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Since getting my first scope (130p on a az pronto mount) last Tuesday I haven’t had much luck with clear skies as it seems to be a curse when you get new astro equipment. I kept checking the weather forecast and today they said that it was going to be cloudy for tonight ( again ) . But when I looked out my window at around 7pm I could see Orion in all its glory. So as quickly as I could I grabbed my scope and mount in one hand and the eyepieces in another. Wasn’t that cold out for once so didn’t need my bobble hat or gloves! As this was an unplanned session I didn’t read up on what targets I should be looking for and also I forgot my torch which is never a good thing.
However as Orion was very clear and detailed tonight I thought I would look at the Orion Nebula. Managed to locate it through the red dot finder that came equipped with the scope, the finder was roughly aligned slightly out of place but good enough and then I used the slo mo controls which are very easy to use to center it in the eyepice. I’ve never seen Nebulae through a scope before and was worried I would be disappointed after seeing all those Hubble pictures with incredible detail and colour.However I was very wrong. I would never have thought a grey smudge would be so amazing to look at. Through the 25mm eyepice it looked liked grey wings covering the FOV of the eyepice with three stars in the middle of it. So after spending about 10 minutes looking through the 25mm I thought I would swap it for the supplied 10mm. Again the view was very good though not as sharp of view that i had with the 25mm and I think I may need to buy a better replacement.
Anyway after being in awe with Orion I’d thought I would have a quick look at The seven sisters. I’ve seen m45 before with my binoculars but wanted to have a look with the scope. The view was much better in the scope I could see more starts in the cluster then I could with the binoculars after spending about 10 minutes looking at the cluster I saw a satalite quickly move across the FOV which seemed to have an orange light ( would of liked to know what it was) . So after taking my eye off the eyepice I could see that the clouds were starting to role in and was starting to rain so called it a night. I have to say Astronomy is probably one of the most relaxing and most fascinating hobbies that I’ve gotten into.
so far I’m very impressed with this scope it’s extremely portable which I wanted for reasons like tonight it’s a perfect grab and go scope and easy to use however the supplied 10mm could be better but I can upgrade that. Has been a very good purchase for £200.
Thanks for reading if you’ve gotten this far and hopefully many more enjoyable nights and reports to come
I started observing through my Celestron Nexstar 8 SE on August 18th 2017 at about 9pm
I couldn't get the skyalign to work and just a little teeny bit frustrated with the cloudy skies and view limited by my own four story building, I looked up, saw Saturn bright and yellow in the sky and manually slewed towards it. And sure enough, when I looked into the eyepiece, I saw Saturn in my FOV.
So, while I thought of myself as an armchair astronomer, I may have been a naked eye astronomer all along.
A short Observing Report from 1973:
I was introduced to Yes, Pink Floyd, and and Led Zepplin, Photography, and Saturn all in the same year by my uncle who was the sound/light guy in a local rock band in 1973. The same year he bought a telescope kit from Edmund Scientific. A Newtonian about 6 feet long and with an aperture of 6 inches. We were in the Mississippi Valley and our altitude there is 690 feet above sea level. The seeing was not bad as I recall. I don't remeber it "swimming" as I call it now. It was sometime in August or September I believe. There were still leaves on the trees, and my grandmothers back yard had a very limited view of the sky. Nearly at the zenith with a slot descending to the horizon almost. You couldn't see below about 15 degrees as I recall.
I recall Saturn that evening displaying clear rings, the Cassini division was barely visible, just a darkness rather than a continuous yellow band around the planet. And the planet itself was a mostly featureless ball of yellow. I recall seeing no planets.
~ slight post topic excursion number two ~
Since then I have followed my inclinations, become a teacher, composer, and performer of music, an amateur photographer, and an amateur astronomer (haven't dropped down the rabbit hole of AP quite yet, but it's gaping abyss is looking my way now...). I could never stop reading about astrophysics, cosmology, and astronomy the entire time between then and now. I frequently will think of an object and look it up to find it's in the southern celestial hemisphere.
