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First light with an Orion Optics 8 inch newt


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Felt like Christmas morning, a new toy. Thank you to John for delivering it today.

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It really needs a more substantial mount but I could not resist putting it through its paces an an az5.

After cool down it delivered razor sharp stars across the whole field of view in my 16mm 82 deg eyepiece. 

The pole star confirmed the collimation was spot on with the lovely blue companion showing as the tiniest spot. 

I had a look at the end star in Andromeda which is lovely blue and yellow, stunning.

I went from double to double, cluster after cluster, all very fine views.

Finally the moon. Wow. So sharp, hints of those cratorlets in plato.

So very pleased indeed with the scope. Now I have to sell my skywatcher 127 mak and AZ5 to fund a skytee!

Mark

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I am very pleased that you like the scope Mark :icon_biggrin:

It was a pleasure meeting you today, chatting about scopes and observing and seeing your "monster in the shed" :grin:

 

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2 hours ago, mdstuart said:

Felt like Christmas morning, a new toy. Thank you to John for delivering it today.

20220114_210119.thumb.jpg.f94f3e575c2b58f12433bcdce9b9c037.jpg

It really needs a more substantial mount but I could not resist putting it through its paces an an az5.

After cool down it delivered razor sharp stars across the whole field of view in my 16mm 82 deg eyepiece. 

The pole star confirmed the collimation was spot on with the lovely blue companion showing as the tiniest spot. 

I had a look at the end star in Andromeda which is lovely blue and yellow, stunning.

I went from double to double, cluster after cluster, all very fine views.

Finally the moon. Wow. So sharp, hints of those cratorlets in plato.

So very pleased indeed with the scope. Now I have to sell my skywatcher 127 mak and AZ5 to fund a skytee!

Mark

Now that looks a beautiful piece of kit! 🤑

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5 minutes ago, mdstuart said:

New Orion Optics dob mount. Lovely smooth motions. Now I have a scope with excellent optics on a proper Orion Optics dob mount.

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Looks great Mark, I’m sure you will enjoy it 👍👍

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