so, I've been unable to view anything for several weeks and the 80mm Lunt SS is still a pretty new piece to me.but today things pretty much fell together. I just got back in country yesterday evening and haven't been doing any observations, day or night. last night my first night back was clouded out but today was sunny, albeit with plenty of big fluffys floating by on a regular basis. in between however was nice blue sky. so the Lunt came out and got mounted on the CG5 whilst I was doing chores. I recently bought a zoom since it seems everyone with a solar scope does zooms. being from the dark side (night time astronomy), I have always shunned zooms in favor of wide FOV EP's and was reluctant to buy one for the Lunt but it seemed that everyone who did visual Solar used them. so a couple weeks ago I bought a Vixen 8-24 LV zoom.and put it in the case with the Lunt.
as the clouds came and went, I would stop, run over to the scope and see what was going on - today was a really active day! at one point I counted 10 large proms going on! and when the clouds were not interfering, the atmosphere was cooperating and for the better part of the afternoon I was in the 60-70x range. as the day progressed, it became quite clear that a zoom was a major advantage with solar viewing. as the atmospheric conditions change, you simply increase or decrease mag to, get the best image. several times at 70x, I was just blown away with the detail of the proms I could see. not having to change the EP was an incredible convenience! about 3:30, I finsihed my chores and the skies had cleared significantly so I sat down, put my eyepatch on and my hood and got serious. I was at the EP for at least an hour and a half just watching proms form, enlarge, and die. truly an amazing experience!! and without the need to change EP's out, like I do at night, it was a real game changer.
a fantastic day with long periods of steady air and lots and lots of giant proms to watch, and I never changed the EP once!
I kinda doubt I'll be switching to zooms at night, I really like my 82* EP's but for solar, there's just one eyepiece in the case now and that's all I need.