Was "out" observing again last night - things are improving here in upstate NY after a dreadfully cloudy early spring - my third night out in the last 2-3 weeks. Was COLD (46 when I packed up) but I was well dressed. While it was cold - the overall observing conditions were ABOVE average. Not a cloud in the sky, no dew, still (no wind) an DRY. Atmospheric "transparency" was above average and we don't get that all that often here.
Got to test out some new gear.
T/V Panoptic 2" 27mm and a vintage Parks (80's) 2" 50mm black top PL "smoothie" (Japan).
27 Pan is a wonderful EP - picture window into space - pin-point stars right to the edge. Got both M81 and M82 very nicely in the same FOV (in my 8" Celestron F10 SCT) with excellent contrast and a nice dark background sky. A very easy on the eye EP - considerably better (IMHO) than the T/V 1.25" 24mm Panoptic (which most agree is a top notch EP).
Was unsure how the Parks 50mm would perform being quite dated. However the views were excellent, crystal clear high contrast dark sky background and pin-point stars to the edge when viewing M44 - fit 'most' of 44 in the FOV. Compares quite favorably with views from a 55mm T/V PL.
I love open clusters, low power long FL, long eye relief EP's and both EP's "fill the bill". Can't wait to view the "double cluster" in both.
M13 and M92 both really nice last night as they are getting higher and higher above the horizon now and are perfectly placed for ez non neck breaking viewing. Both took lots of power best views coming from my T/V 13mm (150x) and my T/V 11mm (180x) Delites.
Can't wait for all my summer favs to come up. Altair (the third star in the "summer triangle") had just risen as I was packing up when the moon came up at 11:30PM.
Clear skies gents - get out and catch some photons!!!