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#1 stargazer19

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 07:48 AM

I have a solarmax double stacked 60mm scope . My question is by removing both etalons

and converting it to a refractor as advertised can i insert my daystar quark chrom version

in the diagonal . I want to be on the safe side and dont want to damage the scope or my eyes

                           Clear skies   Peter



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Posted 18 September 2021 - 08:47 AM

I'm assuming you are talking about the Solarmax III.  Does the diagonal contain the blocking filter?  I would check the manual supplied or online but I think you should be safe.  If the diagonal contains the blocking filter the view will be very dim as the Quark also has a blocking filter.



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Posted 18 September 2021 - 12:06 PM

I have a solarmax double stacked 60mm scope . My question is by removing both etalons

and converting it to a refractor as advertised can i insert my daystar quark chrom version

in the diagonal . I want to be on the safe side and dont want to damage the scope or my eyes

                           Clear skies   Peter

Hi,

 

If it's a Solarmax and Solarmax 3 series, the etalons are external and so unthreading them off the front of the base OTA will result in a basic achromatic doublet without filters. Of course you take the blocking filter diagonal out of the focuser too. You can then use it for any purpose you normally would use a basic refractor for. You can then put a standard diagonal in the focuser and use whatever you want. The Solarmax 3 series has a good crayford focuser (unlike the other series' having a terrible helical focuser).

 

If you have a Solarmax 2 series, the internal etalon cannot be removed, so the scope cannot be used for anything but HA.

 

It will help a lot to know which version you have. Or simply show a picture of it.

 

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