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    Talking My new Lunt LS60THa/B1200FT has arrived



    I was expecting it to take three months to get here but it came three weeks early.

    After fumbling around with setting up the mount for the first time and slewing around all over the sky trying to catch up with the sun I finally nailed it. I had just managed to get the camera attached and focused and was setting the shutter speed when the first big cloud came over.

    And that was pretty much it for the first day. One totally overexposed white disk and a few fleeting glimpses. I never even got as far as tuning the etalon. By the time I got done putting everything away I was completely exhausted from all the excitement and tension. I'm not even sure how long I was out there. Such was day 1.

    While the clouds were around I did manage to take a decent picture of the entire rig:

    A Star Close Up: Lunt solar telescope—Day One

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    Looking at the picture now I it seems to me that I've got the mount pointing south instead of north. Man, what a mixed up day! I used to install satellite dishes and never made that mistake. I guess I'll straighten it all out next time..

    Fortunately, tomorrow is supposed to be totally clear all day. Time to go find the sunscreen... Stay tuned.
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    I was expecting it to take three months to get here but it came three weeks early.

    I was completely exhausted from all the excitement and tension.
    Congratulations! I can feel your excitement.
    I just got word that my Coronado SolarMax 60 II BF10 will be here tomorrow.
    Front row seats to see the 'star' of the show!!!

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    Congratulations on your new telescope.
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    Congrats, hope you get lots of enjoyment from it.
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    Great to have a solar telescope to see the solar maximum.

    If you have a solar telescope today you are a lucky guy.

    Clear skies buddy.

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    MacDoc, does the Lunt use 2' EP's or 1.25" ones??? I also noticed that Lunt 60mm H-alpha Solar-Telescope with B600 blocking filter and 2'' Crayford focuser is about $150 less than the Coronado SolarMax II 60 BF5....

    Hmmmm.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbbN View Post
    MacDoc, does the Lunt use 2' EP's or 1.25" ones???
    1.25" I have a 5mm, 8mm and 12mm. Perfect for this scope.

    I also noticed that Lunt 60mm H-alpha Solar-Telescope with B600 blocking filter and 2'' Crayford focuser is about $150 less than the Coronado SolarMax II 60 BF5....
    Well, I ended up getting the Feather Touch focuser and the B1200 (the latter is recommended for imaging) which skews things the other way.

    At first I was just going to get a PST but I wanted to take pictures. After researching online and talking to my dealer (who owns a Lunt) we came to the mutual conclusion that a 60mm would be the minimum for what I wanted to do and that the Lunt is easier to set up for imaging. I was all set to buy a PST or a Coronado 60 but that tipped me the other way and forced me to stretch my budget quite a bit.

    Having never used a Coronado or any 90~100mm scope I can't actually make a comparison with anything else. I'm very new at this.

    What I can say is that everything looks great. And I have no trouble getting prime focus on my DSLR. The only problem is the its imager is too large and so the resolution is low. I can't afford a decent camera with a smaller chip right now.
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    Many thanks! I'm not into imaging (much to the dismay of many of my friends that know me)

    Sadly (???) it's my nature to upgrade fast if I get hooked on something. This happened with my 1st venture into the telescope realm - got a good 4.5" refractor for my 62 birthday (July 2010) and 4 months later it was gone replaced with my 2 current scopes with no regrets. Just got a Kendrick Solar filter for my 8" Dob (I just discovered today I can make it fit on my Omni 120 XLT refractor too) and got hooked 2nd time out with it. I'm very afraid if I get a PST history will repeat itself very fast and I'll want something better - the Lunt seems to be a better value for less $$ than the Coronado SolarMax II 60 BF5.

    Hmmm..............

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    Congrats on the scope.

    The pst is fine for imaging on a budget but I think you will enjoy this scope MUCH more. Now I need to get one too

    Solar imaging and I guess observing although I never put an eyepiece on my pst now that I've figured out how to image is lot's of fun. Completely different then nighttime imaging even if they are similar.
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    Congrats on the new scope. There must be a solar observing bug going around because it seems more and more people are getting solar scopes. The bug has hit me too but I can't justify the purchase of decent H-alpha scope right now nor will I for quite some time. I think I'm gonna have to get a Kendrick filter in order to cure this bug.
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