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#26 bobhen

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Posted 21 August 2020 - 11:28 AM

Many telescopes can give nice views of the moon.

 

With my seeing here in PA, my favorite scopes are…

 

1. My Takahashi TSA 120 refractor: when seeing is average or the moon is low to mid-altitude. I’m always amazed at what the Tak TSA 120 shows in average seeing conditions.

 

2. My Takahashi Mewlon 210: when seeing is above average or the moon is higher than mid-altitude. With those conditions, the Mewlon 210 is one of my favorite lunar telescopes and will show the Alpine Rill multiple craters on Plato that look like craters, etc., and all in extremely sharp, 3-D-like immersive detail.

 

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Posted 23 August 2020 - 12:01 AM

I did most of my AL lunar scope observations with a C90 and a Meade zoom eyepiece. Lots of fun - I think it took me two months, due to clouds some nights.

I found these maps extremely helpful.

https://www.astroadv.../LunarClub.html

Be aware that some of the dates in the AL list are off, if I remember right at either 10 or 14 days. A couple of features are listed that aren’t visible until a night or two later. Our AL coordinator for my club agreed - just something to be aware of.

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#28 Stefano Delmonte

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Posted 23 August 2020 - 11:40 AM

I use a C8 on Neq6 and I'm very happy with the images that show me, especially in winter when the Moon is high above the horizon.

 

I did not know that program, interisting, just trying to finish the Lunar 100 list of Chuck Wood and I've passed the 90 objects having a lot of fun and learning!

 

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#29 desertlens

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Posted 23 August 2020 - 03:48 PM

I'm a casual lunar observer with a preference for smaller instruments. This little 60mm ƒ10 has served me very well. The diagonal is a Baader Amici prism that saves me the "brain flipping" required for mirror-image views.

 

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Takahashi FS-60Q


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#30 HellsKitchen

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Posted 28 August 2020 - 11:05 AM

My 8" with my delite eyepieces. It gets to a certain point, where I don't even know how to describe the view anymore. When my novice mum is audibly stunned, well, I don't know what to say. Tonight, even with the mediocre seeing, the contrast and resolution was spectacular. Too bad the moon wasn't around a couple of weeks ago when the seeing was near perfect.

 

 

 

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Posted 28 August 2020 - 12:20 PM

My favorite lunar scope: APM 152/1200 ED with Zeiss binoviewer and various ortho eyepieces:

 

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The views are quite spectacular, if the seeing is any good. Craters Tycho and Clavius and their immediate surroundings, 4 mm ortho (300x), handheld Sony Xperia mobile phone.

 

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Posted 29 August 2020 - 09:47 AM

My favorite lunar scope: APM 152/1200 ED with Zeiss binoviewer and various ortho eyepieces:

 

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The views are quite spectacular, if the seeing is any good. Craters Tycho and Clavius and their immediate surroundings, 4 mm ortho (300x), handheld Sony Xperia mobile phone.

 

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Clear skies!

Thomas, Denmark

Whoaaa this is like a marriage made in heaven . But it's a trio . A LARGE ed fractor + ZEISS bino viewer + orthos  ( I can't count the dollars , if you want Euros) = these sort of moon walking images and experience . Hmm but still so much better than spending for a moon mansion .


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Posted 31 August 2020 - 04:04 PM

Mainly I use my Orion f/9 100 mm refractor with whatever ortho seems best that night.  Where I live (northeast Front Range in Colorado) the seeing is usually mediocre, only occasionally good, and rarely exceptional.  On those occasions, I use my 9.25 Celestron with aforementioned orthos.  It’s awesome IF it’s fully equilibrated and the wind is really low.


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Posted 07 September 2020 - 01:08 PM

I have gone through my testing and so far have found that my Orion 10XT dob with Earthwin binoviewers is my preferred combination.  The images in my SV80L refractor are a bit too small.

 

Still to test my 16" dob with the binos.


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Posted 09 September 2020 - 10:56 PM

I did most of my AL lunar scope observations with a C90 and a Meade zoom eyepiece. Lots of fun - I think it took me two months, due to clouds some nights.

I found these maps extremely helpful.

https://www.astroadv.../LunarClub.html

Be aware that some of the dates in the AL list are off, if I remember right at either 10 or 14 days. A couple of features are listed that aren’t visible until a night or two later. Our AL coordinator for my club agreed - just something to be aware of.

I just looked at those maps and the lunar observing program, what a wealth of information. Very helpful. Thanx.



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Posted 10 September 2020 - 07:06 AM

I use my Orion 100 ED f/9 or/and Bresser AR-102 Achromat f/10 refractors with whatever EP's Baader Classic Ortho 10 mm, Nikon SW 7 mm and Pentax XW 5 mm.


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Posted 10 September 2020 - 07:55 AM

I've been happiest when observing the moon with my 4.25'' Newtonian.