So, after a couple weeks of reading this forum and CN, and AF, I felt ready to make my purchase. I'm still quite happy with the direction I went, although I'm definitely looking at an ultra-light traveldob at 12 to 16 inch Dob (non-GOTO) as my next telescope. I love DSO hunting. But my back is not the greatest, and so I have to think of it thus the lighter option of a 203mm SCT. But I've just found a very nice light weight Dob by Hubble Optics, among others, so once I get a car, I will probably be getting at least a 12 inch Dobsonian soon after.
~/slight post topic excursion number two~
With my 8SE I have seen three planets around Saturn so far.
Following that event I just looked at the sky for two weeks before I decided to record all my observations and keep that data in a spread sheet.
Here is a link to that spreadsheet I keep on google docs if you'd like to see the list of objects I've gazed upon:
here's the list from 08/19/17 to 10/18/17
Object Constellation cat & # Messier # Date Time Observation Notes
Saturn 08/19/2017 9:00pm MDT I could see Saturn, rings, Cassini division, and three moons I was unable to get the computer aligned. Too cloudy. I saw Saturn aimed the scope at it and sure enough, Saturn was in the eyepiece!
Globular Cluster Pegasus NGC 7078 M15 08/28/2017 22:07 Faint fuzzy ball of light averted vision using the 13mm revealed individual stars and granularity
Double Double, Epsilon Lyrae Lyra SAO 067310 08/30/2017 22:25 I see four bright and white blueish stars Oh wow, the pair to the north is stacked while the pair towards the south are side by side.
Andromeda Gaslaxy Andromeda NGC 224 M31 08/30/2017 21:46 Big fuzzy blob tilted to one side, can't really see any dust lanes. did not have to use averted vision
Zeta1 Lyrae, Zeta2 Lyrae Lyra SAO 067321 08/30/2017
Ring Nebula Lyra NGC 6720 M57 08/30/2017 22:59 I see a blueish grey dark ring with a lighter center A beautiful smoke ring in the sky
Eta Cassiopeiae Cassiopeia SAO 021732 09/01/2017
Cat’s Eye nebula Draco NGC 6543 09/01/2017 0:12 Faint cloudiness with some faint structure.
Almach Andromeda SAO 037734 09/05/2017
Mirach Andromeda SAO 054471 09/05/2017
Wild Duck Cluster Scutum NGC 6705 M11 09/07/2017 A dusting of stars with some very large and bright members A box of jewels in the sky
Fomalhaut Piscis Austrinus SAO 214197 09/09/2017 22:30
Hercules Cluster Hercules NGC 6205 M13 09/10/2017 0:24 Fuzzy patch of light Fuzzy ball of light. Averted vision shows individual stars.
Double Cluster Perseus NGC 869 and NGC 884 09/10/2017 0:12
M32 Andromeda NGC 221 M32 09/09/2017 23:28 Very faint fuzz on edge of M31 required averted vision
M34, Perseus Open Cluster Perseus NGC 1039 M34 09/12/2017
Butterfly Cluster Scorpius NGC 6405 M6 09/16/2017 A delicate gathering of stars Easily seen, clear and bright even though it is low
Jabbah, Nu Scorpii Scorpius SAO 159764 09/16/2017
Antares. Alph Scorpii Scorpius SAO 184415 09/16/2017
Mizar and Alcor Ursa Major SAO 028737 09/17/2017
Alphecca Corona Borealis SAO 083893 09/17/2017
Tx Piscium Pisces SAO 128374 09/18/17 Dusty Red Star
36 Andromedae Andromeda SAO 074359 09/18/17
12 Aquarii Aquarius SAO 145064 09/18/17
Mu Cygni Cygnus SAO 089940 09/18/17
Saturn w/satellite 09/18/17 7:57pm MDT using the 25mm eyepiece, white object crossed the FOV in 2.5 seconds, moving from top of view to bottom about 2.5 times the width of Saturn to the east.
