18 & 12mm Paradigm Dual ED's arrrived.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:49 AM
I was hope for a first light with these two ep's tonight, but it's going to be coooold tonight, down to 5f and below 0 with the wind.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:38 PM
5 degrees at your house? That means below 0 for me.
Go figure we I had to move to the coldest part of Rhode Island, The only best part of living there is the night sky and privacy.
I can't wait til spring.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:47 PM
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:21 PM
I unpacked the ep's and wow are they nice. They come in nice sturdy boxes, plastic bag and then in bubble pouches. I will have to rebalance the scope when using these babies.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:10 PM
Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:33 PM
Brrrr! I shrink just thinking about it.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:23 PM
I’m sure they are great.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:24 AM
That case must be pretty full now.
Back in the 20's would be a heat wave for us eh.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:56 AM
Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:12 AM
Good tip on the eyecups, will give it a try.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:41 PM
When I was in Greenland, anything over 0* was a heat wave...and we HAD to go outside......that being said; you couldn't drag me out into the cold now.......
Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:45 PM
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:52 PM
Really enjoying the refractor with Rigel , I hope you are out there too
Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:10 PM
I just picked up the 2" Agena SWA 38mm. Will let you know what I think of it when these clouds go away...
Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:48 PM
Paco, got the pm, thanks again.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:35 PM
Since it's full moon it will be too bright for any DSO observing and I'll wait for darker skies for that. Will post an update first light with the 12 and 18 ED's.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:54 PM
Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:31 PM
The 12mm got a quick looks see as well. Very clear view of the two main dark bands as well as a faint band.
I will wait another 45 min when it is darker to view again. The moon will be up over the hill and trees in about an hour or so, will view and take a pic of it with the ED's.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:32 PM
Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:40 PM
For each target I first used the 12mm (200x / 100x) with and then without 2x barlow..same with the 18mm ( 132x / 66x).
M52 is a very nice cluster that I had problems finding before, and only managed to view it once before. I found M52 with no problems this time using first 12mm w/o barlow. Overall a nice black field with pin point stars. With the barlow I counted nearly 2 dozen stars, just a bit more than without. Next the 18mm. With this ep more stars were in the fov and again a nice dark background for the many pin point stars. Was quite amazed at the view of M52. Will have to come back to this cluster again soon.
Next my favorite bino cluster..actually a double cluster ..NGC 884 and 869. Same routine as with M52, very black field with pin point stars to the edge of field...very impressive. After using the 12mm the 18 gave an incredible view, both clusters in the same field of view, except maybe a few stars that didn't make it in. I spent a lot of time with the 18mm w/o barlow on the double. There were many more stars in the clusters than I had previously viewed before, like looking at an image out of a magazine.
M36-38 were the same great views as the other clusters. My favorite has to be the views with the 12mm but for the double cluster the 18mm rocks. These ep's are very much worth the the money spent. I am considering buying another one, maybe two.
Hoping to get up real early and if it's still clear skies then a look at Saturn. Going out for dinner now to put some nice warm Greek food in my empty stomach. More on the ep's soon.