Mr. Bill, et. al.
I finally got some decent weather and reasonably dark skies this past new moon and discovered that you're right about the 'fingernails' being an annoyance while sweeping. Following the Milky Way from Cyngus down through Sagittarius was a thrill....BUT.....I did use a few four-letter words if I swept too quickly and got "fingernailed"!
What is your opinion of what affect the new 21.5 mm field stop might have? Where would we reach the point of losing effective aperture or f.o.v.?
On the other hand, I got my all-time favorite view of the Double Cluster - with the APO's and 12.5mm Docters.
If the term "steely pinpoints" didn't already exist, this binocular/eyepiece combo would provoke someone to coin it!
Most of my recollections viewing these clusters are that all the stars were just 'white-ish'. No more!
They are now a riot of colors. And that "orange" star between the two clusters is really, really orange!
Also got what MAY be my favorite M-31 "family portrait"...31 showing sharply defined dust lanes, 32 looking like a small, unresolved, globular cluster and NGC-205 a silvery patch, hovering ghostly above the other two...all easily in the same field of view.
Edited by Mike Harvey, 05 August 2014 - 09:32 PM.