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niallk

First look through a Ha Scope

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I took a trip up from Cork to Dunsink Observatory in Dublin hoping to have a look through some solar scopes today. There is a 'Solarfest' event on, and the weather couldn't be better here :)

I met a group of very nice and friendly people, several very generously sharing the views through their fantastic equipment!

Truth be told, I've only ever looked through my own 2 scopes: so it was a thrill to see all the equipment: a TV101 with a Ha filter, an OO VX8L with a film filter, a PST, a 60mm Coronado Solar Max II, an SW 80ED and a 60mm Tak with white light filters.  But a Lunt 50 with double stack and pressure tuner stole the show: seriously incredible views of sunspots, plage, filaments, faculae, and some beautiful prominences - through a TV binoviewer with 20mm plossls - full disc view.  I was absolutely gobsmacked. Totally worth the time and diesel to get to see it with my own eyes :) Enormous thanks to the sound bloke who kindly let me use his fantastic equipment - several times... I kept coming back for more.

Well, I now know the enormous difference that the double stack makes... I had toyed with the idea of a PST some time.  Those mind blowing views through the Lunt are burned into my memory...

How much does a kidney go for on the 'net these days??

 

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great report mate, there was some nice kit there then, did you get a chance to look through a Quark set up, you can get one for half a kidney :icon_biggrin: ?. charl.

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Ha ha - unfortunately no quarks there today - yes I'd love to look through one of those too!

There was also the 12" Grubb refractor housed in the old observatory: wonderful to see and hear the history of it.  I'd love to compare the views of Jupiter through it to what I get to see with my dobs!

I have to say it again though: the double stacked Lunt was just incredible.  It's going to be playing on my mind the next time I've my Baader film out :grin:

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Been up to same thing , first  light with a Lunt 35 Ha. Absolutely bowled over , set it up beside my 90 with white light Baader film filter, just ace,

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Hide the credit card :biggrin:

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Nice one..... this is the point where it starts to get expensive, but well worth it 🌻

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Yeah: expensive!  I tend to agree that the views are worth it - just superb.

My Ethos EPs might be right to feel nervous...

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43 minutes ago, niallk said:

Yeah: expensive!  I tend to agree that the views are worth it - just superb.

My Ethos EPs might be right to feel nervous...

It's best to have both 😀 Keep as many options open as possible with our weather.

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I always see an "upgrade" as a 30-50% supplement...
Sadly, Solar Scopes obey no *normal* pricing laws. :p

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Posted (edited)

very nice report:thumbsup:

As you can get along with binoviewer, I'd think you get cheaper EP options for better Solar, planetary viewing than 100° EPs.:smiley:

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Oh to live in the US!!

$1900 or €1690 for a double stacked LS50 vs €3000 bought in the EU.

:undecided:

 

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11 minutes ago, niallk said:

Oh to live in the US!!

$1900 or €1690 for a double stacked LS50 vs €3000 bought in the EU.

:undecided:

 

It's worth it though. Just remember those views yesterday. 

Ill spend your money for you. 😄💰 

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That's the problem: it would be far cheaper if I could forget them! :grin:

 

 

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