During galaxy season, your C8 is going to be good at things like Needle, Markarian, Sombrero...
During summer, no matter how much your jaw drops under light polluted skies, don't fail to drive out to dark skies. Under Bortle 1 I was able to barlow up my C11 and gaze into the heart of the Crescent Nebula.
I'll bet that this summer, your AT60 or AT102 is going to get a LOT of use. But keep in mind: as good as the H-alpha views are, don't fail to look at Sagittarius in NV unfiltered (under dark skies, if possible). The wisps of dark nebula in the star fields are just sublime.
I've only been able to get out under the stars only three nights with the NVD due to crummy weather. It has been amazing to say the least. Tonight I guess the newness of the whole thing has been tempered just enough that I felt like taking the time to play around with different combinations. At least from my moderately light polluted back yard the best filters for me, are the 7nm Ha narrowband and the 542nm IR longpass filters. To night I decided to try a TV 2X powermate with the AT102ED F/7 with the odd surprise the views were nearly the same as viewing through the C8 Edge HD. I spent the first part of the evening saying good bye to Orion, as it is slipping low on the Horizon now. I still cant believe my eyes that I can see the Horshead Nebula and M42 is always amazingly wicked through a NVD. The rest of the evening I went Galaxy and Starcluster hunting the AT 102ED and NVD did not disappoint. So, oh yes the AT102ED and the AT60ED certainly will see alot of star time. I would like to try the NVD with a 6" APO. One of these will be my next scope purchase.
Thank you Peter, you Edggie, Jeff Morgan and the great YouTube Videos by Cnoct, convinced me that in the great words of Dewey Cox, " I think I need one of those" For that I am grateful. Certainly all the help and advice from the CN regulars that have chimed in with all the great advice and suggestions.
HAPPY SKIES AND GOOD HUNTING Jethro
Tonight's set up, I wanted to take light.
This a awkward and silly looking set up. "It works"
Edited by Jethro7, Today, 01:35 PM.