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    Default 1st view of moon ad12



    Okay so tonight was the first night of a view of the moon with the ad12.

    Performed a collimation secondary set... Primary off. Performed primary collimation. Bam! The best collimation I've been able to get.. got the laser right back in the hole.

    Next line up on the moon with the 30mm superview and...... Holy crap.. the clarity of this scope continues to amaze me. Crisp extremely defined. Extremely extremely bright.. next up 9mm ... Incredible.. ridges of craters mountain range showing clear shadowed elevation. Hrmm let's try 2x Barlow with 9mm so 4.5mm and omg.. craters in craters 😂.. the focus is a hair fuzzy at this point but almost unnoticeable. The views of this scope just continue to amaze...
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    Default Re: 1st view of moon ad12

    Congrats on the outing! On nights of exceptional conditions you can usually push some very high magnification on ol' Luna. Some amazing views indeed.
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    Default Re: 1st view of moon ad12

    I now know this. I always was just like wow that's cool and then moved on but it was so detailed I was just stunned.
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    Default Re: 1st view of moon ad12

    Be careful on the Moon with that scope. You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

    And make sure you have a good idea where your chair and table are at, because they get really hard to see with that big dark splotch in front of your eye.

    Congrats on the great views! Lots of fun to follow along the terminator as it advances across the lunar disk.
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    Default Re: 1st view of moon ad12

    Hahahaha. I was honestly thinking... As I zoom closer in and the light is consolidated... Is this bad for my eye.. hrmm maybe I should use my filter... Naaaahhh. Lol but for real, when my dad leaned in to take a look it was like a flash light on his face from out of the ep ROFL.
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    Default Re: 1st view of moon ad12

    The Moon always seems brighter than it is if your eyes are dark adapted which you do not need for lunar viewing.
    If you are planning on viewing other objects and just want to do some general viewing then leaving it till the end of the session will not affect your other observations.
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    Default Re: 1st view of moon ad12

    I knew it affected dark adaption but do I need to worry about "laser eye surgey" by accident lmao
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    Default Re: 1st view of moon ad12

    If you have a bit of light around you will find it does not seem brighter than looking at it normally.
    If it does bother you a variable polarizer may be handy.
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    As long as I'm not going to be able to correct someone's vision with it I'm fine lol. I have the filter so I'll try the moon filter next time.
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    Default Re: 1st view of moon ad12

    Hi Mike. A great report from you here. And, I too have fun seeing craterlets in craters too with my 12" Dob. I too recommend the variable polarizing filter as well the Wratten #11 yellow/green and Wratten #82A light blue filters to increase the visual contrast for surface details, and also as being most useful on some planetary viewing. Thanks for your fun read lunar report Mike, and keep up the good work.
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