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#1 Diomedes

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 10:38 PM

I’m about to embark in a Lunar observing program. 

https://www.astrolea...nar/lunar1.html

 

I’m planning on using a C6 but I’m wondering what’s your favorite telescope for lunar observing. 


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#2 Shane1200

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 11:27 PM

I have been using my 8 Orion Dob for the Lunar I and Lunar II programs. I can pick up the telescope and carry it outside to my driveway to view the moon. I can be ready to observe in a couple of minutes. 

I use my 4.7 eyepiece(255x) most of the time when observing the moon features but if the conditions are right  I have been able to use my 3mm(400x) .  I have 102 refractor,   a 120 F8.3 refractor on a eq mount and a 14 inch goto dob, but my 8 inch dob is my favorite. 


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 06:45 AM

I did that program with a variety of binoculars and a 4 inch refractor. And some naked eye observations as well.
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Posted 08 August 2020 - 08:12 AM

tak fc100-dz and sometime my lunt 102ed .


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 01:21 PM

I completed the AL Lunar Overserving  Program 1 last month. I used my 7x 50 binocular and AWB One Sky telescope.

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 03:50 PM

I use and old Edmund 6” mounted in a DIY dob base.

 

it’s convenient and the double flip that newts do matches the moon atlas I use.


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Posted 09 August 2020 - 03:39 PM

My current favorite for the moon is my C11. When I did my Lunar I program I did it with my Orion 10" Dob. It was a lot of fun. Good luck with your program. I am working on the Solar System program right now. It takes me forever to complete a program. I just chip away with one step at a time and take the time to research everything I can about the feature. I guess I could go faster, but that is what makes it fun for me.


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Posted 09 August 2020 - 03:52 PM

How long did it take you guys to complete the lunar program ? I'm excited since unlike DSOs the moon is something I can see clearly despite the light pollution 


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Posted 09 August 2020 - 10:57 PM

I don't remember how long it took me, but I do know that I always take longer than just about anyone. The program can be done fairly quickly, but I enjoy going slowly. I do the same with my Astronomy Magazine. I could sit down and read through it the day it arrives, but I read one article each day and stretch it out until the next issue comes.


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Posted 10 August 2020 - 10:43 AM

I started it last March and finished early July. Your millage may very. Observing conditions will likely be the determining factor.

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 11:05 PM

My favorite telescope for observing the Moon is my Celestron C102 gt. I bought the ota online from OPT Corp for 58 bucks. I love the views through this wonderful refractor. I removed the stock focuser and replaced it with a dual speed focuser, a RACI and it sits on a twilight II mount. This telescope is my favorite of all seven of my telescopes. Regarding the moon the views take my breath away. I luv it.

 

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 05:59 PM

It depends. If the moon is in the trees, and I need to move the scope every 10 minutes are so too keep it in view, my 72mm scope is my favorite. If it’s in one of the few small gaps between the trees, so I can leave the scope in one place for an hour or so, the 8” is my favorite. Got more trees than gaps here, so the 72mm gets used more often. 


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Posted 12 August 2020 - 05:27 PM

I am currently working on this very question as well. But I have expanded the question to include:

 

- mono or bino?

- which EPs with which scope?

 

I’m looking forward to see how this thread develops. 


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 10:43 AM

I enjoy using my SW 120 ED Pro refractor.
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Posted 13 August 2020 - 11:57 AM

adding to Oscar's question, are there any modifications to your scope or tools you use specifically for Lunar observing. 



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 11:58 AM

I enjoy using my SW 120 ED Pro refractor.

how does it compare to your other scopes ?



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 02:49 PM

I often use a 6" f/8 Orion SkyQuest XT6 when I'm at home, since it's kept in the garage and has enough aperture for casual lunar observing.  However, my favorite telescope for viewing the Moon would be the 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain at the Naylor Observatory.

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 03:11 PM

I`ve found that visually I love the views through my Lunt/APM 152mm.  It really looks great with the super contrast I get with the refractor and the aperture brings out the

small details.  Lately I've been imaging the moon through my Celestron 9.25 with great success.  Using a ZWO moncrome camera, my image of Ptolemaeus and

Alphonsus was published in the September issue of Sky and Telescope.   A good balance

between visual and imaging.


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 04:13 PM

I just looked at your lunar photo, Steve.  Congrats!



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Posted 13 August 2020 - 08:25 PM

My favorite is my Stellarvue 130 f/7 ED Triplet with Baader T2 Zeiss Prism. Extremely sharp, crisp images with excellent color & contrast. Absolutely breathtaking drool.gif

 

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 08:33 PM

Diomedes,
I enjoy the sharp, crisp views it gives. Being an ED scope, I can push the magnification well past the theoretical limits for it’s size. The 12 inch dob of course does a fine job as well. No slouch there. And even my small Meade 90mm Starpro achro does a decent job though there is some CA to contend with.
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Posted 14 August 2020 - 06:44 PM

I`ve found that visually I love the views through my Lunt/APM 152mm.  It really looks great with the super contrast I get with the refractor and the aperture brings out the

small details.  Lately I've been imaging the moon through my Celestron 9.25 with great success.  Using a ZWO moncrome camera, my image of Ptolemaeus and

Alphonsus was published in the September issue of Sky and Telescope.   A good balance

between visual and imaging.

 

For visual, you prefer the 152 f/8 doublet (?) rather than the C9.25?


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Posted 16 August 2020 - 10:12 AM

Diomedes,
I enjoy the sharp, crisp views it gives. Being an ED scope, I can push the magnification well past the theoretical limits for it’s size. The 12 inch dob of course does a fine job as well. No slouch there. And even my small Meade 90mm Starpro achro does a decent job though there is some CA to contend with.

That's pretty cool, I think the best view of the moon I had so far was trough my C8. I could see so much details compared to my 120ST. 


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Posted 19 August 2020 - 05:59 AM

I have an Orion Optics (UK) OMC200 maksutov that I use for visual observing and imaging. It has enough aperture to really pull in small details and the contrast is superb. It is F20 and has a small secondary, can't remember the % obstruction, but it is not much. I have had this scope now for around 17 - 18 years now and have had no issues with it.

I will add an image I got with it recently, to give you an idea of what it presents to the observer.

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Posted 21 August 2020 - 12:45 AM

Wow!


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