Zhumell 12" Review and First Light Report!
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:25 PM
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:45 PM
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:52 AM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:21 AM
I have a Z10. In my case I had two issues. The cap itself seemed to fit perfectly at first. But the first time I took it to a cold site it got REALLY loose. Wouldn't even stay on. At room temperature it fit fine again. Obviously expansion differences between the metal OTA and the plastic cap caused this issue.
The second problem was one of my own making. I went to a club-sponsered weekend star party in death valley. Most of us in the club left the scopes assembled outside, but I did not have a scope cover. The next day it got a little warm, the OTA got a lot warm, and the plastic tabs on the cover softened. At that point the cap wouldn't get snug at all.
I just bought some felt at Home Depot and placed it around the circumference of the cap as necessary. Problem solved.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:55 AM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:31 PM
Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:42 PM
I did this to 2 telescopes and it keeps them collimated longer and it's easier to collimate them when needed.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:57 PM
I am another Z12 owner.Just get lost with all the stars the 12" brings into view.
Think what the 16" would bring in!
I have two complaints about all these scopes:one the darn particle board bases are awfully heavy; and two,why are the finder scope dovetail brackets made such that the protruding foot ends up on the lower side of the bracket?If the protrusion was on the upper side then gravity would help keep the finder in the bracket.Tightening the finder dovetail screw is very important.
Can probably duplicate the base with lighter real wood and save some weight.
Still today's amateur is blessed to have several very affordable and excellent 12" scopes from which to choose.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:57 AM
Found some other great observing articles on your site. Are you using a specific book for the Hershel 400? I received Steven O'Meara's book for the holidays and have been able to see a few so far. I'm in pretty bad light pollution so its a slow go. Good Luck with your new scope.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:53 PM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:58 PM
Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:07 PM
A real pleasure to use this scope!
Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:35 AM
Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:27 AM
M81 and M82 in the same FOV with the 30mm EP and the Double Cluster with the 30MM EP are my 2 favorites so far.
The number of stars in the DC with the 12" compared to the 8" is just ridiculous. I hope u have continued joy with your Z12.
Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:43 PM
Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:47 PM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:44 AM
-oh, and you do have some interesting reads on your "account" i decided to 'follow'...