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tich    1,325

I must have missed this thread well here's mine I'd love to get my hands on a better Ha scope although this one has given me some great views in the past. Problem is it looks like a finderscope when mounted on the AR127L..

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Being used in anger at an outreach event back in July


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It doesn't image to bad either.


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Stu    14,146

Great setup Tich! I see what you mean about the little Lunt! Looks tiny!! Bet the views are still nice though :) 

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tich    1,325
2 hours ago, Stu said:

Great setup Tich! I see what you mean about the little Lunt! Looks tiny!! Bet the views are still nice though :) 

Cheers Stu it makes my Aussie mate laugh when I call my Lunt "my Ha finderscope!!" But yeah it does the job nicely & last Friday at an outreach event I had some exceptional views with it in the evening, after all the rain lol.... The surface detail was the best I'd ever seen with it & the proms put on a good show too, sadly the weather was against me that weekend so never managed to get out with it this time.

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Stu    14,146
1 hour ago, tich said:

Cheers Stu it makes my Aussie mate laugh when I call my Lunt "my Ha finderscope!!" But yeah it does the job nicely & last Friday at an outreach event I had some exceptional views with it in the evening, after all the rain lol.... The surface detail was the best I'd ever seen with it & the proms put on a good show too, sadly the weather was against me that weekend so never managed to get out with it this time.

Often the case that the skies are good after a rain shower to clear the crud out of the air. Nice to get some outreach in, we had a event planned but weather was rubbish so we had to cancel. Will keep trying though.

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tich    1,325
4 minutes ago, Stu said:

Often the case that the skies are good after a rain shower to clear the crud out of the air. Nice to get some outreach in, we had a event planned but weather was rubbish so we had to cancel. Will keep trying though.

It's been a very busy year for me this year since march we've had at least one outreach event to do sometimes it's been 3 a month, still got a few more to do before the years over too. Most of them have been solar events but we have had the odd nigh time one too.

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Stu    14,146
2 minutes ago, tich said:

It's been a very busy year for me this year since march we've had at least one outreach event to do sometimes it's been 3 a month, still got a few more to do before the years over too. Most of them have been solar events but we have had the odd nigh time one too.

That's excellent going!! Nice one!

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Highburymark    894
On 15/01/2017 at 16:25, alanjgreen said:

Yes, the "diamond" is the new version, mine is the previous steel track. I imagine  the size is identical. They have just improved the focuser mechanism.

 

Just in case this information might be useful to anyone, I don't think the newer diamond Steeltrack Newtonian version will fit the LS60 - think it's just the previous model

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Highburymark    894
On 12/09/2017 at 22:16, Floater said:

I can reach focus with the WO 20mm using 2x Barlow or 2.5x PM but not with the 1.6x Barlow provided with the BV. But still enjoying the hunt with the Lunt ... 😎😎

Sorry! Couldn't resist.

 

On 12/09/2017 at 22:47, tooth_dr said:

Congratulations on your purchase. I've had good success with mine using a skywatcher binoviewer, with the included 2x Barlow lens, and a pair of 26mm Meade plossls.  This gives a nice full disc view.  Ignore the different versions of the 26mm. Even though it worked ok I now have a matching set!

 

 

 

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As expected WO binos were just shy of reaching focus in the Lunt 60 with the 1.6x Barlow unit. Can't find any UK outlet selling the 2x unit - whether it be a WO or Skywatcher. All part of the fun with a new solar scope - buying the scope is the easy part.

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tooth_dr    486
1 minute ago, Highburymark said:

 

As expected WO binos were just shy of reaching focus in the Lunt 60 with the 1.6x Barlow unit. Can't find any UK outlet selling the 2x unit - whether it be a WO or Skywatcher. All part of the fun with a new solar scope - buying the scope is the easy part.

I got the last set from one supplier at the start of the summer there, bit crap you cant get something!

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Floater    2,089
1 hour ago, Highburymark said:

 

As expected WO binos were just shy of reaching focus in the Lunt 60 with the 1.6x Barlow unit. Can't find any UK outlet selling the 2x unit - whether it be a WO or Skywatcher. All part of the fun with a new solar scope - buying the scope is the easy part.

I have to refine my initial statement, Mark - and this may open a can of worms ...

The '2x Barlow' with which I can reach focus is actually the lens element unscrewed from an inexpensive (cheap) Barlow and screwed onto the BV nosepiece. Now I know all the stuff about this meaning it's only about 1.5x, instead of 2x, and how that doesn't chime with the supplied 1.6x unit not allowing focus. I'm just telling it like it is: no focus with the 1.6x (as you have found) but focus with the lens element from a 2x Barlow and with the 2.5x PowerMate.

I will be happy - no, delighted - if someone can explain that. 🤔🤔😳

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Helen    2,156

How about this for low tech...:tongue2:

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Solar funnel ( an adapted plastic funnel which slots over an eyepiece and projects onto backlit projector screen material) - worked great for the eclipse in a little borg mounted on to the little pronto mount @Steve let me borrow for the eclipse :biggrin:

I also have some rather more expensive solar options.... :icon_rolleyes:

Helen

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Floater    2,089
4 minutes ago, Helen said:

How about this for low tech...:tongue2:

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Solar funnel ( an adapted plastic funnel which slots over an eyepiece and projects onto backlit projector screen material) - worked great for the eclipse in a little borg mounted on to the little pronto mount @Steve let me borrow for the eclipse :biggrin:

I also have some rather more expensive solar options.... :icon_rolleyes:

Helen

It may be 'low tech' - but, wow, it's in high quality surroundings! Lovely to see. 🤗

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AdeKing    138
8 hours ago, Highburymark said:

Can't find any UK outlet selling the 2x unit - whether it be a WO or Skywatcher. 

Astroboot currently have the WO 2x Barlow attachment for binoviewers listed for £20 if this helps.

http://www.astroboot.co.uk/AstroBoot/telescope-and-astronomy-stuff.html?highlight=AB10407#AB10407

Ade

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AdeKing    138

@Highburymark and @Floater happy to be of assistance.  I got my WO Barlow from them a couple of months ago, so they obviously have a few and haven't had a massive rush on them.

Regards,

Ade

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Floater    2,089

Yes, Ade, the blurb said they had 'a small number' of these so I knew Mark would get one if he wished even if I ordered. A lot of the kit on Astroboot is 'one-of' and it would have felt like stealing if I had taken the only one. 😱😱

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AdeKing    138

Here is my new compact lightweight WL solar travel setup.  

A WO ZenithStar 66SD (thanks @CraigT82) with Herschel wedge and Baader Mk IV Zoom. 

The problem I've encountered with this setup is that the 2" wedge is so heavy (750g) and the tube so short (388mm f/l) that its impossible to balance on an AZ mount and I've managed to misplace my dovetail counterweights (I really should learn to pack things away in their designated spot after use).  

So rather than get new weights I decided to opt for a 1.25" Lunt Wedge (thanks @garryblueboy) which is nice and compact and will fit in the WO aluminium case with the OTA and should also make the setup somewhat better balanced and avoid the need to tighten the clutches on the Alt axis quite so much.

Edit: The 1.25" wedge should also give me more in-focus rather than the approximately 3mm that I have at the moment. 

Ade 

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