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10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL, 5mm AT AF70 (soon)
Quote:With the 8" dob, the XW 10 & 7 with TV 2x Barlow and TV 2.5x Powermate for powers 120x, 171x, 240x, 300x, 343x, 429x. The XW 14 + Powermate fills a gap with it's 214x power.
Also planning on using my newly acquired ES100 9mm + 2x GSO ED Barlow for 267x and less nudging in the dob.
Quote:I have the same two you have Syed! Love 'em! Sometimes I will barlow up the 7mm @ 270x, (On Saturn) or the 10mm @ around 184x, (On Jupiter)!!! I also just picked up a 2" Lumicon Variable Polariser to use on planets as well, which I can now set to cut back the irradiation and color bleeding on the planets.Cheers,
Syed - Dob guy for sure Teeter STS 11 f/4.3 Zambuto | XT8i | XT8g | XLT 150 | C90 | EON 80mm
Ed Jones EQ Platform; AT Voyager and Nexstar SLT mountsEyepieces: Mostly TeleVue and PentaxDenk II BV'er, Earthwin PFS-SE, Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II
Quote:To cut down on the brightness of Jupiter and bring out some more detail I'm planning on using the blue color filter. I've used a moon filter on mistake thinking it was my blue filter, but the results were pretty nice actually.
C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
Quote:Syed,If Jupiter looks too bright to you in an 8" scope, your eyes are not adapted optimally for planet viewing. Try looking at the reflection on a white piece of paper from a bright white flashlight every so often when you're observing. That will keep your eyes closer to photopic and give you better visual acuity, and Jupiter will not look so bright. If the planet's too bright, your eyes aren't right.IME, the best all around planet filter is a Baader Moon & Sky Glow. That's not to decrease brightness, but to increase perceived contrast.Mike
Quote:Why anyone wanting a planetary ocular yielding an 80degree. Field of view is beyond me when an ocular often 1/5 the cost will handedly outdo it tho I guess when you love wide angle deepsky its too easy to throw the same ocular on planets . They aren't as good though. I know this raises some dust in here but I'd refer you to Daniel Mounseys EXCELLENT review on eyepieces best suitable for lunar and planetary observing. It was one of the most realistic. Common sense this gs I've read on the topic.My own experience tells me my Televue plossls and UO Abbe and HD Orthoscopics are excellent. Too my Televue Barlow's are amazingly transparent. Perfect, no but so good it s amazing.Pete
Quote:Thanks for the advice Mike! It is probably because I switch from observing DSO's right to planets.
Meade LS8 ACF Meade 2" Diagonal Apetura 10" Tweakers Package Meade ETX-125, ETX-90 for Solar Celestron 80mm APO PST Meade SWA - 34mm,28mm,24mm,20mm Brandon 32mm, 16mm Vernonscope 40mm Erfle 2" ES 14mm,11mm,6.7mm 8.8 Nagler 13mm T6, Pan 19mm Meade 12.4 Pl,9.7mm, 15mm SP Meade 2x Shorty Barlow Powermate 2.5x WO Bino Viewer, 20mm 66* pair Denkmier 2 Super System Meade Nebula Filters Meade 9x60 Bino Vivitar S1 8x42 Bino Canon T2i, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm
Quote:Why anyone wanting a planetary ocular yielding an 80degree. Field of view is beyond me ...
Eager to get the Cave 6" f/4 out with some 'high' (medium in this scope) power eyepieces!
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I put aside the other half to spend frivolously.
Quote:If I were considering becoming an avid planetary observer, and nothing more, I would definitely choose binoviewing for sure!!! I still might pick another one up for my 10" reflector as well!
Quote:I have a pair of Meade 5k UWA 6.7 - clones of the ES 6.7 - deshrouded, down-sized and ready for binoviewing!
Quote:This has been my message for the last six months. Any pair of even decent quality eyepieces used in a binoviewer would be preferable to me than an expenisve "Planetary" eyepeice.
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Quote: I still prefer the single eyepiece solution because it is less complicated. So I gave up the binos and instead prefer the expensive planetary
Quote:Quote:This has been my message for the last six months. Any pair of even decent quality eyepieces used in a binoviewer would be preferable to me than an expenisve "Planetary" eyepeice.
I agree also on this. However, I still prefer the single eyepiece solution because it is less complicated. So I gave up the binos and instead prefer the expensive planetary
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Quote: Quote: I still prefer the single eyepiece solution because it is less complicated. So I gave up the binos and instead prefer the expensive planetary
However expensive the eyepiece, I see more with a binoviewer and dirt-cheap kellners and orthos, so I prefer the slightly more complicated solution, since it ultimately delivers more detail to my eyes.
Quote:Over time, as I tried binoviewing for several months straight, I discovered that the more complicated the process of observing became, the less I observe. But when I keep my primary scope on an alt-az mount, with just a red dot finder, and a single slot eyepiece holder with zero balance issues...taking the scope out becomes effortless so i end up observing way more than when it is complicated. Granted, there are nights when complicated is on the menu as may have some specialized needs that evening that have been planned. But as far as the "norm" I like my primary scope to have zero to do and just pick it up mounted and set outside for cooldown, then walk out with a few eyepieces in hand and get to observing where the only futzing I need to do is spin the focuser knob. Yup...I like basic lazy observing.