How do you like your baffless mak? Is there a diff? Also which baffle did you remove?
Well, still kind of sort of wondering that myself, Pete. The secondary baffle came off for testing. So far, might just leave it off.
When the seeing calms and Jupiter freezes, I just want to jump out of my skin with excitement. I cannot tell any difference, for better or worse, on Planetary contrast improving the CO from ~35% to ~30%. Sketched Mars with it off last year, seemed fine. I am sure there has been some increased contrast, I just have not been able to say for sure.
There is some improvement in the lunar diffraction effect. It is noticeably reduced. And likewise for doubles, the diffraction rings are noticeably improved. So, there is some improvement, as far as I can tell, little down side (except for some very obvious SA during star testing - and outside of focus.) That's the part I am still evaluating, does this observed HSA degrade the wavefront.
And so far, no direct glare on the focal plane....even observing the moon. Which reminds me, bagged Cat's Paw again last night...about 2AM when the moon was high and seeing was almost perfect. Got Sabine C, too, and Aldrin and Collins, in crater form - 4 days (?) past full. Always think of you when the Cat's Paw presents itself. I tried the night before, best I could do is a white spot somewhere near the Paw. But, seeing was not as good, Collins and Aldrin were less visible.
Thanks Pete...hope you can find a clear sky sometime soon.