Open Cluster Sagittarius NGC 6531 M21 09/18/17 8:15pm MDT A concentration of young blue stars see sketch, I see a triangle of stars formed by doubles of stars on two sides, and five stars on one side.
Open Cluster Sagittarius NGC 6494 M23 09/18/17 8:23pm MDT A scattering of blue stars The stars are very blue
Wild Duck Cluster w/ satellite Scutum NGC 6705 M11 09/18/17 9:33pm MDT Saw a bright orangish, white object cross the FOV going north to the east of M11. It took 3 seconds to cross the FOV.
M110 Andromeda NGC 205 M110 09/18/17 10:50pm MDT Faint smudge of light Very faint but visible using averted vision brings it out more.
Open Cluster Cassiopeia NGC 7654 M52 09/18/17 10:56pm MDT A mostly young and blue collection of stars Mostly blue with a few red stars
Open Cluster Cassiopeia NGC 581 M103 09/18/17 11:06pm MDT A rich field of young and old stars
Open Cluster Cassiopeia NGC 225 09/18/17 11:12pm MDT a beautiful mix of blue and red stars
Pleiades Taurus M45 09/19/17 12:16am MDT Bright collection of very blue stars beautiful, maybe it's my imagination but I think I can see slight nebulosity,
Blue Snowball Nebula Andromeda NGC 7662 09/19/17 10:22pm MDT Very light blue, illuminated from within at higher magnification I can just make out some differences in the center. Very simjilar to M57 but much clearer. Did not compare to M57 this evening. Should have done that.
Globular Cluster Aquarius NGC 7089 M2 09/19/17 10:46pm MDT Faint fuzzy ball of light I can see some granularity and with averted vision individual stars.
Dumbell Nebula, Apple Core Nebula Vulpecula NGC 6853 M27 09/19/17 11:36pm MDT Bright and white planetary, with clear structure I remembered to try my LP filter. An Orion Orion Ultrablock Narrowband LP filter. It worked really well. I took a break while I was viewing M27, when i went inside, I forgot my eyepatch and blew my dark adaptation. When I returned, I found I couldn't quite see the nebula without removing the filter. After which I could put the filter back in and see it again.
Triangulum Galaxy Triangulum NGC 598 M33 09/20/17 12:21am MDT Very faint fog covering the stars. I can only make this object out if I slew the telescope. Can see a faint patch of fuzzy, when eyes averted and it's moving.
Milky Way 09/20/17 20:50 Can clearly see the Milky Way all the way to the horizon. It's washed out a bit, but quite visible. Bortle 4 I believe.
Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda NGC 224 M31 09/20/17 21:01 I can clearly see the central bulge and the dust lanes of the outer skirt averted vision helped pull out details
Wild Duck cluster Scutum NGC 6705 M11 9/20/2017 21:03 Very bright concentration of stars against a velvety black
Whirlpool Galaxy Canes Venatici NGC 5194 M51 09/20/17 21:12 A definite spiral galaxy beautiful spiral shape, impossible to see this detail in Fort Collins
Hercules Cluster Hercules NGC 6205 M13 09/20/17 21:27 A tight cluster of stars individual stars at 17mm rather than the 13mm required in Fort Collins
Triangulum Galaxy Triangulum NGC 598 M33 09/20/17 21:41 Very faint. Could see it without averted vision. Averted vision helped reveal some detail in the spiral shape
The Little Dumbbell Nebula Perseus NGC 650/651 M76 09/20/17 21:58 A white, cloudy, brightness Very sharp outlines. I can see filaments.
Cigar Galaxy Ursa Major NGC 3034 M82 09/20/17 22:19 I see a cigar shape tapering at both ends did not need averted vision
Bode's Galaxy Ursa Major NGC 3031 M81 09/20/17 22:22 very bright spiral galaxy Beautiful spiral shape. Looking towards the darkest skies to the north I cloud see dust lanes
The Owl Nebula Ursa Major NGC 3587 M97 09/20/17 22:33 Very faint nebula Very Faint. Needed narrowband LP filter. Averted vision helped.
