sample. It will arrive in a few days. Yes, Stu, it is f/8.8 but the quoted weight is 8-9 Lbs, so hopefully the mount I have intended for it will do the job. If not, I'll go to the home store and get the essential for a pipe mount. I've been in the hobby since the 1960s and had never built a pipt mount until about 2 years ago. My son has it for his refractor and I must say it is one of the sturdier mounts I've ever used! Heavy though, so I may use the
  15. The moon this evening is at 1st quarter and the sky clear. Two things that don’t happen often at the same time. It seems from waxing crescent to mid gibbous, the clouds are abundant. I went out with the Bresser 127 Mak and my Nikon (converted microscope) binoviewer. Compared to the other I have, the Arcturus model, it’s smaller and lighter. It uses microscope eyepieces that fit nicely into the spring pressure tubes and I have a pair of 10x, 16x and 20x (25mm, 16mm and 12.5mm) The Mak, with a generous 1900mm FL, has to be held down if anything. And with a Mak or SCT, focus can be easi
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