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Thread: First light for the M2C mount, and chasing doubles in the moonlight

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    Default First light for the M2C mount, and chasing doubles in the moonlight



    I finally had a clear night after several weeks, and of course it falls on a full moon. Still, I got some cool stuff out of it.
    This was first light for the Stellarvue M2C alt-az mount. First impression is really excellent. I had my 120 f8 refractor on it. Once balanced and with the tensions adjusted, navigating feels as natural as with a dob. It's also very solid with very little vibration (I have it set on the tripod that came with my Meade LX70 setup). I'm really happy with this purchase.

    First cool target of the night: the International Space Station. I had read the news about the nice, long visible passages. My wife joined my for this portion. It was really cool to wait for it and then see it show up in the NW. My wife had asked what to look for, and I said "think Venus, moving fast" Turned out to be fairly accurate. I caught it in the 8x56 binoculars, but then I figured I'd give the scope a try. So I aimed for the area just ahead of its path, and waited at the eyepiece. And boom!, there it came, a couple of times of repeating this exercise. It looked so much like the starship Enterprise Very clear view of the panels and central structure, just beautiful to behold.

    After that, with the full moon inching up, and poor transparency, I figured it would be a doubles and interesting stars night. It was bad enough that the Beehive in binos showed only a faint smattering of the brightest members, and nothing else.
    So I looked at: Izar, Epsilon Boo, double in Bootes. Easy find and tight but easy split at 125x, the highest mag I had set up for. I had to double check a couple of times, as B seemed smaller compared to A than I remembered. But it was definitely it, and then the great pictures John Baars posted the other day confirmed it
    The went to Asellus Tertius, Kappa Boo, double star in Bootes, new (at least as far as I recall). Great looking double.
    Then I navigated North from Zeta Boo to Pi Boo, a beautiful twin, with very similar stars but a hint of color difference.
    After that I moved over to Leo, and NW from his rump at Zosma I looked at 54 Leo, a pair with similar color and slight size difference.

    I ended with a look at Spica and Arcturus, just to appreciate the color difference. It shows the limits of the achromatic setup, as Spica was certainly very blue, and Arcturus was... also a little blue, on the edges It's a limitation I am OK living with.
    Oh, and I tried the moon a bit, since it was up there ruining everybody's night Not much to get out of it, I tried the portion that was just getting bitten off (hours post true full), but there just wasn't much contrast to make it super-interesting.

    That was it. A happy night out, all in all. Thanks for reading along.
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    Default Re: First light for the M2C mount, and chasing doubles in the moonlight

    Nice moonlight ride, Codrin!

    I've always likened the ISS to Jupiter. Very early one morning, I ventured out front to have a quick peek of the sky. I knew Jupiter was hanging in the west that time of year and I caught a glimpse of the planet in my peripheral vision, thinking "Oh, there is Jupiter."

    Then I noticed that Jupiter was moving! It actual gave me vertigo as I thought the solar system was suddenly flying apart!

    I realized then I was looking at the ISS. Yeah, not one of my sharpest moments.
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    Default Re: First light for the M2C mount, and chasing doubles in the moonlight

    Thanks for reporting! I've been considering the MC2 to replace my Universal Astronomics Super Deluxe UniStar mount for use with my SV-110ED.

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    Default Re: First light for the M2C mount, and chasing doubles in the moonlight

    Great report Doc. Thank you.
    I have also been eyeballing the M2C. I will be interested in hearing any more insights you may share as you continue.
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    Default Re: First light for the M2C mount, and chasing doubles in the moonlight

    Great observations of ISS and some beautiful doubles. Nice to her the pictures of Izar helped you a bit.
    Thanks for your report!
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    Default Re: First light for the M2C mount, and chasing doubles in the moonlight

    Quote Originally Posted by combat48 View Post
    Thanks for reporting! I've been considering the MC2 to replace my Universal Astronomics Super Deluxe UniStar mount for use with my SV-110ED.

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    The M2C will work very well with the weight of the SV 110mm Dave.
    My old SV/ TMB 105mm is only about 1lb lighter than the SV 110mm and it rode on the M2C with no issues at all.
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    Default Re: First light for the M2C mount, and chasing doubles in the moonlight

    Congrats on the new mount and successful first light Codrin! That's impressive that it can handle 120 f8 frac quite nicely.

    I have UA Microstar of similar design and like how it handles smaller scopes.

    I should consider M2 for my 127mm ES APO.
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