Coronado PST Review
Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:25 PM
Posted 07 February 2014 - 01:58 PM
Got it at my nearest scope shop yesterday for 44 bucks. Works like a champ.
Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:21 PM
Below my clubmate, Daniel, observes through my PST DS (mounted on a Desert Sky Astro DSV-1 dual saddle alt-az mount atop an Oberwerk wooden tripod) while I take a peek through Daniel's single Etalon, bino-viewer-equipped 60mm Lunt.
Yes indeed. Solar "swingers" swapping scopes without regard to social norms. What do you expect? We're from Northern California.
On a more serious note, this shot is taken at Gallo Campground, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, in San Juan County, New Mexico. The epicenter of North American archaeo-astronomy.
Now, given that we're loosely talking "Sol", I have to share another Chaco-solar reference image. Below is Fajada Butte as seen from our group campsite in Chaco.
Atop the butte is the famous "Sun Dagger" petroglyph/lithic slab site. You can read all about how the site functioned as a visual solstice and equinox calendaring device here:
Now here's the really nifty thing about a quality digicam. When I blow up the image from my little Panasonic point-and-shoot (Lumix DMC-LX7) you can actually clearly see the slabs responsible for generating the "daggers" of light!
View it at full size; the red arrow points to the slabs.
Well Sun of a gun!
Posted 07 February 2014 - 05:32 PM
One of the members of my club is an archaeo-astronomy expert and gives a handful of presentations every year on various topics. He recently covered Chaco and it made me want to visit even more.
Posted 07 February 2014 - 07:32 PM
By all means, do it! When you get ready to go, ping me and I'll send you the club's trip planning novel...er...handout.
Take the PST, of course, and something for night. We had two bino-scope Dobs this trip; a 16" duo and an 8" duo. Really incredible. I ended up observing with a 111mm refractor because I forgot the power cable for my mount for the C9.25. But I spent as much time using other people's scopes as my own anyway.
Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:43 PM