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    Default First (cloudy) light of Vixen ED115S



    The ED115S arrived, minus the promised finderscope, flip mirror and ring plate. 80% cloud cover. Nonetheless, after cannibalizing parts from my ED80Sf I was able to sneak in a few views in the gaps between the clouds. The 115 mm definitely provides clearer views than the 80 mm (both Vixen doublets), but not as much as I expected. Of course I'll have to wait for a decent sky. Took a look at Castor, Mars, Saturn, and Polaris. Saw Polaris B for the first time, and Dione and Rhea also for the first time. Castor looked better than I had ever seen (in a 5 mm Nagler, 178x), and I also got a pretty view of M65 and M66 in Leo, and the Crab nebula. Early this morning I took it outside again to catch a glimpse of the ring nebula, this one too providing a better view than I had experienced before. I was happy to get to view something on the very first day it arrived. Will try again tonight. Tonino.
    P.S. I'm using an altaz Porta II mount. I found out that it can be used with this size scope, but it does shake while I'm focusing, which of course makes it difficult. It recovers in a couple of seconds, and then it track steadily. I see a beefier mount in the future, when finances will allow it.

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    Thats a hefty night of observing, especially taking into consideration that there was 80% cloud cover. Congrats!!

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    Yes, I was out there for an hour and a half at least, before calling it quit. The cloud cover had scattered holes and all the clouds were moving fast, so I could set up the scope approximately on a target and then wait for the target to appear through the next hole. What don't we do to squeeze in one more observation! Thanks for the reply, Tonino.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carnevali View Post
    Yes, I was out there for an hour and a half at least, before calling it quit. The cloud cover had scattered holes and all the clouds were moving fast, so I could set up the scope approximately on a target and then wait for the target to appear through the next hole. What don't we do to squeeze in one more observation! Thanks for the reply, Tonino.
    Hehe, I like your style! You know what they say...if you don't try, you don't get!!! Hopefully it will clear up for you tonight

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