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#1 LuntSolar

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Posted 17 February 2020 - 10:35 AM

MODULAR MONDAY

 

Pre-Sales Start TODAY! February 17th 2020:

With Lunt Solar Systems new Modular Telescope line up,
versatility is the name of the game!

Say Hello to the NEW LS60MT, LS80MT, LS100MT & LS130MT

Truly an all in one telescope experience; each can easily be configured between Hydrogen Alpha, White Light, Calcium K, Night Time and Terrestrial Uses, in minutes!

 

 

LS60MT
The new LUNT LS60MT is the smallest and most portable of the new line of modular telescopes. You can enjoy this new versatile scope in all our available wavelengths.  A true grab and go scope that will deliver excellent views in every configuration. Starting at $1749 w/ B600 Contact us for more information and options! https://luntsolarsys...mc_eid=[UNIQID]

 

LS80MT

The new LUNT LS80MT is a powerhouse modular telescope, taking one of LUNT Solar Systems most popular sized telescopes and making it even more functional! At 80mm Aperture, with a FPL53 Doublet Lens, the LS80MT is a precision aligned ED refractor that is made to impress whether you are chasing the Sun's active regions or sifting through the stars of the milky way. Starting at $3875 with B1200! https://luntsolarsys...mc_eid=[UNIQID]

 

LS100MT

At 100mm aperture, the new LUNT LS100MT is big enough to impress in any configuration, while remaining easily transportable for use during the day or night. Enjoy, prominences, surface granulation, active regions and filaments all with a quality telescope that LUNT Solar Systems is known for. And with our doppler true tuning pressure system (standard with all of our Modular Telescopes) you can make super fine adjustments in your tuning to delve into the Sun and bring out the absolute best views! Starting at $5675 with B1200   https://luntsolarsys...mc_eid=[UNIQID]

 

The LUNT LS130MT was previously released in 2019 and our customers love the versatility of this modular scope.  This refractor-based system has a precision-aligned triplet ED lens with a 130 mm aperture.  The focal length is 910 mm, for an f/ratio of 7.  This is one of our best telescopes for either Solar or Nighttime viewing.  As with every scope in the LUNT Modular Series, you can easily change from daytime viewing (through etalons) to nighttime viewing (without etalons) in minutes! You’ll see granular details of the Sun and the best nighttime views without visual anomalies. Now you can use one telescope for all your celestial viewing! Starting at $6995 with B1200. https://luntsolarsys...mc_eid=[UNIQID]

 

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Pictured LS130MT/B1200 Starting at: $6995

 

 

Contact sales@luntsolarsystems.com or 877-344-7348.  We're happy to assist you!! 

 

 

 

 

 


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#2 LuntSolar

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 05:18 PM

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LS100MT shown here.  It has a built in Red Dot Sun Finder handle for easy carrying and even easier alignment! 



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 05:06 AM

I am a little confused as to what you get with the packages. For instance:

 

1. Does the "Starter" package include a H-a etalon? It is mentioned in the "Specifications" but not in the "Includes" section.

2. Does the weight mentioned include an installed etalon?

 

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 10:40 AM

Hello John D,

 

Thanks for kicking off the questions on here!  Each starter package comes as an H-alpha telescope that can be converted for nighttime and terrestrial viewing.  The way this is done varies a bit per model but essentially you would remove the H-alpha module and replace it with a backing plate and focuser assembly with the included nighttime or terrestrial diagonal.  The LS60MT does not require the backing plate and focuser rather the focuser it comes with will attach to the OTA directly once the H-alpha module is removed. 

 

The weights mentioned under the specifications area of the website are the physical weights of these scopes.  Here they are for easy reference as well!:

LS60MT - 6.6lbs

LS80MT - 9.25lbs

LS100MT - 12.7lbs

LS130MT - 25lbs

 

Thanks for your interest, let me know if I can answer more questions for you. 

 

Wishing you all a great day!

Faye Roman

Lunt Solar Customer Service



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 10:48 AM

Hello,
When will it be available?
for the 80 or the 100
thank you



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 01:27 PM

Hello! 

 

Thanks for your question.  We anticipate the first of these to ship in late-April.  There is no deposit required to place a Pre-Order.  Please let me know if I can help with any other questions you have! 

 

Sunny Skies,

Faye Roman 

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Posted 19 February 2020 - 04:02 PM

Will the LS130MT remain modular (convertible to nighttime viewing) if used with a double stack as well? Thanks,

Steve



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Posted 20 February 2020 - 11:29 AM

Hi Steve!

 

The LS130MT in double stack mode is just about as easy to convert for nighttime mode as it would be in single stack mode. You would just remove both the primary H-alpha module as well as the double stack.  For nighttime conversion you would attach the cone to the OTA and replace the Lunt Blocking filter with a standard star diagonal. Here is a photo of the LS130MT in double stack mode:

 

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To use the LS130 for CaK or White light you will need the additional backing plate and focuser assembly.  I hope this is helpful!  Thank you for your interest.  

