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#76 Chuck Hards

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 09:42 AM

I'm glad you have clear skies, the only clear night I've had in the last month had lousy seeing.  Nothing recent to report.  And now I'm on a work marathon so it's a good time for the moon to be full.

 

Rolo, the only time I look at planets with tiny scopes anymore is to help evaluate the optics when they first arrive, or to compare them with others, I never use them to just "observe" from the city anymore.  There's just not enough aperture to really see much detail.  I see sub-3-inch scopes as mostly collectibles, not a serious observing tool, at least from the suburbs.  They need dark skies to pull in the DS stuff- which they can do, but not when fighting light pollution.  That pretty much leaves just doubles.

 

I think the only other exception anymore is solar and lunar.  Plenty of light for small scopes with those targets.


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Posted 16 July 2019 - 09:57 AM

I'm glad you have clear skies, the only clear night I've had in the last month had lousy seeing.  Nothing recent to report.  And now I'm on a work marathon so it's a good time for the moon to be full.

 

Rolo, the only time I look at planets with tiny scopes anymore is to help evaluate the optics when they first arrive, or to compare them with others, I never use them to just "observe" from the city anymore.  There's just not enough aperture to really see much detail.  I see sub-3-inch scopes as mostly collectibles, not a serious observing tool, at least from the suburbs.  They need dark skies to pull in the DS stuff- which they can do, but not when fighting light pollution.  That pretty much leaves just doubles.

 

I think the only other exception anymore is solar and lunar.  Plenty of light for small scopes with those targets.

Yes--they work great on Lunar!  I was starting my moon party (all this week) with the Unitron 50mm (the 105)--waiting for the moon to peak out from clouds. This little thing puts up great views!

 

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:32 PM

Yes--they work great on Lunar!  I was starting my moon party (all this week) with the Unitron 50mm (the 105)--waiting for the moon to peak out from clouds. This little thing puts up great views!

 

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What got me hooked on astronomy was my first time i saw the moon through afriends 50mm Tasco back in the early 70'. I was 8 or 9 and i was blown away!


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:29 PM

I’ve been wanting a 40mm Unitron for years and just missed one this week on the classifieds! Congratulations to the lucky buyer and I hope you post pictures!




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