Dumbbell Nebula Vulpecula NGC 6853 M27 09/20/17 22:40 Very bright nebula I could clearly see structure outside the bright center. I could see that there was a bright star in the center illuminating it.
Kemble's Cascade Camelopardalis 9/30/2017 0:37 A beautiful cascade of stars Still have not seen this naked eye or with 10x50s
Open Cluster Camelopardalis NGC 1502 9/30/2017 0:38 A small group of stars
M29 Cygnus NGC 6913 M29 9/30/2017 0:52 an intimate collection of stars
M2 Aquarius NGC 7089 M2 9/30/2017 1:08 A tight ball of stars was able to see individual stars without averted vision
M77 Cetus NGC 1068 M77 9/30/2017 1:21 I thought this was a star Cluster (see sketch below). So I was as wrong as Messier, and Herschel. And therefore, technically not yet seen.
M42 Orion NGC 1976 M42 9/30/2017 1:32 Bright and clear nebulosity you can stare at directly. I see four trapezium stars. Wow, this is awesome. I know, I should have sketched it, but the wall of dew was approaching. I went to grab my notebook, and it was wet. Glistening with dew. I turned the hair dryer on it and went back to look at the Orion Nebula again for a few more minutes...
Ptolemy Cluster Scorpius NGC 6475 M7 10/04/2017 19:33 A nice scattering of stars.
Butterfly Cluster Scorpius NGC 6405 M6 10/04/2017 19:39 A nice tight group of blue stars. I notice one I’ll call “red” to redish yellow off to one side.
Open Cluster Sagittarius NGC 6530 10/04/2017 20:56 I consider this a nice grouping of stars The moon is full, I'm not using an eyepatch at all
M21, Open Cluster Sagittarius NGC 6531 M21 10/04/2017 21:28 a small handful of stars
Wild Duck Cluster Scutum NGC 6705 M11 10/04/2017 21:34 Clear, bright stars with diamond dust underneath
Open Cluster Sagittarius IC 4725 M25 10/04/2017 21:45 About 35 stars in a loose group
Open Cluster Sagittarius NGC 6613 M18 10/04/2017 21:50 A noticeable concentration of blue stars
Checkmark Nebula Sagittarius Sharpless 45 M17 10/04/2017 21:57 a sparse collection of stars
Eagle Nebula Sagittarius NGC 6611 M16 10/04/2017 22:02 a medium sized collection of mostly blue stars
M2, Open Cluster Aquarius NGC 7089 M2 10/04/2017 23:40 a compact ball of stars I can see granularity and individual stars at the edge
M71, Globular Cluster Sagitta NGC 6838 M71 10/04/2017 0:12 A very faint globular dusting of stars
M29 Cygnus NGC 6913 M29 10/04/2017 0:32 an intimate collection of stars
Blinking Planetary Cygnus NGC 6826 10/04/2017 0:40 Small, white, obviously not a star or comet
Pleiades Taurus M45 10/06/2017 22:31 A bunch of blue jewels in space
Coat Hanger Cluster, Al Sufi's Cluster or Brocchi's Cluster. Vulpecula Cr 399 10/06/2017 22:47 I see a coat hanger!
Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda NGC 224 M31 10/06/2017 23:11
Hyades Taurus Caldwell 41 10/06/2017 23:23
Andromeda Galaxy And NGC 224 M31 10/07/2017 20:30
carbon star SAO 012874 Cam SAO 012874 10/07/2017
Kembles Cascade Cam 10/07/2017 failed to spot this with binos
Owl Cluster, ET Cluster Cas NGC 457 10/07/2017
Pacman Nebula Cas NGC 281 10/07/2017 failed to spot this with binos
Pacman Cluster Cas IC 1590 10/07/2017
Andromeda Galaxy And NGC 224 M31 10/09/2017
M7, Ptolemy Cluster Scorpius NGC 6475 M7 10/09/2017
M25, Open Cluster Sagittarius IC 4725 M25 10/09/2017
M11, Wild Duck Cluster Scutum NGC 6705 M11 10/09/2017
NGC 281, Pacman nebula Cas NGC 281 10/09/2017
NGC 457, open Cluster Cas NGC 457 10/09/2017
M103, open Cluster Cas NGC 581 M103 10/09/2017
NGC 884, Double Cluster Perseus 10/09/2017
M76, little Dumbbell Nebula Perseus NGC 650/651 M76 10/09/2017
M33, Triangulum Galaxy Tri NGC 598 10/09/2017
M52, Open Cluster Cas NGC 7654 M52 10/09/2017 21:55 a good collection of mostly blue stars
Open Cluster Cas NGC 663 10/09/2017 22:11 A dense collection of young blue stars
NGC 185, galaxy And NGC 185 10/09/2017
NGC 7789, Open cluster Cas NGC 7789 10/09/2017 21:53 A concentration of many stars, most very blue
M27, Dumbbell Nebula Vulpecula NGC 6853 10/09/2017 22:04
M57, Ring Nebula Lyra NGC 6720 M57 10/09/2017
M13, Hercules Cluster Hercules NGC 6205 M13 10/09/2017
Pleiades Taurus 10/09/2017
Cat's Eye Nebula NGC 6543 10/09/2017
M8, Lagoon Nebula Sagittarius NGC 6523 M8 10/10/2017 20:43 Very clear nebulosity! Cannot see this at all with my unpatched eye. Favorite eyepiece 17mm
M10, globular cluster Ophiuchus NGC 6254 M10 10/10/2017 21:29 Faint smudge of greyish white. can see individual stars with averted vision
Andromeda Galaxy And NGC 224 M31 10/10/2017 21:45 Very clear and bright tonight
M16, Eagle Nebula Serpens NGC 6611 M16 10/10/2017 21:51 Nebulosity faint but visible Needed averted vision to see it.
The Omega Nebula, Checkmark nebula Sagittarius Sharpless 45 M17 10/10/2017 21:55 Very clear nebulosity here I noticed I thought this was an open cluster last time I looked when the moon was high. I wasn't taking it seriously so I didn't wear my eyepatch either.
M24, Small Sagittarius Star Cloud Sagittarius IC 4715 M24 10/11/2017 20:12 Very dense star field Somewhat washed out due to Bortle 6 to 7 skies
M8, Lagoon Nebula Sagittarius NGC 6523 M8 10/11/2017 20:24 Very clear nebulosity
M20, The Trifid Nebula Sagittarius NGC 6514 M20 10/11/2017 20:33 Faint but visible. Can see edges of cloud forms with AV
M17, The Omega Nebula, Checkmark nebula Sagittarius Sharpless 45 M17 10/11/2017 21:09 Very clear checkmark
Blinking Planetary Cygnus NGC 6826 10/11/2017 21:26 small dense white cloud
M27, Dumbbell Nebula Vulpecula NGC 6853 M27 10/11/2017 21:38 Bright and clearly defined edges without AV This is the brightest nebula in the sky above Fort Collins
M57, Ring nebula Lyra NGC 6720 M57 10/11/2017 21:56 Smoke ring in the sky clear, and dark bluish grey
M11, Wild Duck cluster Scutum NGC 6705 M11 10/11/2017 22:09 A very nice density of stars
Saturn nebula Aquarius NGC 7009 10/12/2017 20:16 Very small, white oval of nebula 17mm and 13mm gave the best views
Pacman Nebula Cas NGC 281 10/12/2017 20:50 only see the stars
Barnard's Galaxy Sagittarius NGC 6822 10/12/2017 21:12 Another oval smudge used LP filter
Planetary Nebula Aquila NGC 6852 10/12/2017 21:19 tiny white nebula 17mm is best here I think
M17, Checkmark Nebula Sagittarius Sharpless 45 M17 10/12/2017 21:32 amazing nebulosity here
M27, Dumbbell nebula Vulpecula NGC 6853 M27 10/12/2017 21:50 not quite as defined this evening.
