Celestron / Vixen & Other Accessories
I have a couple of vintage 1980s / 1990s Celestron / Vixen 1.25" accessories, including prism diagonals, and those black eyepieces with orange lettering. Part of my testing last night was comparing their performance against my Baader prism (currently my best 1.25" model). I saw no difference in resolution, but the Baader did appear to minimize false color a bit better.
I don't know where Vixen sourced the glass, but for bundled accessories, these are much better than typical.
My Dakin 4 is a Definite Keeper. I really don't like having two 4" F10 achros, but my idea is to use the C102 for public viewing. I think these folks will be Wowed! by what they can see. In fact, at 150x & above, Jupiter may be too much to fully take in.
So, for public sessions, I'll take the C102 + its bundle.
Before Jupiter got in the clear, I also tested other eyepieces. I've held on to 2 very old A. Jaegers Erfles -- 30mm & 16mm. Like the RKEs, they do well in just about every scope I have. In fact, for the F8 & higher achros, I prefer these to the Meade Research Grade WAs (Erfles?). In the C102, all those rich star fields from Lyra to Cygnus to Aquila were eye-popping good -- even with the moonglow.
Not too much to gripe about. It's a nose-heavy frac, which puts the eyepiece lower than I like on the Mizar tripod. For a night of serious high-power observing, I'd put it on either the Tak EM-1S tripod or the Meade SF tall pedestal. The dewshield uses a felt band, and that's pressed-down / loose after 30+ years. I'd prefer that it thread on, as I rarely take these off. Another nit-noid: I don't like these decals on the sides of scopes. They're a pain to remove & reapply when I repaint scope tubes -- they never seem to go back on right (corner peels!).
I don't like finders mounted on the focuser. Bumped my scalp often against the finder eyepiece last night, and believe me, I don't need any more brain impact injuries!
Edited by Bomber Bob, 02 August 2020 - 11:44 AM.