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John

Coronado PST 1st light

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HI,

I allready have a Hyperion zoom, now to convince my wife how much

she would enjoy the view.

mijijim

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HI,

I allready have a Hyperion zoom, now to convince my wife how much

she would enjoy the view.

mijijim

Fortunately the PST also works very well with much simpler eyepieces - but the zoom is convenient.

My wife's reaction to the H-alpha sun was that it was "a pretty colour" but she thought I'd get bored with it quite soon :eek:

We will see .......

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Looking good John. I have to make do with white light Baader film. Would love to see them promancies. ( forgive my spelling)

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I really should not be reading this thread as it could get expensive!

John and Russ, how do you know if a PST bought on Ebay is safe to use? I'd be concerned in case it's been damaged in some way that's not immediately obvious.

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Hi Jon, unfortunately you don't :) and you take a risk. Mine didn't pay off. Just checking the lens over the weekend and i have the start of rusty coatings :):(

The view is still incredible. And after some email exchanges with Ken (Merlin66) and Steve (Telescope House), i'm 100% satisfied it's safe. But it's highly annoying and if i paid the repair cost (£150) from Telescope House, it would have worked out cheaper buying a brand new Lunt LS35 (£415 delivered) from Ian King. Having a bit of a downer at the moment.

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Hi Russ, thanks for your reply and I'm very sorry to hear that. I hope it doesn't spoil your enjoyment too much.

I've never bought anything used from private sellers on Ebay, preferring the peace of mind of buying from reputable dealers.

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Jon, i think you are very wise.... Telescope House will no doubt be having one of their 10% days in a month or so, could be a chance to grab a new one.

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I'm sorry to hear of Russ's rusty lens issue as well - I hope you get it sorted soon one way or another, Russ :)

At least it does not appear to affect the views, at least for the time being.

I was originally going to buy new for just that reason but a PST came up on the UK Astro Buy & Sell website from a seller who I'd had some dealings with before. He also supplied me with the serial number and date of manufacture (well the date on the warranty card anyway) so I could check that it's not recorded on the "Cloudynights" forum's register as a scope with known issues. The serial number of mine (#102944) seemed to fall outside the range of those with known issues.

I'm still going to be looking carefully at the objective lens often though.

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The view is still incredible. And after some email exchanges with Ken (Merlin66) and Steve (Telescope House), i'm 100% satisfied it's safe.

Hello Russ - I can understand your annoyance. However, I bought my PST from new nearly six years ago. It has rust. However, the views are very very good and I don't see the point paying £150 to repair it especially as someone once advised me that the view through the repair scope will not be any better. I just hope that time will prove this.

Mark

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I wish i had done the same John. Waited for one on Buy'n'sell or bought new.

In defence of the seller, the scope is like new and 100% sure they had no idea. I know Meade US have been replacing the lens free of charge, even for out of warranty scopes. Was sort of hoping i would be offered the same here but alas no such luck.

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Hi Mark,

Many thanks, you have made up my mind to do the same for now. :) If the view had been poor and safety an issue, i would have changed it. But it seems to have no issues.

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I'm sorry to hear of Russ's rusty lens issue as well - I hope you get it sorted soon one way or another, Russ :p

Thanks John. :)

Slightly annoyed with myself for not checking more indepth. But Mark and others have put my mind at ease. :)

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I found/felt the CN list useful too. I am "hoping" re. Ser:106812. Suppliers of the boxed version, who had NONE, a few months back, (RVO!) are presumably safe. No schadenfreude here either. For those with an aversion to "in" terms, without explanation [G], it seems to be a de-naturing of a cement or oil layer, integral to the objective? I guess it cannot thus increase overall transparency, so (presumably!) "fails safe". :)

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Do the PST also work Well with a cheeper zoom? Then i can save my money to buy the baader hyerion 4 instead.

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I've never tried a PST with any zoom (that I can recall) other than the Hyperion Mk2 & 3 ... I seem to have fonder memories

of the views with the Mk2 over the 3 ... they do however work well with just any plossl EP.

 

Brian 

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9 hours ago, andre2 said:

Do the PST also work Well with a cheeper zoom? Then i can save my money to buy the baader hyerion 4 instead.

I have read that the Seben 8 to 24mm zoom and similar clones are decent for solar Ha. The PST is f10 so not overly demanding. @Peter Drew rates them for this purpose as I recall.

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I have used a seben zoom with my pst mod but not with the pst in the original form and it was really good. At f10 in the PST I am sure it would be good. I have a feeling the focus position is quite a bit different to e.g. plossls so bear this in mind. Cannot remember which way but maybe someone could advise.

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Great report.

I'm glad that it was such a great view for you... I use the SolarMax II scope and similarly the views are amazing... so much detail coming out on the sun in those scopes.

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Love the fact that a 7 year old thread is still providing useful information.  I used a generic 8-24mm zoom on my PST and I now use the same eyepiece on my Lunt50mm. That said I mostly image, but I have found it more satisfactory on both scopes. I guess if you were going to use for an even wider range of scopes it might be worth a bigger investment. 

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I regularly used a Barska 8-24mm zoom which I believe to be a Celestron clone ( but not 100% sure).  Views are stunning through my Lunt. 

 

My nagler and panoptic are sharper but getting just the right magnification is not something to be ignored in daytime seeing. 

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Hi i had use my PST a few times and i notice that it is ofthen (?) diffucult  to few all the features without to have move the trypod all the time ( full disk fewing. If i see a filement to the left , move the trypod, then  a prom at the right is gone. And so on. So, is this normal fenomen for the PST?  Or has it to to with someting? What do you think? I want to do full disk ( sometimes if allow) without to move the trypod here and there. Thanks for the tip/ sugesstions!!  ( i hope also not have to think to buy a other, bigger scope...i just buy the pst and manny people love it)

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I've only used a PST a few times but I did notice that it had a "sweet spot" in a certain part of the field of view where the solar detail becomes much more obvious. I have read about this issue with other PST's as well so I assume that it is normal.

 

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55 minutes ago, John said:

I've only used a PST a few times but I did notice that it had a "sweet spot" in a certain part of the field of view where the solar detail becomes much more obvious. I have read about this issue with other PST's as well so I assume that it is normal.

Yes, that's my experience too, even in low mag (< 20x),  I need to move the Sun disk around to see the all the proms around the Sun.

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