 

Cloudy Nights Article: May, 2015

"The Definitive Newtonian Reflector."
A discussion of the age-old question "Are Apos really better than Newtonian reflectors?" Not!

http://www.cloudynig...reflector-r2983

Sky and Telescope articles:

"Making an Aplanatic Telescope." Nov. 1979: 473-7.
"Tripods from Crutches." Jan. 1996: 31.
"A Scavenger's 12-Inch Telescope". Apr. 1998: 96-97.


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 06:31 PM

I prefer my C5 for lunar viewing. I can sit in a comfortable chair and study detail for extended periods in comfort.

More aperture would not give me more resolution given the poor seeing we usually get in New England.

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 01:56 PM

my preference is for my 6" reflector as there is a small bit of CA in my 80mm long achromat.  Don't get me wrong, I use both scopes eagerly on Luna.  I predominantly binoview in the reflector and mono in the achromat.



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Posted 28 September 2020 - 10:25 AM

For the moon, I have different favorites for different purposes.

 

Smaller apertures can be better (in some ways) for sketching:

 

Arzachel Alphonsus Ptolemaeus 1 inch aperture 18 Oct 2018 67x Sketcher
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Clearly, even a 1-inch aperture is enough to show plenty of detail.  It would be a waste of aperture and telescope resolution to sketch such a large region with some of my larger telescopes.  I would either have to make a gigantic sketch or omit most of the observed detail unless I were to concentrate my attention on a much smaller region of the moon.

 

That first alternative is unrealistic and would be ridiculously time consuming -- with the shadows changing significantly before I would be able to finish.  The second option is a waste of the capabilities of a fine telescope.  I mean, if one isn't going to sketch all that one sees, one might as well be working with a smaller telescope.  That final option:  sketching a much smaller region -- is what I generally do with larger apertures -- but then one is unable to show the moon's larger features.

 

Even a pair of binoculars can make for a good lunar "telescope."  Here's a 20 year-old sketch of the walled plain Janssen made with the use of a pair of mounted, 20x80 binoculars:

 

Walled Plain Janssen 2000 20x80 Binoculars Sketcher

 

The next time you look at the moon, try a small(er) telescope and look more closely.  When it comes to the moon, a lot can be seen even in a relatively tiny image.  Is a larger telescope really necessary?


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Posted 28 September 2020 - 12:12 PM

My favorite?  Whichever I happen to grab and take outside.  Some nights it's the 4" as I can be outside and observing in minutes with it between clouds.  Other times, the 6" is as it shows so much more and brings me about twice as "close" to the Moon than the 4".  My least favorite is the C90, not really enough resolution and long equilibration times - really need to put it up for sale.



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Posted 28 September 2020 - 01:14 PM

 

 When it comes to the moon, a lot can be seen even in a relatively tiny image.  Is a larger telescope really necessary?

No, not really. A larger scope naturally shows more detail, but a lot can be seen in even the smallest telescopes. 

 

My favorite small telescope for lunar observing is my 63mm Zeiss Telemator. I've even independently discovered an ancient, buried impact basin with it, so a small scope is clearly sufficient to show some very interesting stuff. 

 

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It takes decent lunar images, too. July 12, 2020

 

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 01:05 PM

No, not really. A larger scope naturally shows more detail, but a lot can be seen in even the smallest telescopes. 

 

My favorite small telescope for lunar observing is my 63mm Zeiss Telemator. I've even independently discovered an ancient, buried impact basin with it, so a small scope is clearly sufficient to show some very interesting stuff. 

 

 

 

 

It takes decent lunar images, too. July 12, 2020

 

 

 

 

Clear skies!

Thomas, Denmark

Is the Zeiss an Achro or an Apo? That's a very nice image waytogo.gif Hardly any false color..


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#44 Astrojensen

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 02:24 PM

Is the Zeiss an Achro or an Apo? That's a very nice image waytogo.gif Hardly any false color..

Cemented achromat BK7/SF2, 25% better color correction than a standard BK7/F2 (from what I've been told).

 

 

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Thomas, Denmark


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Posted 30 September 2020 - 09:12 AM

Is the Zeiss an Achro or an Apo? That's a very nice image waytogo.gif Hardly any false color..

Same thoughts that's a sharp pic .
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Posted 30 September 2020 - 09:23 AM

Some NICE scopes here.

 

I mostly prefer my ES 152mm if I'm doing Lunar and/or planets.

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Posted 01 October 2020 - 02:25 PM

My TEC 140ED and newly purchased Maxbright II binoviewer. Using a binoviewer has opened up a whole new world of  relaxed observing.

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Posted 01 October 2020 - 08:06 PM

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Took this with my Dynamax  D8, had my celestron phone adapter/ holder on eyepiece with a cheap Wally world android phone .

I love the D8 focus and mount knobs/ movement as it's super smooth.

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Posted 03 October 2020 - 01:12 PM

I like my C90, and my C6 for Lunar observing :)
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Posted 03 October 2020 - 01:13 PM

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Took this with my Dynamax D8, had my celestron phone adapter/ holder on eyepiece with a cheap Wally world android phone .
I love the D8 focus and mount knobs/ movement as it's super smooth.
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Very nice imagine :)


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