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#76 vilchez

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 04:12 AM

Most of the time I use my FOA-60 in an Evolution mount, it is a very light equipment, very very comfortable to use, I can spend hours and hours enjoying the moon views.

I use it with a BBHS Baader (zeiss) prism and a Nagler Zoom 3-6.

 

It is a wonderful set.

 

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#77 Astrojensen

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 05:47 AM

Most of the time I use my FOA-60 in an Evolution mount, it is a very light equipment, very very comfortable to use, I can spend hours and hours enjoying the moon views.

I use it with a BBHS Baader (zeiss) prism and a Nagler Zoom 3-6.

 

It is a wonderful set.

 

 

Very, very nice setup! 

 

 

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#78 m9x18

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 01:36 PM

Sometimes I used my superlight gear with the moon, a WO Zenithstar 61 on an Omegon AZ-Baby mount on a photo tripod.  Little equipment is needed to enjoy the moon. No electronics, no noise, no mounting complications, no weight ... a seat and comfortable position, an eyepiece and to enjoy the moon views.

 

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Beautiful! The simplicity is poetic.


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#79 Jeff B

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 03:02 PM

It's not a 60mm aperture but I had forgotten just how much fun my Orion 80ED is until I took it out a couple of weeks ago.  The views of everything, especially the moon, were of very high quality.  

 

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#80 Mike Allen

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 10:16 AM

I have. Great sketches. I’d love to get me hands (eyes?) on one of those Taks. I may get one someday just to satisfy my curiosity.
BTW Mike, I get to wear those wings to work (well, the new version).

 

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Just a guess, but it looks like the image of the aircraft above you was taken on a westbound North Atlantic route.



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Posted 01 June 2020 - 10:55 AM

Not to resurrect an old thread.  But I have recently acquired the WO61ZS, in red, what a lovely little scope.  I was playnig around with it last night, without the field flattener, and it seems to be OK with the moon...  While it is still a rich field scope.

 

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WO61ZS, ZWO ASI224MC, FireCapture 2.6, Autostakkert!3, GiMP 2.1


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#82 RichA

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 01:11 AM

My favorite target is the Moon. I am thinking about adding a small high quality 60mm refractor to my arsenal. However, before buying one I have a few questions because I have never owned or looked through a 60mm scope. Are 60mm refractors “really” adequate for the moon? If yes, which 60mm scope do you recommend?  Thank you. Mark

Better get to a 90mm Maksutov.  Used they are cheap, $100-$125 and new, only $200.  They offer a substantial advantage in light-gathering and resolution and compared to the average 60mm achro, optics are better.  Plus, easier to mount and handle.


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#83 MarkGregory

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 08:39 AM

Better to a 90mm Maksutov.  Used they are cheap, $100-$125 and new, only $200.  They offer a substantial advantage in light-gathering and resolution and compared to the average 60mm achro, optics are better.  Plus, easier to mount and handle.

Thanks for your post. I am thinking a 90mm Mak will be the way to go. Very inexpensive, yet good optics. Thinking Orion or Sky-Watcher. 



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Posted Yesterday, 12:09 PM

Last evening the Moon was observed using my Tasco 60/700 teal color .It is very lightweight and leg adjustments are easy. It does lack a slo-motion rod.
But it is one of a few scopes usable when back pain prohibits bigger or at least heavier.
Various common eyepieces gave pleasing views and I glimpsed two tiny bright spots in Plato. Not as craters, just bright spots in the dark floor. This was with a 4 mm which I calculated as 175X.
Tried the Vixen 1.6 but it was just too much for the mechanical limits of the scope. I'm certain that a more solid mount and smoother hands-off focuser will allow steady views at that extreme power rather than the brief in-focus view I did see.The Moon is so bright one can use magnification impossible on planets.
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