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    Default Singing praise to the Vixen ED80SF (80 mm refractor)



    I've loved this little telescope (see picture below) since I first bought it last year: it's short and light, well built, and provides sharp, color free images. Last night it really outdid itself. I replaced the 1.25" flip-mirror with a Baader 2" dielectric diagonal, so I could use my Q70 38mm eyepiece in it. The field of view was vast at the resulting 16x magnification, about 75% of the field of view of the 8x50 finder I had on it. The views of the busy section of the Milky Way in Sagittarius were breathtaking, dense with 100s of pinpoint stars and several clusters or nebulas in the same field of view. Then for the first time I saw Polaris B in this refractor, in 9- and 7-mm EPs (70-85x). Polaris' companion is dim and not easily visible in small apertures, but last night the seeing was good (8 out of 10) and the ED80 finally did it! Perhaps even more impressive was the splitting of beautiful Almach at low power (31x): I was testing my new Edge-on, Flat-field 19mm EP but did not expect to see that close binary at such low power: the gold and blueish-green stars were almost attached and yet perfectly defined and separated by a hair of black sky between them, what a sight! One final surprise for the night: this 80mm wonder provided a beautiful view of the Whirlpool galaxy M51 and companion, similar to what I get from more casual observations in my 5" and 6" reflectors. I must say though that this is only happening now that I'm getting better at observing. After a year of practice and experience, I'm managing to see much more than I was able to at the beginning. I had read about this phenomenon but i was skeptic, and yet it's now working for me. It's the result of relaxing your eye and let it roam around the field of view, slowly catching more details and dimmer features. I'm not great at it yet, but I can see a definite improvement. Be patient and keep on obseeving if you're a beginner, and you'll get the same rewards.
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    Dobs: Zhumell Z10; SpaceWalk 18"; Celestron First Scope(!)
    Altaz reflectors: Vixen R130SF, R150S
    Refractors: Vixen ED115S, ED80SF, A70L; SkyPod go-to mount
    Binoculars: Orion BT70 on VersaGo

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    Nice report Antonino and nice glass. It sure sounded like a great evenings viewing indeed. Was it all done from the porch? Some good splitting there my man!!
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    Thanks Declan (and Enrico). I actually managed to do much more ... I pulled my first allnighter in a while.... few clouds in sight .... will post some more information. It was definitely a great night.

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    Dobs: Zhumell Z10; SpaceWalk 18"; Celestron First Scope(!)
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    Refractors: Vixen ED115S, ED80SF, A70L; SkyPod go-to mount
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