 

Sunny Skies,

Faye Roman

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 02:55 PM

I understand the main advantage of this new product is in the extra flexibility.  What I want to know is if there'll be any difference in the viewing quality with H-alpha.  Would the image be any sharper?  I'm mainly interested in the 60.  I see that it does have a shorter focal length and ratio than the old version.

 

Also, will the new version be more binoviewer friendly?  That is, allow the focuser to travel in more to reach focus?

 

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 03:25 PM

Hello John!

 

Thank you for your question.  The LS60MT has an improved objective over the previous LS60THa PT or Tilt systems.  This time around we went with a Fully multi coated ED doublet lens.  The system is indeed shorter.  At this time, we know the LS60MT is compatible with the Tecnosky Binoviewers that we carry.  

 

https://luntsolarsys...binocular-1-25/

 

Please let me know if I can answer more questions for you!  Have a great day.

 

Faye Roman

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 03:59 PM

Thank you for answering, Faye.  I will certainly consider your binoviewer in the future, but I already own a pair that is of a more common design that requires a barlow or oca to reach focus.  I just want to know which version, the 60MT or the old 60, allow for more in-focus travel with a common binoviewer, or if they are the same.

 

John



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Posted 20 February 2020 - 04:00 PM

For those who already have a refractor for nighttime observing, will there be any plans to make the H-alpha modules available with proper adapters?

 

Thanks,

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 05:14 PM

Hello John,

 

I checked with production and the infocus travel is about the same.  No exact advantage with the LS60MT for binoviewing in that sense. Now binoviewing with the improved optics...that will be something! 

 

Feel free to ask more questions.  Happy to help!

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 05:18 PM

Hello Eric,

 

Thanks for your question!  At this time the modular systems are to be used with our products only.  We do still offer filter sets for H-alpha conversion of a standard refractor.  These consist of a front mounted H-alpha filter, adapter plate and Lunt blocking filter.  The filter size will depend on the OTA you are using.  Feel free to reach out for more info if you like. 

 

Have a great day! 

Faye Roman



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Posted 22 February 2020 - 01:31 PM

Hello,

 

Does LS60MT have the same etalon size as LS60Tha? Full aperture (70mm) works for h-alpha viewing or it is cut somehow?

Thanks in advance for your answers,

Pawel


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Posted 26 February 2020 - 05:59 PM

Hello Pawel,

 

Thanks for your question!  The LS60MT does have the same size etalon as the LS60THa.  The full aperture of 70mm works for terrestrial and nighttime views.  The aperture is stopped down to 60mm for h-alpha viewing as it lends to a higher F-ratio for more precise collimation through the etalon system.  

 

Please let me know if I can assist with more questions!

 

Have a great day, 

Faye Roman 

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 02:26 PM

I see that you now have a R&P focuser option for $50 more than the Crayford focuser.  I don't recall you having a Rack & Pinion option before (other than the much more expensive Feather Touch).  Can you provide more information about that?  Does your R&P focuser have any advantages over the Crayford, to justify the higher price?

 

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Posted 04 March 2020 - 01:22 PM

Hello John,

Thanks for your question about the Rack and Pinion Focuser we now offer for the LS60MT and the LS80MT! We choose the Crayford as the standard focuser for our scopes because it is a solid performer for most viewing applications. This R&P is a nice "middle" option that we are happy to offer between the Crayford and Starlight FeatherTouch.  For the $50 upgrade you get a more ample focuser.  It has a nice heavy construction and smooth travel. The draw tube does not slide easily making it great for imaging or binoviewing equipment.  Please let me know if you have more questions. 

 

Have a great day!

Faye Roman 

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Posted 12 April 2020 - 06:50 AM

I’m a bit late joining this thread Faye, but do you know when the modular scopes will go on sale in Europe? Not showing on retailers’ websites at the moment. And are you stopping production of existing, dedicated solar scopes immediately, and if so, how long stocks might last here in Europe?
Thanks - Mark

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Posted 13 April 2020 - 03:39 AM

Hello John!

 

Thank you for your question.  The LS60MT has an improved objective over the previous LS60THa PT or Tilt systems.  This time around we went with a Fully multi coated ED doublet lens.  The system is indeed shorter.  At this time, we know the LS60MT is compatible with the Tecnosky Binoviewers that we carry.  

 

https://luntsolarsys...binocular-1-25/

 

Please let me know if I can answer more questions for you!  Have a great day.

 

Faye Roman

Lunt Solar Systems customer service 

 

Hi Faye,

 

One clarification please: The original question was about viewing in Ha. Given the pure monochromatic views in Ha band of a single wavelength of 656nm and change, using ED doublet configuration does not seem to provide an inherent advantage / any benefit purely for the Ha bit of the new scopes. Please comment on that.

 

I have a lovely Lunt 60mm but in the future I may upgrade, so would be interested in any performance increase, but solely from Ha perspective...




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