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#101 ATM57

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 02:58 AM

I did some more Jupiter captures tonight with the Evostar 150ED. Yep, still using my cheap Svbony SV105 camera. Another 5-6/10 night. Constant atmospheric tremors. Moons a bit "bouncy." The scope consistently handles high magnifications well. Pushing through the seeing at 375X continues to amaze (my sky test magnification for planet imaging). Very few scopes I have owned remain sharp past 60X per inch. Now I wait patiently for one of those really good jaw dropping nights where I can see the ultra-fine fine details on the planets that good refractors are known for. Still having fun… cool.gif

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 06:14 AM

Great picture! If you don’t tell us what telescope you’re use and we might think that you use Tak or TeleVue or even C14 HD! I am happy with my SW 150ED and I saw Jupiter that’s so good and I sold my ES 127 APO!  150 ED is 1200mm is perfect for planetary! 


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Posted 16 July 2020 - 07:41 AM

Another 5-6/10 night. Constant atmospheric tremors. Moons a bit "bouncy." I did some more Jupiter captures tonight. Yep, still using my cheap Svbony SV105 camera. The scope consistently handles high magnifications well. Pushing through the seeing at 375X continues to amaze (my sky test magnification for planet imaging). Very few scopes I have owned remain sharp past 60X per inch. Now I wait patiently for one of those really good jaw dropping nights where I can see the ultra-fine fine details on the planets that good refractors are known for. Still having fun… cool.gif

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“Constant atmospheric tremors“ is spot on. 
 

I usually blame my eyes for not being able to focus, but last night it was easy to see the flare ups. 
I packed it in after getting a nice view of Neowise and then the ISS flew right over my head. 


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Posted 16 July 2020 - 06:41 PM

I would want only the OTA, as one purchase, then buy the DX rings and tube as its only mounting hardware. I do not want to pay for the budget set, just that.

 

SW offer the DX spec scope in the US, not yet in the UK. So OTA only....

The DX scope sports an upgraded focuser, but what does that mean exactly? I searched the internet and couldn't find any info on the focuser. I didn't want to pay extra for the DX when I knew nothing about the upgrade. I know Moonlite has a good rep as well as Losmandy and Parallax Instruments. So I bought the less expensive SW 150 ed, along with a Moonlite focuser, Losmandy dovetail, and parallax rings. I'm happy with my setup!  


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Posted 17 July 2020 - 01:40 AM

I have one of these scope coming,

What adaptors are you using with DSLR cameras if you don't mind me asking?

 

I have been using a DLSR on my dobsonian,  I have been using the televue 5X powermate and televue T-Ring adaptor for DSO

And just a 2.5X powermate for planets.

Works great on the Dobsonian,  but will this setup work on this scope,  or should i be looking at a different setup for the DLSR?

I will eventually most likely get a dedicated camera like the ZWO cameras,  but will wait a while first.

Also looking to get a Bahtinov Mask or something similar as well.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.


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Posted 18 July 2020 - 12:07 PM

The DX scope sports an upgraded focuser, but what does that mean exactly? I searched the internet and couldn't find any info on the focuser. I didn't want to pay extra for the DX when I knew nothing about the upgrade. I know Moonlite has a good rep as well as Losmandy and Parallax Instruments. So I bought the less expensive SW 150 ed, along with a Moonlite focuser, Losmandy dovetail, and parallax rings. I'm happy with my setup!  

The upgraded focuser is the exact same focuser Skywatcher uses on the Esprit series. I've read mostly good, but a few bad reports on that focuser with Esprit owners. I don't think it's worth the cost difference myself. The Moonlite will likely be better and cost less.


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Posted 29 July 2020 - 01:29 AM

Sky-Watcher Evostar 150ED

Svbony SV105 camera

GSO 2" barlow lens attached to the filter end of an APM prism diagonal

200 frames captured

Seeing 5-7/10

SharpCap 3.2

Registax 6

Paint Shop Pro 2019

Sky-Watcher GoTo DOB mount

 

A new Svbony SV305 on the way. Hope my photos will get better with the camera upgrade. Having a blast with the 150ED.

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 06:18 AM

450x is easy with this scope on steady nites.


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 01:23 AM

Shooting Saturn is a bit more of a challenge but the Evostar 150ED is proving to me to be up to it (I'm the weak link).

 

Pretty much the same setup as with Jupiter:

 

Sky-Watcher Evostar 150ED

Svbony SV105 camera

GSO 2" barlow lens attached to the filter end of an APM prism diagonal

200 frames captured

Seeing 6-7/10

SharpCap 3.2

Registax 6

Paint Shop Pro 2019

Sky-Watcher GoTo DOB mount

 

Having fun...

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 06:04 AM

This is how i saw the planets with my 6" SW ED.  These last few pics are dead on. In a few years the planets will be higher up and that will even help some more.


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 05:18 PM

I agree. We should get much nicer views when the major planets are out-of-the-soup in a few years. 

 

I find my visual observations with this scope to be better than my photographic results. The visual images are "crisp," or razor sharp as some like to say. The optics in this sample are so good that there are no diffraction rings on the double-double in focus. This struck me as strange. Every scope I have ever used on this easy double pair always showed the first diffraction ring. Some strong and prominent. Others faint, tight, and thin. It is only when the seeing goes soft that the first diffraction ring appears with this scope! I have viewed this lack of the first diffraction ring on other star pairs as well. (Marfik, Lambda Oph, 1.4", 4.15/5.15 mag) (Pi Aql, 1.4", 6.34/6.75 mag).

 

Maybe it's my old eyes?


Edited by ATM57, 31 July 2020 - 05:19 PM.

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 02:26 AM

Using the 150ED at f/6 I tested some new gear under 90% Moon last night. This image is 3 hours worth using the L-Extreme filter and guided with an MGEN 3, both great bits of gear.

 

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 07:12 AM

Using the 150ED at f/6 I tested some new gear under 90% Moon last night. This image is 3 hours worth using the L-Extreme filter and guided with an MGEN 3, both great bits of gear.

 

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Looks perfect. These are best bang for the money scopes. Shows you don't need a used AP costing 15k or more to take great pics.


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 07:57 PM

Thanks Chas. Narrowing the spectrum a little allows the Skywatcher to compete with the more expensive scopes. For broadband I wouldn't mind having the TS fpl53 doublet but the 150ED fits my budget.

 

For visual there's not much to be gained by paying more, especially under my unstable skies. 



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Posted 03 August 2020 - 05:45 AM

Thanks Chas. Narrowing the spectrum a little allows the Skywatcher to compete with the more expensive scopes. For broadband I wouldn't mind having the TS fpl53 doublet but the 150ED fits my budget.

 

For visual there's not much to be gained by paying more, especially under my unstable skies. 

I have some super steady seeing so i am sure a Tak FS152 would be a step up from a SW150ED.  But i don't think the view is worth 3+ times the cost. Now if i could buy a used FS152 for 3K then you bet i would pick the Tak.

 

But you would have never bought a scope as nice and as cheap as the SW150ED 20 years ago.


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