NGC 6572 10/12/2017 22:26 10mm eyepiece reveals this is not a star but a very bright planetary nebula
NGC 6210 10/12/2017 22:56 I see three things.
M27, Dumbbell nebula Vulpecula NGC 6853 M27 10/12/2017 23:17 Bright as usual
M57 Lyra NGC 6270 M57 10/12/2017 23:28 smoky ring in the sky is blueish
SAO 012870 Cam 10/12/2017 23:37 red star. I slew to Kembles cascade from here
M76, Little Dumbbell Nebula Perseus NGC 650/651 M76 10/12/2017 23:55 Faint but does not require AV
M39, open Cluster Cygnus NGC 7092 M39 10/13/2017 1:03 a small handful of stars
M42 Orion NGC 1976 M42 10/12/2017 1:17 amazing nebulosity Without the LP filter I could see the four trapezium stars without AV
M31 Andromeda NGC 224 M31 10/15/2017 21:27 Very bright this evening, can see some detail in the outer disk more easily than on other evenings
M92 Hercules NGC 6341 M92 10/15/2017 22:39 A very tight ball of white fog. AV reveals some individual stars at higher magnifications
M13 Hercules NGC 6205 M13 10/15/2017 22:30 Fabulously clear tonight. I can see individual stars with less magnification than usual. 17mm reveals granularity and individual stars where 13mm is usually required.
M56 Lyra NGC 6779 M56 10/15/2017 23:12 a fuzzy white patch of fog
M42 Orion NGC 1976 M42 10/15/2017 0:22 Clear and bright nebulosity
M8, Lagoon nebula Sagittarius NGC 6523 M8 10/17/2017 20:09 Still an amazing sight
M17, Omega, Checkmark Nebula Sagittarius Sharpless 45 M17 10/17/2017 20:17 Just see the check mark
M20. Triffid nebula Sagittarius NGC 6514 M20 10/17/2017 20:23 Faint but visible nebulosity. AV reveals details.
M110, Galaxy And NGC 205 M110 10/17/2017 20:21 A faint but detectable fogginess. I needed to slew the telescope to see this
M31, Andromeda Galaxy And NGC 224 M31 10/17/2017 20:25 Quite brright this evening. i can see some detail in the outer disk without AV
M32 Dwarf Eliptical Galaxy And NGC 221 M32 10/17/2017 20:27 Bright and clear can see both M31 and M32 together while M110 is quite a ways off.
M110, Galaxy And NGC 205 M110 10/17/2017 20:31 I found it this time without goto.
M13, Hercules Cluster Hercules NGC 6205 M13 10/17/2017 20:36 A nice glob tonight. Very clear. Lower magnifications reveal individual stars in this glob tonight. 17mm, and the 13, and 10mm are awesome. I like the Svbony 10mm aspheric on these globs, it shows good detail, while retaining good contrast.
