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After a whole day of rain the weather app showed a patch of clear sky. Finaly a change to get out again. It only lasted 20 min so bino time.
I went out with the 15X70 almost doable hand held. But there is not much time.
M45, Pleiades Always a great bino object.
Hyades, In the constellation of Taurus also very nice in the 15X70.
M42, the great Orion Nebula.
NGC 884 / 869, the double cluster my all time favorite, filling up the fov nicely.
M81/82, nice but neckbreakers at this high up.
M37/ 36 /38, picking them up one by one in a straight line, rewarding bino objects.
M35, making the series complete.
M47, it's above the light dome of my city but M 47 jumps out anyway.
M46, that a different story, barely visible above the light dome.
M50, long time no seen beautiful open cluster.
And that's it clouds rushing in from the west and of session, 20 min but better than nothing. Nice to be out again.
Thanks for reading.
I am thinking of getting a Lunt 50mm scope. I want to image as well as observe. I am thinking I could put my ZWO on the scope and capture video. My question is, does focal length in a solar scope relate to the FoV as it does for a non-solar scope? The field of view calculator (http://www.12dstring.me.uk/fovcalc.php) suggests I could just about get a full disc with a focal length of 350mm (the 50mm Lunt), but not with a focal length of 500mm (the 60mm Lunt). Is my logic correct?
Getting back into astronomy after many years. Really tasted the thrill as a youngster: eg
Jupiter Saturn conj of 1981 viewed through a 4" refractor
Splitting the double on the 'tip of the sword' of Cygnus - which as I recall were red and green.
Naked eye all night sessions in Spain and New Zealand.
For the last couple of weeks I have been getting off to dark skies a few miles from where I live and using 8x32's and I have just bought some used Celestron (Echelon) 16x70's which came a couple of days ago - since which time, in accordance with the Laws of Physics, the skies have been cloudy!
I am probably going to get an Orion parallelogram tripod, but there are long waiting times - in the meantime would love to know of any advice people may have on monopods / heads and a mount that will fix to the Echelons.
For sale is my Lunt LS60THa/B1200FTPT Ha scope. The scope is in MINT condition in the original flight case as it came from FLO. This is the Pressure Tuner version also with the B1200 blocking filter allowing for a larger field for observing AND imaging. It is also equipped with the magnificent Starlight Instruments Feathertouch focuser with 1.5" travel and 10:1 reduction which makes focussing for imaging cameras so sweet. The diagonal comes ready equipped with the T2 camera connection. Pick up here near Harrogate is possible or I do also have the original LUNT packaging so it can easily be picked up by the courier of your choice at your risk. I can provide box weight and dimensions should you wish to do so.
£1940 by bank transfer please. This price includes the ADM dovetail and Televue Sol Searcher I purchased as extras. If you don't want these items then deduct £40. Pictures below including some images taken using this scope and a ZWO ASI 174 Mono camera.