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Aperture Fever? 8" vs 10" or 12"

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#151 DNA7744

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 06:45 PM

Finally some decent but cold weather so I could take my new ES 12" Truss for a spin.  Love the compact design...easy to assemble...and collimate.  Observed the moon for a bit last night...and the amount of detail compared to my SW 8" is stunning.  Took a number of pics with my Pixel smartphone.  Here is one I am posting.  This pic was taken with my smartphone handheld to a Astro-Tech Dual ED Pardigm 12 mm eyepiece. 

 

 
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Found a 2 burner grill cover at Amazon that works great to cover the scope at night (much much less expensive than a Scope cover).  Then I braved 16 degree F temps at 4:30 am to observe M13 globular cluster...with my 12 mm eyepiece the pin **** stars were just stunning!  My 8" would not detail the individual stars...just a fuzzy haze!  Can't wait for warmer temps (and avoid frostbite) to spend lots of time outdoors with my ES-12!

 

 

 


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#152 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:29 PM

Glad the scope is working out for you. .  

 

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 06:40 AM

Finally some decent but cold weather so I could take my new ES 12" Truss for a spin.  Love the compact design...easy to assemble...and collimate.  Observed the moon for a bit last night...and the amount of detail compared to my SW 8" is stunning.  Took a number of pics with my Pixel smartphone.  Here is one I am posting.  This pic was taken with my smartphone handheld to a Astro-Tech Dual ED Pardigm 12 mm eyepiece. 

 

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Then I braved 16 degree F temps at 4:30 am to observe M13 globular cluster...with my 12 mm eyepiece the pin **** stars were just stunning!  My 8" would not detail the individual stars...just a fuzzy haze!  Can't wait for warmer temps (and avoid frostbite) to spend lots of time outdoors with my ES-12!

Glad for you that you were able to get out and observe. Here on the east coast there have been very few opportunities the last six weeks.


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