M92, Globular Cluster Hercules NGC 6341 M92 10/17/2017 20:50 Tight and white takes real mag to bring out individual stars
M34, Open Cluster Perseus NGC 1039 M34 10/17/2017 21:33 A sparse collection of stars
M15, Globular Cluster Perseus NGC 7078 M15 10/17/2017 21:45 Faint fuzzy ball of light averted vision using the 13mm revealed individual stars and granularity
M27, Dumbbell Nebula Vulpecula NGC 6853 M27 10/17/2017 21:58 A nebula brightly lit from inside by a white dwarf star
M57, Ring Nebula Lyra NGC 6720 M57 10/17/2017 22:08 smoly ring
M2, Globular Cluster Aquarius NGC 7089 M2 10/17/2017 22:15 Very tight globular cluster. Take significant magnification (10mm, 8mm, 6mm) to reveal individual stars using AV
Butterfly Cluster Scorpius NGC 6405 M6 10/18/2017
Ptolemy Cluster Scorpius NGC 6475 M7 10/18/2017
Lagoon nebula Sagittarius NGC 6523 M8 10/18/2017
Delle Caustiche, Sagittarius Star Cloud Sagittarius IC 4715 M24 10/18/2017
Triffid Nebula Sagittarius NGC 6514 M20 10/18/2017 More visible than the usual fogginess, just a hint of structure
Eagle Nebula Sagittarius NGC 6611 M16 10/18/2017
Omega, or Checkmark Nebula Sagittarius Sharpless 45 M17 10/18/2017
M30, Globular Cluster Capricornus NGC 7099 M30 10/18/2017 22:39 A tight white globular, not quite circular
M72 Aquarius NGC 6981 M72 10/18/2017 22:53 Very Faint Foggy Patch
Saturn nebula Aquarius NGC 7009 10/18/2017
Blinking Planetary Cygnus NGC 6826 10/18/2017 Small white planetary nebula
Double Cluster Perseus NGC 884 10/18/2017 A bright and generous scattering of stars
M34, Open Cluster Perseus NGC 1039 M34 10/18/2017 A sparse collection of stars
NGC 1514 Taurus NGC 1514 10/18/2017
M73 Aquarius NGC 6994 M73 10/18/2017 Four stars
NGC 6543 Draco NGC 6543 10/18/2017
M27 Vulpecula NGC 6853 M27 10/18/2017
M57 Lyra NGC 6270 M57 10/18/2017
Aldebaran Taurus 10/18/2017 A redish star
Hyades Taurus 10/18/2017 A very interesting group of stars
By Richard Hather
Finally I got my hands on one of these eypieces pretty much by accident but a happy one ?
The quality of the eyepiece is top draw as I'm sure you would expect it's very solid and doesn't feel like you would drop it because of the grip round the middle.
The lense is huge which you would expect because of the FOV this eyepiece provides.
The bottom of the EP has both fitting for 1.25 and 2 diagonal sizes if needed.
So the session began for me as it always does I setup my Celestron Nexstar 6se then align the scope using my ES 68.
My first target had to be the moon I excitedly put the EP in the diagonal and peered through... I could say peered but that wouldn't be right I literally fell into the EP my feet left the ground and I was gliding above the moon.
It was simply jaw dropping for me how detailed the moon looked I've never seen such colours and shadows on the terminator the detail of the mountains and craters far exceeded my very high expectations.
The ethos gives of a slightly different colour for the moon then my ES 68 does maybe slightly cooler almost which I really liked.
I also tried the ethos with my Vixen 2x Barlow on the moon and it was just as good at 13mm.
Onto Jupiter which was just above the horizon by this time I eagerly punched in the coordinates then pressed my eyeball against the huge lense... straight away 4 moons were visible and the equatorial belts and for the first time for me the north/south polar regions.
At this point the wife joined me and I showed her Jupiter and she quickly commented on the moons and the belts she usually struggles finding.
Then she commented on how clear and big the view looked.
The detail again was incredible it was like I was observing in 3D.
Finally I decided to have a quick look at a few DSOs.
Orion Nebula was a treat a day always even with the moon almost directly overhead I could make out the cloud of dust surrounding the closely compacted 4 stars and a trail of dust trailing almost as good as last week with my Pentax Zoom and no moon.
I then decided as a final observation to try for an open cluster and of course get my sketch book out to have a memento of the night.
I decided on M48 which had a beatiful array of stars over most of the massive FOV.
I spent a good hour sketching and still marvelled at the crispness of the FOV all the way to the edge.
I'm very pleased with how the EP performed in all areas of my observations.
But I'm not fussed about specifications the moment I was sold was when I looked at the bottom of the EP and got that feeling of falling in complete immersion whatever you want to call it that was priceless and I will never forget that first time.
So no regrets buying the EP and I can't wait for many more falling/immersive moments.
Here are some photos and the sketch of M48 enjoy and if you can buy this eyepiece ?
Clear skies ??✨??