I received an ovni-m a week ago and have been having quite a bit of fun testing it out, despite being limited to very light polluted london skies. It’s the first time I’ve had an option to do prime nv (my existing kit is a pvs-14) so it’s been a bit of a learning curve.
I enjoy taking quick phone pics of my observations but with prime it’s harder than afocal to get my ems wide field shots. As a result I bought and received today a new Askar fm180 which should give me about a 6 degree fov for some nice big nebulae viewing.
More experiments with prime mode night vision with my new ovni-m this evening. This time I used a ridiculously small scope to try to get a larger fov than prime normally gives.
First impressions of the Askar are very positive. Given the in focus that the ovni-m needs in prime mode, I wasn’t expecting to be able to use the askar with its included reducer. However after a bit of experimenting I managed to get the light path down to a very short distance, by directly screwing in my Baader t2 prism. I like the fact that I can use a diagonal with this setup unlike camera lens.
I was very intrigued by what the quality of the stars across the large 6 degree field would be like and having taken a few phone pics this evening, this little askar scope is a quality piece of kit imo. A nice touch is that my 2 inch filters can be screwed directly into the front of the askar.
Here’s some shots of the setup itself and also some phone pics of Orion and horsehead, rosette, North America (with the added bonus of neighbours roof and television aerial), heart and soul and California.
The phone pics are washed out and lack detail due to being in London. Hopefully next month I can take some shots in much darker skies.
Edited by Gavster, 18 November 2020 - 09:05 PM.