The Year-Long 60mm Telescope Challenge
Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:02 AM
Posted 24 July 2013 - 08:17 PM
My Meade NG60-SM 60mm achromat came in yesterday (on sale from Meade for $36.75, which includes shipping and sales tax). Haven't tested it out yet, but it's a good-looking scope. Especially like the mount and slow-motion controls.
...Incidentally, I also looked at a few 60mm to 70mm currently available scopes that might be nice options. The Meade NG-60 runs about $80 and looks like a modernized iteration of the classic alt-az mounted beginner's 60mm achromat...
Posted 27 July 2013 - 02:12 AM
I read the article and wish I owned a 60mm scope. Even though I live in a city, it would have been great to try as many objects possible under city pollution. At least some data could be gathered. What I have is a Z71mm WO.
Just go ahead and work on the list with the 71mm. The difference between a 60mm and a 71mm is not huge. Start with the bright objects to build up confidence and work your way to the fainter ones as you get more experience working under the bright sky.
Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:19 PM
I could try and add to this group as my 60mm collection is not small.
60mm Zeiss traveller
60mm GOTO F20
60mm Edmund Rank
60mm Sans and Streiff 800mm FL(Asahi)
60mm carton F15
60mm Unitron F15 lens.
62mm Quad element Military lens (APO)
60mm Famisco Tomy with borg ED lens.
Posted 21 April 2014 - 09:56 AM
One Sol has passed. Time to talk victories with our little friends.
What have you seen in your small aperture scopes over the past year?
Sirius B in a 60mm f/16.7 was probably my most challenging achievement. My favorite targets in the scope, though, are probably rich open clusters like M37 and M67 under dark skies.
Posted 22 April 2014 - 05:57 PM
Deep-sky objects – orange zone site
Scorpius: NGC 6541, M6, M7
Sagittarius: M28, M22, M8, M24, M20, M21, M25, M18, M17, M54, M70, M69, NGC 6818
Open clusters M6 and M7 were beautiful at 22X, while the M24 star cloud filled up the entire FOV at that magnification. At 78X, the stock MH9 eyepiece provided the magnification necessary for an optimal view of the small open cluster M18, partial resolution of globular cluster M22 (showing a few stars glimmering from the grainy cloud), and the non-stellar nature of tiny planetary nebula NGC 6818. M17 (the Omega or Swan Nebula) responded well to both nebula filters, especially the narrowband.
I have since added two more 60mm refractors to my collection: the Meade 60AZ-T F/5.8 (from the mid 2000's, now discontinued) and a Sears "straight-through" vintage scope with 0.965" focuser from the 1960's (Circle "K" made). M44 looked beautiful through the 60AZ-T in light-polluted skies, though I haven't tested either one outside urban skies.