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    Default The Doctor in spite of the sky



    I got home yesterday evening and met my wife in the kitchen. She was creating something that smelled really good. :-)
    I told her I wanted to take her out. She looked at me funny, then I told her I wanted to take her out to my dark site and look at the stars. I have not set up a telescope since November, and even then it was a very short outing with one of my grandsons.

    We had to wait until we ate dinner and put my mother to bed. I loaded the van and at about 8 pm we headed into the promise of darkness.

    The sky turned out to be not quite as good as I thought. Sirius looked like a big spider web. Bonnie said she thought it looked like a sparkler on the fourth of July.

    We took a quick tour of Orion, the Double Clusters, Stk2, and Pleiades with the SW100, TV 22pan, the 12.5 Doctor, my 12.5 KK, and my Pentax binoculars. The views of the clusters and Pleiades were actually more pleasing in the binoculars. And the trapizium would give up only 4 stars, but Bonnie enjoyed it all. On Orion's nebula I employed my 12.5 Doctor and discovered some of the Doctor's character. Even with the poor seeing the Doctor revealed structure in the nebula. The 12.5 KK did not give as much in this respect. I was pleasantly surprised and I am looking forward to some good skies and galaxies with the Doctor in the coming months.

    The az/eq mount was a bit irritating in that there was some play in the dec axis. While in az mode this caused a very noticable wiggle every time I touched the telescope.
    Not only did the OT get frosty, I became a bit frosty as well with this unwanted movement, and frustrating focusing experience.

    After we came in I went to work and cleared up the nuisance in the dec axis with a bit of adjustment to the worm gear module.

    It was quite cold. Bonnie does not like the cold. But we had a pleasing time together.

    I think we were back inside by 9:45.

    Cheers to you all !
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    Default Re: The Doctor in spite of the sky

    Great report Mark and Thanks for sharing. November, huh? It's almost been that long for me - a couple of sessions in December but has been about it. In January it has been cloudy every night so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helicon64 View Post
    Great report Mark and Thanks for sharing. November, huh? It's almost been that long for me - a couple of sessions in December but has been about it. In January it has been cloudy every night so far.
    Honestly Michael I think I have had a few good skies, but I have not been up to setting things up for one reason or the other. But I have had some nice outings with biniculars, and a week or so ago I went out and just did mostly naked eye constellation hopping. So it isn't all bad. :-)

    Thank you for checking, my friend. :-)
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    Default Re: The Doctor in spite of the sky

    Great report Mark!
    You are lucky to have Bonnie, not often our wives/husbands will come out with us for an entire session and in the cold too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingclinton View Post
    Great report Mark!
    You are lucky to have Bonnie, not often our wives/husbands will come out with us for an entire session and in the cold too!
    I am reminded often that I "married up". :-)
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    A nice outing Mark, good to hear that your wife came along to enjoy it as well.
    The Docter 12.5mm is an outstanding eyepiece.
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    Default Re: The Doctor in spite of the sky

    Hello Mark,

    and thank you for your inspiring report, as with the continuing cloudy skies, such reports like yours are needed!

    The Docter eyepiece is a positive outlier in the high performance above the mass of the eyepieces around 12.5mm.

    It is also my impression, that it beats the KK Fujiyama (Tak) ortho, and not only on the much wider field.
    Close to it are the Zeiss D 30x/40x B WW (f=12.8mm, 68°), and the Leica B40x (f=11mm, 50°),
    but more tests are necessary to get the rating.

    Clear skies,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    A nice outing Mark, good to hear that your wife came along to enjoy it as well.
    The Docter 12.5mm is an outstanding eyepiece.
    Yes Gabby this 12.5 Doctor is amazing. It is very comfortable for me to use, and it is build like Fort Knox. Even Bonnie could see the difference as we viewed Orion last night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    Hello Mark,

    and thank you for your inspiring report, as with the continuing cloudy skies, such reports like yours are needed!

    The Docter eyepiece is a positive outlier in the high performance above the mass of the eyepieces around 12.5mm.

    It is also my impression, that it beats the KK Fujiyama (Tak) ortho, and not only on the much wider field.
    Close to it are the Zeiss D 30x/40x B WW (f=12.8mm, 68°), and the Leica B40x (f=11mm, 50°),
    but more tests are necessary to get the rating.

    Clear skies,

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    Yes I think this EP is going to be my favorites for many objects. It appears that it may excel on the fainter objects.
    But I will not be retiring my KK Ortho eyepieces. :-)

    Last night I was using a f9 telescope.
    I want to see what it does on my f6 and f7.5 frac and on the longer focal length Maksutov f12 and SCT f10. I also have an f15 60mm that I will try it in when I am able.
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    Default Re: The Doctor in spite of the sky

    Thanks for you very nice report of the winter-beauties.
    The Docter 12.5 is a real gem, as I have understood from the Dutch forum too.

    Partners who understand our hobby are worth their weight in gold. Partners who go out with us in the cold to observe, are diamonds.
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