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Victor Boesen

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  1. That looks great! What dovetail are you using? I purchased the 21cm skywatcher dovetail but it was a pain in the *** fitting it to the tube rings since they used different screws... Would love to get something more suitable! Sorry if this is slightly beyond the topic of this thread!
  2. This was delivered yesterday for my Samyang 135mm F/2 lens. I hadn't thought about the camera flash possibly being in the way but luckily I was able to fit the ring-joint under the flash-housing The usual sticker:)) I somehow love it but hate it at the same time And in a well-packaged box was this little thing:)) The main reason I purchased it was because of balancing issues in the declination axis. With the ring mount the balance is almost perfect! I hope this will mean I can comfortably shoot 2 minute exposure no matter where on the sky And here's the "perfect fit"
  3. Don't drop that one one your feet while messing around in the dark!!
  4. Yes, I was a little disappointed! But to be honest, I was planning to get a 2" diagonal nonetheless, but it's really good to know I'll be able to use all my eyepieces with it! Perhaps I could even try using my 24mm eyepiece in my small Evostar 72ED, which would give me an FOV of a whopping 4.7deg I wonder how that'd compare to my Helios Apollo 15X70 with an FOV of 4 degrees
  5. Thanks Mike!! I take that as a huge compliment, having seen many of your beautiful sketches during the years I've been on here Thank you Stu, I'm really enjoying the scope!! I believe I couldn't quite see the separation in the Western Veil, but it definitely looked like it spread out wider. The two hooks on the Eastern veil were difficult to spot, but they were fun to observe It's interesting how you mention that the sky quality has improved the views from your home, I've had the exact same experience! For the first time in a little more than 5 years I was able to glimpse M31 from home as it passed zenith. Living at Bortle 7 myself (SQM of 18.66 according to lightpollutionmap) I've previously felt I'd never see it naked eye, and I was surprised when I glimpsed it first time! It makes me want to try observing the veil from home sometime, if I can get the opportunity to. You'll definitely see some more posts around involving the refractor;)
  6. Thanks John!! I've seen Pickering's triangle with my 15X70 binoculars with my UHC and OIII filters, but I didn't look for it that night unfortunately... Will definitely try next time, it doesn't sound impossible;)
  7. Yes! I borrowed a 2" skywatcher diagonal from a friend of mine while on a small "meetup". Luckily that fixed all the focus issues!
  8. Thank you!! I've been very lucky with the weather lately, so I've had plenty of time to observe Mars;) I've found that an OIII filter can really bring out the veil nebula from its background, especially at a semi-dark place, eg. bortle 4 and 5. It's true when I, and many others, say that the Veil was invisible without it! For fun I tried a couple of times to spot if without the filter and I just couldn't! Screwed the filter back in... and there it was. An OIII filter is the best filter I have (I also have a UHC, polarizing and a CLS filter), and it's amazing for the veil, dumbbell, ring and even rosette nebula, which I've spotted through my 15X70 binoculars with the OIII and UHC screwed into the eyepieces. I'm glad I could inspire you
  9. Thanks a lot Yes, I forgot to mention that I took an image of each sketch on paper and inverted them afterwards. I think it adds a lot to it! I think Bortle 5 is actually the brightest location I've seen the veil. I've seen it before through my Helios Apollo 15X70 with a UHC and OIII filter at my grandparent's Bortle 4 location;) That looked great!
  10. On Thursday night I joined a couple of others at a Bortle 5 location just outside city where the Milky Way in Cygnus and at zenith is visible. I had brought my new TecnoSky 102mm F/7 APO refractor and was lend a 2" diagonal by one of the others in which I placed my 82 degree, 24mm Explorer Scientific eyepiece with an OIII filter screwed into the diagonal. I decided to do some sketching, which I haven't done for a long time, and I chose the Veil because it's something I rarely get the time to study and even observe. Sweeping around the area the western and Eastern Veil were both quite obvious, but it was fun teasing detail out of them! Eastern Veil I started with the Eastern Veil and the curved shape was the most obvious thing I started sketching. It seemed like the northern and southern parts of it were slightly brighter than the middle, and after studying the object for some time I noticed that the southern tail split into two "legs". The northern tail also seemed to be slightly brighter on the western side of it, and it seemed wider than the middle part. Western Veil The Western Veil looked, at first, like a sharp edge right through 52Cyg, although studying the object for a little longer it extended further and further from the star. It was obvious that the western "edge" of the nebulosity was the brightest. I also noticed that the nebula curved in the northern part, but this was very faint, and so was the tail in the southern part, which looked like it spread out more in width the further south it stretched. I am surprised with what only 102mm of aperture can do at a Bortle 5 location, and I'm hoping to try out the scope at even darker locations and compare the view to these sketches. I am very happy with these sketches, and I think they turned out great, capturing, what is very close to, the same view I had through the eyepiece. Victor
  11. Alright I'm back with some measurements:) The case measures around 51X29X18cm And the scope with the dew shield on is about 42cm, whereas without it's only about 33cm. Hopefully that was a little useful;)
  12. As you may know then, there's an aluminum carrying case included with the telescope, which fits a couple of eyepieces, my 1.25" diagonal and filters. I don't remember the size of the case, but I know for sure it meets the requirements as carry on luggage, but I'd happily measure it when I get home(an hour or so). The dew-shield can be removed which makes the OTA really short(will measure at home), and the telescope is very light at just over 2kg without accessories.
  13. I was in somewhat the same situation as you for a little more than a year ago. I have a 10" dob and a pair of Helios Apollo 15X70 binoculars, that I've brought to Mallorca on holiday. This was great, and the lagoon, frigid and etc looked great with my OIII and UHC filter, I did, however, want some more flexibility with regards to magnification and decent performance on the planets. I highly considered taking the leap for a tak-60 or even the 76DCU, but ended with a much cheaper option, the Skywatcher Evostar 72ED DS-Pro. I use it one my Manfrotto tripod and alt/az mount head without much trouble even at 100X. The view through it is far from bad, resolving detail on the Martian disk in May this year at a diameter of just under 9 arc seconds and the Cassini division in Saturns rings. I sadly don't have a 2" diagonal yet for my 24mm, 82 degree eyepiece, but I could imagine it could provide outstanding views of the NAN, Veil, Andromeda and etc. What I also really like is the focuser, which is surprisingly sturdy in my opinion. Chromatic aberration is little to none at high power on the planets, but a slight yellow hue is noticeable on the lunar limb. In my opinion this is not a problem at all, nor does it draw my attention from the target itself. I know you haven't mentioned imaging, but the Evostar 72ED is a very capable imaging scope with an OVL field flattener and a decent mount. I've used it to take some pictures with my star adventure mount on my Manfrotto tripod and DSLR. Good luck with your choice! I love my small refractor for it's portability;)
  14. I should try Mercury some time! I've actually never seen it through a telescope, only naked eye a little over 6 months abo.
  15. I guess I should feel lucky with my eyes;) it does however seem easier to spot now that the sun isn't as high in the sky.
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