It's the first time I transport my telescope with a car. People here told me that with the scope(and base) in the car, only one passenger can fit inside. Well we were 4 in the car, sitting comfortable, along with the scope, base and some camping stuff. The passengers on the back seat were holding the scope on their laps, this is the "secret". Maybe some of you haven't thought at this, and this might help
We drove to a theoretical blue zone, where a friend has some land and a caravan. The sky was blue the entire day, but in the evening, some clouds rolled in. It was getting dark and I was waiting for Saturn and Mars to pop. After a while, two close points were visible in the S-W sky. I assembled quickly my scope to see Saturn. I centered the orange 'star' in my finder and took a deep breath - it was the first time I was going to see ringed planet. I looked through the 25mm eyepiece, adjusted the focus, and saw the bright planet. I was disappointed, no rings were visible, only a orange disc. "That's all ?" I said sadly... But quickly after that I realized I was actually viewing Mars. I centered the other orange 'star' in my finder, took a deeper breath and viewed through the eyepiece. - You must be kidding, now that's something ! The rings were as bright as the planet and clearly visible, amazing ! I called everyone there to see it too, and there were just "No way"s, "Wow"s and "Incredible"s. Afterwards I got back to Mars, but wasn't able to make out any detail, even with the 10mm eyepiece. I guess the seeing wasn't great. I got back to Saturn and marveled a little more.Then I put my Neodymium filter on, and what I guess was a lack of turbulences in the air made me think that the filter is magic. The outlines were considerable sharper. Then the clouds ate Saturn and Mars.
It was dark now but there were some clouds in the sky. The sky was not so dark as I expected. In my holiday at the seaside, in a green to blue zone, the sky was much more darker. I don't know why, maybe you have a clue. I suspect there was a cover of thin clouds. The humidity was also extremely high, the scope, mount, grass and everything was so wet, you could say it was raining. Could this affect the transparency so bad ? In spite of the humidity and bad transparency I saw some things, here the highlights: Lagoon, Trifid, Andromeda and it's two neighbours , Triangulum, Ring, Dumbbell, the Double Cluster, Pleiades, M11, M13, NCG 6905, NGC 6826 and last but not last, Comet Jacques. It was bright, also easily visible in my 10x50's. However, I could not see any tail.
In the morning I was able to see Jupiter and Venus. I could make out the cloud bands, but everything was pretty blurry, I suspect the seeing again.
To "review" my eyepieces, 25mm and 10mm Super Plossls, which came with the scope: I'm pleased with the 25mm. It always provides sharp views, stars are pinpoint, has ok eye relief and it's comfortable. The 10mm instead, has very little eye relief, making me think that the aFov is way smaller(Anyway I think it is). You have to press you eye to the eyepiece to get in the entire field of view. The twist up eyecup is useless, you can't see the entire field of view unless you twisted it up. When twisted up, it gets instantly greased by the eyebrows. When I change back to the 25mm the aFov seems a lot bigger. Now about it's sharpness. I was viewing some birds on a cable some hundreds of meters away in the last evening, and to my surprise, it was the first time I was able to get 'perfect' sharpness with the 10mm. I was really surprised, because it was the first time it provided really sharp views. This makes me think that the seeing is to blame. To conclude, if the 10mm had longer eye relief it would also be a nice eyepiece.
Can't wait to compare the 25mm with the 13mm Ethos which will arrive in a few days. The only thing they share is the tFov, 1.08°.
Thank you for reading my long post
Edited by cpper, 22 August 2014 - 03:00 PM.